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ICT for Girls at UN: A Resounding Success!

April 27, 2012 - 0 Comments

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.”

For the ITU press release from this awesome event, see here.

Take a look at the event photos when you get a chance, too.

I was most impressed with Joanne O’Riordan who presented at this venue and challenged the technology industry to think out of the box in her call for a personal robot. Joanne was born with Total Amelia Syndrome, that is without limbs – but by all means NOT limitless. You, too, can listen to Joanne’s inspiring keynote here.

ITU’s Touré concluded the venue with an appeal for partners to collaborate with ITU on a three-year ‘Tech Needs Girls’ campaign focused around four E’s: empowerment, equality, education and employment.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us all, working together as partners, to make a real difference,” Touré said.

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