Yesterday marked the launch of the Kenyan Chapter of the Women in Tech Africa (WIT Africa) organisation a brainchild of ICT4D GH Foundation and headed by Ghanian Tech entrepreneur Ethel Cofie.
The event which was held at the iHub- one of Nairobi’s tech spaces brought together women in different technology fields for an evening of presentations, talks and discussions on the space and future for African women in Technology spaces and careers.
— Charlene Migwe (@Czosi) September 10, 2015
The invited speakers at the event were:- Wambui Kinya – Managing Director – Africa at ThoughtWorks, Amrote Abdella -Director, Venture Capital & Start-ups, Microsoft Africa Initiatives, Linet Kwamboka -CEO at DataScience LTD (Nairobi) ,Amanda Gicharu Kemoli Co-Founder & Program Director Tech Republic Africa.
The event which started slightly before 7pm had a great turn out of over 150 women and men in the tech space. The tickets to the event had sold out more than 3 days prior to the event.
— The iHub (@iHub) September 10, 2015
Sylvia Mukasa who is the Kenyan Chapter lead started off the event by introducing the speakers who shared their life journey into tech, what motivates them and their motivations in life. The Women in Tech Africa founder Ethel addressed the participants via a video feed as she could not make it to Kenya for the launch.
Women in Tech Africa has membership of over 500 women in over 30 countries in Africa and will be launching Chapters in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Canada in addition to Ghana by December 2015
Also present was Sean Griffin,a Serial entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial community builder and the CEO of Startup Cup the organisation that will be setting an incubation space for women entrepreneurs dubbed the We Create center in November. The center will be located in the Lavington area of Nairobi and will provide incubation and mentorship to all selected women entrepreneurs and not necessarily techpreneurs.
The We Create center in Kenya being launched in November will not only take tech women entrepreneurs but all women entrepreneurs #WITNairobi
— AfroMum (@Afro_Mum) September 10, 2015
As the event came to a close, the Sylvia confirmed that there would be more frequent meetups for Kenyan Women in Tech organised by the Kenyan chapter in collaboration with the iHub in a bid to offer support systems to women pursuing tech careers as well as mentor young girls to take up Sciences and Maths more and eventually seek careers in the tech space.
About Women in tech Africa
In order to identify and learn from other Women in Technology across Africa, Women in Technology across Africa spear headed and run the first Pan African women in tech virtual meet up which brought together over 150 women in technology roles across Africa and was featured in CNN.
The success of this process resulted in an established a formal Pan-African Network of Women in Technology to organise regular activities to provide effective support to women in technology across the African continent.
Women in Tech Africa’s Vision is three fold
• Creating today’s female leaders and role Models for tomorrow’s Women
• Showing the world what a strong African woman in capable of achieving
• Support African growth through technology
Below is video of the launch