International Telecommunication Union
Geneva, Switzerland, 2014, April 15
The Girls in ICT initiative of ITU is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April every year as established by ITU membership.
At ITU Headquarters in Geneva, a fascinating event around the theme "Celebrating Successes, Inspiring Girls" was held on 15 April, 2014 to celebrate the International Girls in ICT Day.
The event at ITU welcomed school girls aged 11-18 from local Swiss and French schools. ITU organized workshops for the school girls on coding, mobile apps, digital music, and photo blogging. The girls also had the chance to meet female ICT role models. The panel discussion focused on successful initiatives from around the world that are helping to lead women and girls into the field of ICTs.
- Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union
- H.E. Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria
- H.E. Neelie Kroes, VP, European Commission and Commissioner, Digital Agenda
- Brahima Sanou, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
- Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, ITU Strategic Planning and Membership Department
- Cheryl Miller, CEO Digital Leadership Institute, and Organizer of the Ada Awards
- Dr Anastasia Ailamaki, Professor of Computer Science at EPFL
- Sylvia Todd, Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show
- Dr. Sue Black, Department of Computer Science, University College London
- Una O'Sullivan, Corporate Citizenship and CSR, Microsoft
- Mirjam Wattenhofer, Software Engineer, Google
- Regina O'Dell, Software Engineer, Google
Download the full event programme: English Français
View the LIVE Webcast on April 15, 2014 at 12:30 CET here.
View all of the photos on Flickr here.