Cisco hosted its annual Girls Power Tech event at its Dubai office, where more than 60 female students from several schools had the opportunity to interact with technology professionals, Cisco executives, other women role models and peers. Aligned with the UN’s global Girls in ICT Day, Cisco’s Girls Power Tech is held annually and offers a special learning opportunity for female students to connect with Cisco and other mentors on-site at Cisco offices around the world.
The UAE version of the event included a number of engaging activities, including inspirational talks by prominent women innovators and guest speakers, a morning chat session with senior Cisco executives, in addition to an Internet of Things (IoT) challenge and a speed mentoring session.
“Cisco has multiple initiatives aimed at encouraging young females to pursue careers and education in technology and they stem from our conviction that gender inclusion and empowering women is vital to business and society,” said Mike Weston, VP of Cisco Middle East.
The activity-packed day featured inspirational presentations by Azza Al Mughairy, who spoke on cyberbullying, and Fatima Al Kaabi, the UAE’s youngest inventor and recipient of UAE Pioneers Award, who shared her experiences on innovation and her inspiring journey with the aspiring girls.
During his welcome address, Shukri Eid, Managing Director – East Region, Cisco Middle East, commented “Promoting opportunities for women to learn from one another and build connections that cultivate continuous learning and career development remains a top priority for us.”
“Girls Power Tech demonstrates our commitment towards improving gender diversity in the technology sector” said Frida Kleimert, Channel Lead – East Region, Cisco Middle East.