Project and Leader:
Nigeria Geek Girls Collaborative Camp
What inspired you to get involved with this project/organization?
My inspiration to get involved with this project came as a result of mentoring. A female Computer Scientist who came to deliver a career talk in my secondary school when I was a teenager inadvertently mentored me. That was the first time I had ever come across a female Computer Science Professional and I was really amazed that a woman could be so bold and intelligent. I wanted to be like her and decided that I was going to study Computer Science. Having realised my dreams, I decided to become a role model to younger girls and fellow women by reaching out to them through mentoring and ICT related activities. This project is thus an opportunity to give back to the community and mentor others since I am a product of mentoring.
What do you hope to learn from the WeTech Network?
By interacting with women from diverse background and communities who share the same vision than me, I hope to expand my network and obtain new and innovative ideas, which I can later use to impact my community.
What is your big dream for girls and women in STEM?
My big dream for girls and women in STEM is that soon the whole world will see the potential in women and discrimination against women in STEM will become a thing of the past.
What is the goal of your project?
The goals of the camp are to improve female participation and involvement in Computer Science and provide early ICT mentoring for participants.
Who is the target audience for your project?
The camp is targeting secondary school girls as well as female teachers in Oyo State and nearby cities in South-Western Nigeria. The camp will feature successful female leaders in ICT who will share their career experiences and serve as role models for the students. This project is an expansion of the Computer for Girls Camp. The grant is enabling us to increase the number of participants from approximately 30 in the past to 100 girls, who will be camped on-sit throughout. Secondary school teachers will also have the opportunity of participating in the event.
We hope that the camp will boost the participants’ confidence by enabling them to create personal ICT projects after undergoing hands-on ICT training.