Women in the Silicon Savannah: AkiraChix
|Angela Odur, one of the four co-founders of Akira Chix|
Nairobi has emerged on the tech world scene as the new Silicon Savannah and we are seeing more women participate in this tech revolution. One of such ventures is AkiraChix, a female cooperative of tech geeks which was founded by four women (Angela Oduor, Judith Owigar, Linda Kamau and Marie Githinji), to increase the number of women in the African tech industry. In addition to teaching entrepreneurship and programming skills to young women, the company has been responsible for pioneering female-led tech projects. These include iMatch – a tool developed to match charities/non-governmental organizations to local needs, a magnifying application for the visually impaired and M-Farm software to help local farmers plant, harvest and sell more efficiently.