Digital Muse After School Programme seeks FR / NL + EN Volunteers

Are you interested in helping to encourage more girls to follow careers and studies in STEM? Do you want to help ensure European girls have the skills needed to succeed in the future workforce? Are you fluent in English and French and/or Dutch?

Come volunteer for Digital Muse After School! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in learning digital skills to help us achieve our goal of a truly inclusive, trilingual classroom. DMAS volunteers will be taught and prepped on all course material before each of the four modules and will receive ongoing support from the DLI team. We are looking for volunteers who can provide linguistic and technical support to girls aged 11 to 16. Previous technical experience is not required. All we ask for is a passion for our mission and a willingness to learn!

As volunteers become part of the DLI family, we want to see each and everyone grow and benefit from the experience. With this in mind, we are excited to offer our DLI Volunteer Certificate which can be added to your LinkedIn profile.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, please contact maria.alfonso@dlii.org (Digital Muse Programme Manager), briefly explaining your motivation to volunteer, and confirming your availability on Wednesdays between 14-16h along with your language abilities.

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Bent u geïnteresseerd om meisjes te stimuleren om een carrière aan te gaan en studie hierin te volgenin STEM? Wilt u helpen om ervoor te zorgen dat Europese meisjes de vaardigheden hebben om te slagen later en goede job te krijgen? Spreek je goed Engels/Nederlands of Frans?

Kom als vrijwilliger helpen voor de Digital Muse Afterschool! We zijn op zoek naar enthousiaste vrijwilligers met een interesse in technologie, en help ons doel te bereiken. DMAS vrijwilligers krijgen voorbereidende lessen en wij zullen jullie klaarstomen in de 4 verschillende onderwerpen. U zal altijd oppas kunnen terugvallen indien u iets niet snapt. Wij zijn op zoek naar vrijwilligers die meisjes tussen 11-16 jaar kunnen ondersteunen op taalgebied en digitale vaardigheden. Het is niet nodig om technische vaardigheden te hebben. Het enige wat we zoeken zijn gepassioneerde mensen en die graag bijleren.

Als een vrijwilliger wordt je een deel van de DLI familie. We willen dat iedereen kan groeien en kan genieten van deze kans. Hou dit in gedachte, dat wij een certificaat uitreiken: DLI vrijwilliger certificaat, die kan je toevoegen aan je LinkedIn profiel.

Als dit als muziek in uw oren klinkt en u bent geïnteresseerd om er meer over te weten of leren, neem dan contact op met Maria.alfonso@dlii.org (Digital Muse Programma manager), vertel kort wat u drijft om bij ons te komen helpen en bevestig welke woensdagen u kan helpen van 14-16 uur. Vertel er ook bij in welke talen u het best bent.

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Chers membres du réseau Digital Muse,

Êtes-vous intéressés encourager davantage de filles à suivre des carrières et des études dans les domaines du STEM? Voulez-vous faire partie du programme qui vise aider les filles à travers l’Europe d’acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour réussir dans le futur monde du travail? Êtes-vous fluent en anglais, français et / ou néerlandais?

Devenez bénévole pour le programme parascolaire Digital Muse After School! Nous recherchons des bénévoles enthousiastes qui s’intéressent à l’apprentissage des compétences numériques pour nous aider à atteindre notre objectif d’avoir une classe trilingue véritablement inclusive. Les bénévoles du DMAS seront enseignés et préparés sur tous les documents de cours avant chacun des quatre modules sur le programme et recevront un soutien continu de l’équipe du Digital Leadership Institute. Nous recherchons des bénévoles qui peuvent fournir un soutien linguistique et technique aux filles âgées de 11 à 16 ans. L’expérience technique préalable n’est pas requise. Tout ce que nous demandons est une passion pour notre mission et la volonté d’apprendre!

Au fur et à mesure que les bénévoles feront partie de la famille DLI, nous voulons voir chacun grandir et bénéficier de l’expérience. Dans cet esprit, nous sommes ravis d’offrir le certificat de bénévolat de DLI qui peut être ajouté à votre profil LinkedIn.

Si cela vous intéresse, envoyez un email à maria.alfonso@dlii.org (Digital Muse Program Manager), en expliquant brièvement votre motivation pour participer et confirmez votre disponibilité les mercredis entre 14-16h avec vos aptitudes linguistiques.

Girl Coding Power at Salesforce Essentials

On 1 June in Louvain-La-Neuve, girls and women from across Belgium joined an all-female Android coding workshop organized by the Digital Leadership Institute in the context of Salesforce Essentials, a large-scale event reaching over 600 Salesforce enthusiasts.  The workshop, carried out as part of our Digital Muse initiative in collaboration with Salesforce Belux and Salesforce.org, attracted participants ranging in age from ten to fifty-five, who benefited from hands-on coding lessons using MIT App Inventor and inspiring talks by Salesforce employees.

Ms. Cécile Kempeneers is a role model with plenty of role models!

Ms. Cécile Kempeneers, a Salesforce Belux Senior Account Executive who also co-organized a workshop at the most recent Girl Tech Fest Brussels 2017, shared with participants about her own role models and people who inspired her to enter a career in tech — including her grandfather, but also Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai.  Ms. Carmina Coenen, Salesforce Manager for Solution Engineering, also captured everyone’s imagination with a promise that coding and working with Salesforce would give them more options for an exciting and rewarding career.

Ms. Carmina Coenen inspires the Digital Muses

Workshop attendees showed a clear talent for developing their own Android smartphone application that translates speech from one language into spoken output in another language.  The talks by Ms. Coenen and Ms. Kempeneer also piqued their interest in career opportunities with Salesforce.

“We are excited to build on this interest by offering our community more curriculum on smartphone app-development and on becoming certified Salesforce CRM experts,” commented Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder.  “We look forward to pursuing this collaboration going forward, for the benefit of both Salesforce and for these amazing girls of all ages!”

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Brussels Girls Go Digital

On 30 April at European School IV in Brussels, 250 girls from thirty-three schools across Belgium celebrated International Girls in ICT Day 2016 by participating in Belgium’s first-ever Digital MuseGirl Tech Fest,” an all-day event promoting digital and creative skills to girls aged 11 to 15.  The first Girl Tech Fest was carried out in Dutch, French and English and organized by the Digital Leadership Institute with support from Google, IBM, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell and the ULB.  The event involved over 100 volunteers who organised more than forty workshops and twenty Digital Muse Lab activities that showcased high-tech gadgets and activities like Cooking with Watson, Google Cardboard, and Smartgurlz Drones designed, powered and modeled after girls.

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Participants also took advantage of hands-on workshops teaching such skills as how to “Lead Like a Girl” and “Write in Wikipedia,” and they got to design and build their own gadgets like computer-powered legos and 3D holograms.  The first-ever Girl Tech Fest also featured inspiring talks by role models from GTF partners, as well as former European Digital Girls of the Year, Miss Lune Van Ewijk and Miss Manon Van Hoorebeke.  Ms. Lorena Boix Alonso of the European Commission and Ms. Saskia Van Uffelen, Digital Champion for Belgium were also guests of honour.

DM1 ArtOn the occasion of the first Girl Tech Fest, the Digital Leadership Institute also released its first music compilation, Digital Muse One – DM1, featuring top women electronic musicians from the past and present. Ms. Maya Postepski, aka Princess Century, who composed a DM1 track called “California,” also delivered an inspiring talk at the Girl Tech Fest, organized several workshops on “digital music composition” and had several girls to join her in DJ-ing at a GTF disco during the lunch break.

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The closing GTF plenary showcased amazing digital creations of the day for which the girls themselves were responsible, including an original Digital Muse letter font, digital music compositions, and high-tech fashion designs.  Prizes were given to outstanding digital muses who inspired their fellow participants during the day with insight, helpfulness, and general enthusiasm about the event and their fellow digital muses.

By all measures, the inaugural Girl Tech Fest Brussels was an unqualified success, and DLI is grateful to all its partners, volunteers and sponsors for the hard work, commitment and love with which this amazing event was delivered.  In the meantime, the feedback from the school was so great that we have already been invited back next year– but this time with twice as many participants! 😮

Better start getting ready for 29 April 2017 when we will kick off Girl Tech Fest Brussels 2017!!!  🙂

If you or or your organisation would like to support future editions of the Digital Muse Girl Tech Fest in Brussels or elsewhere — with expert-led workshops, sponsorship, promotional consideration, media coverage, technical infrastructure or onsite volunteers — please contact us.

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Girl Tech Fest Brussels 2016

In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day 2016, on 30 April in Brussels the Digital Leadership Institute will launch the first-ever Digital MuseGirl Tech Fest” — an all-day event promoting digital and creative skills to 11-15 year old girls from the greater Brussels region.  This event, supported by top technology companies, youth networks, and public and private partners in Belgium and Europe, aims to increase participation of girls in ESTEAM* studies and careers through hands-on workshops at the intersection of creative and digital endeavor.

Digital Muse Girl Tech Fest:  The first-ever Girl Tech Fest will showcase inspiring women role models in tech, a Digital Muse Lab where girls can experiment with the latest high-tech gadgets, and dozens of hands-on workshops promoting digital skills and creativity with subjects like “The Future of Fashion,” “Digital Music Composition,” and “Building Smarter SmartPhone Apps.”

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Digital Muse One – Music Compilation Release:  On the occasion of the Girl Tech Fest, the Digital Leadership Institute will also release its first compilation album, “Digital Muse One – DM1,” featuring top women electronic musicians from the past and present.  Album artists will join the Girl Tech Fest as speakers and workshop leaders.  Proceeds from the DM1 release event and sale of the album will benefit this and future Digital Muse activities.

If you or or your organisation would like to support the Digital Muse Girl Tech Fest — with expert-led workshops, sponsorship, promotional consideration, media coverage, technical infrastructure or onsite volunteers, please contact us.  We are looking forward to launching this world-first for International Girls in ICT Day in Brussels on 30 April 2016 with you!

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Europe’s First Digital Innovation Centre for Girls and Women

On 9 March in Brussels, the Digital Leadership Institute and 150 of its closest friends and supporters celebrated International Women’s Day with the grand opening of DLI‘s Digital Innovation Centre for Girls & Women, a first of its kind in Europe! This very special occasion was marked with fun, hands-on digital activities for all ages, a high-level roundtable with Brussels, Belgian and European stakeholders, and a reception for all in attendance.

IMG_3131To kick off the evening, DLI volunteers and partners took over the entire, new 100m2 space to give young and young-at-heart members of the DLI family a try at hands-on digital activities with the following themes:

  • 3D Design & Printing
  • Digital Music & DJing
  • Bits, Bytes & Machine Code
  • Silly Robot Missions
  • Play Your Musical Fruit

In particular, the Bits, Bytes & Machine Code activity – a card game for all ages designed by Ms. Rosanna Kurrer, DLI Digital Literacy Lead and g-Hive Community Manager – was a popular (and loud) crowd favorite. It required players to calculate in bits and bytes, and showcased the digital natives in the group, who nimbly trounced their analog ancestors to much vocal lamenting.dli launch ribbon

The Digital Activity Stations then gave way to an official DLI Opening Ceremony graced with a beautiful video message from Ms. Bianca Debaets, State Secretary of the Brussels Capital Region for Equal Opportunity and ICT, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Miss Manon Van Hoorebeke, 2014 European Digital Girl of the Year, and Ms. Esther Roure Vila, 2014 European Digital Woman of the Year. chat

The evening’s activities were rounded out with a high-level discussion on the topic of “Women Driving Digital Innovation,” with unique and insightful interventions by the VIPs in attendance, all amazing role models for girls and women in technology:

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As a magical closing to an exciting evening, Ms. Pascale Van Damme, Managing Director of Dell Belgium & Luxembourg and 2014 “ICT Woman of the Year”, surprised the convened guests with dedication of forty Dell laptops to DLI saying “this is a contribution to help ensure the DLI Centre gets off on the right foot and is able to achieve its mission which we support very much.”

Thank you, Dell! And thank you to all of our DLI community and supporters for such a wonderful and memorable DLI opening event!

Girls in ICT Day 2014

It’s that time of year again!  Join us for two upcoming Digital Muse events taking place to celebrate Girls in ICT Day 2014!

On 15 April, we will run an all-day workshop on “Digital Music” as part of the 2014 Girls in ICT Day festivities at the UN International Telecoms Union headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  The workshop, presented by Cheryl Miller, DLI/DigitalMuse founder, and Adele Rogers, a local music talent, will review a short history of digital music, song-writing and the digital tools available for “creative digital independence” for aspiring music-makers.  Stay tuned here for the amazing creations that will result from this digital musing!

On 23 April, Digital Muse will host its first-ever Mother & Daughter digital music workshop, organised by Cheryl and Sandrine Droubaix, world-reknown digital musician hailing from Brussels.  Join us live and direct from DJ Sand‘s studio in Brussels, and look forward to some fantastic digital music inventions from teams of adult- and mini-digital muses!  Registration here!

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Digital Muse Treat: EU Commission VP Kroes & Girls

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.

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Girls in ICT VIPs & Digital Muse Founder

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.

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Girls Learn the Tech Behind Digital Music with Tony Welter

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.

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Cheryl at WSIS Panel on Women in ICT 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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Next Stop: Costa Rica!

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DigitalMuse.org Gears Up for Girls in ICT Day

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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.

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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.

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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!

DM goes to the EU Parliament!

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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 strategy for smart, 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.

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