Powerful lessons on mentorship: A recap of the 2016 Mentorship pairing exercise

(Guest Blog post by Judy Alice King'ori, 2016 Mentor) Akirachix held a mentorship pairing exercise, dubbed "speed mentoring" on 9th April, 2015. We are excited for the start of our 2016 mentorship program! #Repost @angelaoduor with @repostapp. ・・・ Packed room :). About to start out Speed mentoring session. This is a matching exercise we are [...]

It’s time to hop onto the Geek Girl Festival 2016 train!

In less than 10 days, AkiraChix will be hosting it’s fourth annual Geek Girl Festival, on Saturday 23rd April 2016. Are you excited? WE ARE! We’re switching things up completely. While we’ve traditionally created a mix of talks and panel discussions with short learning sessions, this year, we’re going to be doing deep dive practical [...]

April 2016 Kids Tech and Arts Camp: Week 1 recap

Last week, we kicked off our April 2016 Kids Tech and Arts Camp with a bunch of eager students and volunteers. During the morning sessions, lead Trainer Sharon Wangari taught the students how to develop websites using HTML and CSS. She opted to go the “hardcore route”, by teaching them how to code on Sublime [...]

By | 2016-04-12T08:24:46+00:00 April 12th, 2016|AkiraChix, Community, Creative, Kids Programme, Technology|0 Comments

First Semester down, two more to go for the AkiraChix training program!

This journey began in October 2015(as it does every year). We received more than 60 applications, and successfully recruited 16 students from the pool of applicants, in what was a series of meetings with AkiraChix trainers, aptitude tests and face to face interviews with potential candidates. We deliberately selected a smaller pool of students this [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:16:00+00:00 April 5th, 2016|AkiraChix, Technology, Training Program|0 Comments

Join us for Geek Girl Festival 2016, hosted by AkiraChix

It’s that time of year again, when we bring together high school girls from across the country for a day full of technology, learning and fun! AkiraChix is hosting its fourth annual Geek Girl Festival on Saturday 23rd April 2016 The goal of this year’s event is to:- Inspire attendees to take up careers in [...]

Connecting with AkiraChix Training Program Alumni

In the last six years of AkiraChix’s existence, we have graduated 89 girls, and one boy from the AkiraChix training program, having trained 4 cohorts of students on programming, design and entrepreneurship in the hopes of developing their capacity and skills in computer literacy, computer programming (for both mobile and web applications), computer hardware, graphic [...]

Kicking off the 2016 Mentorship Program

One of the recommendations that came out of a study AkiraChix conducted(Attitudes and motivations for women using technology & entering technology careers in Kenya) was that there’s a need to Foster young women’s confidence levels in STEM to make them feel capable. “By enhancing confidence in their abilities, they will be more likely build ability [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:16:00+00:00 March 29th, 2016|AkiraChix, Community, Mentorship|0 Comments

It’s Holiday time… and time to get into the incredible world of computer programming!

Our last bootcamp in December 2015 was filled with loads of fun and learning. We had students learning how to code with Arduino, resulting in students building a hardware project that involved setting up an alarm system for a house with sensors. A student demonstrates part of the Dec 2015 Arduino Bootcamp project [...]

Announcing our April 2016 Kid’s Tech and Arts Camp

We are pleased to announce that Akirachix will be hosting a children's Tech & Arts Camp during the April 2016 school holidays. Due to high public demand, this kid’s camp will be held for two weeks, as opposed to one week like previous camps. A student during our August 2015 Kid's Tech and Art [...]

Sign up to be a Mentor with AkiraChix in 2016

For a second year running, AkiraChix is looking to pair students from the AkiraChix training program, class of 2016 with women from different fields in the tech industry to walk with them as mentors during their time at AkiraChix. Why should you become a mentor? Here’s a breakdown of who we’re looking for and what [...]

By | 2016-02-29T14:25:11+00:00 February 29th, 2016|AkiraChix, Mentorship|0 Comments