The African Women in Technology (AWIT) is a network of African women who are creatively redefining the technology space in Africa and becoming key players and trendsetters in the World’s creative and innovative industries.
Founded by Anie Akpe, it has become a platform for technological advancement in Africa and beyond. The AWIT conference is scheduled to hold at Zone Tech Park in Lagos on March 29th and 30th, 2019.
It is a yearly conference that brings together stakeholders and trendsetters in technological advancement around the world, with the spotlight on African women in technology both at home and in Diaspora.
This year, the event is being hosted by the Creative Director, Brycee Adiah Bassey, the Executive Director of AWIT, Quinta Onditi, Amin Ameen, Founder of Everything Na Art, Mary Olushoga, founder of the AWP Network, and AWIT coordinators, Faith Olasiende and Idearest Ubachukwu.
The keynote speakers for this year are Cleopatra Douglas of Flutterwave, an Expansion Engineering Lead, Tolulupe Oshin, Analytic Lead for Google, and Sandra Ezekwesil, Nigeria Info FM Broadcast Journalist of Nigeria Info FM, and Divine Muragijimana, Chief of Brand for Cellulant.
The platform serves as a vehicle to push forward innovative ideas and encourage African women to step forward and get involved in the technological development of the continent while providing support to propel their careers. It is a space to learn, unlearn and relearn relevant practices and acceptable business tools that will ensure success in their chosen professions.
Serving as a platform of inclusivity for all women in the African Technology Space, this two-day conference will provide an opportunity for extensive networking among women at diverse stages of their careers. Participants will learn, exchange ideas, interact with industry experts, and have the opportunity to speak with representatives of various tech companies, synergize, get insight on problems in African technology, and propose applicable solutions to these problems.
Heralding the launch of the third industrial revolution and the evolution of technology, digitization has become a prominent part of our daily lives, thereby making technology indispensable. This conference will serve as a landmark event for recognizing the available opportunities and mapping out strategies on how to grow as African women in technology.
Aptly themed: The Techazon Within You, the conference conveyers have expressed excitement about how much the AWIT network has positively impacted the lives of African women who are getting involved in the advancement of their technology sector and promoting growth in their communities while advancing their career growth in the process.
This is why to further aid this developmental process, the conference boasts of insightful sessions like Tech Trends, Upgrade Your Skills, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, and other creative sessions that will serve to awaken the Techazon within the participants and spur them unto greater professional breakthroughs.
As part of the networking session at the conference, participants will stand the chance to get group mentoring that will be sustained even after the conference, find internships and employment opportunities, meet people in their local communities who share the same interests and take advantage of the fast, affordable and reliable financing available at the conference.
Application to attend the conference is totally free of charge as all intending participants can now apply and reserve their seats by registering on the AWIT website.
Zone Tech Park is a Technology Park located in Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Lagos, which serves as a free co-working space for start-ups with an in-house engineering team of over 20 software developers and designers, legal, finance, marketing, and fundraising teams. It was established by The Workforce Group, which is rated as Nigeria’s leading Human Resource Company, according to Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa.
Since 2016, the African Women in Technology conference was held in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, and the United States, and has impacted the lives of over 1000 participating women. Since its inception, the conference has also received notable partnerships and sponsorship from Google, Flutterwave, Ibom LLC, Innov8tiv, ABAN Angels, Angelos Food Services Group, Nigerian Info, Techpoint Africa and other private bodies.