W.TEC in conjuction with Adobe Youth Voices Foundation is set for this year’s Create with a Purpose program.
This program involves training our youth in the art of production of various digital media formats to tell their stories online. This involves audio, video and print. W.TEC will train girls from some selected private and public secondary schools in the art of film making.
If you are interested in participating in this program or have your school join the program, kindly get in touch with Yemi Odutola at email@example.com.
Today our E.D was the special guest on the Close Flow show for a whole hour where she discussed with Fola Martins on a whole lot of issues starting with her inspiration to setting up W-TEC the following were all the issues she discussed:
1. Her W.TEC early beginnings
2. Her W.TEC vision
3. W.TEC impact on girls
4. W.TEC Camps for girls
5. Funding of W.TEC
6. Relating with Nigerian organizations
7. Relating with foreign organizations
8. The 2013 August Technology Camp for girls
9. Challenges of running W.TEC
10. Future plans for W.TEC
The interview was a lot of fun at the NTA studios, as our E.D had an hour this time on live TV to express herself totally on W.TEC and the achievements and future plans for W.TEC.
Watch Part 1 of the video:
Lagos, Nigeria – 28 August, 2013: The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC recently held its 6th Girls Technology Camp from August 11 – 24, 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria. The camp concluded with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 24 2013.
The W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is a technology education and mentoring programme designed to inspire girls in JSS 2 to SSS 2 in secondary school (ages 11 – 17 years) to become more confident in creating digital content and developing technology. For the camp duration, the girls participated in technology workshops to make films, learn to programme, and build applications and websites. They also participated in career talk sessions, team-building exercises and excursions. The long-term goal is to increase the numbers of Nigerian women and girls using and creating technology productively for learning, professional and leadership activities.
This year’s partners and supporters included the Internet Society (ISOC), General Electric (GE), Intel, Amadeus, Swift Networks, and Laureates College.
The 31 camp participants were hosted in the offices of GE for two days, during which they participated in programming classes, met with GE executives in a series of on-site and video conference career talks. GE also donated 20 laptops to W.TEC for use during the camp and future programmes.
Intel Corporation hosted an interactive technology career session on the camp grounds and donated tablets and class PCs as prizes to some of the girls who produced the best projects.
Amadeus hosted a career session and donated gift items to the camp. Swift Networks provided free Internet access for the duration of the camp and donated prizes for some of the top performers. Laureates College donated the venue for the camp.
Prize winners at the camp include:
- Itunuoluwa Ajayi (Abadina Grammar School, Ibadan; 12 years), Blessing Owolabi (High Achievers Secondary School, Lagos; SSS1; 13 years) & Gloria Ogbonnaya (Laureates College, Lagos; SSS1; 12 years) for Scratch Programming;
- Toluwani Shoniran (Methodist Girls High School, JSS3, 13 years) and Oyinloluwa Adepiti (Central Senior High School, Okota-Lagos; SSS2; 15 years) for Web Application Development;
- Hope Phillip (Command High School, Lagos; SSS2; 15 years) and Damilola Adejumo (Immaculate Heart Comprehensive High School, Maryland-Lagos; SSS1; 16 years) for Website Design;
- Feranmi Olatunji (Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja-Lagos; SSS2; 13 years) for Digital Video Production.
The overall best participant at the camp for project work, class participation, teamwork and behaviour – Miss W.TEC – was Oyinloluwa Adepiti (Central Senior High School, Okota-Lagos; SSS2; 15 years).
On successful completion of the camp, the girls will be invited to join W.TEC’s Technology Club for Girls, where they will be able to participate in year-long workshops to build-up their technology skills from the camp. This Technology Club is supported by the Google RISE Foundation.
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian non-governmental organization working to encourage Nigerian girls and women to use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower themselves socially and economically. 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.
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The ‘Tablet of Knowledge,’ Opon Imo, Osun State’s effort at democratising access to learning, was yesterday launched in Ijebu-Jesa, with the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, assuring students and people of the state that 150, 000 students from the Senior Secondary School, SSS, will get the tablet free of charge.
Speaking at the programme, Governor Aregbesola said the present administration embarked on the project to build a knowledge-based society and a digital-driven economy, all aimed at building human capacity to gain competitive advantage like in other developed nations of the world. He said; “The Tablet of Knowledge is a standalone e-learning tablet that provides high school students with the contents required to prepare for school leaving certificate examinations.
It provides three major content categories – textbooks, tutorials and practice questions,” “150, 000 of these tablets are being distributed to all high school students across the state in a move that is expected to radically democratise access to learning, regardless of means, location or status. “Consequently, the initiative seeks to bring the school closer to the student and serve as a silver bullet to the learning challenges facing our continent.
It is one of Osun’s multi-pronged efforts at reforming education.” The governor further stressed that ‘Opon Imo’ delivers compelling self-placed stand-alone courses, conducted in a highly interactive computer- based learning environment and synchronised to a library of relevant e-books and a computerbased testing environment.
‘Opon-Imo’ is a first of its kind initiative in Nigeria, Africa and arguably the world, which tackles the learning problem using contemporary ICTS, indigenous content and taking into account socially embedded factors accordingly.”
The governor stressed further that the tablet was a portable electronic device, which is controlled through its touch screen interface and is available across the open source Android Operating system saying; “It is an electronic device, first of its kind mobile learning tool that students can use in multiple locations, at home, in school and any other location.
“Other things that make ‘Opon Imo’ ground breaking, according to him were stand-alone customised content which works regardless at data networks, making it suitable for developing countries with unreliable networks.
“Indigenous and customised contents like multimedia content that has 56 tutorials and e-textbooks covering 17 subjects, over 40, 000 practice questions and answers, seven extracurricular books are available on the device.
“Opon Imo’ can track academic progress of the student, has an independent powering communal solar charging systems, are installed in the schools for convenience and the device can also be powered by electricity at home.”
Governor Aregbesola said the device will save the state government an estimated N8.4 billion ($53 million) annually in textbook procurement. – Adeolu Adeyemo
A new report has forecast that wireless broadband will spread to one third of Nigeria this year growing deeper across the country by 2015 in a trend underscoring growth potentials for online shopping in the economy.
The recent “Global B2C E-Commerce Market Report 2013″ by Hamburg-based secondary market research company yStats.com, reveals that Internet users now account for one-third of the world population and one billion persons are expected to make a purchase online in 2013.
According to the new report, which provides information about the global B2C E-Commerce market, the leading product categories for online purchases are apparel and accessories, books and travel reservations by the growing online shoppers.
Across Middle East and Africa, online shopping is on the increase with growth potentials for Nigeria further bolstered by projections of deepening infrastructure to support wireless broadband spread across the country by 2015.
South Africa is also another destination to watch as the yStats.com report shows that B2C E-Commerce is on the rise in the country with coupon websites and travel being especially popular.
Also, Internet use and confidence in online shopping is increasing in Saudi Arabia while in nearby UAE, online shoppers are increasingly purchasing from regional websites, using credit and debit cards as the most popular payment methods.
Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology
At one point in 2012, a survey showed that more than 20 per cent of Internet users in Egypt also pay bills or shop online. In Morocco, more than half the population used the Internet in 2012, the report says.
Among the key findings disclosed in the report is that the region of Asia is set to overtake North America in terms of total online sales.
North America still has the highest percentage of internet users in the world with the United States accounting for a growing trend is M-Commerce, shopping online through the use of mobile phones and tablet computers.
The product categories most purchased online in the USA are books, movies and music, and apparel and fashion accessories. Canadian B2C E-Commerce has seen strong growth in recent years, fueled by online coupons and discounts. Double-digit growth is expected in the Canadian market over the next years.
In addition to these findings about the global picture, the report provides details about the development of B2C E-Commerce in single countries and regions.
US Dept of State Snr Advisor for Women and Tech meet with Nigerian leading Women Tech support Bodies W.TEC inclusive, Upon Celebrations of Girls in Ict Day
Ann Mei Chang Inspires High school girl students and Women in ICT at the event on delivering her remarks at the “Girls in ICT Day” Program in Lagos (April 25, 2013)
On April 25, Ann Mei Chang, Senior Advisor for Women and Technology, Department of State was a guest speaker at the inaugural high-level conference organized by Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN) in Lagos. The objective of the event was to connect high school students with accomplished women in Information Communication and Technology (ICT). Discussions focused on fostering women’s contributions and empowering girls through Science and Technology.
While delivering a lecture titled, ICT Professional and Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Women and Girls, Ann noted that “women and girls continue to be dramatically underrepresented in the ICT field around the world. Not only is this an issue of opportunity for individual women and girls, but as the ICT sector continues its outsized growth it will increasingly contribute to a talent gap which leaves critical jobs unfilled.” Ann further stated that girls often lack role models and may be discouraged from pursuing ICT by parents, teachers, or peers. ‘Girls in ICT Day’ is an important event to raise visibility of the many successful women who have pursued ICT careers.
Furthermore, Ann challenged the girls to be passionate in whatever they do, be ready to take risks and should not be afraid to fail. She illustrated her points using her own life story of how she, along with others were riffed off from a company and that gave them easy entrance into Google where she has worked for eight years.
Other keynote speakers included Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman Diaspora Committee of the Nigeria Federal House of Representative, Lagos State, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, Minister of Science and Technology and Chief Oma Eyewuoma, Executive Vice-President, Technical Conoil Producing Ltd, Nigeria.
According to the organizers, Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed byInternational Telecommunication Union (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 technologies (ICTs). Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.
A panel of six professionals in different fields in ICT also discussed A career in Technology for Girls: Success stories moderated by Martha Alade, Chairperson of WITIN. Speakers include Njideka Jack of MTN Nigeria, Folakemi Olawolu of Phase3 Telecoms, Chinyere Edward Azike of Signal Alliance Limited, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi of YNaija and Samuel Eyitayo, IRC Director of the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. Some of the speakers shared their personal experiences on how they got into the ICT world. They emphasized the role of parents and mentors; being inquisitive in new stuff; passion for technology; reading; effective use of the Internet for learning and improving skills daily as ingredients for building a strong career in ICT.
Another hallmark of the event was the presentation of certificates in different categories for individuals and institutions. There were presentations by participating high schools in the Technovationcompetition after which Princeton College was declared the winner for the African region for the year 2013. They will participate at the finals in San Francisco.
Prior to the Girls’ in ICT Day, Ann Chang interacted with key players in the ICT sector in Nigeria. She visited two leading incubation hubs in Lagos namely: “We’nnovation Hub and Co-Creation Hub. Other institutions and civil societies she interacted with include Google Nigeria,Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN), MainOne Cable Company, African Leadership Forum, Futuresoft, Nigerian Women In Information Technology (NIWIIT) – a subsidiary of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Women Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) and one of the foremost woman blogger in Nigeria – Linda Ikeji.
Miss Modupe Darabidan is a Computer Science Graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. She brings to W.TEC a wealth of experience from the information technology (I.T.) world. Resuming in June, her aspirations for W.TEC are to be able to produce the World’s top female tech giants.
Ms Oreoluwa Somolu, Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.Tec) will be a Guest Speaker @ the Wilson’s Centre Washington D.C for the Conference on African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation, she will be doing this along side: Edith Kirumba //
Coordinator of the African Women’s Forum on Science & Technology, African Technology Policy Studies Network, Diana Kerubo Mong’are //Plant Green,
Richard Seshie //Founder, Vivuus Renewables, Isaak Mogetutu // Chief Innovations Officer, M-Farm and Liz Ngonzi //Adjunct Faculty, NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising.
This conference will highlight technological innovations by women and youth leaders in Africa as a way of inspiring and mentoring a new generation of women and youth to be agents of change. It will also aim to assist in the development of a growing network between current and new generations of women and youth leaders in technology and innovation.
This event is a collaboration of several Wilson Center programs, as well as with the African Technology Policy Studies Network located in Nairobi, Kenya.
The event Moderated by H.E. Robin Sanders, Former United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria can be viewed onlie via streaming, for more details click (http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/african-women-and-youth-agents-change-through-technology-and-innovation)
In celebration of Girls in ICT Day 2013, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, the ITU Secretary-General released a video message.
With the number of school girls opting to study technology-related disciplines on the decline in most countries worldwide, ITU is committed to championing the catalytic role a tech career can play in creating exciting, far-reaching opportunities for women and girls.
To help inspire girls to consider a future in technology, ITU established ‘Girls in ICT Day’ back in 2010 and supports the global organization of activities every year on the fourth Thursday in April. In only its third year, global momentum around Girls in ICT Day continues to grow with over 100 countries expected to hold events hosted by governments, private sector and NGOs in 2013.
W.TEC / INTELS TECHNOLOGY – ENTRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP
the workshop was a Technology and Entrepreneurship Workshop, An initiative of W.TEC / INTELS designed for graduate young women 18 – 40, who have the intention to start their own business or expand their business projects. The workshop done in a computer lab to train our women how to draft out world standard digital business plans that can be presentable anywhere in the world. Furthermore this gave our women the opportunity to in an organized manner draw up their business plans for a higher possibility of success, facilitated by well season proffessionals.
Workshop Main Objectives
1. Understand the critical role of opportunity creation and recognition.
2. To practice the method of evaluating new venture concepts.
3. To learn how to prepare a business plan.
4. To consider the problem of starting and operating a new business venture.
5. Reflect on how would-be entrepreneurs should prepare for the road ahead.
The Workshop was held (March 6 – 8) to serve as a platform to celebrate our Women on International women’s Day
The International Women’s Day is celebrated March the 8th, the UN theme for International Women’s Day 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women, while International Women’s Day 2013 has declared the year’s theme as The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.
The mid week-long workshop was a technology & Entrepreneurship based workshop with the long-term goal to encourage our participants to use draw up digital business plans for proper presentation, illustration and understanding and widespread distribution online for them to meet up in this online driven society giving them a higher chance to survive in business.
The three-day event, which took place at Laureates College, Mafoluku, Lagos. Its participants comprised of a group of women of different classes: Secondary school fresh leavers, University graduates and Business women, their ages range was 17 – 40yrs.
An evaluation of the workshop indicated a quick appreciation of an organized digital presentation of a business idea or dream by the participants as they picked up fast skills in drafting and presenting a business plan.
Futhermore there are plans for such workshops in the future.