AkiraChix is excited to partner with Esri for this months meet up on the 29th June. The focus for this event will be on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This will be an exciting opportunity to learn how to leverage the power of location in technology solutions. We will introduce the concept of GIS and its [...]
(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 [...]
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 [...]
AkiraChix is hosting its first Design Meet Up on the 19th of June 2015 from 5-7pm. The word "design" has traditionally been used to describe the visual aesthetics of objects such as books, websites, products, interiors, architecture, and fashion. Gradually, the definition of design has stretched to include not just artifacts but strategic services and systems. [...]
Happy New Year from the AkiraChix Team! We hope your 2014 has gotten off to a great start :) Sometimes, its hard to believe that its been more than three years since an adhoc meeting of a few women tech gave rise to the AkiraChix we have all come to know and be a part [...]
The day was finally here. Watch the video message from the ITU Secretary-General on Girls in ICT Day. With girls from over 20 schools within Nairobi and its environs in attendance, it was clear, that aspiring and existing women in tech in Nairobi had eagerly awaited this day. Vice President Linda Kamau kicked off [...]
We are all aware that career paths are chosen, or at least heavily decided upon on completion of High School in Kenya. This is one of the reasons why AkiraChix has embarked on mentoring young girls in high school through visits, and bootcamps during school holidays, in line with its vision of creating a successful [...]
On 3rd December 2012, AkiraChix opened its doors to young girls between the ages of 14 and 18 for a two week intensive design bootcamp, led by an amazing designer and teacher, Nyandia Kamawe, flanked by some students of the AkiraChix training program, namely Diana Andai, Monica Nyambura, Eunice Katunge, Margaret Wakaba and Mercy Agosa. [...]
A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the students‚Äô final projects. The students used their newly acquired programming, web design and entrepreneurship skills to create websites that offered innovative solutions to relevant local problems. For example, ‚ÄúSoap ya Mtaa‚Äù website created a platform allowing local soap and detergent makers to reach a wider market through the internet. Mr. Obath was so impressed by the caliber of the presentations that he offered to follow up with the IT sector of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance to investigate which of the projects could be turned into real implementations.
After the talk the ladies were divided into groups to come up with applications that can be turned into profitable businesses. They were then supposed to pitch the applications to the other teams. After the pitching session, the teams voted for the best app, the catch was that they could not vote for their own idea. We hope to highlight some of those working apps on this blog in the near future.