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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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!

Future of Fashion

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Ever dreamed of a ring that can read your text messages out loud?  Or a dress that lights up when your pet snake escapes?  On Wednesday, 21 January 2015 – in collaboration with GE Garages BrusselsDigital Muse hosted a half-day workshop for 6-16 year old girls on the “Future of Fashion.”  At this workshop, fifty girls learned about cutting-edge tech in 3D printing, electronics and textiles which inspired them to stop dreaming about the future of fashion and start inventing it!

Agenda:

  • 13:30-14:00:  Registration
  • 14:00-14:10:  Welcome Words GE & DLI
  • 14:10-14:20:  Chat with Manon Van Hoorebeke, 2014 European Digital Girl of the Year (BE – 11 years old)
  • 14:20-14:40: Digital Muse Talk by Ms. Katrien Herdewyn, PhD in Physics at KUL & Student in Shoe Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sint-Niklaas (SASK)
  • 14:40-16:30:  Digital Fashion Workshops by Ms. Rosanna Kurrer/DLI & Mr. Chris Savage/ICON:Live!
  • 16:30-17:00:  Project Presentations & Closing

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Follow the g-Hive calendar for more activities giving girls the skills and confidence to design and build our digital future!

 

 

 

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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Digital Muse at TEDxVilnius

On 6 October 2012, Cheryl Miller, founder of DigitalMuse.org and former Technology Chair and European Director of greenlight for girls, introduced the concept for DigitalMuse.org during her TEDxVilnius speech on “Girls are going to save the world!”  See if you can find hints about DigitalMuse.org in the pictures below.  🙂

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