Tech4Dev, Microsoft empower women in Nigeria with tech skills

Tech4Dev, Microsoft empower women in Nigeria with tech skills

Tech4Dev Nigerian Women Techsters  Microsoft Nigeria

Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative, Tech4Dev, is a Nigerian non-profit organization working with Microsoft to skill more women with tech skills.

The partnership program with Microsoft Nigeria has seen women trained in coding and deep tech skills. Through an experiential learning initiative called the Nigerian Women Techsters.

With partners like Microsoft we have been able to train 2475 women across 12 states in Nigeria for free, says Diwura Oladepo, Executive Director Tech4Dev.

Nigerian Women Techsters takes women from varying backgrounds through a cohort of 12 weeks.

Training them in coding and analytical skills. As well as exposing them to available employment and entrepreneurship opportunities within the technology space.

The digital skill tracks covered include, web and mobile application development, games development and embedded systems.

Fatima Ahmed a participant of the Tech4Dev Nigerian Women Techsters program shares her experience.

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Fatima is a chemistry graduate from the University of Ilorin. Like many other Nigerians, she couldn’t get any job after her national youth service program. She recalls a friend telling her about the opportunities in tech.

Coincidentally at that time another friend told me about the Nigerian Women Techsters program. Where she learnt how to code and build websites. Seeing what she could do i was motivated to apply.”

She shares gaining technical and soft skills. Learning how to code and build websites, communicating effectively and working in teams.

I thought i was just coming to learn new skills and go back to apply for jobs. But during the training, i started getting job opportunities.
Today, i work as a technical support engineer at Tek Experts, where i provide cloud-based solutions. I am glad i took a bold step to come for the Nigerian Women Techsters training

Check out other stories making the news across Africa and Middle East region.

Developers in Vogue co-founder Ivy Barley, joins Microsoft

Developers in Vogue co-founder Ivy Barley, joins Microsoft

Ivy Barley Microsoft Developers In Vogue

Ivy Barley, co-founder of African women in tech non-profit organization Developers in Vogue, joins Microsoft. She joins Microsoft in Redmond as Program Manager in the Office 365 Experiences and Devices Team.

“Stoked to announce the next stage of my career growth”, Ivy takes to her Twitter social media page to make the announcement. She is optimistic about the opportunity to make a bigger impact at Microsoft and take her company to another level.

I’m glad to part of @Microsoft, a company that’s leading technological advancement globally. I’m even more proud to be associated with a company that loves and supports the work we do at @devinvogue . This is literally ‘Come as you are, do what you love‘.

Also, check out Ghana-based Software Engineer Edem Kumodzi recently joined Microsoft.

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SheHacks, Microsoft collaborate to empower women in Kenya with Cybersecurity Engineering skills

SheHacks, Microsoft collaborate to empower women in Kenya with Cybersecurity Engineering skills

Microsoft at Shehacks HackFest 2019

Microsoft is partnering with SheHacks Kenya to co-host this years HackFest event. A move that showcases Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and advocating for Kenyan women and minorities with interest in cybersecurity engineering. The two day festival is taking place at the Strathmore University Business school in Nairobi.

Day 1 at HackFest 2019 ?: SheHacks

Microsoft General Manager Cybersecurity Engineering, Hayden Hainsworth was the keynote speaker at the event. She expressed the company’s delight to partner with SheHacks for this year’s Hackathon.

We want to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity engineers. With a focus to prepare women to thrive in the technology industry.

We also want to make it easy for anyone to take their next step forward in technology, Hayden says. Highlighting the importance of the partnership and event in developing competency in tackling cyber threats in a rapidly evolving tech ecosystem.

Pratik Roy, Microsoft Modern Workplace and Security Business Group Lead
speaks on the principles of kill-chain at HackFest 2019

We have seen tremendous growth in the number of young women who want to participate since we founded this initiative. SheHacks founders Evelyn Kilel and Laura Tich shares. Emphasizing the need for increased support towards the youth in Kenya. To support this, they share that this years Hackfest will host close to 300 young ladies from across Kenya.

Hackfest 2019 will firstly bring together learners and experts to share knowledge and experience. Secondly it will try to inspire and nurture others to join the cybersecurity industry. Thirdly it will equip and empower them with the required technical know-how to combat cyber-crime.

Microsoft supports Women In Tech

Microsoft continues to show increased support to encourage women in technology in the region. The company introduced the LEAP engineering accelerated apprenticeship program for women in Lagos and Nairobi. Microsoft 4Afrika also collaborated with Strathmore University to extend Microsoft’s Women In Software Engineering Mentoring (WISE) Program into Africa.

Microsoft launch first LEAP Program cohort in Nigeria

Microsoft launch first LEAP Program cohort in Nigeria

Ten female developers will participate in the first cohort of the Microsoft LEAP Program in Nigeria. They will recieve sixteen weeks of training in technical support software engineering roles.

LEAP Program Microsoft Nigeria
Microsoft Leap Hackathon in Nigeria

This is part of Microsoft‘s plans to encourage diversity and inclusivity in software engineering roles in Nigeria. Microsoft LEAP has started in Nigeria with the intention of getting more females into technology. Princess Anya, Microsoft Business program Manager, Global talent Innovation in charge of Microsoft Leap Program West Africa, tells me.

The LEAP Engineering Acceleration Program is a Microsoft initiative that tries to increase diversity. Bringing more women into software engineering roles. By providing them with real world experience through development and project management apprenticeships with hands-on projects.

Speaking to me about the program, Princess Anya, shares that the ladies will undergo four weeks of classroom and labs training. After which they will proceed to do twelve weeks of hands-on project sessions. Where they handle projects with guidance from mentors.

At the end of the 16 weeks LEAP apprenticeship program, the ladies will join Microsoft partner Tek Experts as full time employees. Where they will work as support Software Engineers, supporting customers with Microsoft Solutions.

In a prelude to this program, Microsoft hosted thirty female developers in a hackathon event in Lagos.

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Microsoft Women in Tech Launch, Strathmore University, Nairobi

Microsoft Women in Tech Launch, Strathmore University, Nairobi

Microsoft Women in Tech

Are you a female interested in becoming a software developer or already a developer? Microsoft Tech community Kenya invites you to the launch of its female community on October 5, 2019. 10 am at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya.

The invitation reads;

We will be launching the Microsoft Women in Tech community at Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya.
Come ready to learn and network with successful ladies in the tech industry and know what is in store for you.

Join a platform of like minded people to learn, teach, mentor and network.

Click to register and plan to be at the launch event. Don’t forget to share this with anyone who might benefit from this.

Strengthening the place of women in technology

In recent months, Microsoft has announced various projects strengthening the place of females in technology. These include the Microsoft Leap hackathon and Codess Kenya event. Microsoft has also extended the Women In Software Engineering Mentoring Program into Africa.

So far, 30 female students are receiving coaching from fellow female engineers and executives. They will recieve in-person and virtual training and coaching over nine months. Thirty two women developers have also participated in the Microsoft LEAP Hackathon in Nairobi.

We look forward to updating this post with more details about how you can join the community after the launch event.