Wednesday 11 December, 2019

PHOTOS: Young girls and women turn out in droves for 'Hackathon'

Technology minister Dr Andrew Wheatley engage girls at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon  event in Jamaica last week.

Technology minister Dr Andrew Wheatley engage girls at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon event in Jamaica last week.

Female students from high schools, universities and community colleges across Jamaica gathered at the Spanish Court Hotel last week for the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon.

Wolmers Girls, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), The American International School Kingston (AISK), Excelsior Community College, the University of the West Indies, The University of Technology (UTECH) and Northern Caribbean University (NCU) were among the schools represented at the fun-filled event 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 with events in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

It was supported regionally by Platinum Sponsor, Scotiabank and Gold Sponsor LOOP in partnership with the University of the West Indies and locally by Platinum sponsor, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd., Gold sponsors Phase 3 Productions and JN Foundation, Silver sponsors Flow and the Inter-American Development Bank, supported by the FI WI JAMAICA project

Girls in ICT Jamaica (Original)

Throughout the day, the girls and young women were 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.

A day-long immersion in ICT, the ‘Hackathon’ gave the girls and young women, an opportunity to envision themselves, not only as users of technology, but creators.

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