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 Lilian Motongori as she shares her experience and some tips from her years as a woman in tech in Kenya.
Welcome Lilian, it’s our pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself and background.
I am an Engineering consultant working on a project called Sustainable Solutions for African Economic Development (SOSAED). It’s a partnership formed through the Turkana Basin Institute. We focus on looking for energy, water and IT solutions for the people in Turkana region.
I am also a country representative for Electratherm, a US based company that deals with the manufacture of power units that generates electricity through waste heat recovery and the organic rankine cycle. My education background roots from a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering, at the University of Eldoret in Kenya.
How has women conferences (or AWIT specifically) helped you in your business/career so far?
Women conferences have empowered me to be more aggressive and stand out at work knowing I am representing many women out there. I have also been able to mentor and network with fellow women and get more motivation.
What’s one message you want to share with other women in tech/business?
Keep yourself updated on the current trends in the industry. Be dynamic. Educate yourselves more in areas such as AI, Data science, IoT, Machine learning and be in the loop.
Join Lilian and other pan-African women in technology at the 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi this July.