Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Pan-African Women in Tech Meetup on August 2nd

Ever since we started organizing our +Barcamp Ghana events, I've wanted the numbers of women attending these events to increase. We started with a huge tech focus, the theme for the first event was "The Business and Tech Renaissance". We had only 2 female resource personnel - +Estelle Akofio-Sowah who was with Busy Internet at the time and +Esi Cleland-Yankson of Afrochic. I believe tech and forward-thinking events held with a focus on women are really important in increasing the network and net work of both interlocking communities. Enter the First Pan-African Women in Tech Meetup

It's happening on Wednesday August 2. Some of my friends are involved as organizers or speakers - all awesome young women - +Ethel Cofie +Enyo Kumahor +Ella Ethel Mbewe +Chisenga Muyoya and +Barbara Birungi who I am still yet to meet. Check out this VimTechList post on #VimTechList: 11 young female African technology leaders to know about. Read the Press release below and participate. 


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Working in technology can, at times, be an isolating experience for women, especially in Africa. The impact of this can limit women’s professional growth in the sector. Women need mentors, role-models and a network to share their experiences, challenges and skills.
Some Women in Technology clubs exist already, but to date, no-one has attempted to build a pan-African network, allowing us to compare our challenges, learn from other countries and connect across borders to expand our influence.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce the first ever pan-African Women in Tech meet up. This will take the form of a virtual event, supported by simultaneous live viewing events in selected cities: [Kampla and Ghana ]

We’d like to invite you to join us for a day of learning, food and fun!
When: 2 August 2014, Time :12pm GMT:2pm CAT :3pm EAT - [1 hour]
Register for live stream event or viewing parties at https://womentechafrica.wordpress.com

Speakers:
  Wabei Walusiku - Accenture (Zambia)
  Victoria Mbabazi (Uganda)
  Enyonam Kumahor CEO - Thoughtworks Africa ( Ghana)
Please join us, whether youre already working in technology or aspire to. Men are welcome if they bring at least one woman with them.

The first Pan-African Women in Tech meet up has been organised by Women in Tech Ghana, Women in Tech Zambia, Women in Tech Uganda, and Girls in ICT Rwanda.

Planning team:
Ethel Cofie (Ghana)  A tech entrepreneur who is the founder of women in tech Ghana , She runs an IT consultancy and is working on launching accelerator program for tech startups. [ethel@ethelcofie.com]
Ethel (Ella) Mbewe ( Zambia): She is the  Co-founder of AsikanaNetwork,. A motivated, accomplished and versatile IT technician know for Android mobile development, web design.
Akaliza Keza Gara(Rwanda) : She is the founder of Yambi Animation Studios and a member of Girls In ICT Rwanda. She loves open source software, animated films and chocolate milkshakes!. She is also the Advisory Council Member for Microsoft 4Afrika
Barbara Birungi ( Uganda) : Social Entrepreneur, ICT4D activist, Zero technological gender balance focused, woman activist mother, consultant .Founder of women in tech Uganda ,Director of hivecolab and board chair of Afrilabs
Chisenga Muyoya (Zambia): She is an ambitious and highly motivated young woman with experience in the IT industry. Eager to learn and work with emerging technologies and runs women in tech Zambia.

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