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ICT for Girls at UN: A Resounding Success!

I am still feeling the energy from the Girls in ICT venue held in New York City on April 26, 2012 where I participated on a panel with outstanding women from Microsoft, Ushahidi and Facebook.

The conference included women pioneers from government and private industry who engaged in a stimulating dialogue on the topic of girls in ICT; to recruiting and retaining women in ICT a topic where shared accountability is a MUST.

Further, ITU Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré pointed out Cisco in his opening keynote:

“Special mention should go to Cisco, a long time partner of ITU, which today organized more than 40 different events globally – and I know that many other tech companies have also been very active in promoting events and celebrations.”

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Where are all the Women?

The future of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is exciting. Every day, people are using the Internet, computers and mobile devices in new and innovative ways.  ICT is changing the way we work, live, play and learn. And it’s opened up new employment opportunities that should appeal to men and women alike.

So, where are all the women?

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Not the end. Not even the beginning of the end.

Having worked on Cisco’s London 2012 programme for more than two years, it seems strange that the Games themselves will last just four and a half  weeks in total – which seems far too short for all the effort going in from everybody !

Thankfully, we see the Legacy component of  this partnership lasting for many years to come, and our “Building A Brilliant Future” programme has been designed to build a lasting legacy based on learning, skills, innovation and entrepreneurship that will hopefully create jobs and drive business growth particularly in SME’s.

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Girls in ICT: Count Down to April 26, 2012!

Well we are at countdown to April 26 2012 to celebrate Girls in ICT, a topic that I am extremely passionate about.

For the related United Nations Portal see:

Cisco has been planning events globally to host girls at the various sites in addition to providing profiles of Cisco women at some of these locations that present their engineering roles including software development, software testing, user experience design and so on.

I am really excited to be in New York on April 26, 2012 and to participate in a fantastic program and stimulating discussion with various members from the government, private industry and of course girls themselves:

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Broadband Down Under: Isolation Breeds Innovation

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

One of the plum assignments of my journalism career was co-authoring a report for CIO about IT in Australia. Ten days in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne (with a weekend jaunt to Tasmania) brought out one key aspect of the Australian attitude toward technology: being isolated from most of the world, they have to be twice as creative.

At that time, in the late 90s, Australia had already deregulated its telecommunications industry (just a year after the U.S.) and developed a state-of-the-art $3 billion national fiber-optic network.

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