To provide training, mentorship and outreach programs to increase the number of skilled women in technology and positively impact the community.
Nurturing generations of women who use tech to develop innovations and solutions for Africa.
About 8 years ago a group of young women practicing tech in various places convened at the iHub and had a conversation which led to one conclusion. They were a minority! There were hardly any girl coders and they were constantly mistaken for more subordinate roles simply because they were women. This was, and is, just a small part of a larger conversation which is, despite progress in ensuring opportunities for women in STEM fields, women and girls continue to be systematically underrepresented as users and leaders in the fields of science, and technology. These young ladies (Judith Owigar, Angela O. Lungati, Linda Kamau, and Marie Githinji) came together and agreed to do something to change the landscape of the tech field by introducing more women to tech. This was the foundation of AkiraChix (Akira means energetic and intelligent in Japanese ).
They decided they would best impact this demographic by reaching out to young local girls from poor social and economic backgrounds who otherwise would have no chance of post-secondary education. This many years later, AkiraChix has grown to include various other programs that impact women and tech in various ways.