Together with Making All Voices count we held the IncYOUbateIt competition on November 7 that served to provide a platform through which women’s voices experiences and narratives are included in the conversation about social impact of technology. The participants in the competition had presented their projects at the inaugural Akirachix Women in Tech Conference on November 1.
There were six pitches on the day of the event:
- Kona Mbaya, an application to that sensitizes Kenyans on the level of insecurity by highlighing safe and unsafe spots
- Taka App, which offers a linking service to garbage collectors and recyclers that will enable them trade in plastic and metal.
- PaireD - a social network that will help link women & girls to opportunities and solutions.
- Abero[dot]com – which provides access to information to marginalized women living in Turkana through very feminine information centres and gadgets
- Rendile Girls Foundation who are helping create awareness on the problems facing the Rendille Girlchild and also seeking for solutions to these problems
- S.K.I.R.T.S, which is a platform that offers a voice to speak out against violence on Women and Girls within our society.
- Adding Women’s Voices to Land Legislation in Kenya – putting women’s voices at the center of legal reforms by supporting a Women’s Rights Task Force to advocate for progressive provisions in national/regional land laws,and ensure regional consultations address women’s rights and include their perspectives.
Two winners emerged from the completion Kona Mbaya and S.K.I.R.T.S. The team from Kona Mbaya is wholly composed of students from the 3rd Akirachix Training Program. Woop! Woop!
Kona Mbaya – An application that will sensitize people on security matters within Nairobi by mapping black spots and high insecurity places for women. The ideas was selected based on the fact that app can be scaled to focus on a number of security areas including alerts to relevant government authorities on incidences of violence and robbery. The idea is also practical in the sense that it can be linked to the justice system in Kenya and barriers to women accessing justice in Kenya following incidences of insecurity.
Socially Keen Individuals Redefining the Tech Space (S.K.I.R.T.S)- An initiative to address cyber bullying and cyber insecurity within the Kenyan online space; following increased cases of online spaces being used to perpetuate ethnic hatred and to attack ordinary citizens, celebrities, and politicians especially women. The idea addresses a central problem in the current Kenyan context on cyber bullying and perpetration of hate speech in Kenya. The idea could be scaled for legislative lobbying around online spaces.