Happy 2016 and new month from the AkiraChix team.
The last quarter of 2015 was fairly busy for AkiraChix. Here are some highlights of what we worked on at the end of the year
African Women in Technology Conference, hosted by AkiraChix 2015(AWTC15)
On November 14th, 2015, AkiraChix hosted its second annual African Women in technology Conference at Ole Sereni Airport Hotel.The theme of this conference was “Let women build” – with discussions focusing on key issues around women’s participation and contribution to building practical solutions using technology.
More than 300 participants braved the cold and wet weather to join us for invigorating sessions that included:-
- A Keynote Speech by Wambui Kinya, the Group Managing Director of ThoughtWorks Pan Africa and South America.
- Two panel discussion featuring women who have built tech solutions
- Breakout sessions on a variety of topics around design, entrepreneurship, programming, entrepreneurship and career development.
This conference also saw the introduction of a job’s fair that included companies such as cellulant and Thoughtworks fielding for internship and job positions to attendees of the conference.
The event was largely a success, thanks to our sponsors.
We’d also like to thank our volunteers for the immense support provided during the planning and execution of the event.
- Session notes from the entire conference are available here: http://bit.ly/AWTC15SessionNotes
- Photos from the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/AWTC15Photos
- Videos from the event can also be found on this youtube playlist here: http://bit.ly/AWTC15VideoRecordings
Planning for a 2016 conference is underway, stay tuned 😉
Class of 2015 conclusion and graduation
Students of the AkiraChix training program class of 2015 participated in a pitching competition in late November 2015.5 groups made presentations on projects they have been working on within teams through out the duration of the class year. Here’s a brief summary of how the event panned out.
After successful completion of the course, these students graduated on December 4th, 2015.Here are some highlights from the graduation ceremony.
Photos from the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/AkiraChixGraduation2015
Arduino Coding Bootcamp for high school students
We held an arduino bootcamp for high school girls in December 2015, with students building hardware project that involved setting up an alarm system for a house with sensors.
The next bootcamp will be held in April 2016. Details to be shared in the course of this quarter.
Class of 2016 Recruitment
Recruitment for the class of 2016 began in November 2015, with an online call for applications that were followed by interviews with members of the AkiraChix team and trainers. 18 students were successfully enrolled into the program, and are currently in Semester 1 sessions for the class of 2016.
AkiraChix is running foundation courses on Web design(frontend and backend), graphic design and mobile application development between February and April 2016. This certifcate program is designed to prepare students for entry level opportunities in these 3 fields mentioned above
When: Monday to Friday
Total Cost: KES 45,000 or KES 15,000 Per month
To enroll, or get more information, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are limited spaces available, so sign up soon 😉