August 2014 Graphic Design Bootcamp!

Over the past few months, we’ve been working closely with Nyandia Kamawe and Abigael Wangui to give high school students a hands on introduction to design. We’ve been taking the girls through design thinking, and ultimately into designing posters for various school campaigns.

This August, we’re hosting yet another one week intensive training for high school girls on Graphic design, as a continuation of the work done during our bi monthly outreach sessions. The bootcamp will run between 18th – 22nd August, 2014 from 9:00a.m to 3p.m, followed by a mini hackathon on Saturday 23rd August, 2014. Boot Camp attendees will have a chance to hack in groups and showcase work done to friends and family, with prizes awarded to the winners of the mini-hackathon.

Course objectives include:-

  • Create layouts for print and collateral materials from assigned concepts and production specifications.
  • Systematically develop strong, creative layout solutions by means of a cumulative design process.
  • Select the visual components (photography, illustration, text blocks, and headline typeface and form) or successful layout.
  • Employ effective visual structural systems (grid structures) to produce a cohesive group of ad layouts in a variety of page formats.

The program will cost KES 2000/= per student. Lunch will be provided.

If you are or know any girl who would be interested in participating, have them sign up on this form below by August 12th, 2014. For more information, feel free to get in touch with Marie Githinji via mgithinji AT akirachix DOT com.

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 ;).