Cisco hosts an­nual Girls Power Tech event at its Dubai ofice

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Cisco hosted its an­nual Girls Power Tech event at its Dubai ofice, where fe­male stu­dents from GEMS, SUN­MARKE, DIA and Col­le­giate Amer­i­can School in the UAE had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with Cisco ex­ec­u­tives, tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sion­als and other women role mod­els and peers, and hear in­spir­ing sto­ries about their ca­reers and their vi­sion of what the fu­ture holds.

Cisco’s Girls Power Tech is a global men­tor­ing ini­tia­tive that em­pow­ers and en­cour­ages girls and young women to con­sider ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer paths in STEM (science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math) and tech­nol­ogy. As part of the ini­tia­tive, Cisco em­ploy­ees world­wide spend the day with girls age 13 to 18 and en­gage with them through ofice vis­its, tours, pre­sen­ta­tions, and men­tor­ing. Stu­dents get to meet women role mod­els and men who are ad­vo­cates for women in tech­nol­ogy, learn­ing about their ca­reer paths and lives in the tech­nol­ogy ield.

They also get the chance to use Cisco’s lat­est Telep­res­ence and col­lab­o­ra­tion solutions to in­ter­act with other girls across the globe and with suc­cess­ful women work­ing at Cisco and else­where.

Dur­ing the event, Shukri Eid, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor – East Re­gion, Cisco Mid­dle East, high­lighted how in­no­va­tion in tech­nol­ogy and con­nec­tiv­ity is al­low­ing amaz­ing things to hap­pen in new, un­ex­pected ways. The full-day event also in­cluded a panel dis­cus­sion with women lead­ers from Cisco and an in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion for the stu­dents, where they were chal­lenged to build a robot that would solve the world’s big­gest chal­lenge. The fe­male stu­dents where then judged on ro­bust­ness of their sci­en­tific thought, as well as their cre­ativ­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion, and the over­all im­pact and eco­log­i­cal im­pact of their ideas.

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