Watch: Girls to to lead the tech way at Caribbean.Girls.Hack 2019
Bridget Lewis and Nicole Pitter Patterson, the co-founders of SheLeadsIt and co-conceptualisers of the 2017 and 2018 Girls in ICT Day Caribbean Hackathon have introduced their new initiative, Caribbean.Girls.Hack 2019 Hackathon.
The initiative, which is being hosted in collaboration with Restore a Sense of I Can (RSC) Tech Clubs, is designed to give hundreds of girls at secondary school and university level an immersive and interactive experience in the use of technology to address issues affecting them and the wider region. The “Hacker Girls” will be guided through a two-month interactive web-based training programme, designed to increase their awareness and sensitisation on the topics around which they will problem solve; build leadership capabilities; increase tech skills in a competitive virtual environment, all with cutting edge IBM technology training.
This will culminate in a Hackathon which is set to be hosted in several Caribbean territories including Jamaica (May 14), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (May 17), Grenada (May 21), Trinidad and Tobago (May 24) and Barbados (May 29).
The overarching goal is to create a global environment that encourages, educates and empowers girls and young women to pursue studies and careers in the ICT sector. By creating new businesses in ICT, women can bypass limitations of national labour market boundaries and access the global market, to achieve greater mobility and higher, sustainable income.
In 2018's Caribbean Hackathon, over 600 Caribbean girls across five countries, joined over 357,000 girls and young women in 11,100 celebrations across 171 countries worldwide. They participated in six activity challenges using multiple ICT tools to address specific regional issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and cyber-bullying.
This year's Hackathon will focus on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Climate Change and Resilience, and the activities will allow the participating girls to develop critical thinking skills around the issue and equip them to create technology solutions that are practical
Tech experts will deliver training in various ICT activities and tools including an introduction to coding; podcasting; Artificial Intelligence (AI); social media campaign design and development; animation; video/documentary production; mobile app development and delivering a winning pitch. The teams will also receive in-house support from tech mentors and role models to support the development of their solutions.