Highlights from attending the African Summit for Women and Girls in Technology. #TechWomenAfrica

By Anne
iHub
  Published 23 Oct 2018
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The Summit took place from the 9th - 11th of October in Accra Ghana. The event was organized by the Web Foundation in collaboration with *Partners (see below).  Over 250 women from across Africa assembled.  Aimed at bridging Africa’s digital gender gap, the participants engaged on various issues including how to scale STEAM projects, bridging socio-economic gaps, creating favorable policies for women in tech practitioners, regulatory issues around digital access, digital education skills and women’s rights online.

It was exciting to attend interactive workshop sessions where participants learned how to create community networks, Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, and digital security advocacy.

Photo credit: Siro360

The Hashtag for the summit was #TechWomenAfrica which trended for the duration of the event.

You can catch highlights from the live stream which was covered by Internet Society (ISOC) on this link

I got a chance to speak about the iHub Kids Hacker camp during the lightning sessions on day 3 of the summit. I shared on the importance of creating an environment for kids to start tinkering with technology while young to foster more interest in Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Maths ( STEAM.)

I would like to especially thank the Web Foundation team for the invitation and UNWomen who sponsored my trip.

You can see more pictures from the Summit on this link

*Partners:Ministry of Communications - Ghana, African Development Bank, Internet Society, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UN Women, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany), Google, Facebook and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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