International Girls in ICT Day
2013, April 25

Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium (morning) & European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium(afternoon)

"Girls in ICT" Day

As part of the event , the European Parliament will host a debate on Women in ICT, dealing with women in ICT careers and with skills development. Key parts of the discussion will include: the stereotypical portrayal of girls and women in the media, industry's responsibility for driving the change in the ICT sector, digital skills, and the business case for getting more women to work in ICT.

A first draft of the agenda is published here. Please note that there may be further changes in the programme.

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NB: The Commission will not reimburse travel & accommodation expenses for participants in this event. Access to the building of the European Parliament requires prior registration via the link below, and seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

GIRLS IN ICT DAY (draft programme) 25 April 2013 Venue: Tour & Taxis, Brussels (morning) & European Parliament, Brussels (afternoon)

GIRLS IN ICT DAY (draft programme)
25 April 2013
Venue: Tour & Taxis, Brussels (morning) & European Parliament, Brussels (afternoon)

The morning session will be delivered by partner stakeholder organisation: organised by Agoria with the support of Brussels-Capital Region and Research in Brussels. Around 200 pupils aged 15-18 from the Brussels Region are expected to attend the workshops in the morning session. Please note that the morning session DigitaLive is open only to pupils. Participant registration is valid as of 13.30 hr or 15.00 hrs depending on the registration type.


9.00 -11.30 IT workshops for boys & girls – DigitaLive (open to pupils only)
Imagine the world in 2050 – a workshop on Digital Futures for boys & girls - DG
Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
The Technology Behind Digital Music – a hands-on workshop about the tech behind
DJ-ing & composing digital music – by, a Zen Digital Europe initiative
11.00 Welcome by Céline Fremault, Minister for Scientific Research, Brussels-Capital
Region, and a quick tour around DigitaLive with Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-
General, International Telecommunication Union, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President
of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda
11.30 – 11.45 A conversation with Céline Fremault, Hamadoun Touré and Neelie Kroes

12.15 – 13.30 Transfer to the European Parliament
13.30 – 15.00 Networking lunch hosted by the European Internet Foundation including Tech
Needs Girls award ceremony , Members' Salon, ground floor, European Parliament,
Rue Wiertz 60 (for those arriving for this session entrance via Altiero Spinelli building)

15.00 – 17.30 Parliamentary hearing on Women in ICT, József Antall building, Room 6Q2,
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels (for those arriving for this session
entrance via József Antall building)
The hearing will be organised by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) chaired by Amalia Sartori (ITRE Chair).
15.00 – 15.10 Opening of the hearing and introductory statements by Amalia Sartori
15.10 – 15.20 Statement by Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, International
Telecommunication Union
15.20 – 15.30 Statement by Neelie Kroes, Vice –President of the European Commission
15.30 – 16.20 Panel 1: Women in ICT careers: how to explore female talent?
15.30 – 15.40 Gianna Martinengo, President of DidaelKTS and President of the Women and
15.40 – 15.50 Saskia Van Uffelen, CEO at Bull and CBS Consulting, Digital Champion for Belgium
15.50 – 16.00 Monique Morrow, CTO Asia Pacific & Distinguished Consulting Engineer, CISCO
16.00 – 16.20 Q&A by Members
16.20 – 17.00 Panel 2: Nourishing the pipeline: ICT skills for ICT jobs
16.20 – 16.30 Kicki Stridh, Board Member, the European Association for Women in Science and Technology (SET), Sweden
16.30 – 16.40 Ruthe Farmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Centre for Women and IT
16.40 – 16.50 Donna Metzlar, Community advocate, The Genderchangers
16.50 – 17.00 Nidhi Tandon, Principal consultant and trainer, Networked Intelligence for
Development and gender consultant, ITU

17.00 – 17.10 Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook (videoconference)
17.10 – 17.20 Q&A by Members
17.20 – 17.30 Closing remarks by Amalia Sartori

17.45 - Reception hosted by the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) in the
European Parliament, Members' restaurant, ground floor


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