International Girls in ICT Day is an annual event aiming to empower and encourage young girls and women to consider careers in information and communication technologies (ICT).
A global initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations specialised agency for ICT – Girls in ICT Day has been celebrated in 150 countries around the world since 2011, engaging with more than 177,000 girls and young women.
On April 28th AusRegistry marked Girls in ICT Day with a breakfast event in Melbourne, attended by around 40 women representing the technology, business, legal, government and education sectors. The focus of the day was to look deeper at the relationship between industry and education and to discuss ways in which businesses can support those engaging girls in technology at a young age.
A highlight of the morning was the presentation from Bec Spink, co-founder and Director of Code the Future and an educator by trade. Code the Future is a non-profit organisation pairing schools with professional developers to run coding workshops and classes for students.
Ms Spink discussed the trends she and other educators have observed around girls’ engagement with ICTs, highlighting the importance of beginning this process early – as research has suggested many girls dismiss the idea of a career in ICT before the age of 15.
She concluded with a challenge to all the women in attendance to be aware of the young women in their lives and be the voice that encourages them to consider technology fields as a potential career path. Ms Spink’s presentation was incredibly engaging and motivating, and AusRegistry extends its thanks to her again for her participation.
The breakfast was a wonderful chance for a cross-section of industries and organisations to come together and share ideas. AusRegistry is now assessing the feedback and discussions from the day in order to examine opportunities for greater support of this cause in the coming months.
The November 2016 edition of Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain will examine the topic of women in technology and look deeper at the outcomes of the Girls in ICT Day breakfast, including a survey conducted of attendees to gain further insights. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to our women in technology edition, please contact email@example.com.