Wednesday 26 September, 2018

Girls in ICT : Juleen Gentles takes to technology from an early age

Utech student Juleen Gentles is one of many young women who are pushing the “Girls in ICT” movement locally and across the region

Utech student Juleen Gentles is one of many young women who are pushing the “Girls in ICT” movement locally and across the region

Raised by a tech savvy father, Juleen Gentles has been exposed to technology from an early age.

Today, the 20-year-old University of Technology student is one of many young women who are pushing the “Girls in ICT” movement locally and across the region.

“It’s important that young girls are empowered so they can make their mark in the field of ICT,” said Gentles, adding that she’s “living proof that girls can excel in ICT.”

Gentles, a past student of Immaculate Conception High School, has been doing significant work in ICT, while pursuing her degree in computer science.

Just recently, she was a part of a team of four who emerged winners of the International Union’s annual hackathon at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The team edged 32 other teams from across the globe for the top spot.

Gentles is also excited about being a mentor at the upcoming Girls’ in ICT Day Hackathon in Kingston, Jamaica on April 26.

Over 800 girls across five Caribbean countries will come together for the ICT day Hackathon, in celebration of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Girls in ICT Day.

Woman-led SheLeadsIT and Change Makers Development Ltd are staging the event, with the theme of #SafeGirlsSafeFuture. It is the second such event, after last year’s ground-breaking Girls in ICT Day Caribbean Hackathon.