15 Girls Participate In W.TEC 2014 Girls In ICT Day Hackerthon




 
Participants showing off their certificates after the workshop organised by W.TEC



 
The girls, working in their groups


Fifteen talented young girls who had been participants at various technology  workshops and camps, took part in the 2014 Girls In ICT Day, organised  by the Women Technology Empowerment Centre –W.TEC, at the Learautes College Mafoluku Oshodi Lagos,.

What is Girls In ICT Day?
The International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in ITU  to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.
What is Girls in ICT Day event? 
These are events where young girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.  
 
An instructor sharing a point with the girls during the ICT workshop


Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are encouraged to organise Girls in ICT day events on 24 April 2014.
The ITU Secretary General invites all ITU Member States and Sector Members to organise events attracting as many girls and young women as possible.
Futher to this effect, W.TEC organised a Hackerthon to support this movement for participants of its various past workshops and camps to compete in groups to produce tech products of what they have been taught at their programmes.

 The program was set in a competitive format where the girls worked in groups to produce Blogs, Scratch video games, Mobile Application which they subsequently presented to the gathering after the program for which they rewarded with interesting gifts.

The 15 participants ages ranged from 11 – 16 of both private and public schools. The Tech products produced by the girls some were standard and presentable.

The W-TEC Hackerthon which was used to also test the capability of all that the girls had been   taught indicated that the girls have a good Tech future potential.