'TechnoGirls 2011'

“TechnoGirls 2011” a one-day event conducted third year in succession recently under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Women’s College.

The main aim of “TechnoGirls 2011” is to increase the engagement of girls with technology and exposing them to the various career opportunities available in the high-tech industry. It also showcased the future technologies and conducted 18 technical workshops along with an panel discussion about ‘Future Trends in ICT’ to enhance student awareness on new technologies and its impact on our daily lives.

On the accassion Dr. Howard Reed, Director, Dubai Women’s College said, “The TechnoGirls event is giving high school girls the opportunity to experience new IT products from industry experts and faculty at DWC. Hopefully this will encourage more of them to consider ICT related studies.”

Dr. Behjat Al Yousef, Associate Director, Dubai Women’s College, further added, “By hosting an event such as Technogirls, we aim to empower students to build successful careers for themselves and educate them on technology. Technogirls is an example of our strong partnership with Intel and HP, we look forward to a continuous long-term association with them to inspire more females in the region to join a science and technology career force.”

TechnoGirls is a program that targets youth and provides them with the opportunity of learning about careers in technology and also connecting them with other school girls in a practical hands-on environment. Throughout the event, DWC engaged its participants with thought provoking exercises which assisted them in managing their lives and careers using technologies of the future.  The event took place at the DWC campus with around 450 students participating from 14 Emirati school-girls in partnership with HP and Intel.

Sam Al Schamma, Regional Manager, Intel said, “TechnoGirls 2011 was once again a refreshing experience for all of us. These types of events are necessary to motive and encourage our youth to look beyond the norm and explore new areas in IT and Technology as they start thinking about their future education. We were impressed with the excellent organization and moderation of the event as well as the topics discussed, but most rewarding was the interaction we got with the students and the energy levels they exhibited.”

Exclusive sessions were held for teachers on WIMBA, a 21st century teaching tool to create virtual learning environments to enhance student learning.

Jyothi Ganglani, IT Faculty, DWC  said, “TechnoGirls is a unique program because our students engage directly with the high school students and open their minds to how technology can empower them to play a leading role in the future of this country. We are very privileged to have the support of technology giants like HP and Intel. They bring their global expertise and in-depth knowledge to help us shape the content and impact of this program”.

“It’s always a great event when you interact with inspired , passionate , motivated high school students who are eager to know every detail on the new and future technologies and that was exactly the case at the TechnoGirls 2011 at DWC,” Sherifa Al Hady, Channel Manager, HP Middle East pointed out.