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FLOW to power international 'Girls in ICT' Day celebrations

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:04 PM
FLOW executive Rochelle Cameron ( left) and Dr Andrew Wheatley ( centre) , minister of science, energy and technology, share a photo moment with several of the female participants who took part in the Office of Utilities Regulation forum in 2016.

Telecommunications firm FLOW will be taking a lead role by encouraging more Jamaican women and girls to consider careers in the field of information communication technology (ICT).

The company for the second year will join thousands across the globe to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day, observed tomorrow, and through the sponsorship of two local events that will see more than 400 female students engaged in mentorship sessions and other activities led largely by local female leaders in the ICT profession.

Through the annual Girls in ICT Day Conference, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, in collaboration with the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR), more than 300 female students from high schools across the island will meet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston for a full day of presentations to promote opportunities and careers available at the various ICT agencies and organisations.

Nearby, FLOW is the exclusive telecommunications partner for the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon where more than 70 students from prominent high schools and tertiary institutions across Jamaica will assemble for another set of ICT-related activities at the Spanish Court Hotel.

Susan O'Sullivan, FLOW’s senior director, IT Service Assurance & Deployment, will serve as a judge for the Hackathon, while Rochelle Cameron, FLOW’s VP - Legal and Regulatory, a lawyer by profession, will make a presentation to the OUR gathering on ‘alternate’ non–technical careers in the field.

O’Sullivan, who has spent more than 14 years working in technical & ICT roles in the telecommunications industry, expressed delight at the local efforts being made to encourage more females to enter the profession.

“It is truly commendable and indeed timely that Jamaica is actively making strides to bridge the gender gap within the ICT field locally and across the region. At FLOW, we have several female leaders in ICT who play an active role in framing and building our telecommunications network to meet the needs of the future. Looking forward, we believe it is very important for us as leaders in the industry to provide this kind of mentorship and to have our team members serve as role models for the students,” she shared.

To date, more than 240,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 7,200 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 160 countries worldwide.