In this 21th century – the Africa’s century – women can be as good as men in any field, and many African women have proved it by making a breakthrough in the technology sector against all odds.
These are the heroes that Africa Gathering will be showcasing in London on 21-22 June 2013.
The event’s 5th edition, themed “Hands on technology: the rise of the makers, the dynamic and the disruptive thinkers of Africa”, is hosted by the BBC Africa Team.
Africa Gathering will also showcase the ideas that have emerged in recent times across the continent, and discuss some of the challenges still present around funding and investment, the organisers said.
“We will demonstrate how African innovators — especially women — are moving fast and taking the lead in developing amazing local technological solutions,” conference curator Marieme Jamme said.
“We also aim to demystify the relationship between investors and African entrepreneurs,” she added.
Jamme, a Senegalese, Kenya’s Juliana Rotich, co-founder of Ushahidi, and Zimbabwe’s Divine Ndhlukula, founder and MD of SECURICO, are among the continent’s top women in tech that have remarkably challenged this male-dominated field, and became fantastic role models to millions of young girls across Africa.
It is believed that all of them will the grace this special event.
Africa Gathering, Jamme said, will be a key event for women innovators and investors who want to discover and invest in African technology ecosystems.
“By highlighting grassroots, emerging technologies, and solutions relevant to Africa, we wish to offer a new perspective that will encourage active involvement from Africa-focused businesses, investors, and funders.”
Marieme Jamme, Africa Gathering conference curator. Photo by TechZim