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Girls envison themselves in IT careers

More than 90 high school girls and young women yesterday participated in the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon.

Students, from high schools, universities and community colleges — including Wolmer’s Girls’, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, American International School of Kingston, Excelsior Community College, the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University — yesterday gathered at Spanish Court Hotel, Worthington Conference Centre, in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day.

The ‘Hackathon’, led by a group of women consultants through a joint partnership between Cotton Tree Consulting and Change Makers Development Ltd, took place simultaneously, in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

The event is supported regionally by Scotiabank and LOOP in partnership with the University of the West Indies and locally, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd, Phase 3 Productions, and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Throughout the day, girls and young women engaged in hands-on activities, guided by a tech mentor, using ICT to create, innovate and generate solutions to various challenges. The activities included mobile app building, animation, robotics, digital video production and digital art works, and web development. The above are sectors the Government of Jamaica, along with the private sector, is working to develop as economic growth sectors.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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