Women encouraged to pursue technology

Lyna Mohamad

The Google Developers Group (GDG) Brunei in collaboration with Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) celebrated the International Women’s Day at RB Campus yesterday.

The event brought in experts from RB, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Politeknik Brunei to share insights in the area of Data Science, Machine Learning and work-life balance.

Ambassador for Women Techmakers Brunei Saedah binti Hasnal said providing and sharing resources is crucial to help Bruneians stay connected and not lag behind.

The education system should also be revised and improved according to digital and technology advancement, Saedah said.

“What we really want is diversity and inclusivity. We don’t want the mindset of our younger generation to think that technology is for a specific gender, age or intelligence level. Everyone can use or learn to use technology.

ABOVE & BELOW: Invited speakers during the talks; and participants in a group photo. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

“Google actually lends us technology that we can use for free open source, so that our community can benefit from them and embrace the Industrial Revolution 4.0 technologies,” she added.

Meanwhile, GDG Brunei leader Ho Ying Ying said the event will encourage and inspire more women to pursue tech.

“We want to build a bigger community of women in tech where we can all learn from and network with each other,” she added.

More than 100 participanted in the event themed #TogetherWeRise. The event, supported by eBunda, ITPSS Sdn Bhd and Printmartz featured technical and soft-skill talks and the first all-female cyber Capture-The-Flag competition.

Top three winners were awarded. First prize winner Hazirah binti Jalil received a return air ticket to Kuching and a 4TB external hard disk.

Second place winner, Nurbazilah binti Haji Metussin received a return air ticket to Sandakan and a 2TB external hard disk, while third place winner Nadherah Hazwanee binti Amir won a return ticket to Tawau.

GDG Brunei is part of a worldwide network of over 400 chapters aimed to empower members by sharing tech information and knowledge.