1st Girls in ICT Day event in Iceland
Partnership between ECWT and Reykjavik University
Close to one hundred 8th grade girls
From five elementary schools in Iceland were invited by Reykjavik University, Iceland’s largest technical university, and to four Icelandic IT companies to take part in the first “Girls in ICT Day” held 30 April in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In Iceland, the Girls in ICT Day also marked the beginning of a partnership between ECWT – The European Centre for Women and Technology and Reykjavik University, that will manage the activities of ECWT’s National Point of Contact (N-PoC) in Iceland. It is the hope that this day will be an annual event in Iceland and that it will help bring more girls into ICT-related careers in the future.
The participating girls were from the elementary schools in Reykjavik: Austurbæjarskóli, Laugalækjaskóli, Hlíðaskóli, Hörðuvallaskóli, and Garðaskóli.
The project was supported by Reykjavik University, The Federation of Icelandic Industries, The Icelandic Digital Society (Ský), GreenQloud, Skema, and /sys/tur. The project received a grant in 2013 from an Icelandic government fund that is intended to promote equal opportunities which partly allowed for the organization of the day.
Workshops and company visits
During the day workshops were held at Reykjavik University that was managed by Skema, /sys/tur, and researchers from the School of Computer Science. The girls were presented with challenges in web design, programming, and artificial intelligence, and in some of the workshops, they got to work with hands-on assignments. After they had participated in the various workshops, which they could choose themselves, the group of girls visited four Icelandic IT companies: Advania, GreenQloud, Hugsmiðjan, and Marorka where they got an insight into possible career opportunities following university studies in ICT related fields such as computer science. The company visits gave the girls a very important chance to meet with female role models and ask them questions about their career paths and jobs.