Attend Tech Week by Women In Tech Africa

Women in Tech Week is the first and largest Women in Tech event on the African continent. Created as a 5-day event that brings together stakeholders supporting growth of women in technology and leadership. It includes curated user generated events with event partners across 40 countries with 400 events tracks bringing together 40,000 users onsite and virtually.

Why should you attend? 

The compelling, well thought out week’s agenda will be of interest to anyone intending to grow professionally and network with Industry leaders: from hard core IT topics to discussions about Work-life balance. You can have a look at the day to day topics breakdown below.

How can you participate? 

Attend the physical events
Onsite events in 10 countries: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, UK (Maidenhead next to London), USA (NY), GER (HD) , China (Shanghai)

Participate in the virtual events: Virtual events in Africa: Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Cameroon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal. Follow @womenintechafrica and use #womenintechweek


Day 1: Technology Day

On: Monday 26th September 2016

9:00am-10:00am-Registration & Networking
10:00am-10.30am –Welcome Speech by Sylvia Mukasa WITA Kenya Chapter Lead
Official Launch Key Note Speech: TBC

Sub Theme 1: Digital Africa

10:30am-11.30am Topic 1: Mobile Payments
• Samsung Representative
• Judyth Engels-Digital Financial Services Consultant
• Angelah Rebecca Madara- Digital Financial Capability Lab

11:30am-12:15pm Topic 2: Smart Infrastructure
Speaker: Dr Aisha Walcott, IBM

12:15pm-1:00pm Topic 3: Cloud
Speaker: Everline Kamau Migwi , Channel Account Manager-Kenya & Ethiopia, VMWare

Lunch Break/Networking 1:00pm-2:00pm

2:15 pm-3:45 pm Topic 4: Internet of Things (IOT)

• Dr Esther Obonyo, Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
• Josephine Miliza, MD Girls in Tech, Kenya
• Leonard Mabele/iLab Rep: Demo of how IoT works and the type of projects @iLab is working on plus Machine Learning

Sub Theme 2: Innovation & Technology for the Next Decade

3:50 pm-4:10pm-Digital Market Places
Speaker: Sam Wakoba, TechMoran

4:15pm -5:15pm Virtual Reality
• Odipo Riaga,Technology Blogger,
• Samsung Representative


Day 2: Leadership Day

9:00am-10:00am-Registration & Networking

Women & Leadership

Points of Discussion
• “Branding yourself in a male-dominated world”
• Strategies to survive in a male-driven culture (discussions, meetings, power play)
• Negotiating as a woman
• Leadership principle & executive presence
10:00am-11:00am Wambui Kinya, Chief Strategy Officer, Andela
11:00am-12:00pm Dr Esther Obonyo, Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
12:00 pm-1:00pm Ife Osaga, Legal Counsel, Sub Saharan Africa, Google Kenya

Lunch Break/Networking 1:00pm-2:00pm

2:00pm-3pm Women & Cyber Crime
Personal security as a woman in Africa/How to combat cyber bullying
Speaker: Alice Munyua, ICT Policy, Regulation and Internet Governance Professional



Day 3: Entrepreneur Day

Day 3: Entrepreneur Day, Wednesday, 28th September 2016

8:00 am 9:00am-Registration & Networking

9:00am-10:00 am Security & Enterprise
Security strategies for your enterprise; how to combat/fight cyber crime and what security threats exist in the digital economy and Mobile & Cloud Security

• Fredrick W. N., Team Leader / forensic Investigator, Computer Forensic Kenya
• Samsung Representative
• Serianu Representative

10:00 am – 12:00pm Discussing Successful Business Cases, Financing your start-up, Social Enterprise; Scale & Operation and Business Models

• Winnie Auma, Country Director, Village Enterprise Uganda
• Patricia Odero, East Africa Regional Director, SEAD | Innovations in Healthcare
• Karina Fassbender, Merck Accelerator
• Esther Ndeti, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

12pm-1pm Ongeza Fund Workshop: Pitching to investors through effective storytelling.

Lunch Break/Networking 1:00pm-2:00pm

2:00pm -6:00pm WECREATE Kenya Build-a-Business Workshop
Come and Learn business Model Design through Visual Thinking,how to create value and reach target customers,Go-To-Market Strategies and much more.



Day 4: Work-Life Day,

On Thursday 29th September 2016

Day 4: Work-Life Day, Thursday 29th September 2016

9:00am-10:00am-Registration & Networking

10:00am- 10:30am From being at home to working ‘Home, Theresa Moraa , Cloud of Yum

10:30am -11:00am-Enterprise & Family: Speaker to be confirmed

11:00am-12:00pm Meditation/Martial Arts & Other Technologies by Martha D. Karimi,Co-Founder EdgePerformance

12:00am-1:00pm Purpose In Life
Speaker: Wangari Mwangi, Coach & Mentor, Life Coaching & Leadership Centre

Lunch Break/Networking 1:00pm-2:00pm

2:00pm-4:00pm Research in Africa

Discussions will cover: Suitability for impactful research; Africa as a hot spot for research; Status quo & direction; Lighthouse examples

Dr Evelyn Gitau,Cellular Immunologist/Program Manager, African Academy of Sciences
Dr Charity Wayua, IBM Research Africa



Day 5: Talent Day

On Friday 30th September 2016

9:00am-10:00am-Registration & Networking

10:00am-12:15pm Talent Building
Discussing about:
-Developing grass-root talent / demographics / large amount of world workforce will be Africa
-Skills for Africa – making a challenge into an opportunity
-Skill building as a business
-Supporting young and ambitious girls in Africa through tech skills

• Audrey Cheng, Founder ,Moringa School & Savannah Kunovsky, Leadership Team, Moringa School
• Janet Njoroge,Andela Representative
• Microsoft4Afrika Representative
• Eric Mutuku, Director, Zalego Institute
• Martha D. Karimi ,Co-Founder, Edge Performance
• Makeda Tsegaye, CEO & Founder, NetBizImpact

12:15pm -1:00pm Mobile Education
Speaker: Anne Salim, COO Eneza Education

Lunch Break/Networking 1:00pm-2:00pm

2:00pm-4:00pm Design Thinking Workshop: by Josephine Miliza, MD Girls in Tech, Kenya

4:00pm-5:00 pm Live Tweet Chat with the Next Einstein Forum Ambassadors.

Topic: Talent Building to encourage participation in Science, Technology, Research & Innovation in Africa

5:30-7:00pm Closing Ceremony




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