WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Young women between the ages of 15-21 wishing to pursue a career in Information Computer Technology (ICT) can look forward to the inspiration and knowledge that this year’s Girls Power Tech 2020 event will bring. The Digicel Foundation is partnering with Digicel Business and CISCO for yet another year on this tech-empowerment event. On August 21, the event will be held virtually, which fits the 2020 theme ‘Creating a Digital World’.
As the world continues to adjust to life under the “new normal”, one of the key highlights of the Girls Power Tech event will be the Hackathon where participants will be tasked with developing technology based solutions to effectuate change relating to three impending social challenges. The challenges are closely linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging ‘hackers’ to use new technology to solve problems or create new opportunities under three topics; (1) Saving Lives (2) Saving Education and (3) Saving Businesses.
Girls Power Tech 2020 will be being facilitated via CISCO Webex and is a fun-packed day beginning with registration at 8:30am and concludes with the announcement of winners at 5:30pm. Interested participants are being encouraged to grab a team of 10 persons. Teams can comprise of young women from secondary schools, tertiary institutions, IT/Tech clubs, or just simply a group of 10 friends.
Ahead of the Girls Power Tech event, all participants will engage in an interactive, exciting workshop on August 14, 2020. This workshop will aptly prepare and coach these young women in Augmented Reality (AR), App Development and Animation. Additionally, teams will be paired with experts who will mentor and support them throughout the entire process.
Key influential speakers on hand this year to keep participants hyped and motivated will be Tobago – born Black Panther Animator – Sekani Solomon, Former Miss Universe, Wendy Fitzwilliam, and Ris Anne Martin Fashion Designer from Brown Cotton Caribbean.
This will be a digital event like no other. Packed with cool speakers, tech demonstration booths, the hackathon and lots of prizes to be won. The first 15 teams to register will receive registration tokens. Winners can expect to “compete” for smart watches, Free Digicel Home and Entertainment, high speed broadband internet / Modern fibre, Tablets, wireless earbuds and other cool tech accessories.
Digicel Foundation is proud to note that the Girls Power Tech event closely aligns with the UN SDG 5 “to enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.” To register for the event visit our Website digicelfoundaiton.org or find us on Facebook or Instagram @digicelfoundationtt