Tuesday 25 September, 2018

WATCH: Girls make Barbados better through 'hacking'

Girls involved in the Caribbeana in the hackathon.

Girls involved in the Caribbeana in the hackathon.

Barbados recently commemorated international Girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT) Day, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus.

The event gave a group of young women from secondary schools and the University of the West Indies an opportunity to be inspired by females in the field, as well as to participate in a hackathon designed for them to help create solutions to real-life problems. 

Kim Stanton, the Director of Business Support with regional Platinum Sponsor Scotiabank, highlighted the need for more inclusion of females in the field through her experience: 

"I'm personally moved by this event because I've spent most of my career in IT. When I started my computer studies at the Barbados Community College there was only one girl for every four boys in my class. When I started working in IT as a programmer I was the only woman in the department. 

"Although here in Barbados women are well represented in tertiary education and many areas of business, they are underrepresented in the science and technology sectors and so I applaud the organisers of this event for encouraging girls to get involved."

The girls were also reminded of their potential by the Vice President and Business Relationship Management for the local Gold Sponsor Sagicor, Susan Boyea:

"ICT is an equal opportunity discipline and so Sagicor is proud to provide support for the Caribbean Hackathon and for the notion that anything boys can do, girls can do too!"

The girls were now fully motivated and got down to the hackathon after a workshop.

Challenge Master, Brian Linton, explained how the girls would be able to tackle problems within Barbados through the "hack," while Loop News also caught up with some of the girls who took part in the event.

Take a look at the video to see what they had to say.