Ambassadors are your local anchors for Africa Code Week event orchestration, questions and support. Feel free to reach out to them to get started on hosting your own coding workshops or simply get introduced to other interested schools / organizations. They are here to help you engage as many children and youth as possible in your community!
Dimonekene has been working in the IT and Codification industry since 1978, learning more than 20 programming languages and honing education and training skills along the way. He has been a consultant at the National Commission of Information Technologies (Comissão Naciional de Tecnologias de Informação - CNTI) since 2002, where he acted as Executive Coordinator from 2002 to 2006. He has performed various consulting activities, leading different initiatives of ICT massification and dissemination, including:
- Internet massification projects through the delivery of computers, routers and VSAT to schools and provincial governments;
- SchoolNet Angola in cooperation with SchoolNet Africa for the creation of a local center;
- Cooperation with Multichoice (DSTV), encouraging high school teachers to leverage TV to support the educational process;
- Cooperation with ComputerAid, recycling computers to be delivered to various public and private organizations (churches, public utility nonprofits).
Throughout his career, Dimonekene has also supported startups and participated in several movements to support entrepreneurship. At ECOSYSTEO, he developed activities to leverage Raspberry PI (python & Scratch) as a powerful and playful way to spark the interest of children in ICT. In 2012, he went to the Silicon Valley to collect best-practices from the various Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs there. Dimonekene graduated in Information Technology and holds a M.Sc in Strategic Management and Innovation.
Part-time English tutor, Seddik is also a full-time student at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedien in Algiers with a major in Computer Science. Part of the “Student Leaders Program” by MEPI, he has thoroughly studied leadership, management, public relations, negotiations, political conflict resolution, public persuasion and communications. Seddik also learnt a lot from his stays at some of the US top universities such as RWU, GU, HLS, and UW. Always eager to hone his own skill set and share his knowledge with his community and peers, he co-founded CS50xAlgeria in 2015 and organized its first 3-month program at the US Embassy together with the American Cultural Center in Algiers.
TechWomen 2017 emerging leader, Ruth co-founded Pwani Teknowgalz in Mombasa, a non profit organization working to bridge the gender gap of Women in Technology. Passionate website developer, she loves inspiring more girls to venture into STEM through the Technovation Challenge - a global challenge that encourages girls from all over the world to solve community problems by creating dedicated mobile applications. Ruth is also actively involved in STEM projects in Mombasa, such as 'Mombasa Girls in STEM'. Featured by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in one of their #eskills4girls videos, Ruth is currently working to establish the first Girl Technology Hub in Mombasa with a goal to empower girls from underprivileged backgrounds with computer programming skills.
Serving in the U.S. Peace Corps, Daniel has been living and working in Zambia (rural areas of the Kawambwa District in the Luapula Province) since 2015. He launched “Girls Can Code!”, a Technology Camps program he designed to empower adolescent girls in rural areas with coding skills. He then moved to Lusaka to harmonize efforts between the Peace Corps and Hackers Guild, a Zambian non-profit dedicated to serving Zambia's youth with computer science and programming skills.
Throughout his life he has demonstrated a passion for civic-minded activities such as building homes for underprivileged families in Mexico, to being a search and rescue pilot in Alaska. His rich and varied career includes using technology to document subsistence activities while living with the Inupiaq people of the North Slope of Alaska on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. It was during this time that he himself began coding in Arc Macro Language (AML), which is based in UNIX in order to map his findings in geographic information systems (GIS).
Following his years in the Arctic, Dan started a tech company using geo-rectified aerial imagery for its clients, in addition to his other businesses and projects in natural resources management, project management, contracting, and consulting. Dan’s undergraduate studies began in a pre-medical program in Wisconsin and then graduate studies at Colorado. Shortly after his graduate studies, he began a 7-year career as a professional mountaineer, big wall climbing guide, and wilderness guide.
“Most of the fundamental ideas of Science are essentially simple and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone” – Albert Einstein
Strongly believing in this quote from Einstein and actively engaged in the promotion of Science and Technology in Mauritius and Rodrigues, Hemraj has evolved in this field at various levels and amongst people of all walks of life since 2005 when he joined the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), the only institution mandated for the promotion and popularization of Science and Technology in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
As Manager/Curator, Hemraj manages RGSC's IT facilities while contributing to the development of Science and Technology exhibitions and conduction of science popularization activities. He has been Jury member of several science project based competitions and has contributed to several international workshops/conferences.
Before completing a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Mauritius, he studied Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He has also enhanced his general knowledge in Green ICT, Photovoltaics and Energy Auditing.
Through RGSC, Hemraj has been pivotal in rolling out Africa Code Week in Mauritius and looks forward to making this a successful and popular activity across the island.
Malawian Technologist, Elizabeth has a passion for ICT for development and as a way to empower girls in her country. Recipient of the Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Award in 2016, she took the lead in establishing the mHub girls 4 code initiative alongside mHub Founder.
Her goal: unlock the power digital skills for young people and ensure technology skills are democratized, so that no group ever gets denied access to such fundamental knowledge. Her dream: see more girls embracing ICT as a career!