OneWeb Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day 2019

  • ITU International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated this year on Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Engineering and outreach teams from OneWeb will visit six schools to encourage STEM across Barbados and Trinidad
  • The roadshow will be held ahead of the Caribbean FutureScape event, where OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel will participate in discussions about how governments and industry can collaborate to build a connected Caribbean.

April 25, 2019 -- OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, celebrates the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) International Girls in ICT Day by meeting with students from Trinidad and Barbados, to discuss and encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Caribbean.

The visit from OneWeb engineers to schools in Barbados and Trinidad is part of a wider collaboration between OneWeb and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), taking place ahead of Caribbean FutureScape event, where Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb will speak with regional governments and policy makers about how harmonized and collaborative regulatory frameworks will enable deployment of innovative technology

International Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative by the ITU, aiming to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

“I am very proud that OneWeb has the opportunity to support International Girls in ICT Day, by visiting and meeting with students from both Trinidad and Barbados and encouraging STEM subjects,” said Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb. “Specifically, International Girls in ICT Day shines a light on bridging the gender digital divide, an issue felt by many across the world. Women will be our future leaders in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. I would like to thank our engineering team, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Minister Kay McConney of the Barbados Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, who have all made this important trip possible.”

OneWeb engineering and outreach teams will talk to more than 300 students about the following: encouraging them to pursue an engineering career, teaching students about satellite communications, and building paper mockups of satellites.

Honorable Senator Kay McConney, Barbados Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, said: “The education-science-business connection is central to enabling a nation of curious, innovative, and critical thinkers. The earlier we engage the interest and energy of our youth, then the better we will be as a nation. It is equally important that we place emphasis on the inclusion of girls so that we benefit as a society from every perspective. That’s why our Ministry (MIST) is supportive of this inclusive initiative that will not only spark imagination in our students, but actively engage their creativity in the learning process.”

“The establishment of a Girls in ICT Day highlights the fact that women have the intellectual capacity and competencies to be equally represented in the ICT field. Women bring valuable perspectives and approaches to organisations so we are therefore very pleased to be part of this initiative encouraging girls to consider careers in ICT” said Ms. Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU).

Celebrating ITU International Girls in ICT Day, Carmel Ortiz, Chief Systems Engineer at OneWeb, said: “It is a great privilege to meet and encourage science, engineering, technology and mathematics to the future leaders in Barbados and Trinidad. As a senior female engineer at OneWeb, working for a company that values the importance of encouraging STEM and particularly helping to open the imagination to inspire more girls to pursue these fields is one of many reasons I am here. It’s our responsibility to promote more female leaders in ICT, and beyond.”

OneWeb is proud to visit 6 schools across Barbados and Trinidad, including the following:

  • Lester Vaughn Secondary, Barbados
  • The St. Michael School, Barbados
  • Christ Church Foundation School, Barbados
  • Tranquility Government School, Trinidad
  • Morvant Laventille Secondary School, Trinidad
  • St. Joseph Convent School, Trinidad

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