Nominations for the Women in Tech Africa Awards 2021 have been announced. There are 30 nominees across 11 categories with nominations spanning the African continent, as well as the diaspora. The full list of nominees follows this release. We received more than 150 heartwarming and impressive nominations, leaving the task of shortlisting and the determination of winners to our judging panel of seasoned professionals in the field. This year’s judging panel includes: Rebecca Enonchong - Founder and CEO AppsTech / Board Chair Afrilabs Estelle Akofio- Sowah- West Africa Regional Manager, CSquared Onica N. Makwakwa- Head of Africa Region, Alliance
Taking their core mandate of entrepreneurship expansion and multiplying the numbers of females in technology, especially in Africa a step further, Women in Tech Africa has announced the maiden edition of the Women in Tech Africa Awards. Slated for 31st July 2021, the awards scheme seeks to celebrate Women in Technology in Africa, who are excelling in the field at all career levels, under theme “Celebrating African Women in Technology” Women in Tech Africa is the largest group on the continent with membership of over 5,000 across 30 countries globally with 12 Physical chapters in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe,
”It’s really fascinating to know that these codes can solve real human problems”. And that was what got me into this field.
Growing up as a student, I had a thing for Mathematics, Sciences, and Computer. I had always looked forward for opportunities to apply this knowledge to solve real problems facing our society.
I got myself tutored online with resources and practical lessons. I googled, binged and asked the internet on programming, design and software tutorials.
I started freelancing for some jobs and got some quick placements at some foundation, agencies and brands. Now I run my own Digital Software Company, Inspiriasoft.com- for 4 years now.
I was recently selected by Google to train at their Digital Business Manager Program and also now a partner at Microsoft. This experience for me has been inclusive and high growth stunner.
I want to solve the real problems faced by the African community especially women and youth related with simple digital solutions.
I recently launched a project with my team in Nigeria, Tech4Her. We are driven to expand economic opportunities for girls and women by equipping them with ICT, Tools and expertise. Women will be able to apply these technology tools to solve real problems they face such as education, violence, insecurity, funds etc.
We will be installing Digital labs (with computers, internet and learning packages) and facilitating Digital literacy classes in Secondary schools, Institutions and Communities.
More on www.tech4her.org.
Websites: www.inspiriasoft.com, www.tech4her.org.
Elizabeth Olorunleke is Google Certified Digital Business Manager, Microsoft Partner and Founder of Inspiriasoft.com (Digital Software Company) with a BSC in Computer Science & Engineering. She worked with a CommonWealth Initiative, GLEEHD Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering leaders in African countries. And was nominated as a delegate at the Nigerian Centennial celebration, UK.
In addition to humanitarian service, she has more than 5 year experience in Digital Arts, User experience, Sotware programming (PHP, Java, HTML5/CSS, Sql), Project Management, Team Management, Web design & Management, Mobile Development, Digital media marketing & Analyics. She has worked partly on projects with Firms such as CWG (Computer Warehouse Group), TINK Africa, UN-YFWP, Headstart Consulting and runs her Digital Firm, Inspiriasoft.
She is currently working on her project, ‘Tech4Her’ with a mission to enable women in ICT & STEM to expand economic opportunities for girls/women.
I trace my interest in technology to a childhood passion. My passion came from a place of insight and simplicity. I used to scoff and cringe during my High School years on hearing that there are not enough women in technology. Much in my current life has been shaped by my younger years; a gradually developed interest that has in a long run influenced me in a good way.
Alongside being a technology enthusiast, I am a writer. I am doing lots of poetry to be a better engineer one time. I find writing and programming similar in the sense that they both involve lone time trying to create something interesting. Their brevity and hidden meaning and all make me know myself better. That inward energy gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.
I derive most of my energy from being surrounded by people. Meeting incredible people has made me view life through a hue and tint of imagination. It is through these tech gatherings that I have managed to answer my endless questions to satisfy my curiosity. I am now conscious that technology was meant for me. There is no mechanical way of learning other than the golden chance of brushing shoulders with people and talking to them. To me, actualizing a dream begins with talking. I have talked to many women I have met and we have shared our interests, what the world lacks, happenings that affect us in a way.
I admire women who have influenced a change in the technology world from afar. I dream of being there too someday. The world is crying out for more women who can venture in technology, and I want to be one of the women who can elbow their way out of patriarchy to silence the cry.
“Achieng’ Emily is a Kenyan technology lover and writer. She loves watching stars at night. And better still, looks at them more than most people do. ”
I chose a career in Technology because I just didn’t know what I wanted to do in life but I was confident I would do well as I’m a strong believer of the saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”.
As an IT student, I decided to take a part time job in an SEO company and specialized in Link Building and Search Engine Optimization without having a clue about it. I just knew I was going to be helping my company make millions of dollars online. I put my mind into it and eventually understood the complete basics of Web Marketing (Search Engine Optimization, Link Building and Online Marketing).
This experience opened doors of opportunity into the Online World where I got my first International Job via the Internet as a Web Marketing Analyst. My goal was simple – To Capture Online Users looking to visit China for the Summer Games in 2008.
With my Digital Marketing experience in China, I developed a career in Hospitality Digital Marketing for one of the best hospitality giants in the World and as I continue to evolve, I have gone further to achieve a Masters in Marketing to really understand how core fundamentals of Marketing combine with Core Digital and Information Technology to drive a business forward.
My Career Dream is to be best that I can in any field using my foundational IT skills to improve in everything I do. I am currently looking to take a course in General Leadership Management to integrate Technology into a business. We can’t run away from Technology in fact with the rate at which Technology is fast evolving, it has become fundamental to any business today. I am passionate about Technology as it has shown me how much of an impact it can be in one’s personal life and business today.
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