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Monday 3 August, 2020

Microsoft hosts tech campus for girls

Microsoft hosted a digital campus on June 23 for passionate and determined young women.

DigiGirlz saw young women from Trinidad and Tobago immersed in the latest innovations in technology.

During the event, students interacted with Microsoft employees, managers and women in STEM to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work in these areas.

This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations.

By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

Keynote presentations were given around the topics of Resume building on LinkedIn, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence and Web Development by Carla Lopez Narvaez - Director of Education at Microsoft Caribbean, Pauline Joseph – AC Marketing, TT, Rosemarie Buahin – Games Category Lead, Microsoft UK Richard Potter – Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft UK Service and Sherezz Grant - a local Web Developer.

Thirty-five students from four schools participated digitally in Microsoft’s DigiGirlz day this year, accompanied by a chaperone from their school. “I thought it was quite an instructive and invaluable workshop!” said Paulette Reefer, VP of Holy Faith Convent, Couva.

 “Microsoft’s DigiGirlz strives to provide young women with the necessary expertise and direction to succeed in a world becoming more dependent on the latest technologies and innovations,” said Carla López, Education Lead for Microsoft Caribbean.

“We believe that this experience will help dismiss any stereotypes of the high-tech industry catering solely to males and generate awareness about the career opportunities available in STEM for them.”

The digital event was a collaboration with Irmin McKenzie, Marilyn Lalla, Chinara Griffith and Tara Pollinais Of Soroptimist International Esperance, Kenya McKenzie-Jones (Digital Advisor, UK Public Sector, Digital Advisory Services of Microsoft UK and Indera Ghanesh, Marketing Coordinator of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago.

More than 54,000 students have attended the Microsoft DigiGirlz Technology Programs (both camps and one-day events) since they began in 2000 globally.

DigiGirlz gives girls the opportunity to meet with Microsoft executives, participate in workshops and product demonstrations, and be mentored by employees possessing similar interests.  

Through DigiGirlz Microsoft wants to show that they are bringing up a new generation of innovative women leaders and helping girls change their future through the use of technology.

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