How I will become the next technology entrepreneur in Africa

I usually flinch at the thought of entrepreneurship. My mind conjures images of my poor sales background, which I conclude is due to the lack of tact ingrained in science nerds. True to the engineer that I am, I begin to poke at the notion of being an entrepreneur. What would it involve? What product would I sell? How would I get the requisite skill to do it? The answers to these questions do not often yield positive answers. Continue reading

The Electrical Engineer & her agenda for Africa

Martha_WakoliPassion, tenacity and a force to be reckoned with. Three words that barely scratch the surface when talking about Martha Wakoli. An Electrical Engineering with Kenya Power and the co-editor of Queengineers, she is dedicated to being exceptional in her career in energy, as well as encouraging young girls to pursue technology. She is, also, at the forefront of being part of the dialogue on affairs affecting the youth through the online platform, Shaping African Conversations. Read more about this phenomenal woman. Continue reading

The business of renewable energy: How do engineers fit in?

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There are a lot of investment opportunities in renewable energy in Africa right now. What is the role of engineers in this sector? Rita Nkatha Laibuta, an Electrical Engineer practising in the Renewable Energy Industry, tells us how her training puts her in a unique position to identify opportunities and catalyse involvement of partners towards implementation.  Continue reading

Why not Computer Science?

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A quick google search of women in computer science in Botswana will bring up the name of Dr. Audrey Masizana. She was the first woman with a Ph.D in Computer Science in Botswana, and is a pioneer in research as well. She is also the Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana. So why Computer Science? She answers this question in this interview.

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I am an Techpreneur in ICT

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Ms. Agang Ditlhogo is the co-founder of the Clicking Generation, a social enterprise teaching ICT skills to kids between 6 years to 18 years of age. She is a computer scientist with a vision to use ICT as a tool for development in Africa. She is also an alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Tony Elemelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program. Here is her journey as an entrepreneur. Continue reading

What does it take to be a tech-preneur in Zimbabwe?

Are engineers meant to be entrepreneurs? There are still very few female entrepreneurs, with the numbers more dismal for STEM! Most studies blame this on women shying away from entrepreneurial opportunities. Our interview with two tech-preneurs, Eng. Mercy Manyuchi and Eng. Joy Makumbe take us through their journey, successes and challenges and why you should be a tech-preneur. Continue reading

Mathematics is my life

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Mathematicians are not all nerds. They are skilled in solving ambiguous problems that we find in today’s world, and have some social skills to boot. Meet Ms. Thabang Ntume Seamolo, a mathematician, as she tells us how she is carving out a niche for herself as a Management Information Systems Analyst at the First National Bank of Botswana. Continue reading