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!

*Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics

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Girls in ICT Day 2015

Imagine a world where you can attend your Economics class from the comfort of your own room, where your gerbil can send you a picture to say it’s hungry, or your dress can tell when you’ll need a rain coat….  If you think this is the World of Tomorrow, you’re in for a world of surprises!  This phenomenon is called the “Internet of Things”.  It’s a world where things connected to the Internet can “think” and “communicate” for themselves.  It’s a world where all the things mentioned here are already taking place.  It is the World of Today, and YOU are a part of it!

In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day 2015, g-Hive and Cisco Belux presented “Girls & The Future Internet”:  A hands-on workshop – in English, Dutch, French & German – for girls ages 13-17, to promote active participation and leadership by girls in designing and building the Internet of tomorrow, for fun, safety and wellbeing.

During the workshop, participants learned about the Internet of Things, developed IoT projects with a focus on health, safety, entertainment, fashion, “smart” cities, etc.; and they were encouraged to participate in the global Cisco-sponsored contest for IoT projects by girls.

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!

DigitalMuse.org Launches at European Gender Summit

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.