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 talk to Gertrude Nyenyeshi, cofounder of TechInPink and Partnerships Lead at TeenCode Africa.
Welcome Gertrude, it’s our pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself and background.
I grew up in the town of Eldoret, where I was exposed to computers at an early age. I studied Informatics in Moi University so I could pursue my desire to build games. I faced challenges including lack of a supportive community while in school and lack of representation. I, however, pushed on and am now a web developer at BBC through Andela. I co-founded TechInPink from my experience in school and I’m invested in growing and nurturing developer communities. I am the Partnerships Lead at TeenCode Africa, Lead of Facebook Developer Circles Eldoret and part of the support team of Facebook Developer Circles Nairobi.
What’s one message do you want to share with other women in tech/business.
Consistency is key. Don’t always wait for opportunities, sometimes create them. Failure will happen. Grow a thick skin. Step out of your comfort zone. This world is for the takers.
What areas in your career do you need more boldness to succeed?
Bold enough to take more risks and chances.
To stop playing it safe and believe in me more. This could be in any area e.g. taking up leadership roles, grabbing opportunities I believe are out of my league, approaching people I admire, speaking up because my voice and opinions matter.
Join Gertrude and other pan-African women in technology at the 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi this July.