2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Hosted by Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
Masterclass Suite Water Corporation Road - Plot 5B VI Lagos
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is organising an interactive discussion, which brings together women technology developers at different stages of their career and business life cycle.
In line with the SMW 2015 theme, which is “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of A Connected Africa”, this W.TEC-facilitated discussion will explore the human aspect of the technology sector, and will:
• Showcase women who are already creating or shaping tomorrow’s technology (including software developers, engineers, programmers, technology entrepreneurs, students)
• Explore the following questions:
– Why are there not more women developers in the Nigerian technology ecosystem?
– What strategies are being developed and implemented to address these gaps?
– Why is it important for more women to get into technology?
– What are some specific and practical steps that can be taken to encourage more women to pursue technology careers?
The event will comprise of the following segments:
• Speakers share their experiences creating technology (including social media tools)
• Interactive discussion with participants
• How can participants translate ideas to action?
• Wrap-up & Giveaways!! • Mini-exhibition by teenage girls in technology of projects developed (at the back of the hall)
The contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is rising rapidly. According to the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, the ICT sector has contributed a 7.8% growth to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and has emerged as the 4th pillar of the economy in terms of its contribution to GDP. After after oil and gas, agriculture, wholesale and retail trade, the ICT sector is the fastest growing; at a rate of 24 per cent.
Despite the huge potential in this sector, women – who make-up approximately half the country’s population – are sharply under-represented as technology users, developers and entrepreneurs. This means that there is a vast pool of human resource and ideas that is currently not been optimised.
There are incredible benefits of women actively engaging with technology as high-end users, developers and policy-makers. One is the ability of technology (especially social media) to build and strengthen social networks. The other stems from research that indicates that teams that include both women and men develop more useful, profitable and innovative tools, because women bring different perspectives to using and creating tools.
Our event will showcase women developing technology (including software developers, engineers, programmers, technology entrepreneurs, students), who are at different points of their career arc. Speakers will include:
• Women founders of technology start-ups (at early and later stage of their businesses)
• Young woman in university, who is preparing for or has just launched a start-up
• Teenage girls who are starting out on their developer journey (this will include some alumnae of W.TEC’s annual Girls Technology Camp)
• Woman in academia (from a Computer Science or Technology-related department)
Why should you attend this event?
Our event will be a lively exploration of the issues discouraging more women from pursuing technology careers and how these are being addressed. It will encourage women who are experiencing a lonely and difficult journey in a technology career. It will also encourage women or girls who are considering whether a career in tech is right for them. On a broader scale, it will contribute to the body of knowledge on best practices to attract and retain women in core technology sector.
What are participants expected to bring/do?
Participants will include a mix of founders or managers of technology businesses or who work in technology. Some will be people who are interested in the topic.
Although our speakers will all be women and the session is targeted at women, men are also welcome.
What will participants leave your event thinking, knowing, experiencing?
Participants will leave our event inspired by the experiences shared by the speakers and especially motivated to start developing their own roadmaps for pursuing a technology career or contributing to efforts to attract more women to the field.
About the event organisers
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) builds the capacities of Nigerian girls and women, to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives, through information and communication technology (ICT)-based training and projects. This is done through technology literacy training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research. W.TEC works in partnership with local and international NGOs, educational and research organizations.
W.TEC was set-up in January 2008 and conceived in response to research that showed that although ICTs significantly contribute to a nation’s development and growth, women – who make-up approximately half of Nigeria’s population – are severely lagging behind in their knowledge and use of technology.
Our vision is a society where Nigerian women and girls are able to create and use information and communication technology for learning, activism, entrepreneurship, and professional activities effectively.
To this end, W.TEC has successfully organized many technology camps for teenage girls, as well as trainings for women entrepreneurs and members of the civil society.
We hosted a very successful event at Social Media Week Lagos 2014 at the Volkswagen venue. The event filled the venue to full capacity and we enjoyed a fun and interesting discussion among the speakers. The audience also had the opportunity to get engaged by sharing comments and questions. (See photos)
Venue & Location
Masterclass SuiteWater Corporation Road - Plot 5B