Kenya to host largest ever women gathering on technology in Africa

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Kenya to host largest ever women gathering on technology in Africa

Nairobi, July 2016 – More than 3,000 women working in technology will be meeting physically and virtually in over 40 countries across Africa and the Diaspora to discuss barriers and opportunities for women and girls working in technology. The event, Women in Tech Week, organized by Women in Tech Africa, is scheduled for 26-30th September 2016 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Women in Tech Week is the first and largest ever all women event to be held in Africa. It is jointly organized by Women in Tech Africa with software giant SAP global and will include curated user generated events with partners across 40 countries, bringing together 40,000 users onsite and virtually.

“This is a collaborative attempt to build a pan-African network, allowing us women to compare our challenges, learn from other countries and connect across borders to expand our influence,” said Founder of Women in Tech Africa and CEO of Edel Consult, Ethel Cofie.

In Africa, technology is till seen as a male dominated field, so many women in Africa, working in technology find it challenging and at times an isolating experience. The impact of this can limit women’s professional growth in the sector.

“Women need mentors, role-models and a network to share their experiences, challenges and skills. The magnitude of this event in Africa is unprecedented and presents an opportunity for women in this field to brainstorm on how to unlock the continent’s potential,” Ms Cofie added.

The week long event will discuss issues such the role of women in building Africa’s digital economy, opportunities for research and why there is the need to invest in women interested in pursuing careers in this field.

There is more information on the event website:

http://techweek.womenintechafrica.com