GSMA Puts Spotlight on Mobile for Girls in ICT Day

Events in London and Barcelona Showcase Learning and Careers in
Technology

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GSMA today celebrated the annual ITU Girls in ICT Day with students
from The Bridge Academy in Hackney, highlighting the exciting learning
and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) areas. The group of Year 8 (12-13 year-old)
schoolgirls from The Bridge Academy spent the day at Wayra, Telefónica’s
start-up accelerator, where they worked with developers to create a
virtual reality (VR) experience, heard success stories from young
entrepreneurs from Acorn Aspirations, and learned more about careers
experiences from a number of female executives.

“We are thrilled to again be participating in the ITU’s Girls in ICT
Day,” said Michel O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Mobile
technology has become central in the everyday lives of billions of
people around the world and this will only increase in the years ahead,
as nearly everyone and everything is connected by mobile. We want to
ensure that young women are preparing themselves to take a leading role
in this mobile-first future, by focusing on STEM subjects in their
education and then pursuing and advancing in careers in technology.”

Speakers for the London Girls in ICT Day programme included:

  • Elena Sinel, Founder and CEO, Acorn Aspirations
  • Georgie Barrat, Technology Journalist and Broadcaster, and Presenter
    on Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’
  • Roisin Hartshorn, Research and Programme Manager, GSMA
  • Natasha Rooney, Internet Engineering Director, GSMA
  • Ramat Tejani, Advocacy Marketing Manager, GSMA
  • Peter Falcone, Google Expeditions
  • Rukshan Mehra, TMT Strategy Consultant, RedShift Strategy
  • Ada Rose Edwards, Senior Engineer & Web Developer/Advocate, Samsung
  • Anthea Greco, Head of Partnerships, Wayra

A major highlight of the day was the virtual reality experience led by
Ada Rose Edwards of Samsung, where the students had the opportunity to
do some basic programming and to edit a VR environment using the Google
Cardboard viewer, mobile devices and laptops. The girls later put their
VR experiences to use with an immersive virtual tour from Google
Expeditions.

GSMA Hosts Girls in ICT Day Programme in Barcelona

In addition to the activities in London, the GSMA also hosted a group of
girls at the Mobile World Center in Barcelona, where speakers from the
GSMA, HP and Telefónica showcased the impact of technology and mobile.

“Following on the Women for Tech programme and the Youth Mobile
Festival, both launched at this year’s Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, Girls in ICT Day offers another opportunity for us to
highlight the importance of technology in education and careers for
young women in Barcelona,” said Therese Jamaa, General Manager, Mobile
World Capital, GSMA. “We also want to help young women understand the
breadth of careers available to them in the technology industry, from
engineering and technical roles, to marketing and sales, and more. The
possibilities are endless!”

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

Participation in initiatives such as the Girls in ICT Day underlines the
mobile industry’s commitment to helping to achieve the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5 (Gender
Equality), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic
Growth) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities). In 2016, the mobile industry
became the first sector as a whole to commit to the SDGs, with mobile
already contributing against all 17 SDGs. The GSMA and its members are
focused on accelerating and amplifying mobile’s impact on the SDGs, to
connect everyone and everything to a better future.

-ENDS-

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting
nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies,
equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in
adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading
events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai,
Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com.
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Contacts

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GSMA
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