- Cherie Lagakali (former chair PICISOC board, Pacific Liaison GFCE) – Fiji
- Letitia Masaea is chair PICISOC board, Data Quality Officer, Forum Fisheries Agency – Solomon Islands, and co-founder for Women in IT Solomon Islands (WITSI).
- Georgina Naigulevu (former treasurer PICISOC board, who put this proposal together for the Pacific Hackathon event funded by UNDP, Project Manager (Digital and Health Information) Tetra Tech International (right).
- Oliana Nayago, Industry & Community Liaison Coordinator, University of the South Pacific – Fiji
- Selu Kauvaka, PICISOC board member, chief system analyst, office of the Prime Minister also founding member Tonga Women in ICT (TWICT) – Tonga
OCSC was happy to provide two mentors for the event who provided guidance to the participants and help foster their ideas, Dr. Jabed Chowdhury and Dr. Humphrey Obie. Joining virtually, they provided two days of conceptual and technical support and helped teams tailor their digital solutions to meet PIANGO’s needs. Reflecting on his time as a mentor, Dr Chowdhury expressed that he was grateful for the experience as it allowed him to connect with Pacific Islanders and develop a greater understanding of their cultures. ‘I have also made some new friends (and) I personally want to thank PICISOC and the Oceania Cyber Security Centre for providing me with this opportunity,” Dr Chowdhury reflected after the conclusion of events.
With the whole event being such a success, it is perhaps unsurprising that the team behind the Hackathon has big plans to build on their momentum and continue delivering new and exciting projects. Letitia Masaea, the chair PICISOC board, has stated that “PICISOC, through its stakeholders and partnerships, will continue to provide opportunities that will allow our Pacific Dev Community to develop innovative and sustainable digital solutions relevant to the Pacific region. Interested organisations have reached out to PICISOC to collaborate for the next hackathon and there are exciting times ahead for our Pacific Dev Community.”
OCSC would like to thank all the amazing people who made the event possible, including CERT NZ, the Samoa Information Technology Association, Tonga Women in ICT, USP and all the champions who supported these amazing women leaders from across the Pacific region, especially Alex Abraham for all his hard work.
Author: Joe Fulwood, Media and Communications Manager at the Oceania Cyber Security Centre.