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Campion, NCU take top awards at girls hackathon

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:01 PM
Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president of marketing at Scotiabank, regional platinum sponsor of the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon reacts to a student's virtual reality experience at the BNS booth on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre.
Girl hackers watch the live robotics demonstrations at the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre.
Out to support the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre are (from left): Dr Gunjan Mansingh, senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computing at the University of the West Indies, Mona; Dr Lila Rao-Graham, deputy executive director at Mona School of Business and Management; Nadeen Matthews, National Commercial Bank (NCB) local platinum sponsor, chief digital and marketing officer and CEO of the NCB Foundation; Dr Marcia Forbes, co-owner and executive chairperson of Phase Three Productions Limited; Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president of marketing at Scotiabank, regional platinum sponsor; and Minna Israel, special adviser o the Vice-Chancellor on Resource Development at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Brianna Gillfillian sets up a selfie with her teacher Carole Dyce and her fellow hackers (front row, left to right) Morganne Barnes, Seychelle Doyley, (back row from left) Shavelle Shaw, and Natalia Hussey (partly hidden). The Wolmer's High School for Girls was one of the 15 schools participating in the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon last Thursday at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre.
The young ladies of the St Andrew High School for Girls along with their teacher are all smiles at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre last Thursday. They are (from left): Jadean Daugherty, Aaliyah Jones, Latoya Gibson, Tenniqua Campbell and Tina Johnson.
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 Campion College and Northern Caribbean University claimed first places in the high school and university segments of International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon last Thursday, at the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre.
The teams won $50,000 from regional platinum sponsor Scotiabank; $25,000 from local platinum sponsor National Commercial Bank; and Apple Watches from Flow.

The 90 participants in the Girls In ICT Day Caribbean Hackathon came from Wolmer’s Girls’, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, Campion College, Manchester High School, Immaculate Conception High School, American International School Kingston (AISK), Hampton School, Excelsior Community College, University of the West Indies (UWI), Moneague Community College, Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication, University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University.

In the high school competition, second place went to Manchester High for their cyber-bullying website and third place went to AISK for game development for environmental protection and climate change, while in the colleges and universities competition went Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication for its cyber-bullying website, and Excelsior Community College, that fielded two teams, claimed third.

The girls and young women engaged in hands-on activities, guided by a tech mentors from the UWI, and used ICT to generate solutions to crime and violence, drug abuse, cyber-bullying, environment protection/climate change and agricultural sustainability using mobile app building, animation, robotics, digital video production and digital art works, and web development. 

The ‘hackathon’, led by a group of women consultants through a joint partnership between Cotton Tree Consulting and Change Makers Development Ltd, will take place simultaneously, in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.