Friday 30 October, 2020

Ryu Dan Dojo Conquerors win Digicel Foundation's Girls Power Tech

Ryu Dan Dojo Conquerors pose with Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez. They are the 2020 winners of the Digicel Foundation’s Girls Power Tech Hackathon.

Ryu Dan Dojo Conquerors pose with Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez. They are the 2020 winners of the Digicel Foundation’s Girls Power Tech Hackathon.

The Ryu Dan Dojo Conquerors are the 2020 winners of the Digicel Foundation’s Girls Power Tech Hackathon.

The girls won smart watches and six months free Digicel Home and Entertainment package for their winning contribution, a digital solution to save education.

The mixed reality concept was geared towards enhancing the online learning experience through immersive and interactive virtual reality which would see secondary school children enjoying virtual field trips and labs to carry out experiments for their School Based Assessments (SBAs).

Ryu Dan topped a competitive field of just over 12 groups, beating Tech Girls into second place while Cashew Gardens Tech Club placed third.

Cashew Gardens Tech Club presented their GloVibe concept virtually at Girls Power Tech Hackathon

Pandemic Tech Warriors and the North Coast Sports Academy rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The teams were challenged with developing technology based solutions to effectuate change relating to three impending social challenges closely linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘hackers’  were encouraged to use new technology to solve problems or create new opportunities under three topics: Saving Lives, Saving Education and Saving Businesses.

Many of the presentations in the first virtual staging of the Hackathon focused on solutions for Saving Lives.  Cashew Gardens Tech Club’s GloVibe conceptualised, for instance, gloves that could detect infected people and surfaces. The glove collects data to be stored in an app that can be sent to a central database. Internal sensors, a GPS Tracker and thermometer were among the features.

Others focused on Saving Education with Pandemic Tech Warriors coming up with an app called Playtention to help students keep focused while they study with memory games, and the ability to upload notes among other features.

Sekani Solomon, a Motions Graphic Artist, spoke to the participants from New York

The day was punctuated with brief addresses by speakers such as fashion designer and stylist Risanne Martin who spoke about having to recreate her brand in a virtual space thanks to COVID-19 and urged the girls t do what speaks to their soul.

“Be passionate, love it. Do something that speaks to your soul be sure to tap into that feeling, do what you love everyday. Technology is only as useful as you make it, it can only inform your creativity as you make it,” she advised.

Sekani Solomon, a motion graphic artist from Tobago who has worked on the Black Panther film, also gave some insight into his work and his path to success.

Former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam also addressed the participants. 

Over 120 girls participated in the event.

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