MainOne Wants Girls to Code

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For the second year in a row, MainOne is sponsoring the Women Technology Empowerment Center’s Technology Camp. This camp is two-weeks long and features digital education and mentoring intended to inspire girls’ interest in ICT from an early age.

Temitope Osunrinde spoke on behalf of Funke Opeke (above), MainOne’s CEO, at a recent press conference, noting that the ratio of women to men in technology is currently 7:3, pointing to the urgent need to address this imbalance by encouraging younger females to follow ICT careers. He noted that the technology industry offers women an opportunity to make a difference in their careers and solve challenges their communities face.

Osunrinde discussed four Nigerian girls’ recent success at the 2015 Technovation Challenge World Pitch in San Francisco. Their app, Discardious, meant to solve the garbage disposal problem in Nigeria, won against teams from India, the US, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.

He reiterated MainOne’s support for encouraging Nigerian women to enter the field of ICT, pointing also to their celebration of International Girls in ICT Day.

“At MainOne, our goal is to provide girls of all ages with support, mentorship and the motivation to pursue ICT-driven careers, eventually becoming active role models themselves to the next generation of girls. Our CEO, Ms. Opeke is an ITU female role model and believes this cycle is necessary to create better opportunities for our girls and revert the gender imbalance in technology.”

To read more about Funke Opeke visit our profiles of women in ICT on the Girls in ICT Portal.

Source: BizTechAfrica