Technology is now the new cool and it is important that girls and young women are not left out. The Techculture maiden ICT career fair for girls, in celebration of the International Girls in ICT day, was organised for this reason.
The event, which held on the 11th of May at the Ken Saro Wiwa Innovation Hub, Port-Harcourt, had a total number of 64 people in attendance including students and teachers from the various schools and other participants from the tech eco-system in Port-Harcourt. There were 35 girls from 7 private and public secondary schools in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. Schools which attended are RSU Staff school, Model Secondary school GRA, Government Girls Secondary school Oromineke, National High school Port Harcourt, Community Secondary School Amadi ama, Government Girls Secondary school Rumuokwuta and Obiye Academy.
Themed “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes”, the International Girls in ICT day is an initiative backed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April.
The theme speaker delivering the keynote address was Mrs Bitebo Gogo ED, (Keeping it Real Foundation). Other speakers included Mrs Uki Asemota, (Social media research consultant and SSA to the Deputy Governor on Social Media) Esther Itolimina, (Lead Women Tech makers, Port-Harcourt) June Okal, (ICT Lawyer and Co-founder NBO legal hackers, Kenya), Tonye Briggs, Founder, Port-Harcourt in Pictures, Aemi Amachree, Co-Founder We-fix and Esther Smart, Girls code club.
Uki Asemota, (Social media research consultant and SSA to the Deputy Governor on Social Media, Rivers State.)
Iso Ijah (OAP Cool FM Port-Harcourt – Anchor of the Event)
The girls were taught about fundamentals of coding, how to build a career in web design and programming, opportunities in digital marketing, how to become a UI/UX designer, building a tech enabled business and ICT law and policy.
Over all it was a great experience. Techcultureng will follow up the girls to mentor them in coding, digital marketing and internet policy in partnership with hubs in Port-Harcourt.
Watch videos of the girls sharing what they learnt below.