#GirlsInSTEM 2 ~ DigiGirlz
As part of its continuing Women in STEM initiative, aimed at bridging the gender gap in the technology sector through awareness, and education, Soroptimist International Esperance was proud to partner with Microsoft to bring DigiGirlz 2019 to Trinidad.
On May 4th, 2019, fifteen excited girls drawn from Debe Secondary School, Parvati Girls Hindu College, ASJA Girls Barrackpore and Holy Faith Convent Couva journeyed to Microsoft Offices, Port of Spain to participate in DigiGirlz (TT) 2019.
This global event is designed to provide girls with a better understanding of what a career in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is all about.
And what a day it was!!
Minister of Community Development and the Arts, Dr. The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly addresses the DigiGirlz and tells them “We need women to take their place at the table of leadership.”
Each speaker brought new and fresh perspectives to the emerging careers in the Technology Sector in the digital economy. Ms. Moses from the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator noted that the Climate Change Economy was a twenty-six (26) trillion-dollar industry with the capability to produce sixty-five million (65m) low carbon jobs, which was waiting to be explored. The girls were encouraged to be focused, to broaden their vision to think beyond the traditional, to make wise choices and to live boldly and fearlessly.
Representatives from Teleios Systems, a software development Company, showed interactively, how easy it was, with a few lines of code, to produce a coloured wallpaper background. The Speakers made the information relevant to the girls by referencing experiences with which they were familiar e.g. Thanos, a character in the Marvel Avengers Series and the 3D experience at Digicel IMAX.
At the end of the session, Microsoft offered to create a DigiGirlzTT Whatsapp Group to provide continued support and resources to the girls.