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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / January 22, 2012

Celebrating the Systers Community

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It has been said that the twenty first century is witnessing the ever increasing role of science and technology in all aspects of life be it culture, business, education, politics, to mention a few. Sadly, it has also been noted that women do not have a strong presence in these two fields yet they offer solutions for many global problems. As such, this has been a cause for alarm for a long period of time, and many initiatives have been established to eliminate this problem.

In 1987, renowned computer scientist Anita Borg founded the Systers online community in the spirit of broadly promoting the interests of women in the fields of computing and technology. This was long before online community was part of the mainstream. Systers provides a private space to seek advice from peers and discuss challenges faced as women in technology. It has created an enviroment in which women work more conducive for continued participation in the field. Today, Systers is recognised as the largest email community of technical women in computing, with over 3000 members in at least 54 countries globally.

Every year, Systers members gather in their respective areas worldwide in a forum to discuss technology, challenges they face and to support each other, in what is known as Systers global meetups. This year, in January 28, 2012, it shall be no different. Nairobi Systers event will be held at the Ihub from 2.00 – 4.00 pm to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Systers community. The event will be hosted by the Akirachix and Afriwit (African Women in Technology), ihub and Google. Technical women of all ages are invited to the event as the systers celebrate themselves and commemorate Anita Borg for including all women in the technological revolution- not just as bystanders, but active participants and leaders.

This event aims to bring together girls and women from high school, university, colleges and in industry to network and build relationships. We hope that these loose connections will be the start of greater endeavors among the women.So if you are a woman in Tech don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with the fellow women in tech community.

Register for the event Here.

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: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


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