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iHub By Jessica Colaço / May 17, 2011

AfriWiT – African Women in Technology Update


Taking up less than 15% of the industry, Women in Computing are a very rare species globally. In Africa, their numbers are dismal, and can sometimes be even dismissed to be irrelevant. But with projects such as M-Farm and initiatives such as Akira Chix and Girls on Map by Google showing tremendous input of women in computing to Africa’s development, the African Women in Technology have refused to be sidelined.

To make their presence known, they will be hosting a panel titled “What if there were more African Women in Computing and Technology ?” at this years Grace Hopper Celebrating Women in Computing Conference.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

The AfriWit panel will be fun filled and inspirational with women drawn from across the continent, in academia and industry. Stay tuned for more updates. If you are an African woman in computing and want to get involved with other AWIT activities follow us on twitter @AfriWiT or request to join by sending a short description of yourself and why you want to join to

Blog post by: Shikoh Gitau from the iHub Research Arm

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • Muthoni at 08:35:20AM Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Nice ladies…i plan to return to GHC this year with at least another 6 more African women techies. Its going to be fun! and GHC is an awesome experience…i am sure you will all be bitten by the GHC bug and return annually…

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