WEDNESDAY JULY 21, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – This year’s Girls Power Tech has once again taken its rightful place as a leading light in the female tech empowerment event space. The 2-day event was hosted virtually via Caesar’s Army Antillea World via Microsoft’s Altspace on July 15 & 16. Fifty (50) enthusiastic females between ages 13-18 participated in the final stage of this event.
Three (3) winners were announced at the end of Day 2 of the event after competing in the highly-anticipated “Hackathon”. The Hackathon which is a main feature of the GPT event, challenges the young women to brain storm and develop technology- based solutions for social challenges. The topics this year focussed on Renewable Energy and Energy Solutions, Education, and Gender Based Violence.
1st place went to SJCSF Trouble Shooters for their app ‘Safe’ which is an application to help women who are victims of domestic violence. HTTPS – Humanitarian Teens Problem Solvers came in 2nd for their winning solution called “T&T’s Farmer’s Field” which is an app to innovate the agri-food sectors. The easy-to-use app acts as a local online agri-food market allowing vendors to safely and digitally advertise, communicate and grow their brand. The 3rd place winners were SJCSF Tech Defenders, they developed “Renergy Dash” which is a solution that addresses renewable energy and energy solutions by implementing reduced energy consumption and greener energy.
Virtual tech booths were a major attraction for the event and Tech booth partners Coded Arts, RSC, Startl, Tobago Information Tech Systems, Wepala, Shell Trinidad and Tobago and Digicel Business did not disappoint during Day 1. On hand to remind the young women of their power and greatness was Influential speaker, Animator, Story teller- Danielle Blaize. Danielle shared the compelling message of, “You’re not good for a girl; you’re GREAT!”
The SJCSF Trouble Shooters won snap chat spectacles courtesy Digicel Business , HTTPS – Humanitarian Teens Problem Solvers won Smart Face Phone Tracking Tripod courtesy Shell Trinidad and Tobago and SJCSF Tech Defenders won 12” HD Phone Screen Magnifier + Bluetooth speaker courtesy Loop TT. Ten girls also copped MVP and took home selfie rings for their team spirit. While the judges took on the tough task of deliberating, the girls were thrilled to be able to virtually engage in the sweet songs of a soca concert put on by Voice and Nadia Batson.
Girls Power Tech 2021 was sponsored by Digicel Business, Shell Trinidad and Tobago Ltd and, Loop TT.