Called the “unofficial headquarters of Kenya’s tech movement,” iHub began in Nairobi as a business incubator and coworking space in 2010. Angela Oduor joined them as intern. Today, she is increasing the ratio of African women in tech.
The women Angela met at iHub became fellow co-founders of AkiraChix, an organization that helps develop African women in technology. Akira is a Japanese word that means energy and intelligence, which is what they are bringing to the table in an effort to change Africa’s future. Through mentorship, networking and training they work to increase the 15% of women working in tech in Kenya.
And AkiraChix is only what Angela does on the side. She currently works at Ushahidi – a nonprofit tech company that develops open source software – as a software developer. Ushahidi and means “testimony” in Swahili, and its specialty is building tools related to information collection, aggregation and visualisation. Among other things, they are currently kickstarting BRCK, “Your backup generator for the internet.”
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Written by Erin Swanson for The Way Women Work