Cisco celebrates STEM for everyone this Girls in ICT Day

Girls in ICT Day takes place April 26, 2018 to support women in STEM and to encourage young women and girls to enter the field of information and communication technology (ICT). This is a global initiative that is celebrated everywhere from North America to Africa, and beyond. To date, more than 300,000 young women from 166 countries take part in this UN-lead celebration.

The initiative to bring more young women into ICT and STEM is crucial for the workforce now and in the future. The US Economics and Statistics Administration reports that while women filled 47 percent of US jobs in 2015, only 24 percent were in the STEM field. And with more than 1 million computing-related jobs expected in the United States in 2022, there needs to be more women in the industry to fill that skills gap.

Organizers worldwide create their own Girls in ICT event, and like years past, Cisco is leading the charge. On May 3rd, Cisco is inviting young women to their San Jose campus for the annual Girls Power Tech celebration. This event brings mentors, students, speakers, and employees together to learn more about how to get involved in STEM.

Cisco SVP and Chief People Officer Fran Katsoudas joined the ICT Day celebration in Berlin, where Cisco hosted 40 young women for speakers and workshops.

Girls’ #ICTDay2018@Cisco Berlin with keynotes from @FranKatsoudas and the State Minister for Health, Care & Equalization @dilkol . 40 Girls from 6 schools attended and had a lot of fun engaging in #STEM workshops on #Cybersecurity, #IoT and #IT#WeAreCisco inspiring #GirlsInSTEMpic.twitter.com/OkbQ24lKvz

— Community Relations (@CiscoCitizen) April 26, 2018

Annually, Cisco’s Girls Power Tech has hosted more than 4000 students aged 13 to 18 who come from Networking Academies, local schools, and non-profit partners. Girls Power Tech is also a global event—girls are invited to 90+ Cisco offices in 50 countries. Activities of the day include office tours, one-on-one mentoring, and experiences with Cisco collaboration and TelePresence tools.

The company is invested in getting girls excited about STEM beyond the Cisco campus. Cisco will help support the annual Tech Challenge at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation on April 28th and 29th through volunteer efforts and providing technology. This Challenge shows young people in the community what it’s like to be an engineer. Cisco will provide its collaboration tools, allowing students to participate in the Challenge remotely.

There is a lot we can all do to support young women in STEM and ICT. Check here to learn more about UN Women and here to read about Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

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