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!