AWELE Academy Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

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From Monday, January 23, men and women from across African countries will gather in Abuja, Nigeria, for “She Hacks Africa”, a 3-week intensive coding boot-camp organized by African Women Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship (AWELE) Academy.

AWELE Academy has been at the forefront of empowering youth, most especially girls in technology and software programming through affordable education, quality instruction, and individualized mentorship.

The “She Hacks Africa” programming workshop is designed to train participants on how to build a full stack web application using Node, Angular, Express and MongoDB. This also includes using a learn-by-example approach where participants get to build a real application with full functionalities.

Another interesting fact about the training is that participants will be privileged to present their projects and network with prominent leaders in Technology across the globe.

By providing a world-class educational environment with an advanced curriculum, experienced facilitators from the United States of America and some African countries have been drawn to give the best of full stack web development to participants some of which are:

  • Vanessa Oguamanam: A Mentor Volunteer officer at WAAW Foundation. Vanessa received her B.S in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction at UMD. Vanessa has always been passionate about using her technology background to empower women of color and make a difference in communities that mattered to her.

 

  • Kishau Rogers: A serial tech entrepreneur and Founder and Chief Executive of technology ventures such as Websmith Group Inc., TimeStudy, PeerLoc and Websmith Studio, Websmith’s community innovation center. Kishau has over twenty years of industry experience, specializing in using computer science and systems thinking principles to influence how we develop, build, grow and mature great ideas. Her commercial work includes successful ventures such as TimeStudy, a health enterprise solution which serves tens of thousands of daily, active users and PeerLoc, an innovative geolocation platform startup co-founded with Dr. Wei Cheng. Kishau has spearheaded many social impact technology projects, most recently serving as an advisor to the U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care (May 2016). Kishau earned her Computer Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the recent recipient of the Lyn McDermid Community Impact Award and the Metropolitan Business League’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
  • Ismaila Lukman Enegi: A graduate of Computer Science, and a very passionate programmer and formal software developer at Nigerian Turkish Nile University ICT.
  • Ismaila is currently on a full time scholarship for his Master’s degree at African University of Science and Technology.

Additionally, the training will include extracurricular activities like career fair, motivational talks, excursions to Art Gallery, games, dancing and lots more!

Interested participants can apply here for the training or email training@waawfoundation.org for more information.

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