AkiraChix is a not for profit organisation that aims to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology who will change Africa’s future. Founded in April 2010, AkiraChix aims to be the leading women’s network impacting technology in Africa. It’s programs are developed to reach young women at different levels, those in Primary School, High School and University, those working in technology and those who wish to have a career in technology, making it an effectively wholesome program.
Nurturing generations of women who use tech to develop innovations and solutions for Africa.
Provide training, mentorship and outreach programs to increase the number of skilled women in technology and positively impact the community.
AkiraChix runs a technical training program that targets young women from poor social and economic backgrounds in Nairobi.
HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH
Over the last four years, AkiraChix has developed a comprehensive high school outreach program which entails:
- Bi-weekly sessions in different kenyan girl high schools with students from computer clubs.
- Bootcamps Every school holiday, AkiraChix hosts one week intensive training sessionS around the same topics their bi-weekly sessions cover. These bootcamps target high school students who we may not necessarily be able to reach with our bi-weekly sessions.
- Girls in ICT Day They host an annual event dubbed “Girls in ICT day”, which brings together hundreds of girls from high schools across the country, to introduce them to career opportunities in tech, and expose them to women working in the tech industry and leadership for mentorship.
AkiraChix is growing a self sustaining network of women technologists that will create a successful force of women in technology in Africa by:-
- Providing opportunities for women in tech to connect and collaborate with each other.
- Linking women to opportunities that help them grow wholistically.
- Creating a safe online and physical space for women in technology to excel
- Creating awareness about the women in technology movement
- Supporting other women in technology organisations within Africa
- Nurture future generations of women in technology in Africa
In their quest to broaden young minds by giving the applied technical skills over the years, one thing has become apparent to AkiraChix. They need to embed the seeds of encouragement from a very young age. This is why they begun running a kids camp targeting children between the ages of 7- 13, exposing them to different facets of technology and sparking creativity and curiosity through arts sessions, at a subsidised cost per student.