Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Watch: Girls in ICT 2017 winners plan to hack for a safer future

Last year marked the first hosting of the Girls in ICT Day Hackathon in the Caribbean in which young girls came together for an immersive experience in technology in celebration of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 

Seanelle Regis, Lawanda John, Samantha Richardson, Sherisa Dallah, and Kimberly Christopher of Chaguanas North Secondary School emerged as champions for their age group, winning a year of free WiFi for their school. Seanelle and Lawanda stopped by the studio to recount their experience and how they feel about this year's competition. 


One year later, they're hoping to defend their title as they compete in the second edition of Girls in ICT Day Hackathon which takes place this Thursday under the theme #SafeGirlsSafeFuture. This year's team includes Seanelle Regis, Lawanda John, Samantha Richardson, Tineil Sahadath, and Sha'uri Gordon. They will join 800 girls across five Caribbean countries including Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Hackathon is meant to provide high school and tertiary level students with an interactive and hands-on experience in the use of digital skills to solve social challenges. A day-long immersion in ICTs, the Hackathon will give the girls and young women, an opportunity to envision themselves, not only as users of technology but creators.

In addition to Chaguanas North Secondary, the 26 participating schools in Trinidad and Tobago are Naparima Girl’s High School, St. Francois Girls College, Coryal Secondary School, Vessigny Secondary School, Mason Hall Secondary, Tobago, and the University of the West Indies. 

This year, with an increased focus on upskilling both the ‘hacker’ girls and the observers, a series of pre-event webinars are taking place, which focus on the various ICT activities the girls will be participating in during the Hackathon.

The Hackathon is one of the thousands of events happening worldwide in celebration of Girls in ICT Day, which aims to create a global environment that encourages, educates and empowers girls to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and ultimately launch their careers in ICT.

Members of the public, worldwide, will be able to view the speaker presentations and the day’s happenings, by logging on to the ITU portal URL



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