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!
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!
Carolyne is a Mandela Washington Fellow, social entrepreneur and founder of Apps and Girls. This social enterprise is on a mission to bridge the tech gender gap in Africa by empowering girls aged 10-18 years with super powers (coding, engineering and entrepreneurship skills) so they become effective leaders and Tech drivers leveraging technology to solve challenges in their communities.
A Tigo & Reach for Change digital change maker, Carolyne was awarded a certificate of achievement in 2014 for her efforts towards improving children’s lives through innovation & digital technology at the Hackathon Prototype Change 2014 in Sweden. She also won the MalikiaWanguvu2017 award as well as the NextGen franchising 2017 award. Apps and Girls was awarded by UNDP and Sahara sparks for its devotion and persistence in supporting and inspiring Women in Technology across Tanzania.
Carolyne is now a mentor for several organizations, including First Global Robotics, Africa Entrepreneurship Award and Ushahuri virtual platform. Carolyne also serves as regional ambassador for the Techinnovation Challenge. Where can you meet her in 2017? At the 2017 e-learning Africa conference in Mauritius, where she will be speaking in a keynote rightfully titled: “An African Woman with the superpower of Code is a mighty sword for Africa.
Carolyne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Systems.
Vickie co-leads HabeNerd, an online learning platform in Zimbabwe which provides organized and intense training on ICT skills and courses across all age and gender classes. With a goal to equip participants (locally and regionally) with programming and coding skills, the platform helps participants explore and kick start careers in ethical hacking and programming as well as to learn how applications are made and how to turn those into revenue.
HabeNerd has launched Coding Day initiatives with partners in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. An ICT professional and trainer passionate about social entrepreneurship applied to technology, Vickie is also a member of the Computer Society of Zimbabwe Bulawayo Chapter, serving on the Executive and the Software Development Committee.
Through Africa Code Week, she hopes to "conscientise as many young Zimbabweans on the benefits of learning coding skills and broaden the scope of App development in Zimbabwe."