We would like to thank the the President of Kenya,President of the United States and the organizers of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit for giving us the platform to share the AkiraChix story. That moment on the world’s stage was a time to reflect on our collective journey and the impact we have had on young women in Africa. From this experience we have gained exposure to the world.
AkiraChix was founded in 2010 by Judith Owigar, Linda Kamau, Marie Githinji and Angela Oduor Lungati, to nurture generations of women who build solutions for Africa through technology.
In the last 5 years, we’ve created opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship in the technology ecosystem for 61 talented, yet underprivileged girls. 30 more students are set to graduate in December 2015. Call for applications for the Class of 2016 will be opened in October 2015.
Our high school outreach program has seen us reach 280 high school girls through bi-weekly visits and training sessions in the last three years. We’ve organised three annual high school career fairs(dubbed Geek Girl Festival), with more than 500 high school students in attendance. We’ve also hosted 6 training bootcamps during school holidays since December 2012, reaching more than 150 girls. Our next high school bootcamp is set for August 17th – 21st August, 2015.
In our bid to grow a self sustaining network of women technologists in Africa, we’ve seen our members grow to more than 800 through our meetups and online engagement. We’ve hosted two female hackathons that have given rise to ideas such as Ujirani, a mobile application that helps you connect with your neighbourhood and updates on happenings in your surrounding. Our inaugural Women in Technology Conference brought together 300 tech enthusiasts for a day of learning and sharing, and exposed organisations such as SKIRTS(Socially Keen Individuals Redefining Technology Spaces – seeking to secure women’s spaces online) to access to funding, mentorship and incubation to build their ideas. Our second annual conference is set for November 14th, 2015. More details will be shared soon.
We’re broadening young minds by exposing young kids between the ages of 7-13 to different facets of technology, and sparking creativity through art sessions with our Kids Program. Having trained 30 young kids, We’re set to train 30 more kids in our August Tech and Arts Camp, set for 10th – 14th August, 2015.
The AkiraChix model is one that has proven replicable in other areas. We continue to see more and more women in technology organisations come up in different parts of Africa. We are in the process of scaling and expanding our reach across Kenya, and Africa at large. We’re looking for partners who are interested in our cause to change communities, one woman at a time.
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