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Engineering a gender-balanced workforce in ICT

    27 Apr 2022
Engineering a gender-balanced workforce in ICT

Dynamic Technologies group company DVT was a proud sponsor of this year’s GirlCode Hackathon, the flagship event of local skills development organisation GirlCode ZA.

The competition took place on 8 March 2022, celebrating International Women’s Day. 50 participating young female developers were challenged to #BreakTheBias in ICT by conceptualising software solutions to address common gender prejudices in the workplace.

Now in its eighth year, the event delivered on all levels, as the innovative capabilities of young female developers working together in teams produced fantastic results. The winning projects were awarded as follows:

1st prize:
A Web App allowing companies to register and get a code for their employees to use, while remaining anonymous when reporting biases they encounter within the organisation. – Team NVT

2nd prize:
A complaint Logging System that allows employees to report incidences on bias, providing real data on the type of biases employees face and allowing HR departments to implement relevant remedial programmes. – Team Hack-Gen

3rd prize:
A Web App anonymising job application processes, which are sometimes deemed to be biased. – Team Hack Invasion Girls

GirlCode ZA is near and dear to the hearts of everyone at software solutions company DVT, a long-time supporter of GirlCode and a champion of diversity and inclusion. GirlCode ZA’s yearly hackathon and other programmes address gender inequality in ICT and the critical shortage of tech talent simultaneously, through empowering women with the necessary skills to find employment and excel in the industry.

Jaco van der Merwe, DVT’s CEO, says: “At DVT we tap into the strengths of everyone, not just a select few. We firmly believe that a diverse workforce makes us a stronger business. We would like to congratulate all the participants and look forward to seeing great things from you in the future!”

Sources
https://www.itweb.co.za/content/Gb3BwMW8GOrq2k6V
https://htxt.co.za/2022/03/girlcode-to-host-all-female-hackathon-on-international-womens-day/
https://girlcode.co.za/causes/hackathon/
https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/web-application-that-allows-employees-to-remain-anonymous-when-reporting-company-biases-wins-top-prize-0207e30e-2319-4221-b96f-11281a52ccc9

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