W.TEC PARTICIPATES IN TECHNOVATION 2014.

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.

W.TEC hopes to continually work with Technovation to help make this annually activity our to help advance  our girl’s ICT skills and  affording them numerous unknown   opportunities to in ICT.   10014617_736575619716478_1708876960_n

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W.TEC Hosts its First Social Media Week Event.

DSC_0717The 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:

  1. Mrs Adenike Ogunlana  – CEO/ Founder  Exodus stores, an African designers online retail store.
  2. Nibi Lawson – Founder Kinki Apothecary an online marketing site for natural hair chemical free products.
  3. Michelle Emiaha – a social media consultant for big Nigerian brands is the founder Gistville blog, a blog for social and entertainment news.
  4. Mrs Nkemdilim Begho – A Graduate of Bioinformatics, is the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd a Nigerian based web solutions firm.
  5. Ms. Ejidayo Ogundayo – CEO / Founder of Nory Animation media House
  6. Amaka Titilayo Okoli –  she is an economist and Certified Oracle professional, she is also the Head digital marketing consultant( social media) for spread media.
  7. 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.

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W.TEC Partners with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology for Nationwide Digital Girls Club

SAM_2142The 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.

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W.TEC Executive Director Oreoluwa Somolu elected Fellow of Ashoka Foundation

OreW.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.

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W.TEC’s 2013 Speaking Engagements

In 2013 W.TEC led by its ED, Oreoluwa Somolu delivered many inspiring,    educative and captivating speeches at several workshops and corporate events,  E 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
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  • TOTAL: At least 612

 

 

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W.TEC / AYV Film production workshop for secondary school girls.

PhotoGrid_1389259501270W.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.

  1. To introduce young girls to the skills of video production
  2. To give young girls the opportunity to express themselves online about critical issues affecting them in their society.
  3. To improve the digital content of their online socializing.
  4. To give our participants the opportunity to be competitive with girls online worldwide.
  5. To forge a culture of film production into the curriculum of schools for girls in lagos.
  6. 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:

  1. 98% believe that they can comfortably now teach their friends how to produce an entire short film.
  2. 65% indicated they could consider film making as a future career.
  3. 95% prior to the workshop knew nothing about film making.
  4. 100% did indicate that they would introduce film making to their friends and family.
  5. 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.

 

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W.TEC 2013 Activities & Impact In Retrospect

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

editors.

 

(3) 1-Month Workshops 1. Adobe Youth Foundation

2. Aunty Ayo

31 Girls
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

12 Girls
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

12 Girls
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

3. Amadeus

4. General Electric

5. Intel

 

31 Girls
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

editors.

 

Monthly Workshops 1.Adobe Youth Foundation

2. Regan Memorial Secondary School – Yaba

3. Baptist Girls Secondary School – Yaba

39 Girls
Nov – Dec 2013 Staying Safe Online School Seminar

Series

Teaches digital security and online safety

strategies to secondary school students and

teachers.

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.

    2,590persons
   
TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AFFECTED BY 2013 W.TEC PROGRAMMES   4,797persons

 

 

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