International Telecommunication Union
2015, April 23
This year, Girls in ICT Day was celebrated on 23 April, 2015. ITU hosted a special event in ICT Discovery, our museum dedicated to the history of
telecommunications at ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Over 110 girls were invited from local schools to attend workshops on satellites, creative coding,
mobile apps, website development, and robotics. This was followed by a Career Fair, where attendees had a chance to meet female ICT professionals and
learn about relevant study programmes and job opportunities in the sector. Inspirational talks were given by role models from, including CERN, Internet
Society, Cisco, Google, Graduate Institute, Rails Girls Leman/Colazione da Tiffany, and ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition. In addition,
EPFL, HEIG-VD and University of Geneva were present to share information about their relevant study programmes.
Novartis Foundation was the principal sponsor of the event and LEGO Education the content partner. In addition, the event was supported by the
Permanent Missions of the US, Finland and Poland in Geneva.
As part of the event, ITU launched a blogging competition among the local schools in Geneva inviting girls to create blogs and write articles on ICT
related topics. The three winners from British School of Geneva were awarded a prize at the event. The winners and links to their blogs are the
Rumbidzai Muyambo: http://fashionablyrude.weebly.com/
Molly Brown www.techgeekgirl.weebly.com
Maria Costa http://m-reads.weebly.com/
Download the full event programme:
View all the photos on Flickr here and Storify here
Panel Discussion: Practical solutions to address the pipeline of girls and women in ICT
Open to ITU Member States & Sector Members, UN agencies, Diplomatic Missions, universities, local teachers and academic advisors.
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: Geneva, ITU Tower, Level -2, Popov Room 2
Webcast Archived : here.
Remote participation: here.
Moderated by Ms Susan Schorr, Head of Special Initiatives Division, ITU BDT
Ms. Telle Whitney, CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute
Ms. Judith Owigar, Co-founder and Executive Director of AkiraChix
Video message from Ms Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
Mr. Philippe Horisberger, Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
Ms. Danièle Castle, Executive Director of International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
Switzerland_judith_owigar_girls_in_ict.pdf : Presentation by Ms. Judith Owigar, Co-founder and Executive Director of AkiraChix