Climate change and gender based violence took the spotlight at the 2019 girls in ICT Hackathon.
This years’ event got underway on Tuesday at the Grenada Trade Center.
Female students representing ten secondary schools on Tuesday faced a panel of judges with their ICT projects.
The girls were required to develop projects using technology surrounding two major issues that negatively impact society; Climate Change and Climate resilience and Gender Based Violence.
One school hoping to claim the top spot was Boca Secondary, with their project on Climate change.
The students told GBN “Climate change basically depend on humanity. We want to make a make a change, to better help our generation, or the next generation and future generations, to say that we made a difference or we tried to change it.”
The Boca Secondary team developed a website, to build public awareness on climate change.
Bridget Lewis one of the co-founders of Caribbean girls Hack, Hackathon 2019 says they are bent on creating opportunity for girls in ICT and bridging the gender gap in Information and Communication Technology.
“What we really want to do through this training is to ensure that the girls are inspired to think of themselves as girls in tech and not think of themselves as girls who are not necessarily able to come into this space and to be successful. So we want to break the gender bias, bridge the digital gender divide and have them actually begin to see themselves as women who can pursue studies and careers in tech.”
Pointing to Gender based violence and Climate change as issues that have led to serious societal concerns, Lewis says this avenue serves to show girls how to use technology to solve some of these issues.
As Minister responsible for Information Technology, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was also present at the forum.
He encouraged the young ladies to embrace their role in the country’s’ growth and development.
“Let your ICT skills speak as you find workable solutions to matters of gender based violence and climate resilience” he urged the grouping.
The winners will receive prizes including: Tech gadgets, and various cups and medals.