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Changing the Game: Women in Gaming

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With the internet booming across the continent over the last decade, the gaming sector has seen vigorous developments. Reports published by the World Economic Forum show that Africa has solidified itself as the fastest growing market globally for mobile games. This is hardly surprising given the demographic trends in the region provide evidence to it being the fastest growing youth population in the world.

Similarly, careers in gaming are highly desirable; the gaming sector has grown into a multi-billion dollar sector with many career paths and innovations popping up at every corner. It is clear that the industry is at an exciting inflection point.

 

But where do women fit in this burgeoning industry?

Women make up 65% of the total number of mobile game consumers in the world. However, only 5% of game developers are women. Despite the majority market for mobile games being women, they are unfortunately not included nor involved in the dev...

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Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Technology

Originally posted at Ona.io

Sharon Obanda, Samuel Mghendi and Sharon Otieno from the Ona team had an incredible opportunity to present to AkiraChix. We shared knowledge and insights with the aspiring tech professionals and showcased our business intelligence software, Akuko, and our data analytics work.

The visit allowed us to foster meaningful connections with a talented group of women in the tech industry. A lively presentation and demo of Akuko was followed by an engaging Q&A session, during which the attendees sought input on their own data projects and asked about our analytics workflows. The experience showcased the thirst for knowledge that defines the AkiraChix mantra.

We have had a close relationship with AkiraChix for a while now, having taken several interns and hiring an AkiraChix alumni, Sharon Otieno, who has grown with us as an OpenSRP software developer. Working with organizations such as AkiraChix is an inspi...

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codeHive alumni raise $21K to support upcoming cohorts

There are two qualities we admire most about our alumni community; their immense capacity for community building and their generosity. By giving to AkiraChix, they are contributing to the many efforts that make the campus a special place for the many young women who join the codeHive program.

It began with small steps, but every year, as their earning increases, so does their contribution. We always keep an eye on our alumni and there have been countless impactful and inspiring moments, but we wanted to come back to this amazing success story.

The alumni community ( codeHiveX) raised $21,000 to purchase and install a backup generator. This significant boost means that students do not have to lose out on the day’s lessons and activities whenever a power-cut occurs. We applaud this kind of thoughtfulness and sisterhood of the codeHive community.

Juliet Gisemba, from the class of 2021 says ”Kindness is free but worth so much more. I love that codeHiveX puts me in a...

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AkiraChix secures $1M Investment from Steel Foundation of Hope

We are very excited to partner with Steele Foundation for Hope. Their commitment is aligned with our vision to see more young women in underserved communities across East Africa, unravel years of the odds stacked against them, through education.

Their $1M investment in the codeHive program validates our position as a trusted source for building the best female tech talent in Africa. We look forward to working with Steele Foundation of Hope as we seek to deliver on the $1M investment over the next 4 years.

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Antara Health celebrates the Internship partnership with AkiraChix

Over a year later, on International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2023, Antara celebrated its partnership with AkiraChix, and its mission to transform the technology industry by empowering women in tech. The partnership had entered its second year and Antara had welcomed a new cohort of 10 AkiraChix interns in January of 2023 who were already finding ways to be productive in a variety of areas.

Since then, 60% of the ‘23 interns have already progressed to an Apprenticeship;the next step towards full-time employment; as part of Antara’s career development program for its interns. The new apprentices are contributing in communications, data analysis, UX research, customer operations, care team logistics, and product development - a direct result of the skills they have developed since January. 

What’s more, three of the interns who joined Antara in 2022 have since been offered full time employment. Intwaza Belyse and Shadya Obuya have grown into their respective Software Eng...

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Exploring Her Way to Success

When Wendy, 20, completed her primary school education in 2015 in a private school in Nairobi, she was super excited about the prospect of going to a boarding high school within the country. But to her shock and dismay, her mother couldn’t afford her high school education at her school of choice.

Her mother had just closed down a lucrative business in entertainment due to a sudden change in her religious stance; opting to run a grocery store. The family income took a dip.

“It was the worst feeling ever. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t live my dreams because my parents didn’t have money,” Wendy recalls.

It took some convincing from her aunt for Wendy to understand the need to adapt to the new situation and attend a different high school within Nairobi.

On completion of high school in 2018, Wendy toyed with the idea of a career as a doctor, but it did not align with her interests. Then she considered journalism but she got discouragements about it not be...

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The Climate Effect of Supporting Young Women in Tech

A year ago, Mercy Birungi would have laughed off the idea of becoming a Software Engineer at KEIphone Global, an organization that seeks to bridge the digital gender divide by providing women with access to digital tools.

The idea of becoming not just a techie, but one who uses her skills to create impact and change in her community seemed both funny and impossible to Mercy.

For a long time, she felt crippled by the lack of opportunities to learn and gain the skills that she needed to get her foot in the door. She was a talented and willing problem-solving individual who simply lacked the opportunities to put her abilities to practical use. "I just needed a way to put all the buzzing ideas in my brain to paper and then to process," She says.

At the time, the only opportunities within her reach were voluntary activities in social work. Though helping others provided a wonderful sense of fulfillment, economic progress seemed out of reach and her dream of working i...

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