International Girls in ICT Day goes virtual!
Today (April 23) is celebrated internationally as Girls in ICT day, an observance geared towards encouraging women and girls to consider studies and careers in the field of Information Communication & Technology (ICT).
And to mark the special occasion, while observing social distancing, a Virtual Conference will be held today and tomorrow (April 24) via Microsoft Teams to target secondary and tertiary institutions as well as young female professionals from across the Caribbean.
The theme of this year's event is I am A Woman in Technology #IamWITy.
Founder and CEO of Jamaica's Youth Can Do IT (YCDI), Lianne McNaughton, believes that ICTs are key in driving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
She told Loop News: “Our women and girls should have the opportunity to learn, grow and appreciate the ICT industry and feel empowered to see themselves as change agents in our society."
The advocacy event, which takes place from 10 am to 4 pm, will feature an impressive lineup of speakers from globally-recognized brands and local powerhouses to bring the perfect mix of motivation and practical experience to our women and girls.
Attendees can look forward to hearing from Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Office at Microsoft; Elizabeth Del Valle, Head of Marketing at YouTube Gaming; Dr Terri-Karelle Reid, Online Brand Strategist; Ann-Marie Aimfidon, Founder of Stemetes UK; Stacey Hines, President at Jamaica Computer Society; Erica Simmons, Executive Director at the Centre for Innovation, Caribbean Maritime University.
Some local companies that have partnered with Youth Can Do IT include: Microsoft, The Ministry of Science, Energy & Technology, The Jamaica Computer Society (JCS), Intcomex and One on One Educational Services Ltd.
Ms McNaughton says this celebration is a call to action to inspire and empower our women and Girls. She founded the Youth Can Do IT in 2016 to achieve this very mandate for all youth.