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4 hour session, at least 2 hours of hands-on experience
20 girls in each session, maximum number of girls in working group is 4 (without computers) or 2 (if using computers).
One girl/team selected as “Best of the Session”
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Dbayyeh Convention Center - March 12, 2016

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On the 12th of March 2016, five women associations - Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), Arab Women in Computing Lebanon Chapter (ArabWIC Lebanon), IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group – Lebanon Section, Women in IT (WIT), and Digital opportunity Trust - are organizing together the “Girls Got IT” event, bringing around 400 students girls from public and private schools (10th and 11th grades)  for a full day activity that will happen at the Dbayeh Convention Center.

The purpose of the event is to encourage girls to select IT (Information Technology) and STEAM subjects (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematic) as career choices; to promote essential technology skills for today's global economy through hands-on activities; to bridge the gender gap in technology-related fields by bringing awareness to girl students on the importance of ICT and the opportunities it can offer. Our aim is also to break the cultural stereotypes of women in STEAM by exposing young girls to inspiring role models and success stories from Lebanon and last but not least, to strengthen the bonds within society through fostering volunteering and the spirit of giving back to the society.

The objectives of the event:

  1. Encouraging them to select STEAM subjects as career choices,
  2. Promote essential technology skills for today's global economy;
  3. Bridge the gender gap in technology-related fields by bringing awareness to girl students on the importance of Information Technology and of the possibilities STEAM can offer
  4. Break the cultural stereotypes of women in STEAM by exposing young girls to inspiring role models and success stories from Lebanon
  5. Strengthen the bonds within society through fostering volunteering and the spirit of giving back to the society
  6. Support the technology startup ecosystem in Lebanon

During the one day workshop, around 20 practical and technical break-out sessions will be available for the student to engage in different activities and gain technical hands-on skills in different domains and will be given the opportunity to network and select mentors from the rich membership of the five organizers. 

At the end of the day, 20 awards will be distributed to the best participants. The winning girls will explain what they learned from the session.

This event is sponsored by:

Our Platinum sponsors are: Order of Engineers and Architects - Beirut and Alfa 

Our Gold sponsors are: Bank of Beirut, BLC, Bank Audi,  

Our Silver Sponsors are: BLF, Booz Allen, IDM and Microsoft. 

Agenda

Code of Conduct

Girls Got IT wishes to create and maintain an event where attendees are safe and happy.

We wish to maintain the principles of equality and treat each others with dignity, integrity and respect.  Everyone’s contribution, commitment, and diversity are valued and welcome.  It requires keeping the venue free of intimidation, offensive acts and materials.

We wish to promote respect and dignity at the event.   It requires organizers, volunteers, and student attendees to take responsibility for eliminating unacceptable behavior such as abusive language, harassment and bullying.  Inappropriate comments about dress or appearance, race, disability, religion, or politics will not be tolerated.

We wish to maintain a safe environment by respecting the rules communicated by the organizers and handle the equipment with care.

Any complaints concerning breaches of this code should be reported to the organizers.

Sponsors / Donors

Participating Schools / NGOs

Schools



Aindara Secondary Official School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Al Rabih School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Ali bin abi taleb

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Beissour Official Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Borj Barajneh High School for girls

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Brummana High School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Bteghrine official school

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Collège des Frères Mont La Salle

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

College Louise Wegmann

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Collège Protestant Français

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Collège Saint Georges

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Dhour Shweir Public Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Eastwood College

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Ecole du Saint Enfant Jesus, Besançon

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Ghazir Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Keserwan

IC Beirut

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Kfarshima Official Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Baabda

Khadija El kobra

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Khaled bin al walid

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Lycee Abdel Kader

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Lycee Official Hammana

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Baabda

Lycée officiel de Jeunes Filles - Nadia Aoun

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Magdel Baa’na Official Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Maroun Aboud Official Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Omar Bin Al Khattab

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Universal College of Aley

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Aaley

Antonine School - Hazmieh

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Baabda

Jounieh School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Keserwan

College Notre Dames De Louaize

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Baabda

Sin El Fil Secondary School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

El Achrafieh Secondary School

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Antonines Sisters School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Lycée Officiel Jamil Lahoud Baabdath

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Hasan Kassir High School

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Karameh High School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Chouf

Beirut Baptist School

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Jbeil Secondary Public School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Jbayl (Byblos)

Achrafieh Public School

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Lathenee de Beyrouth

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Beirut Evangelical School for Girls and Boys

Province: Mount Lebanon

Kaza: Matn

Ghbayreh High School for Girls

Province: Beirut

Kaza: Beirut

Speakers

Khaled Chehab
Khaled Chehab

President - Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut

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Engineer Khaled Chehab is the President of the Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut.  He is a competent leader with over 35 years of experience in the following fields of Engineering: Project Management, Construction Managemen, Civil Engineering, Quality Control, Team Leadership, Project Coordination, and Problem Solving.

Prior to be elected to head the Order of Engineers and Architects of Beirut, Mr. Chehab was Head of Construction &design Department and Owner Representative for Construction Projects at Khaled CHEHAB Design & Supervision, Beirut, Lebanon.

Affiliations

  • President of the Federation of Lebanese Engineers 2014 – present.
  • President of Order of Engineers and Architects – Beirut, Lebanon 2014 – present.
  • President of the "Egyptian Universities Alumni Association in Lebanon, 2000- present.
  • President of the board of the Islamic Center Farouq 1994-2000.
  • Vice President of the "Egyptian Universities Alumni Association in Lebanon, 1996-1999.
  • President of the "Wednesday seminar" 1996-1999.
  • Founder partner and head of the "construction engineers and dealers gathered in Beirut" 1994-2010.
  • Founder partner  and head of the "Egyptian Universities Alumni Association in Lebanon, 1993-1996.
  • Founder partner  and head of the "Egyptian Universities Alumni Association in Lebanon, 1993-1996.
  • Founder partners and President of the "Association Al Shahab family” since 1993.
  • Founder partner and vice president in the "Wednesday seminar" 1983.
  • Founder partner and President of the Arab Students Association in Alexandria 1977-1980.
  • President of the student government at Omar ibn al-Khattab – Makassed secondary school 1972-1975.

 

Fadi Yarak
Fadi Yarak

Director General of Education

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Mr. Fady Yarak is the General Director of Education in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon since 2007.

 

He is in charge of the overview of the General education strategy and programs, including quality standards, policy planning and implementation and liaising with national and international education organizations.

 

 

He is the chairman of the over $300 million retirement fund for the Teachers in the Private Sector.

 

He is also a member of the national commission of education of the UNESCO and of the task force for “Education for all”.

 

Mr. Fady Yarak cooperates with regional and local stakeholders mainly the World Bank, European Union, USAID, AFD, CIDA, SIDA and active embassies based in Lebanon.

 

He is also familiar with complex projects management and deals with different contracting types (cooperation agreements- grants- subcontracting..) with the international donors.

 

He has around 20 years of field and advisory experience in the social and economic development sector (education, health and social services):

  • Senior advisor to the minister of social affairs (MOSA)
  • Project coordinator in the policy advisory unit/ capacity building for poverty reduction with UNDP.
  • Participated in the elaboration of the social plan during the donors conference of Paris III.
  • Active member of various international and regional civil society networks for Human rights, poverty alleviation and education development.

 

He holds an MBA from ESA (École Supérieure des Affaires) – ESCP (École supérieure de commerce de Paris) and a DESS from Université Saint-Joseph where he was a lecturer from 1993 to 1996.

Desiree Chbeir
Desiree Chbeir

Project Leader - AMAZON

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Desiree Chbeir is currently at Amazon, where she leads a company-wide project leveraging machine learning to automatically classify, address and predict the millions of issues 3rd party sellers face on the Amazon platform. Prior to that, she led the strategy formulation to address the problems generated by the Trillions of edits made to the product catalog every month. She had also formulated the next $1 Billion market expansion for Amazon, which she presented to the CEO, the CFO and the Senior VPs.

Before Amazon, Desiree co-launched Endeavor-Lebanon, where she oversaw the selection and services division, working with established entrepreneurs with $1M-$20M in revenue and helping them scale to the $100M+ level.

Before Endeavor, she established and served as the Director of Operations of the Lebanon Creative Cluster, a Cisco funded non-profit initiative aimed at boosting the creative industries in Lebanon. Desiree was also the regional director for the AllWorld Network, a Harvard-based initiative chaired by Professor Michael Porter to support high growth entrepreneurs from emerging countries.

Desiree Chbeir completed her MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and Singapore, where she was also president of the Entrepreneurship Club. Before INSEAD, Desiree spent six years with IBM (Silicon Valley and Germany), where she held various roles spanning software development, consulting and client relationship management. Desiree graduated with her BS Cum Laude and on the Dean’s list from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of California, San Diego.

Danny Karam
Danny Karam

Vice President - Booz | Allen | Hamilton

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Danny Karam is a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton and a senior leader within the Digital practice, where he spearheads the firm’s Middle East and North Africa Digital Life/Internet of Things (IoT) and ICT platforms.

With focus on these key areas, Mr. Karam serves clients in both the public and private sectors, advising on a range of issues including the development and execution of smart city initiatives. He has also led major engagements in the areas of national ICT development, digital strategy, big data analytics, e-government, organizational transformation, and the development of business growth strategies.

In addition to his core areas of expertise, Mr. Karam applies his diverse skills to projects that focus on operating models, governance and HR transformation, as well as social media, customer relationship management and the design and implementation of digital services.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Karam has gained more than 17 years of ICT and strategy experience through various engagements in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton from Booz & Co. in 2014, Mr. Karam spent several years with Ernst & Young. He has also actively carried out voluntary and pro bono work with organizations including World Vision and local governments, as well as coaching a number of digital startups in the Lebanese ecosystem.

Mr. Karam holds a B.Eng. degree in civil engineering from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and an MBA from Ohio University in the US.

Sylvia Yammine
Sylvia Yammine

Miss Globe 2016

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Ms. Sylvia Yammine is an Architect from Zgharta, North Lebanon, specializing urban planning.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and a university professor.  She is active both in the engineering field, as well as socially.  She believes in giving back to the community and the advancement of environmental values.

Ms. Yammine is Mrs. Globe 2016.  She was elected because of her beauty and intelligence over participants from 60 countries.  Ms. Yammine was crowned in Shenzhen China on 5 December 2015.

Previously, Ms. Yammine was crowned Mrs. Green Mind Lebanon 2015 on 11 November 2015, by the Green Mind association under the patronage of the ministries of tourism and environment, and in partnership with “Miss Lebanon” committee, LBCI TV channel, and the Banque du Liban.

Sana Odeh
Sana Odeh

Faculty of Computer Science - New York University NYU and NYUAD

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Professor Sana Odeh, is a Clinical Professor, and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and an Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). A proponent of women in technology, professor Odeh is the founder and chair of the NYUAD Conference on Women in Computing in the Arab world (held at NYUAD in Abu Dhabi during Spring 2012, May 2013, and May 17, and 18, 2015), founder and chair of the Arab Women in Computing (arabwic.org), founder and chair of the Annual NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for the Social Good in the Arab World, chair of the annual New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Conference (sponsored by Google, NYU’s Courant Women in Computing (WinC) and Princeton University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE, and the faculty advisor for NYU’s Courant Women in Computing (WinC) at NYU NY.  She is a member of the leadership committee of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest conference for women technologists, and also a member of the steering committee of the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W).

She is also an Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) where she spent three years (from 2010 to 2013) setting up the Computer Science department at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and also created successful international collaboration projects in Computer Science. 
Her research focuses on Programming Languages and Web and Mobile Technologies, Developing information technologies for the developing worldE-Learning, and Arab Women in Computing.

Shop Talkers

Organizers

Asmahan Zein
Asmahan Zein

LLWB

Marianne Bitar Karam
Marianne Bitar Karam

DOT Lebanon

Salam Yamout
Salam Yamout

WIT

Mona Itani
Mona Itani

IEEE Women in Engineering

Chloe Alexandra Younes
Chloe Alexandra Younes

Girls got IT coordinator

Nisreen Deeb
Nisreen Deeb

ArabWIC

Rana Chmaitelly
Rana Chmaitelly

TLE