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 Rabeb Othmani as she shares her love for technology and life as a female software engineer.
Welcome Rabeb, it’s our pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself and background.
Thanks for having me! I’m a Tunisian software engineer living in the United Kingdom and working as a developer advocate for Nexmo. I help developers building awesome applications.
Other than writing code for a living, I advocate bringing more women and minorities into tech thus my involvement in different initiatives and with various organizations notably Women Who Code. I run the Women Who Code Network in Bristol where I live.
I’m a traveler at heart, a coffee snob, and a high heels collector 🙂
How have women conferences (or AWIT specifically) helped you in your business/career so far?
Hearing from other women and learning about their journeys and challenges is so inspiring. It powers me through my own challenges and gives me the energy to work harder and pursue my own goals. It also gives me that sense of belonging, knowing that I’m not on my own and that there’s a whole community available and willing to support me.
What’s one message you want to share with other women in tech/business?
The future is female 😉
Join Rabeb and other pan-African women in technology at the 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi this July.