The technology industry in Kenya has been dominated by men for a while. But the huge push to encourage girls to learn code has led to the emergence of great tech ideas from women. We went looking for these top tech women.
Criteria used to come up with the list;
The 6 women listed below all share the same attributes that is they are into technology. What defines them include;
- They have come up with Tech related ideas that are transforming the society
- They are role models encouraging a new generation of women in tech
- They have continued to drive innovation
- They have contributed in Tech Talks (e.g TED)
- They have received recognition for their outstanding tech innovations
1. JULIANA ROTICH
Juliana Rotich is a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, futurist, and keynote speaker. Juliana is a Venture Partner in Africa Technology Ventures (ATV). She is the co-founder of Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. (Her website www.julia.na)
Summary of Topics
Judith is an African entrepreneur who uses technology as a tool to empower youth and young women. She is a co-founder of Akirachix; a revolution for African women and technology. She is also the CEO and founder of JuaKali Workers a enterprise which connects verified skilled manual workers to clients who need their services. (Her website profile (www.juakali.co.ke) (Twitter: @
3. Ory Okolloh
Ory Okolloh is an activist, lawyer, and blogger. She has worked as the Policy Manager for Africa with Google. She is the Co-founder of Ushahidi and Mzalendo. She has been featured in several magazines among them being Time 100 and Forbes (Twitter: @
4. Mumbi Ndungu
She is the Founder of Ibua Africa org, which deals with identifying, empowering and connecting Change-makers and social entrepreneurs across Africa. (Twitter:@
5. Martha Chumo
Martha Chumo is the founder of The Dev School. The The Dev School equips youths in Africa with computer programming skills and aids them build technology-based solutions to everyday challenges. (We featured her in our section of young entrepreneur of the week. Story available here).
6. Rebeccah Wanjiku
She is a technology journalist and blogger. She has covered a number of local and international tech meetings such as the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). She is the CEO of Fireside Communications Limited an Information Technology and Communications company. Her blog www.wanjiku.co.ke (Twitter @wanjiku)
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