International Memorandum of Understanding between HK, Singapore and Europe Tech Talent – OpenGov Asia

To recent launch of the Cross-Polytechnic Girls in Tech (GIT) committee, the Singapore Women in Tech (SG WIT), led by the Infocomm Media Development Authority and the five polytechnics, namely Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and nurture women’s interest in technology.

The Cross-Polytechnic Girls in Tech committee will represent Singapore’s five polytechnics. The new committee wants to increase girls’ interest in computing through workshops, hackathons and mentorship and aims to reach over 700 members a year.

I am thrilled to see the recognition and support for the powerful conversations, actions and perspectives that girls can bring to the tech industry.

– Krystal Lim Yun Shi, President, Cross-Polytechnic Girls, Tech Committee

They are excited to work with SG Women in Tech and other industry partners on this project and look forward to more girls and industry partners to join their team to create greater vitality. in the technology landscape over the next decade and beyond. These further fuel the passion and belief for more multiple possibilities of cultivating technological potential in women.

In Singapore, about four in ten tech professionals are women, which is above the global average. SG WIT will continue to reach out to girls and women to spark their enthusiasm and interest in the tech industry by exposing them to the possibilities of an exciting tech profession.

This partnership between SG WIT and the Cross-Polytechnic Girls in Tech Committee will increase the number of opportunities for digital businesses to demonstrate how girls and women can contribute to the tech ecosystem.

In addition, the new GIT interpolytechnic committee is made up of female infocomm technology students from the five polytechnics. In accordance with the MoU, the five polytechnics will collaborate with the Inter-Polytechnic GIT to retain, cultivate and develop girls’ interest in a career in the technology industry.

This will be accomplished through programs including conferences, workshops, competitions and mentorship opportunities. SGWIT will support these inter-polytechnic GIT programs through speakers, venues, and sponsorships.

Girls from colleges, including those from technical colleges, and universities will be invited to company tours, technology talks, and sharing sessions with female technology executives during the annual “Girls in Tech Week” in October 2022.

This is meant to encourage women to seize opportunities and overcome obstacles in various tech-related professional roles. Last year, the first virtual three-day “Girls in Tech Week” attracted more than 380 female attendees, as well as female leaders from 17 participating tech organizations who discussed the tech industry and their experiences and career paths. personal.

The five polytechnics salute the strong support provided by Singapore Women in Tech, industry leaders and the local community to prepare and develop the next generation of female tech talent, and they are delighted to see many companies and tech leaders take steps to attract, retain, and develop the talents of female students taking ICT courses at polytechnics.

The creation of the Cross-Polytechnic Girls in Tech committee, coupled with this engagement with leading agencies and industry partners, is an exciting step towards creating a supportive environment for female students as they embark on careers. successful in the technology industry.

Since the inception of the SG WIT movement in 2019, the movement has expanded to incorporate more Girls in Tech programs, such as recognizing girls from schools and colleges as “Girls in Tech” on the list SG100WIT 2021.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place in the presence of the Minister of State for Communications and Information, Dr. Janil Puthucheary and the Minister of State for Communications and Information, Mr. Tan Kiat How.

Mary I. Bruner