The 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi, theme is “Be Bold”, so we are asking our female leaders and guests – panelists, speakers, moderators, and mentors – to reflect and share the early days of their careers, advice for younger women in tech and/or the most crucial need of their businesses today.
These women have proven commitment to building and scaling tech businesses or growing social enterprises on the continent and they come from diverse backgrounds and sectors with different levels of experience.
It is our hope that these short interviews show a glimpse into the everyday lives of African women in tech and builds bridges between organizations and individuals who are looking to partner, fund, mentor or simply interact with these pioneering women.
This week we shine the spotlight on Dorcas Owinoh as she shares her journey in technology building LakeHub Foundation and Village Code.
Welcome Dorcas, it’s our pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself and background.
Thank you for having me. I work to improve access to technology. I am the director of LakeHub Foundation, which helps provide resources for underserved youths in Western Kenya to become passionate creators of technology and not just consumers. We offer technology training, business and coding competitions and mentorship programmes.
I’m also responsible for a project called Village Code, which teaches girls aged 9 to 19 years old problem-solving, computer programming and entrepreneurial skills. So far 300 girls have benefited from this program.
How have women conferences (or AWIT specifically) helped you in your business/career so far?
As a woman in technology, these conferences have always helped me to overcome challenges by teaching me self-assurance regarding my skills and abilities both as a woman and a professional. They have helped me find ways to overcome sexism and keep my “eyes on the prize” in terms of my aspirations.
What’s one message you want to share with other women in tech/business?
I feel strongly that as women we have to be invested in our own careers and destinies because no one else is going to be as invested in our success.
Also, it’s imperative that women find both mentors and sponsors who can guide and help them navigate the land-mines along the way.
Join Dorcas and other pan-African women in technology at the 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi this July.