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!
On 23 April, In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day 2015, Digital Muse 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.
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.
To 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.
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:
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!
On Wednesday, 21 January 2015 – in collaboration with GE Garages Brussels – Digital 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!
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
Follow the Digital Muse calendar for more activities giving girls the skills and confidence to design and build our digital future!
On 15 April, DLI organized 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, and included a short history of digital music, song-writing and the digital tools available for “creative digital independence” for aspiring music-makers. Tune in here to check out the amazing creations that resulted from our digital musings!
On 23 April, Digital Muse also hosted its first-ever Mother & Daughter digital music workshop, organised by Cheryl and Sandrine Droubaix, world-reknown digital musician hailing from Brussels. The event took place in DJ Sand‘s studio in Brussels, and delivered some fantastic digital music inventions from teams of adult- and mini-digital muses!
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!
On 20 February 2013, DigitalMuse.org carried 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, gave a group of lucky young women the chance to design and print their very own creations using the latest in 3D print technology, and showcased the importance of STE(A)M* skills for young people and the vital contribution all women can make to the future European economy.
DLI sister initiative, Women2020, also collaborated 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. These issues were also the subject of a panel luncheon where our young digital muses were encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions.