Judith Owigar has gone from strength to strength in Africa’s tech scene. She is interested in the women, youth, technology and entrepreneurship.
As a Social entrepreneur she uses technology as a catalyst for positive change. This is what led her to co-found AkiraChix an organisation whose vision is to nurture generations of women who use technology to develop innovations and solutions for Africa. Her passion to increase female social capital in the African Tech ecosystem has helped propel the entry of many young women, girls and now children, into careers in Science Technology Engineering and Math.
The key program areas in the Kenyan-based AkiraChix organisation include networking, mentorship and training, and the key outcomes are centred around increasing the number of women in tech who are creators of technological solutions. And it doesn’t end there. In essence, Judith and her team want to change the perception of technology by women, and they do this by enhancing their role in the field and empowering them to inspire other females as well.
In 2011 she was given the Anita Borg Change Agent Award and she has also been honoured by the US Embassy in Kenya with the Unsung Heroes Award. Judith and the team at AkiraChix have also hosted their own special events, such as the all-girl hackathon, GirlApp.
Judith is bridging a gap in the STEM field and opening up room for other girls to flourish. and that’s what we are about, here at LLA. Thank you Judith for being amazing.