Monday 16 September, 2019

Watch: Chaguanas North Sec girls reign as tech bosses at Girls in ICT

The girls of Chaguanas North Secondary School won the Girls in ICT Caribbean Hackathon for a second year in a row

The girls of Chaguanas North Secondary School won the Girls in ICT Caribbean Hackathon for a second year in a row

The next time you look up 'perseverance' in the dictionary, you'll most likely find the faces of Seanelle Regis, Lawanda John, Samantha Richardson, Tineil Sahadath, and Sha'uri Gordon.

The girls of Chaguanas North Secondary truly defined what it means to work through adversity, having won the second edition of the Girls in ICT Day Caribbean Hackathon, in spite of facing many challenges.

The girls competed against over 20 participating schools on Thursday including 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. 

Each group was encouraged to highlight an issue under the theme #SafeGirlsSafeFuture, and create a solution which could mitigate, prevent or eliminate the problem while informing and educating. Then they had to discuss and formulate their pitch to present their product to the panel of judges. Coming out of the presentations were solutions for cyberbullying, domestic abuse, missing girls, and more.

Team Chaguanas North Secondary experienced several technical difficulties during their pitch, resulting in them going before the judges last. Although visibly distressed, they still pushed through, presenting their idea for an accessory line that doubles as a geographic marker that sends out an SOS alert to family and friends when in danger. 

 

St. Joseph Convent, San Fernando placed second while St. Augustine Girls High School came in third. 

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. As a day-long immersion in ICTs, the Hackathon was geared toward giving the girls and young women an opportunity to envision themselves, not only as users of technology but creators.

The competition was held concurrently, with 800 girls across five Caribbean countries including Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines hosting their own Hackathons. 

 

 

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