On 25 April 2013, Digital Muse celebrated International Girls in ICT Day by contributing to the United Nations ITU, EU Commission and EU Parliament events taking place in Brussels. The day began with ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré officially launching global Girls in ICT Day at the “Women in STEM” breakfast of Zen Digital sister-initiative Women2020.
This momentous event was followed by a full day of Digital Muse workshops on “The Tech Behind DJ-ing & Digital Music Composition,” led by DM veterans Sandrine Droubaix and Tony Welter, as part of the “DigitaLive” activities at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. Youngsters from Belgium and around the world composed and presented musical creations to Ms. Neelie Kroes, EU Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Brussels Region Minister of Employment Céline Fremault and Secretary General Touré.
Later in the day, VP Kroes spoke at an EU Parliament hearing on the topic of girls and women in ICT and generously lauded Zen Digital initiatives Digital Muse and inQube, and our newly-launched Digital Woman and Digital Girl of the Year Awards, as the very kinds of activities needed to increase participation of girls and women in digital studies and careers.
On the heels of this amazing day, Cheryl Miller, Digital Muse Founder, was invited to contribute to a global panel on Women in ICT at the ITU’s World Summit on the Information Society on 15 May in Geneva. Following that, Zen Digital and Digital Muse have been asked to further contribute to ITU’s activities promoting digital and entrepreneurship skills for youth by curating and running workshops for “Get Ahead” Day at BYND 2015, the UN’s Global Youth Summit taking place in San José, Costa Rica on 9-11 September 2013.
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On 25 April 2013, Digital Muse will be celebrating International Girls in ICT Day in a BIG way by sharing in a host of activities promoting girls in ICT in Brussels! As part of the fun, and with thanks to the terrific people at Intel, DigitalMuse.org will organize several hands-on workshops on “The Tech Behind Digital Music,” teaching hundreds of teenage girls the skills behind DJ-ing and digital music-making! Find out how to register for the event here, and to get in on the excitement be sure to like the “Every Girl Digital” Facebook page and join our event online to show your support for digital muses everywhere!
In the lead up to Girls in ICT Day, DigitalMuse.org parent organization, Zen Digital Europe has been selected by the European Commission to run a social media campaign to help build interest in Girls in ICT Day, and to broadly promote the message of Ms. Neelie Kroes, Vice President for the European Commission, about getting more girls and women digital.
Zen Digital is running a campaign to crowd-source the text of Vice President Kroes’s speech at the European Parliament on 25 April. So anyone interested in collaborating is encouragaged to join our EU Women LinkedIn group and get in on the discussion. Zen Digital sister-initiative, Women2020, will also host a breakfast on the day, on the topic of getting more women into ICT (information and communication technologies) studies and careers.
Please contact us if you would like to know more about all these exciting activities taking place in honor of the second annual Girls in ICT Day on 25 April 2013. And, to get a taste of what is to come, please visit here and here to see how we celebrated “Girls in ICT Day” in 2012!
Exciting news! On 20 February 2013, DigitalMuse.org will carry out a half-day workshop on 3D Design & Printing at the European Parliament, as part of a wider event promoting female entrepreneurship in Europe. The event, hosted by Seldia, will give a group of lucky young women the chance to design and print their very own creations using the latest in 3D print technology, and aims to showcase the importance of STE(A)M* skills for young people and the vital contribution all women can make to the future European economy.
Zen Digital Europe sister initiative, Women2020, will also collaborate on the event as part of its mission to promote the contribution of women to the Europe2020 strategyforsmart, sustainable and inclusive growth, where women-led enterprises, female entrepreneurship, social enterprise and STE(A)M skills play a critical role. This issues will also be the subject of a panel luncheon where our young digital muses will also be encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions.
On 18 December 2012, Cheryl Miller, founder of DigitalMuse.org, had the opportunity to share her thoughts on the importance of getting more girls and women into STE(A)M studies and careers in the context of a meeting with EU Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and Digital Champions from all the EU Memberstates.
In her comments to those gathered, including recently appointed Digital Champion for Belgium, Saskia Van Uffelen, Cheryl emphasized the importance of women-led enterprises, especially in STE(A)M, and a feminine growth model for the future economy of Europe, the latter being socially-oriented, digitally-driven, slow-growth, resilient and having a long-term vision.
Pictures from the gathering, including a visit from Stella the Angry Bird, are included here.
Check out our awesome pictures below from the DigitalMuse.org launch event that took place at the second European Gender Summit in Brussels on 29 November 2012! There were over 300 people present for the occasion where we also got to announce the winners of the crowd-sourced version of the “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” campaign video.
A big “thank you” to the Gender Summit organizers and to our original Big and Little Muses who were on site for a terrific launch event! 🙂
Proud to announce that we will officially launch DigitalMuse.org at the second European Gender Summit, taking place on 29 November 2012! Come to the Gender Summit networking event to visit our stand and receive exclusive DigitalMuse.org Launch stickers and buttons, and to watch the winning version of the new, crowd-sourced “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” video,* which DM founder and a group of young digital muses had the honour of helping select!
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Cheryl Miller, founder of DigitalMuse.org, contributed in an expert capacity to designing the “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” campaign, an initiative by the European Commission’s Research, Innovation & Science Directorate aiming to increase the number of women in science by one million, by 2020.