Inicio has celebrated the Girls in ICT day since 2016. The International Girls in ICT day is an initiative by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is celebrated yearly on the last Thursday of April. The aim is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT. To date (February 2018), over 300,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 9,000 celebrations of International Girls in ICT Day in 166 countries worldwide.
This year (2018) in collaboration with Svensk Elektronik and EIT Digital we invited 100 girls ,of ages 13 – 19, to participate in a full day of hands on activities, case studies and an inspirational talk. The theme we have selected is “Health and Well-being” and the girls built from scratch electronic devices that detect and measure pulse rate. The event took place on the 26th of April at Kista Mässan where we’ve been hosted by the Scandinavian Electronics Event (S.E.E).
09:00-10:00 Registration & Welcome
10:00-12:00 Workshop round 1 & Tour of S.E.E.
12:00-13:00 Lunch & Inspirational talk
13:00-15:00 Workshop round 2 & Tour of S.E.E.
15:00-15:30 Poster exhibition
15:30-16:00 Closing ceremony
Wokshop 1: Build a pulse detector form scratch.
During this workshop we provided all the participants with all the electronic parts and tools required to make a pulse detector. With guidance from our mentors they built from scratch using parts like resistors, capacitors, LEDs, sensors etc a fully functional pulse detector.
Workshop 2: Help Vobling to further develop their app Happy Place.
Vobling, a VR/AR/MR consultancy firm joined us for Girls in ICT and demoed one of their apps, Happy Place. Happy Place is a VR application designed to reduce pain and stress levels. The participants of this workshop brainstormed on ideas on how to further develop Happy Place in terms of interaction and VR “happy places” to visit. They also came up with ideas on potential new use cases of the app. All the ideas were presented in the form of posters that an expert jury evaluated and come up with the winning ideas in three different categories: Most innovative idea, Best business potential, Best poster design.
Workshop 3: Help Qinematic find ways to make 3D body scanning fun, visualise data and offer useful advice.
Qinematic is a company doing 3D body scanning of posture balance and movement for optimal health. During Girls in ICT, Qinematic demoed their system and asked the participants to come up with ideas answering questions like: “How would you like to see your results?”, “How could we motivate you to prevent a possible injury?”, “Could there be rewards? Could it be fun?”, “What technology might you use to make all of this possible?”. All the ideas were presented in the form of posters that an expert jury evaluated and come up with the winning ideas in three different categories: Most innovative idea, Best business potential, Best poster design.