W.TEC has finally joined LinkedIn, Linkedin is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. In 2006, LinkedIn increased to 20 million viewers.As of June 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 259 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.
By this W.TEC joined Linkedin in November 2013, to link up itself, its supporters alumni and intending participants to serve as another way of empowering our women through linking them to various connections.
Now, by linking up with W.TEC on Linkedin you can link up with our numerous connections and friends of W.TEC who can immensely support and help develop your endeavours.
In 2013 W.TEC led by its ED, Oreoluwa Somolu delivered many inspiring, educative and captivating speeches at several workshops and corporate events, the highest since 2008 even in the United States to mention. The following are the programe and the total audience present that were inspired and eduated by W.TEC’s ever versatile Executive director
- Microsoft & LEAP Africa NGO Day: Youth in Social Enterprise Conference – Lagos (Mar 9) – 100
- FESECA & Inside-Out with Agatha one day Interactive Seminar with the theme: “Unleash your Potential” – Lagos (Apr 6) – 80
- Woodrow Wilson Centre African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation Conference. Panel: “Paying it Forward: Sustaining New Generation of Women in STI “ – Washington D.C. (May 1) – 75
- Moments with Mo (taped on May 7, broadcast on July 23 and December 2013. Shown across Africa)- N/A
- TEDxIfe (May 25) – 70
- Close Flow (Sept 6) – Live TV program on NTA 2 Channel 5 – N/A
- International Day of the Girl Child (Oct 11) Laureates College - 125
- Sesewa Internship Training School (Oct 22) – 12
- BOI SME Live Banking Panel (Nov 4) - 80
- TENT Gathering (Nov 27) - 70
- TOTAL: At least 612
W.TEC in conjuction with Adobe Youth Foundation conducted the Adobe Youth Voice create with a purpose program. A program geared to teaching youths the skills of creating digital stories to share online giving them a voice to express themselves in various medias; written, audio, photography, video etc. The Adobe Youth Foundation provided the software and train staff of partnering bodies as’ educators for the program who will in turn teach youth in their communities. W.TEC since 2012 began this partnership with AYV working with Aunty Ayo Comprehensive Secondary school trainng 35 girls but for this year W.TEC is working with two schools for the program training 39 girls from both Regan Memmorial Girls Baptist Secondary School Yaba, and Methodist Girls High School Yaba, Lagos.
The eight weeks training workshop had the following major topics for its curricullum :
- Introduction to Adobe Systems inc, Adobe Youth Voice foundation and Adobe premiere elements.
- Introduction to film making,
- Film planning and scripting,
- Film shooting and editing,
- Film presentation,
- Adobe and W.TEC evaluation sessions
The main objectivesof the project is as follows.
- To introduce young girls to the skills of video production
- To give young girls the opportunity to express themselves online about critical issues affecting them in their society.
- To improve the digital content of their online socializing.
- To give our participants the opportunity to be competitive with girls online worldwide.
- To forge a culture of film production into the curriculum of schools for girls in lagos.
- To give girls a wider set of future career opportunities
Subsequently all the girls has shown a great deal of potential in talents in film making and such will have a great future if given the continual chance to blossom their talents.
In our post workshop evaluation of participants we observed the following interesting information:
- 98% believe that they can comfortably now teach their friends how to produce an entire short film.
- 65% indicated they could consider film making as a future career.
- 95% prior to the workshop knew nothing about film making.
- 100% did indicate that they would introduce film making to their friends and family.
- 99.5% enjoyed the entire film making workshop.
This experience for the girls has shown how much talent the girls possess to do anything if given the opportunity and this W.TEC intends to continue to give to as many of our girls as possible as we have bigger plans for this programme in 2014.
2013 Calendar of Activities
|DATE||PROJECT||DURATION||CURRENT PARTNERS||NOS OF PARTICIPANTS|
|Jan – Mar||Create with a Purpose
Teaches multimedia development skills to
young people (13 – 19 years) to use video
and images to tell stories from their
communities using video and image
|(3) 1-Month Workshops||1. Adobe Youth Foundation
2. Aunty Ayo
|Mar 6 – 8||Entrepreneurship & Technology Workshop
This is an initiative designed for young women who are interested in starting a new business venture or are currently working to expand their existing start-up. In celebration of International Women’s Day.
|3 days||1. Intel
2. Laureates College – Lagos
|Apr 8 – 12||Girls Technology Camp
A camp aimed at girls 11 – 17 years with technology workshops and lab sessions to help prepare for a career using and working in technology. In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day.
|1 week||1. Internet Society (ISOC)
2. Laureates College – Lagos
|May 17||Mobile Banking Introduction to Market Women||1 day||First Bank of Nigeria||25 women|
|Jul 28 – Aug 2||Robotics & Renewable Energy STEM Camp
A residential camp, where students will build robots to solve green energy challenges such as trash sorting; build renewable energy systems such as solar and windmill systems.
|1 week||WAAW Foundation||27 Girls|
|Aug 11 – 24||Girls Technology Camp
A residential camp aimed at girls 11 – 17 years with technology workshops, lab sessions & excursions to technology companies to help prepare for a career using and working in technology.
|2 weeks||1. Google RISE
2. Laureates College – Lagos
4. General Electric
|Oct – Dec 2013||Create with a Purpose
Teaches multimedia development skills to
young people (13 – 19 years) to use video
and images to tell stories from their
communities using video and image
|Monthly Workshops||1.Adobe Youth Foundation
2. Regan Memorial Secondary School – Yaba
3. Baptist Girls Secondary School – Yaba
|Nov – Dec 2013||Staying Safe Online School Seminar
Teaches digital security and online safety
strategies to secondary school students and
|Annual campaign activity||1. Herbert Macaulay Secondary School – Ebute Meta
2. Aunty Ayo Girls Junior High School – Ikoyi
3. Dolphin Secondary School – Lagos Island
4. Girls Academy (Jnr.) – Lagos Island
5. Aiyetoro Senior High School – Ebute Meta
6. Aunty Ayo Girls Senior High School – Ikoyi
7. Regan Memorial Secondary School – Yaba
|2,030 Girls & 21 Teachers|
|All Year Round||HUB
W.TEC’s technology and business centre,
which serves clients in the Sura, Lagos
Island environs and W.TEC alumnae.
|TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AFFECTED BY 2013 W.TEC PROGRAMMES||4,797persons|
The Social Media Week has become a worldwide success being one of the most anticipated Tech programme in the major cities of the world. This programme founded in 2009 has been supported by Nokia has serves as a platform for successful users of the social media community to come forward to showcase to the public how they have succeeded in their endeavors using the social media. This also provides the opportunities to many admirers of these gurus to attend these events for free, learn tips and network with their gurus and other aspiring individuals like themselves. This SMW as it popularly known through the years has featured many social media users from all spheres of life such as Government officials, captains of industry, entertainers, corporate executives, popular bloggers an so on. The programme was organised in Lagos for the first time in 2013 successfully and is poised to be annual event.
W.TEC @ SMW 2014.
W.TEC was only a participant at the various events held at Smw Lagos 2013, thankfully in 2014 W.TEC will be hosting its own SMW Lagos 2014 event. In line with the vision and mission of W.TEC a program showcasing how women can build and develop their business using social media. This event will feature many successful business women, corporate and social media consultants who will present the best and effective ways to use social media to build your business. The event holds the 20th of February 2014, at the SMW lagos HQ. the Volkswagen Centre Victoria Island Lagos. This is the link to our event, http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/events/?id=136327#.Ut-DvRDFLIU
Overview BY SMW
Social Media Week (SMW) is a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach across five continents, including Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Because of the shift we’re experiencing and the changes happening in our lives, society, culture and business, our mission is to capture, curate and share the most meaningful ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media’s impact on business, society and culture.
We are experiencing one of the biggest shifts in how we communicate in human history. Because of this, our aim is to provide the best information, ideas and inspiration to help people understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world.
Who are we? Social Media Week is a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach across five continents, including Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Because of the shift we’re experiencing and the changes happening in our lives, society, culture and business, our mission is to capture, curate and share the most meaningful ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media’s impact on business, society and culture.
How do we make it happen?
SMW has a distributed portfolio of media, news and event properties delivering content across multiple channels:
Events: In partnership with our Local City Organizers (LCO’s), we host 2,500+ events in 25+ cities internationally with some of the world’s foremost experts, iconic brands and leading thinkers sharing their ideas and inspiration with a global audience of hyper-connected influencers.
Well in conclusion the SMW have said it all, its advice able for one to take advantage of the many educational events available to attend and learn so much for free, such oppurtunities are not always available so join the SMW Lagos 2014 and take your social media life to the next level.
2013 was a truly awesome year for W.TEC!! We saw our work evolve in interesting ways. The first was the refining of W.TEC’s operational and human resource strategies, as a result of which, W.TEC was able to increase the number of programmes it ran in 2013 to 8 (up from 3 in 2012).
Another way that W.TEC’s work has evolved is in the increase of its scope of work and introduction of new programmes by building strategic partnerships. Through its partnership with Intel, W.TEC organized the Entrepreneurship & Technology programme aimed at demonstrating to women strategies to leverage on technology to build-up their businesses. By the end of this programme, all women had developed business plans for their planned or existing enterprises. W.TEC also partnered with the US-based non-profit organization WAAW Foundation to organize the Robotics & Renewable Energy STEM Camp for secondary school girls. W.TEC also partnered with the Adobe Youth Foundation and Google to organize a series of multimedia after-school programmes for secondary school girls all through the year. The girls were able to make short films and expressed interest in continuing to build their technology skills through other W.TEC programmes.
For the annual Girls Technology Camp, which takes place every August, W.TEC partnered with General Electric to host 2 days of the camp in the GE offices, where the girls participated in programming workshops, career talks, video-conference sessions with GE staff around the world and engineering-based activities.
As a result of this, W.TEC has worked directly with at least 2,176 women and girls in 2013 through the various activities. Many of the alumnae have reported better use of technology for supporting their educational and professional activities. The girls who attended the camps were set on the path to become technology creators – and not just consumers – and many have reported an interest in pursuing technology careers.
Feedback from W.TEC alumnae can be viewed on the following short films:
Another result of our work is W.TEC’s executive director Oreoluwa Somolu being elected as an Ashoka fellow in December 2013. [https://www.ashoka.org/about]
Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who, following a rigorous search and selection process, are recognized as providing innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need. W.TEC looks forward to the further creativity and innovation that being part of this network of leading social entrepreneurs will spark off in our work.
Moving into 2014, W.TEC will strengthen its programme documentation and evaluation processes, recruiting dedicated staff to manage this work.
W.TEC will also strengthen existing partnerships and explore new ones. A new partnership for this year will be with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology to develop curriculum for nation-wide girls’ ICT clubs. This is a major move towards increasing the reach of W.TEC’s work and embedding our activities within existing institutions, so that there is a long-term sustainability of our work.
W.TEC spoke at many events both home and abroad organized by fellow organisations, including LEAP Africa and Microsoft, Woodrow Wilson Centre (Washington D.C, U.S.A), TEDxIfe [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GKi0_bXULc], Sesewa Internship Training School, Bank of Industry and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
W.TEC was also frequently featured by the media, including on the TV programs ‘Inside Out with Agatha’ (AIT, Channels, LTV, NTA International), ‘Moments with Mo’ (EL TV) and Close Flow (NTA 2 Channel 5) [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMr075F19pw]; and in the print press (The Nation, This Day, Newswatch, Vanguard, Daily Independent, Champion, Business Hallmark, Leadership, Nigerian Tribune, Guardian, PM News, Punch, The Sun).
W.TEC had the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Modupeoluwa Darabidan into our family. Dupe is our Technology Programmes Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing W.TEC’s technology programmes. As part of her work, she coordinates existing programmes (including our Girls Technology Camp and Entrepreneurship & Technology Workshops) and will develop new programming.
Dupe has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo Univesity in Ile-Ife, Osun state. Before joining W.TEC, Modupe worked in the Information Technology unit of Sterling Bank.
W.TEC thanks our funders and supporters, whose assistance made it all possible, and they include the Adobe Youth Foundation, Amadeus, Aziengbe Osimhen & Co., Bodyworks, Financial Literacy for All, Flour Mills, General Electric, Google, Jandus Radio, Intel, Internet Society (ISOC), the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Laureates College, Microsoft Nigeria, Omatek Computers Limited, Pink Pearl, Softgate ICT Global Services, Sweet Media, Swift Networks Limited, TakingITGlobal, United Nations Volunteers, Volunteer in Nigeria, WAAW Foundation and many treasured individuals and volunteers (Please see http://bit.ly/1iUB99e for the full list).
If you are interested in supporting W.TEC’s work with girls and women, please contact us at email@example.com or pay into our accounts:
- Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, First Bank, 2016588804 (Naira)
- Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, GT Bank, 0009135450 (Naira)
- Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, GT Bank, 0009135467 (U.S. Dollar)
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian non-profit organization that 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 and research.
Thank you for your support over the past years and we look forward to continuing to work with you to build communities where women are able to use information technology successfully for learning, working and creating positive social change.
Participants choose the dates November 25 International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10 International Human Rights Day-in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.
This 16 Days period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day
W.TEC 16 Days of Activism background
Since 2009, W-TEC had organized a several activities in joinnig this movement by holding school seminars for girls and various other online activities against violence against women and so on.
Thus for 2013, W.TEC held workshops on Online safety and Self defence techniques as a new addition to the program this year which proved to be very popular session with the girls who showed great interest and had many questions of concern to them.
Futher-more, the program was held in 7 schools instead of three from 3 schools of last year. The table below is an illustration of the exercise
SCHOOLS COVERED DURING THE EXERCISE.
1. Nov 25, Herbert Macaulay Secondary School , Ebute Meta 320 girls
2. Nov 26 Aunty Ayo Girls High Sch Jr Keffi, Ikoyi 200 girls
3. Nov 27, Dolphin Sec Sch, simpson street, Lagos island. 200 girls
4. Nov 27 Girls Academy jnr, Simpson Str, Lagos island. 100 girls
5. Dec 3 Aiyetoro High School Snr, Ebute Metta 350 girls
6. Dec 6 Aunty Ayo Girls High School Snr, Keffi Ikoyi 300 girls
7. Dec 11, Regan Mem. Baptist Girls Sec Sch Sabo, Yaba 560 girls
Total 2,030 girls
Interesting major observations of note were:
1.That girls of public schools show more self defence abilities to their private school counterparts.
2. While the private school girls were more safer browsing online than their public school counter parts.
3. That 85% of the 2,000 girls we reached out for the program have witnessed violence against women at one time or the other.
4. Furthermore 85% of our participants felt more safer after the self defence sessions from which they believed the skills they have
learnt will surely aid them in escaping attackers.
Compliments of the season to you all. Kindly find enclosed a job opportunity. If it
interests you, kindly contact:
Human Resources Mgr/ DC
Chester Mead Associates Limited (CMA)
1. Liaise with the work team of Hillsyke Foundation, The President of Hillsyke Foundation and other Board
of Trustees regarding all Hillsyke issues.
2. Attend meetings, NGO events as directed by your supervisor.
3. Implement the Hillsyke Foundation’s proposed education programme commencing from Ogidi
in Anambra state;
:This will be achieved by making contacts with the school principals, selection of
scholarship beneficiaries and
follow up on the activities of the student beneficiaries.
4. Carry out relevant surveys and implement the proposed Widows developmental support
5. Update the Hillsyke Website
6. Assist in the creation of a plan & funding proposals to funding agencies and Hillsyke
7. Make contact with international funding agencies such as:
a) Japan International Cooperation Agency
c) Save the Children Foundation
d) Nigerians in the Diaspora
f) Any others?
8. Coordinate logistics of all land and Air transport and accommodation during as need
9. Assist in Administrative and Accounting activities as may be directed by the Human
Resources Manager and
other departmental heads.
Incumbent reports to Human Resources Manager of CMA
Incumbent must possess & exhibit the following Skills
A graduate of any social science that have satisfactorily completed the one year
National Youths Service
1 Written and verbal communication skills.
2 Good interpersonal skills
3 Ability to travel at short notice
4 Excellent IT skills.
5 To work collaboratively in a multi disciplinary team.
6 Ability to work under pressure.
7 Good team working skills.
6th January 2014
In December 2013, WeTech is launching a Seed Fund in Africa that will provide small
grants to support individuals or civil society organizations to launch or expand
initiatives for women and girls that increase their access to computer science-related
training, jobs and leadership roles.
We are very interested in learning about your successful activities currently supporting
women and girls in Computer Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM), and how we might support expansion and impact. We are also eager to hear your
new, innovative ideas for programming in this space.
Please help us by sharing your opinion, experience and ideas in this*survey <http://iiesf.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=b2fe0ba4901f9088370a8cfb5&id=f8da61857b&e=ddf1f6df3c>*by *December 9th*. By completing this survey you will receive information in December about the WeTech Seed Fund application as soon as it goes live.
In addition to your feedback we would appreciate your help to grow our network – please
spread the word and share with colleagues!
To apply for a WeTech Seed Fund grant applicants must meet the following eligibility
* Current resident of an African country (including North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
* Application must be submitted in English
* Applying as an individual (at least 18 years of age), or a
representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) or social
enterprise based in Africa
* Ability to demonstrate previous experience conducting activities
supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM fields
* Commitment to developing and contributing to a virtual community for
WeTech Seed Fund grantees
* Demonstrated leadership potential (references will be required)
* Proposed projects MUST have a tangible impact for women and girls in
computer science and/or STEM- related fields
Preference will be given to projects that target under-served populations and locations,
take a collaborative approach, have a high potential for growth and present an innovative
use of technology.
Projects eligible for grant funding include, but are not limited to:
* Computer science workshops and trainings for women and girls
* Early incubation of female tech entrepreneurs
* Programming and app development training programs
* Speakers bureaus, role model and mentoring programs
* Networking events for women in computer science or STEM fields
* Community participation in ITU’s Girls in ICT Day
* Community education to generate support for computer science or
STEM-related careers among parents and educators
* Hackathons and coding camps for girls
* Sponsorship of a Technovation Challenge team
December 9, 2013: WeTech survey closes
December 18, 2013: WeTech Seed Fund Online Application opens
*January 15, 2013: WeTech Seed Fund Application Deadline*
March 1, 2013: Round One of WeTech grants announced
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Do you wish to volunteer with the W.TEC team?
W.TEC encourages volunteers who will contribute their knowledge, talent, skills and time towards achieving W.TEC’s goals and vision. We encourage new ideas and initiatives on how to better serve our beneficiaries. We are happy to explore flexible volunteering conditions – such as working hours, duration of volunteering and deadlines – for all our supporters.
W.TEC particularly requires expertise in areas that include, but are not limited to:
- Technology Skills
- Gender Advocacy
- Fund Raising
- Programme Planning and Management
- Facilitating Trainings
You may propose other areas of expertise, which we will be happy to consider in relation to our programme requirements.
What do I stand to gain as a W.TEC volunteer?
- Network with our other volunteers, supporters, facilitators and partner organisations locally and internationally
- Attend our programmes for free or at a highly-subsidized cost
- Opportunity to develop new technology skills
- References for your job applications
- Increase your knowledge about women and information technology
- Enjoy other leadership training programs, and have access to empowering resources and opportunities
- Be recognized and acknowledged in our various events, publications, website and other social media
- Stipend will be paid to cover for volunteer’s transportation when volunteering on W.TEC’s programmes.
You can send an email specifying your area of expertise and why you want to volunteer with W.TEC with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or fill out the Volunteer Application form here: