Navigating the Digital Landscape-Viola’s Journey in Technology

Systemic biases and cultural barriers play a significant role in hindering the progress of women in the tech industry. One major challenge is the lack of representation and diversity in tech companies. Women are underrepresented at all levels, from entry-level positions to executive roles. This lack of representation perpetuates a vicious cycle, as women often struggle to find role models and mentors who understand their unique experiences and can guide them through their careers. Despite these formidable challenges, women in technology continue to defy expectations and push and Viola is one of them. Since childhood, the inner workings of computers and phones have always fascinated me. The allure…

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Overcoming odds to redefining possibilities:Lina’s Tech journey

  n Kenya, like in many other countries, the rate of young women pursuing software engineering courses has traditionally been lower than that of men. According to research on “Bridging the Gender Divide in Digital Technology Courses and Careers in Kenya” by the Brookings Institution (2022):  This research paper delves into the root causes behind the underrepresentation of women in Kenya’s digital technology sector, including software engineering. This can be attributed to various factors such as societal expectations, cultural barriers, lack of role models, and stereotypes that associate tech careers. After high school, choosing a university course was a maze for Lina. The recommendation to pursue a software…

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Nurturing Women In Tech Talent, Inspiring Change

Introduction Meet Sharon Atieno, a passionate Data Scientist and Technical Instructor at Pwani Teknowgalz. Her transformative journey in the tech world began in April 2021 when she joined our CodeHack training program during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s dive into Sharon’s experience and explore the impact Pwani Teknowgalz had on her career in data science. Pwani Teknowgalz Impact How did participating in Pwani Teknowgalz programs contribute to your professional development and skill acquisition in data science and machine learning? At the time I was participating in the CodeHack Program, Pwani Teknowgalz did not have a Data Science and Machine Learning track, they were only doing…

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Breaking barriers-Bridging the gender gap of women in technology in Lamu

Historically, women in Kenya, along with women in numerous other countries, have faced a lack of representation in the technology sector. However, an increasing number of women are taking the lead and becoming role models for those currently in or aspiring to join the rapidly evolving industry that has a global impact. Mariam Abubakar Ahmed is a  teacher at Mahmoud bin Fadhil Primary School in Lamu and a graduate with a diploma in ICT. After attending the stem Cafe program by Pwani Teknowgalz in 2019, it sparked her dreams and passion for technology. The digital marketing and website development skills she gained during the STEM Cafe program motivated…

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Enabling young women from low-income homes actualize their passion for technology

  The digital age has created previously unheard-of opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls, ranging from online study and digital activism to the rapid rise of high-paying tech employment.Women and girls remain underrepresented across the creation, use and regulation of technology.Umi Ramadhan Karisa a high school student at Bahari Girls secondary school had always been interested  in studying technology after high school, but due to financial difficulties, she almost gave up on ever realizing her dream of becoming a technology expert because she was not given the chance to study computer science. “As I had already given up on studying technology, a friend of mine suggested…

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Internship at Pwani Teknowgalz helps Grace advance her career in tech

Grace Mutanu Mutinda a student at The Technical University of Kenya shares her experience and skills acquired as an intern at Pwani Teknowgalz. Keep reading to have a gist of how the internship assisted her to advance her mobile development skills and gain confidence in her leadership abilities. What effect did the internship have on your technology and leadership abilities? During my internship, I was able to gain more practical programming skills as compared to my schoolwork. With the aid of my designated supervisor Ms. Joan Nabusoba, director of professional development at Pwani Teknowgalz, I was able to learn Flutter which is an open source framework by Google…

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March Virtual Sessions

We had a session physical meetup for the coders in Nairobi but Kenya faced an increase in covid-19 positive cases and deaths consequently the three day meetup was cancelled. After the virtual sessions and meetups for the different regions, coders embarked on working on their own personal projects. This process will take months and will provide the coders the opportunity to apply what they learned but also interact with their facilitators. This will culminate with a presentation of their projects in September. The coders were grouped based on different interests i.e frontend development, full stack development, data science and cyber security. This started with the ideation process. The…

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February 2021 Training Sessions

The month of February allowed for physical meetups of coders in Nakuru, Mombasa and Lamu spaces. The Pwani Teknowgalz team mobilized and conducted three days meetups of the coders. The meetup allowed for the coders to meet but also for our team to have a face to face with the coders. Coders in Mombasa met physically for a cyber security session at the space in MEWA Library. The session focused a lot on the impact of cyber security on our health, economy, democracy and security. The coders explored the adverse impact of having our infrastructure not secured. With the pandemic came the need to go digital for the…

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Pwani Teknowgalz launches first girls in technology Space in Mombasa.

Yesterday we officially opened our own office located opposite AAR health Center Mombasa along Moi Avenue.This is a great milestone for the organisation. We have had this vision for over five years since we started our impactful work of equipping girls and young women with technology skills in Mombasa. Prior to having the new space, Swahilipot Hub played a great role in supporting Pwani Teknowgalz’s activities and programs at the hub. Pwani Teknowgalz is thrilled that the new office will provide girls and young women in Mombasa a safe space to acquire employable technology skills and participate in the digital economy. The launch included welcoming of the CodeHack…

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Coders At American Spaces Virtual Launch

In November 2020, Coders at American spaces project was launched virtually on Zoom. During the launch Devin Glick, assistant cultural affairs Officer U.S embassy, advised the youth in attendance to leverage on technology skills to develop innovation using technology. The goal of the virtual launch was to equip the youth aged 18-35 years with more information about Coders at American Spaces Kenya objectives. The participants had an opportunity to inquire more about the program during the Q&A session. Watch the video of the launch below:  Pwani Teknowgalz started coding sessions with youth from Nairobi, Nakuru, Lamu and Mombasa in December 2020. The youth learnt website development language(HTML, CSS…

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