Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Watch: Students eye a future in tech at Girls Power Tech

Team AI are the winners of the Digicel Foundation CISCO Girls Power Tech.

Team AI are the winners of the Digicel Foundation CISCO Girls Power Tech.

A number of female students from specially invited secondary schools were recently given first-hand insight into what it means to pursue a career in ICT at the inaugural Digicel Foundation CISCO Girls Power Tech.

Through a series of activities, the girls were exposed to a variety of careers in the field and learned from innovative women working in ICT and engineering fields, with key women in Digicel, Digicel Business and CISCO serving as mentors throughout the day. 

A panel discussion with female professionals in the local industry allowed the Form 3 and 4 students to have a better understanding of what it means to be a woman in the field. 

They also took part in speed mentoring sessions which allowed them to have personalised meetings with industry leaders. 

 

The invited schools included Waterloo Secondary, Success Laventille Secondary, Gasparillo Secondary, Bon Air Secondary, El Dorado East Secondary, and El Dorado West Secondary. 

In an interesting twist, however, the girls were all split up into a number of teams that reflected some of the careers available in the world of tech including Team Graphics; Team Animation, Team Gaming; Team Analyst; Team Programmer; Team Robotics; Team A.I.; Team The Internet of Things; Team Apps and Team AutoCAD.

Each team was asked to pitch a solution to a number of societal issues including human trafficking, violence against women, disaster preparedness, school safety and the promotion of an inclusive school environment.

In the end, Team Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) reigned supreme, with their winning pitch focused on the use of technology to help stop pollution of our watercourses.

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