Every year, we host our Annual African Women in Technology Conference, with the hope that we can create opportunities for learning, collaboration and networking for women technologists, not only in Kenya, but Africa.
This year’s event was hosted on Saturday, 12th November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, under the theme “Can Technology Serve?”, with a deep focus on women’s rights. We saw interest from women in tech groups in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Sudan to participate.
Our Keynote Speaker for the day was Wangechi Mwangi. At 23 years of age, she is a Co-Founder and CEO for Valuraha Group Limited, running investment clubs across high schools and universities that inspire, educate, and turn young people into investors and entrepreneurs.
“Don’t ask the world what it needs, ask what it needs to come alive, because the people who come alive are the ones who serve” – Wangechi Mwangi
Based on feedback from previous events, we sought to have our breakout sessions last a little longer, to give enough time for our attendees to dive deeper and learn more from our facilitators. We could tell that this year’s selection was superb when one of our team members walked into the ladies room and overheard a deep conversation about a Cyber Security training session that was going on all day.
We wrapped up the event with a panel discussion hosted by our bronze sponsors, Making All Voices Count. The discussion focused on the use of technology to preserve women’s rights online and increase women’s participation in issues affecting governance. MAVC Grantees Hamara Internet, APC and Simavi shared insights from their work in improving women’s participation in governance issues.
AkiraChix team would like to recognize these groups for their participation in making #AWTC16 a success
Our Sponsors: To ForumSyd, The Anita Borg Institute, Facebook, Making All Voices Count, Google Kenya and Women Tech Makers, Nairobits and Little Cabs KE, we are truly grateful for your continued support
Our Partners: Andela Kenya, IBM, Akili Dada, AfricaHackon, for bringing solid value to our event through our partnership
Our Keynote Speaker: Wangechi, for your continued support, and for being such an inspiration to all of us, and setting the tone for an amazing day
Our MC: Adelle Onyango for taking the time to be with us and opening the event in style
Our Breakout session facilitators: Thank you for bringing your best feet forward, and for sharing your wealth of knowledge with all of us
Our Volunteers: For your dedication and commitment to making sure everything was running smoothly
Our Attendees: For showing up on time, and the amazing energy you shared throughout the conference
The Radisson Blu Hotel: For stellar service throughout the planning period and day of the event
For those of you who missed the event, not to worry, we took notes in all the different sessions, and are finalising on compilation to share with all of you in the coming weeks.
Photos and Videos of the event will also be made available soon.
Next year’s conference will be bigger and better, and we’ll plan on accommodating more people so that you don’t miss out on tickets again. Stay tuned to our channels for more details.