Ghana’s Communications Ministry headed by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has established a competition called “Ms Geek Ghana”. This is an ICT competition set up for girls in the country.
The Ms Geek competition is a globally known ICT contest for girls, which tries to encourage them to enter the IT world. Ghana’s version of the competition is being done in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the National Communications Authority (NCA).
Started in Rwanda in 2014 as “Miss Geek Rwanda”, then “Miss Geek Africa” in 2017, the competition was created to inspire girls in Africa within the ages of 13-25 to solve challenges in the continent using technology. The completion is also to encourage the girls to pursue careers in technology, science, mathematics, and engineering.
Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says her office is bringing this initiative into the country so the gender gap in the tech world can be closed and to empower all young women in fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goal 5. She also acknowledged that if young women, especially those in vulnerable societies and situations are encouraged to develop solutions that address untapped needs or improve existing initiatives, then they’re likely to work.
Going on, the Minister noted that the Communications Ministry has decided to fully adopt and promote the Miss Geek Competition to move the efforts from getting young women from just being consumers and teaming about ICT but to become actual drivers of the tech-enabled solutions in our society.
The Ms Geek Ghana competition will be run throughout eh country. It is going to take place in collaboration with the ICT hubs in Ghana. These hubs will be responsible for assessing the initial entries and shortlisting the applicants.
“In December, the shortlisted applicants will participate in a masterclass and at the end, will have to present their solutions before a panel,” the Minister said. “The winner will represent Ghana at the next Miss Geek Africa. The top three finalist will receive cash prizes and business support amongst others and most importantly for us.”
“They will spread the word about girls’ and women’s achievements in STEM, encourage girls to develop their STEM skills, encourage teenage girls to take up courses in physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering, encourage girls and women to participate in Miss Geek Ghana and submit meaningful contributions,” she added.
Lastly, she encouraged females between the ages of 13 and 25 to look at the issues in their communities, develop a simple tech-enabled solution and submit through the competition’s website, msgeek.org.gh.
Applicants can also submit their entries in person, by post or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.