Sunday 12 July, 2020

Deighton Griffith girls' app, website combo wins at Barbados hackathon

Prime Minister Mia Mottley congratulates the Deighton Griffith School girls.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley congratulates the Deighton Griffith School girls.

Deighton Griffith School wins!

Over 50 girls from Christ Church Foundation, Coleridge and Parry, Deighton Griffith, Springer Memorial, Ellerslie, Harrison College, St.Michael Secondary and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute took place in the recently concluded Caribbean Girls Hack 2019 Hackathon, but only one team could capture the gold.

The Hackathon focused on ending gender-based violence and climate change - #ClimateSafeFutureSafe, as mentors taught skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Caribbean Girls Hackathon - Barbados 2019

Showcasing their ICT skills last Saturday evening, August 31, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center in Barbados, during the Animekon Expo the girls from The Deighton Griffith School walked away with the Caribbean Girls Hack Barbados title. 

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The second position went to the Girls from The St. Michael School while Springer Memorial Secondary School and The Ellerslie School tied for third.

Barbados PM supports girls in ICT

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was in attendance at the Barbados-leg of the Caribbean Hackathon to show her support and she gave a few words of advice to the young girls.

"I'm not sure that you girls here understand the power of what you are doing. I hope when you go home you reflect on it."

She said that the biggest lesson they should take away from the programme is the importance of networking and working together. "More importantly the biggest lesson here is how to work in partnership with one another because I can assure you that whatever the problems are or whatever the goals are in terms of where you want to go, you are going to need to work in partnership with each other.

"It is the one thing that we don't teach in schools, it is the one thing that we don't reinforce - the need for persons to collaborate with each other."

Barbados was the final leg of the two-month summer mentorship programme which also took place in Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St.Vincent and the Grenadines. It was yet again geared at highlighting how females can thrive in the world of ICT.

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