Demystifying Information Security in Kenya this evening!

We’re pretty excited about our meetup this evening, and are looking forward to having an open discussion about information security in this digital age.

Courtesy of http://www.successfulworkplace.org/

We’ve lined up a couple of experts in the industry:-

We’re set to begin this evening at 5.30p.m, starting off with a fireside chat leading into an open discussion with participants.

If you haven’t signed up, you’re still in time to do so. Bring a friend too ;)

Calling on all women coders/Hackers on 23rd/24th May!

Are you a young lady interested in hacking and coding to create solutions that will help solve problems in our society?

Join AkiraChix and ACM-W on 23rd and 24th May for an all girl weekend full of geekiness and fun!

International Women's Hackathon hosted by AkiraChix and ACM-W

Food and refreshments will be provided

There are lots of goodies and prizes to be won.

Sign up here.

For more information, please reach out to us via info@akirachix.com

Are you ready for Girls in ICT Day 2014? We are!

We are just 3 days away from the much awaited Girls in ICT Day, and are stoked about having you all join us for a day of fun and collaboration.

Girls in ICT Day, 2014 (Designed by Fridah Oyaro)

This year, we are not only hosting girls from various high schools across the country, but are also opening it up to young ladies in University, as this event is geared towards exposing young women to career opportunities in the tech industry.

We have a number of panels featuring various amazing women set for the day. Wangechi Mwangi, AkiraChix super Volunteer and co founder of ValuRaha, Martha Chumo, founder of Nairobi Dev School, and Cynthia Wasonga, a budding student programmer will share their experiences of transitioning over from high school to the world of tech.

We’ll also have ladies from e-Limu(Nivi Mukherjee), Mfarm(Susan Oguya) and Wezatele( Hilda Moraa) sharing their experiences as techpreneurs.

There’ll be a fireside chat featuring women in leadership, such as:-

  • Hital Muraj, Corporate Affairs Manager Cisco Systems, East and Central Southern Africa
  • Dr. Shikoh Gitau, User Innovator with the Social Innovation Team at Mercy Corps
  • Alice Chemtai Muraguri, Consultant – East Africa, Campus Management and Chapter Sponsor, ACMW Nairobi Chapter
  • Linda Kamau, Senior developer at Ushahidi, co-founder and Programs Director at AkiraChix
  • More ladies you can expect to interact with include Nyandia Kamawe from Emawak Designs Limited, and Angela Okune, Research Lead at iHub Nairobi.

There’ll be lots of other fun activities, including a gaming rink, as well as showcases from the ongoing Robotics bootcamp

Lunch and Snacks will be provided. Plus you also get your own cool t-shirt. Get your free tickets from the Eventbrite page and encourage your friends, daughters and sisters in tech to also get their tickets!

Huge thanks to Intel, and to iHub Nairobi for the continued support and offering us space to run the event ;).

We’re done with our Kids Camp

We wrapped up our very first Kids Tech and Art Camp last Friday. Apart from rediscovering the inner child in most of us(when was the last time you sang to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes”), it was amazing to listen to kids as young as 7 years old, earnestly explain how the built games using MIT’s scratch.

Kids showcasing projects they worked on

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"

The artistic creativity in the room was pretty cool too.

 

Artistic AkiraChix

The team at AkiraChix sends a huge shoutout to Nyandia Kamawe, for being a gracious host and trainer to group of energetic kids for 5 days without shaving her head, Abby Wangui from the iHub UX Lab for her help with co-ordination, Christopher Kanyuga and many other volunteers for taking time off on Saturdays to train other trainers on using Scratch, Kibera School for Girls for their amazing co-operation, and last but not least, our girls from the AkiraChix training program for helping out

One thing I love about being a part of the AkiraChix team, is the fact that we’re constantly evolving, and opening up new paths to impart tech skills to others.  When we started off, our target was largely women in the tech industry, and women in University (like I was at the time we began).

Over time, we moved over to young girls in poor social economic backgrounds, to young girls in high school, and most recently, kids in primary school. The main reason why we keep going down this path is because we’re trying to see if we can get to the root of the problem, somehow: we don’t expose our kids to tech early enough, and the older they grow, the lower the chances of sparking any interest as they start to cement ideas on who they want to become in future.

Building the next generation of Techies, one camp at a time ;)

It’s our hope that through camps like these, we get one step closer to getting more techies who will change this world ;)