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Oracle Academy Celebrates Girls in ICT in Latin America for Fourth Year

Richard Delgado Cascante
Regional Director - Latin America

As part of our mission to promote diversity in computing, Oracle Academy hosted for the fourth consecutive year the Girls in ICT Day across Latin America. This year the event was held simultaneously in several countries in Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

The events each featured Oracle and Oracle Women Lead speakers to inspire girls to learn more about and consider careers in information technology and related computing fields. More than 560 young women participated in inspiring Oracle tech leader talks, design thinking workshops, coding exercises, and programming a Finch robot, all organized by Oracle Academy.

On behalf of Oracle Academy, I would like to thank each of the more than 60 volunteers who, with dedication, commitment and an inspiring spirit of excellence and service, supported this important event around all corners of Latin America. A huge thank you to our Oracle volunteers!

Watch our new videos celebrating the events and see how Oracle Academy courses and educators have helped young women become tech experts who now are sharing their knowledge with other young women:

English: https://youtu.be/DPIgEADS6b0

Spanish: https://youtu.be/K4W7k7YjBc8

Portuguese: https://youtu.be/CIMQk8Wa0F8

Some event country highlights:

Brazil

Oracle Brazil hosted 90 girls from several institutions, including Senac, PUC-SP, CPS schools of Lins, Guaianazes, Praia Grande, Band-Tec, and Projeto Meninas Negras, for a day full of inspiration and technology.

The event started with a panel on leadership featuring Oracle experts Elisa Kobayashi, Architecture Technology Director; Mara Carvalho, Alliances and Channels Manager; Marcelle Paiva, Marketing Director; and Daniele Botaro, LAD Diversity and Inclusion leader, as session mediator. Additionally, Isabelle Christina, Leader, Cloud and Digital, and Vitoria Silva, Video Developer and Designer, led a panel on how to succeed in the industry.

The students also had the opportunity to participate in a programming workshop using Finch, a robot specifically designed to teach young students the basics of computer programming and robotics. Oracle Brazil Managing Director Rodrigo Galvõ closed the event by delivering a motivational message on Oracle vision and values.

Mexico

With the aim of inspiring and motivating more young women to consider computing careers and join the tech industry, Oracle Academy invited 30 female students from the Technological University of Nezahualcoyotl and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico to the Oracle Mexico office to participate in Girls in ICT Day events.

With several inspiring talks from Oracle leaders, the participants enjoyed a day full of knowledge and new experiences. Samantha Moguel, Senior Account Manager; Olga Patiño, Senior Sales Director; Liliana Vargas, Oracle Academy LAD Business Manager; Elena de la Torre, Corporate Citizenship Manager; and Julieta Arias, LAD Endomarketing, volunteered their expertise to help make the event a success.

Colombia

On April 23 in Colombia, Oracle Academy hosted 35 girls from Hernando Durán Dussan School.  The event included a panel of Oracle leaders and representatives of the education industry discussing technology topics. During the afternoon, the girls learned more about life at Oracle with a group of 37 volunteer mentors. Finally, the participants had the opportunity to experience the recently opened Oracle Innovation Labs, where they participated in a workshop on creating technology solutions for environmental problems in the City of Bogota. The teams worked on issues related to water, clean energy, waste, mobility, and air quality, and were supported by a group of 16 volunteer facilitators.

On May 3 in Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, 170 girls from public schools of the ITM University attended the Girls in ICT celebration. The activities were supported by Sapiencia, Ruta N, and the San Bata Group, with the support of Oracle Academy Country Manager Marcela Escobar.

Peru

Oracle Academy in Peru celebrated Girls in ICT Day on April 25 with 80 students from USIL. Oracle volunteers Chiarella Bencan, Solution Engineering Senior Manager, opened the event with a talk on the role of women in technology, and then Juan Pablo Guizado, Enterprise Architect for Public Sector, took the girls on a journey exploring the latest emerging technologies. Finally, the students participated in a design thinking workshop led by Luzmila Toledo, Staff Solution Engineer; Veronica Rosas, Oracle Academy Country Manager; Andrea Alvarez, Senior Solution Engineer; and Maria Gabriela Casado, Marketing Specialist.

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, the Girls in ICT event took place at the Miravalle School in Cartago, with young women from five additional schools around the country also participating there. The agenda included a Java programming workshop facilitated by master teacher Evelyn Ramirez, and a design thinking activity lead by Miravalle’s Principal, Ihosvanny Seguí. In this workshop, the girls had the opportunity to identify and propose solutions to increase the participation of women in tech and the IT industry.

Oracle volunteer Ana Laura Medrano, Chief Solution Engineer, delivered a motivational talk on her life as an computer science engineer, including her challenges and her accomplishments as a successful professional. “Women must empower themselves to exceed their expectations and have a positive attitude to the challenges that arise,” she said as one of her closing remarks to the more than 100 young women attending the event.

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Oracle Academy organized activities around the role of women and challenges in technology. The event was hosted at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo and the Maria Cadilla de Martínez School.

During the event, Oracle Academy volunteers spoke about women in technology, and a panel of Oracle employees shared their experiences in the industry and on the job, covering their time as students as well as the challenges they have faced as women in the technology industry.

Oracle volunteer Manoletts Morales, Principal Solution Engineer, shared a demo and presentation of the evolution of applications through the years, and closed the event with a Java programming workshop using Alice.

Support from volunteers Aurora Roque, Customer Care Representative; Carolina Rivera, Customer Success Manager; and Johana Bohorquez, Sales Representative, was key to the success of the event on the island.


Again, thank you to all our Oracle volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help make our Oracle Academy Girls in ICT events across Latin America such as success! We appreciate you supporting the Oracle Academy mission to increase diversity in technology fields by sharing your knowledge and experience with these young women.

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