Hackathon, Yetunde Folajimi

Sh-WeTech-Yetunde-FolajimiProject and Leader:

Nigeria Girls & Women Hackathon for Social Change & Development
Ibadan, Nigeria
Yetunde Folajimi

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. The Nigeria Girls and Women Hackathon for Social Change and Development will be an avenue for me to achieve this by diversifying the impact of Nigeria Geek Girls Collaborative Camp which took place in August 2014 and enable the alumni of this project to contribute to national growth and development by using computer Science and related tools, thereby preparing them as future role models in computing.

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 goal of this project is to improve female participation and involvement in Computer Science by enabling them to be creative. This will be done through developing android applications that are targeted to social change and development in Nigeria. It is hoped that the project will equip the participants with the necessary tools for future development.

Who is the target audience for your project?

The target audience are undergraduates and Senior Secondary school students in Nigeria. The hackathon will take place in Ibadan, Oyo State and participants are expected from Oyo state and nearby cities and states in South-Western Nigeria. The project expands the impact of Nigeria Geek Girls Collaborative Camp (www.computergeeky.org/). 

Anything else?

The hackathon is expected to boost the participants’ confidence and interest in Computing and prepare them as future entrepreneurs by enabling them create personal android application projects after undergoing hands-on Android app development training.  

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