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An organisation looking to delete gender discrimination in high-tech industries is booting up in Bermuda.

Earlier this month, Coral Wells of ConnecTech launched a chapter of Girls in Tech, an organisation focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and education of women in technology.

GIT is a global charity that seeks to eradicate gender disparities in high-tech industries and start-ups by engaging, educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. From technical courses and leadership boot camps to hackathons and start-up competitions, its mission is to support women entirely with the access and community they need to succeed in tech.

GIT can be found in over 30 countries with Bermuda now being added.

The event kicked off with a networking session hosting a wide array of IT professionals. The guest speaker was Leslie Rans, the newly appointed CEO of Digicel Bermuda. She shared her experiences of breaking through glass ceilings and the challenges she still encounters in what is viewed as a male dominated industry.

“A special thank you and congratulations to Coral Wells and Girls in Tech for having me at such an amazing inaugural event,” Ms Rans said. “I truly believe that the youth are our future and I hold a particular passion for ensuring young women know the power they possess. While the tech industry may be dominated by males we are seeing a continued shift in the presence of women. Digicel believes in diversity in every form. I will both personally and professionally always make it a point to play my part to uplift, educate and employ women.”

The launch hosted over 50 attendees. Girls In Tech, Bermuda Chapter has events planned for 2020 to support their mission and provide education to the Bermuda community. Some major events that will be held this year are as follows:

• Screening of Chasing Grace episodes — a documentary series about women in tech. “The Project seeks to build a more inclusive and transparent culture in tech and to recruit and retain women to help build the future.”

• Hacking for humanity — an event that will be hosted during the summer which will encourage students in tertiary education and professionals to collaborate, network, mentor and gain insight through problem solving as they build solutions for global challenges.

• GIT boot camps — will provide training and education to help aspiring IT professionals gain more insight into technology and/or assist IT Professionals build upon their existing skills to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to succeed in a gender-dominated career.

“Leslie was a fantastic speaker to launch Girls in Tech Bermuda,” Ms Wells said. “She is extremely humble and down to earth about her technology expertise and experiences, and we are very grateful she shared. As we kick off 2020, I am excited about the amazing opportunities GIT Bermuda will provide to our local tech community, having a network of like-minded individuals is a tremendous benefit. We believe international exposure to women in technology is imperative to leadership and career growth.

“Therefore, providing international networking and learning opportunities to our members is a priority to Girls in Tech Bermuda. I have put together an amazing team of inspiring women to help lead and grow this organisation and we look forward to welcoming both men and women interested in our events, meetups and discussions.

“These and future GIT events will expose Bermudian professionals in a variety of careers including, software engineering, marketing, human resources, investments, students, data scientists, start-ups, to gain support internationally and create a community with global mentors.”

For more information about GIT or to become a member, see bermuda.girlsintech.org

Tech equality: from left, are Janika Fields, Kateryna Gorbunova, Jalesa Vincent, MP Tinee Furbert, Lovitta Foggo, Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, Coral Wells, Leslie Rans, Kim Wilson, Minister of Health, David Burt, the Premier, Lori Symonds and Justine Dzofonoo-Burch (Photograph supplied)

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Published January 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Updated January 28, 2020 at 2:16 am)

Girls in Tech combats gender disparity

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