International Girls in ICT Day

Toward achieving a 50/50 participation by 2030 agenda, dLab has been engaging itself in different activities which promote the female participation in data issues. In that effect, the dLab in collaboration with local tech hubs such as Apps and Girls, University of Dar es Salaam ICT Incubator (UDICTI), SHE codes for Change and Help to Help will jointly commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day by training girls on how they can innovate with data.

The International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), with the aim of creating a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

dLab’s theme of this year’s celebration is “financial inclusion for young girls” to realise the role of young girls in economic growth. In achieving this, dLab will organise a pre workshop training where participants will be trained on open data concepts and platforms. The output of the pre workshop is to enable students to understand open data concepts, benefits, challenges and opportunities as well as understanding existing open datasets available for use. It is important to note that this celebration will involve young girls in the age (15 – 24 years) owing to the fact that any financial instrument in Tanzania requires a national ID and the same is available to young adults 18 and upwards.

The workshop is being designed to introduce the concepts and opportunities around financial data, and how with minimum ICT knowledge it is still possible to harness the power to data for small businesses. dLab aims to partner with other organizations to achieve this. The workshop will be conducted on 28th April, 30th April and 1st May 2018 at dLab premises, University of Dar es salaam,College of ICT, Kijitonyama campus.

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