Campion, NCU take top awards at girls hackathon
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.