AWTC 5th Anniversary, Workshops, Awards & fun!!!
AWTC is the largest gathering of women in tech, in Africa. It attracts hundreds of women and girls from diverse spectrums in Africa every year and presents a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning as well as highlighting technological advancements.
This year it was held at the Radisson Blu Nairobi on 10th November as we celebrated the 5th Anniversary since the first ever women in tech conference in 2014. We had the keynote delivered by Michelle Russell on building a movement and achieving a technical workforce made up of 50 percent women by 2025.
There were workshops and sessions, most of them were practical workshops focused on emerging technologies. Bob Afwata from the Intel Innovator program ran one on Virtual Reality with attendees getting hands on experience with VR. The Facebook developer Circles team ran a session on React with Redux.
This year we were excited to see 67% of our attendees were newcomers with a deliberate effort to reach out to high school students who attend Dev Skwad (high school outreach program by AkiraChix).
Vice President of Programs at Anita Borg Institute, Michelle Russell and Kechy Eke, Product Manager Firebase, Google gave a powerful closing keynote and challenged us to persevere and take advantages of opportunities! “Don’t let anyone stifle you and prevent you from what you are supposed to be doing in life”
We closed with an award ceremony, celebrating outstanding women in our community, from volunteers, educators, codehive alumni and Dev Skwad rockstar.
We are grateful to our sponsors Anita Borg Institute, Women Tech Makers, Facebook and Segal Family Foundation. We cannot forget tech companies at the career fair; Digital Divide Data, BRCK, Fireside communications, Andela as well as all the women in tech initiatives represented; SheHacks, Sis-Tech, Rails Girls Nairobi, JKUAT women in tech, PwaniTechknowgalz, and Safaricom Women in Tech.
As we prepare for #AWTC19, we live by Michelle’s quote “we must never let our work rest until our good is better and our better best”.
50/50 goal by 2025 is possible as long as we work together.
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