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Celebrating Women Trailblazers in Tech & Media
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Venue: Nairobi Garage, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor, Ngong Road


On 8 March, the world marked International Women’s Day under the theme: Be Bold for Change.

For our March edition of Hacks/Hackers Nairobi, we are giving women in tech and media, an opportunity to share their experiences in fields that are often perceived as male-dominated. These are women who have made a mark as trailblazers, mentors and actors in their fields of work.

As more women take up leadership roles in technical and policy engagement, we need to reflect on the challenges and opportunities they are facing in the media and tech spaces. How can we create gender diversity? What training opportunities are there for women in tech? How can they identify mentors? Are there individuals/organisations who can provide mentorship? This will be an inter-generational dialogue aimed at acknowledging women trailblazers, the challenges they have overcome and offer individual and collective actions we can take to improve women’s participation in tech endeavors.

During the HHNBO Session, the panelists will share:
1. Insights on their achievements/lessons learnt
2. The challenges they have encountered and how they have overcome them
3. Tips on how to make the tech and media spaces more inclusive for both women and men.

Speakers:
Dr Chao Mbogho - Computer Science Lecturer, Kenya Methodist University
Mercy Orangi - Developer Ecosystem Community Manager, Google
Rasna Warah - Columnist, Daily Nation
Pamella Sittoni - Managing Editor, The EastAfrican
Sara Bakata - Associate Editor, The EastAfrican (Moderator)


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