Karen Cachia, winner of ‘Tech Needs Girls’ 2013 competition
Karen Cachia is Malta’s first ‘Tech Needs Girls 2013’ competition winner! As ambassadors for Girls in ICT 2013/2014, ICE Malta together with fashion brand Jennyfer, launched a creative ICT competition to continue to encourage girls to consider careers in ICT. 
First and foremost, as a leading ICT educational entity, we feel that it is our duty to communicate the vast array of career opportunities in the ICT industry as we believe that students may be underestimating the potential of ICT careers in general. At the same time, as ambassadors for this international event in the Maltese islands, we have launched a number initiatives for 2013/2014 including a networking event celebrating Malta’s top ICT talent last April, our participation in the Microsoft Career Day Seminar dedicated to encourage girls to consider further ICT studies as well as the launch of the annual competition’Tech needs Girls’. While we are satisfied with the response received we will continue to reach out and launch more initiatives focused on attracting girls to consider ICT  studies and careers in the coming months. Engaging women and girls in ICT sector work is not only the right thing to do from the point of social justice. It is also smart economics. Gender diversity in high value ICT jobs in both management and on companies’ boards is good for business performance. Together with other stakeholders including MITA, CISCO, Microsoft and Malta Enterprise we are committed to ensure that we encourage girls to embark on both technical and creative ICT Studies. Nikolai Sammut, director of ICE Malta explained.
Karen Cachia, is Malta’s first ‘Tech needs Girls winner’ and will now enjoy a 200euro shopping spree from popular fashion brand Jennyfer.  ‘The name of the competition ‘Tech needs Girls’ attracted my attention immediately. I enjoy following what is happening in the IT world and try to keep up-to-date with new innovations. My suggestion was for an App which helps you plan meals in advance. In a nutshell, The App would allow the user to populate a calendar from a list of user defined or downloaded meals. The user could then generate a consolidated shopping list required for the planned meals. There are various benefits which come by using this App. Meal planning saves you time, money and energy. It also helps you understand and manage what you and your family eat for a healthier lifestyle. I really wish this App was available. It could make my life a little easier. I could even overcome the fear of delegating grocery shopping to my husband!!  I would like to thank ICE Malta for giving me the opportunity to voice my thought and for voting for my idea. Next step – Is there someone out there which will make this App available?’ Ms Cachia concluded
Social media followers and ICE Malta students are encouraged to visit the ICE Malta website, www.icemalta.com for latest news and updates on competitions, campaigns and initiatives. 
ICE Malta, proud ambassadors of Girls in ICT Celebrations 2013/2014

James Abela (director ICE Malta), Jennifer Scicluna (Marketing Manager Jennyfer), Karen Cachia (Tech needs Girls winner)