The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is currently accepting applications for our 7th Girls Technology Camp.
The annual W.TEC Girls’ Technology Camp is a 2-week residential technology education and mentoring programme aimed at helping girls develop an early interest in computing.
The girls will learn to:
* Write Code using Scratch and Raspberry Pis
* Build Apps using AppInventor
* Design Computer Games
* Build Computers
* Design Websites
* Produce Films
This year’s edition will take place from August 3 – 16, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria and is open to female secondary school students aged 11 to 17 years.
The camp participants this year will be visiting fortune 500 companies on excurssions an experience they will relish for a long time. The camp this year not only will be a an Epic Teach learning experience but also a Fun filled experience for your daughters this Holidays.
Visit the camp website and apply online: http://w-teconline.us6.list-manage.com/track/click? u=49391657029e986a55ce8ab7e&id=4ff4ee6ac5&e=ca401426e0
About W.TEC: www.w-teconline.org (http://w-teconline.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49391657029e986a55ce8ab7e&id=3681231669&e=ca401426e0)
Photos from Last Year’s Camp: http://w-teconline.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49391657029e986a55ce8ab7e&id=2c3dd98654&e=ca401426e0
W.TEC Selected to Receive WeTech 2014 Seed Funding.
W.TEC has been selected to receive WeTech – Women Enhancing Technology foundation seed funding Grants for 2014. WeTech is an initiative of Hillary Clinton with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
This program was launched by the former American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The program is led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and carried out with a consortium that includes Goldman Sachs, Google and Qualcomm Incorporated.
The first round of WeTech Seed Fund grants will support a diverse range of projects led by women and men. WeTech is set impact women and girls in Africa, India and the United States, developing the skills needed to fuel technological and economic growth.
These Projects will include hackathons, summer camps, mentoring programs, trainings and virtual education platforms, and are being conducted in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia. Projects selected to receive the grants.
In addition to this financial support, WeTech grantees will receive regular capacity building support from the WeTech team team as they revise implementation plans, track impact and become more sustainable. Each grantee will also join a network of peers that will meet virtually at least one time every month to share successes, lessons learned and professional connections.
The process of registration for the grant was an online process which took up to six months. The selection of W.TEC was a humbling one as according to WeTech, W.TEC was selected along side 16 other organizations all over Africa from over 90 applicants from 20 countries.This selection is a testament of the appreciation of the impact and relevance of W.TEC’s commitment to its Vision “ To creating a society where Women and Girls will be able to use Information communication tools successfully to work, for activism and Leisure.
In addition , it can be said that WeTech did choose W.TEC as it recognized it as been part of a growing movement of innovative, women focused tech initiatives gathering momentum across Africa.
You can read up more on this announcement http://tiny.cc/gcibgx
W.TEC Participates At Nigerian Social Entrepreneur Exhibition Organized for The Participants of World Economic Forum for Africa, 2014.
The Women Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC Participated At Nigerian Social Entrepreneur Exhibition Organized for Participants of World Economic Forum for Africa, 2014. Held at Terra Kulture Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 9th of April 2014 form 11am to 1pm.
The participants of the forum at Abuja are being taken to some parts of the country to view the numerous opportunities they can invest and help towards the development of the nation.
The Exhibition was meant for leading Social Entrepreneurs to showcase their organization to the visiting investors on all their activities, achievements, impact, areas of concern, challenges, source of revenue and possible investment opurtunities of other secondary activities.
W.TEC was at the Exhibition alongside Jobberman, leap Africa and a host of others. The exhibition involved brief presentation on a podium with projected computer slides and a stand where one on one presentations and networking was done.
The exhibition was a fulfilling experience as many of the participants were really impressed about the work of the social entrepreneurs plus many interesting contacts were made hopefully for many future plans and activities.
International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication.
These are events where girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future. Ministries of ICT, Education, Labour, Youth, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, ICT companies, academic institutions, relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders are encouraged to organize Girls in ICT day events on 24 April 2014.
W-TEC GIRLS HACKATHON
Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) celebrated the Girls in ICT Day on the 24th of April, 2014 with our young girls who are ICT- inclined. It was our chance to raise awareness about the opportunities of the ICT sector and empower girls with the knowledge that careers in ICT can be for them.
It was a 1-day Hackathon were our Alumni from previous W.TEC camp and girls in secondary school came together compete using the knowledge they had in this four knowledge areas in ICT which are:
- Mobile Application Development (AppInventor2)
- Digital video production
- Scratch Programming
The event took off with 15 girls who were ready to use their ICT skills to explore within the short period they were given. Four teams were formed while three other girls worked as individuals on their respective projects from the fifteen girls that participated.
The uniqueness of the hackathon was the fact that young girls were able to develop from start to finish projects that could have taken days or even weeks to achieve.
Examples of what were developed is a Mobile Application that gives information to Women on home-keeping issues, An interactive story told using Scratch Programming, A blog that educates people on various women who have been icons to reckon with in the ICT industry. This among others were developed by the girls during the Hackathon.
Indeed it was an educative and refreshing period for the girls as they had the opportunity to improve their skills on the knowledge they had acquired before.
At the end of the day, every girl had a gift to go home with as everyone of them showed a sign of commitment and had a full grasp of benefits that awaits them as they explore ICT.
Please Enjoy the pictures of the events below.
TECHNOVATION is a worldwide Technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through intensive 3 – months, 50 – hour curriculum in which Teams of young women work together to imagine, design and develop mobile apps, then pitch their ‘’ startup’’ business to investors.
1,374 young women from 19 countries have completed Technovation’s curriculum already, thanks to dedicated local volunteers on the ground worldwide. In 2014, the program will award $ 20k in funding to winning team for further app development, No prior programming experience is necessary for students, for teachers, or for mentors. The program is free to all participants.
W.TEC in 2014 is participating in this program with 10 girls from Laureates College Mafoluku. W.TEC is working with this talented young girls to build an interesting app for androids, this is intended to be submitted as our project for 2014, this we hopefully believe will qualify for the finals upon which our team would be invited to Silicon valley at the United States.
The Women Technology Empowerment centre –W.TEC recently hosted its first SMW Lagos event at the just concluded SMW lagos 2014 programme at the SMW Lagos HQ (The Volkwagen – 179 Akin Adesola Street Victoria island, Lagos) on Thursday February 20th 2014, time: 2pm – 3pm.
The W.TEC event Tagged “Women Doing Business the Social Media Way was set to present the numerous ways women entreprenuers can use social media to build a business. The program was set in an interactive forum with a panel of successful women entrepreneurs who are using social media in innovative and interesting ways to grow and promote their enterprises exploring all its benefits and challenges. They indeed shared key experiences of using social media tools through a facilitated discussion moderated by W.TEC’s Executive Director Ms Oreoluwa Somolu.
The panel members were:
- Mrs Adenike Ogunlana – CEO/ Founder Exodus stores, an African designers online retail store.
- Nibi Lawson – Founder Kinki Apothecary an online marketing site for natural hair chemical free products.
- Michelle Emiaha – a social media consultant for big Nigerian brands is the founder Gistville blog, a blog for social and entertainment news.
- Mrs Nkemdilim Begho – A Graduate of Bioinformatics, is the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd a Nigerian based web solutions firm.
- Ms. Ejidayo Ogundayo – CEO / Founder of Nory Animation media House
- Amaka Titilayo Okoli – she is an economist and Certified Oracle professional, she is also the Head digital marketing consultant( social media) for spread media.
- Oreoluwa Somolu – An information technology expert is W.TEC Founder / Executive Director.
The well attend event had mostly women in attendance who were medium and high scale entrepreneurs who were treated to an interesting two part session, the first having the panellist sharing their successful business stories using technology (social media particularly) while the second session was a Q & A questions where the audience got to ask good tech based questions from the panellist on their various presentations mostly on how to create tfraffic for ones’ sites.
The Federal ministry of Communication Technology under its Honourable Minister Mrs Omobola Johnson with a vision to bridge the gender gap in the Technology space came up with a plan to design a Technology club for girls in which for three terms they will learn various computer related courses via an online portal to be designed for this program to boost their computer skills and inspire them to various tech related field for their future careers.
W.TEC and WITIN was contacted by the ministry to produce a curriculum on an online portal , train the teachers who will conduct the project and monitor the progress of the project.
Futhermore W.TEC and WITIN worked with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology to produce the curriculum for the pilot edition of the Digital Girls club. On the 13th of March 2014 at Federal Girls College Bwari, Abuja the club was subsequently launched By The Honourable Minister of Communication Technology Mrs Mobola Johnson who at the launch stressed the need to empowering our girls whom world wide are lagging far behind their male counterpart in the Tech space adding that the gap is a big cost to the Economy in terms of earnings and talent loss. The Honourable Minister in her own words ” I must recognize the hard work and commitment of Two very intelligent Women Oreoluwa of W.TEC and Martha Alade of WITIN who had worked tirelessly towards the set up of the club’s curriculum and other functioning”
The well attended event was covered by the press who had interesting questions for the both the Minister and the students present at the launch.
The launch was presided by the training of computer teachers from select Federal Government Girls Colleges Nationwide on the courses they will be teaching their students via a three term online portal curriculum. The teachers were trained by trainers from both W.TEC and WITIN on Programing, Web design, Computer Hardware assembling, Film Making ec. This set of teachers will conduct the pilot phase of this program which we hopefully believe will be the start of the Tech advancement of our Girls Nationwide.
W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Somolu have been elected a Fellow of the Ashoka foundation . This is in recognition of her work in positioning women to effectively using information communication technology (ICT) in their daily lives and to play leading roles in the technology sector. Her NGO (W.TEC) has empowered over 10,000 women and girls economically and socially with Information Technology skills to bridge the gender gap in the tech space where 9 out of every 10 ICT users are men and 9 out of every 10 ICT jobs are held by men in Nigeria. This she has been able to achieve with her NGO she founded in 2008 conducting workshops, seminars, online publications, summer tech camps and on
The Ashoka Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Arlington Virginia, founded in 1981 by Bill Dryton considered to be the father of social entrepreneurship . The organization mainly supports social entrepreneurship and gives out fellowships identified leaders in this field. Its Fellowship over the years have become revered and well respected.
The Ashoka Fellowship is awarded to leading social entrepreneurs whom are recognised to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They must have demonstrated unrivalled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that their compassion, creativity and collaboration are tremendous forces for change which would have to be proven through a rigorous and detailed examination.
Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.
All Ashoka Fellows must have to undergo a rigorous search and selection criteria. Upon election all fellows must agree to abide by the conditions of Association with Ashoka will gain a lifetime of support through the world’s leading network of social entrpreneurs.
We wish our Executive Director the very best in her future endeavours and congratulate her once more.
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is partnering with International Apps Space Challenge Lagos – Powered by Alpha 5, as the Youth Section Facilitators at the 3-day Hackathon (April 12-14th, 2014) that sees to global collaboration around NASA’s Open data (an initiative of the White House Science and Technology Policy) to solve important Space and Earth issues.
This challenge is endorsed by the Ministry of Communication and Technology and is working with the Nigerian Space Agency to ensure that High-schoolers participate in solving space challenges that ranges from top-scientific issues on asteroids to space robotics issues. This is very important as the Space Apps Challenge serves to facilitate the next generation of space engineers and innovators. The teenagers will have fun while performing challenging tasks. 83 cities participated last year, and this will be the first time Nigeria has participated! Calabar will also be participating in pan-Nigerian collaboration.
Participants will have the privilege of going through two major trainings which are:
NASRDA (National Space Research and Development Agency )Training
It will be a great opportunity for high-schoolers to participate in this challenge as they will not just be working with their peers from across Africa but alongside youths from 94 other cities across the world.
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This fair, which was facilitated by W-TEC in collaborative partnership with Zonta International Club of Lagos 1, brought together different organizations such as First Bank, Bank of Industry, Omatek Computers, Wimbiz together with women entrepreneurs of various businesses such as designers of Accessories, Fabrics, Manufacturers of Fresh Juice for consumption among others to celebrate the entrepreneurial Spirit of Nigerian women.
As part of the movement to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement, W-TEC joined Zonta International Club of Lagos 1 as a collaborative partner to presents an exchange fair for women with the theme “The Resource Exchange Fair”.
As part of the events that held at the exchange fair, we had a presentation on the third day of the event. This was presented by the Technology Programs Co-ordinator, Dupe Darabidan. The theme was Gender Equality, ICT and Web-Activism. She gave an insight to the reason behind the theme and how women make up approx. 50% of Nigeria’s population, but make up less than 20% of ICT jobs.
Also the attendants were also enlightened on how technology is an engine of economic development and also a channel for social development.
Other key areas of discussion were:
- Factors Hindering Women
- Use of ICT to Empower Women
- Web Activism
- ICT Tools For Advocacy
At the end of the presentation, the entrepreneurs were all captivated and enlightened and this was evidently seen in their applaud as Dupe rounded up her presentation.
Ms. Shade, the president of Zonta Club expressed her appreciation by making a presentation of the clubs handbook as well a rose flower not only to the presenter but to every member of staff of W-TEC.