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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog post by: Shikoh Gitau from the iHub Research Arm