Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama
We agree with Michelle’s words and for Women’s Month, we are giving a platform to women who are breaking boundaries in the male-dominated technology industry. Women-led coding academies, flourishing female-founded tech businesses and young women who a disrupting the status quo are proof that a woman’s place is whereever she wants it to be.
We invite women from all career backgrounds, students and other young women to join us as we upack the challenges and celebrating the major wins of Women in Tech.
Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder of SweepSouth (sweepsouth.com), an online platform for booking, paying for and managing homes cleaning services from your laptop, phone or tablet. Sweepsouth is the first company on the African continent to offer this service, and a 500 Startups Batch 14 alum. Aisha previously worked as a management consultant, gaining experience in the telecommunications and mining industries. Aisha has a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town and an Associate in Management from the UCT Graduate School of Business. Between 2011 and 2012, she received a South African Women in Science Award for her research and was named as one of the Mail and Guardian newspaper’s 200 Young South Africans.
First on the panel:
Sibella Knott-Craig, Sibella is a chartered accountant, an entrepreneur and a mother of three
young children. She co-founded a venture called Tribage in 2014 to support
‘Healthy Technology’ through building high quality, early learning, mobile
applications for young children in local African languages.
Tribage has created an ever-growing collection of informal educational apps,
called Xander. Currently these 52 apps, in eight local languages, are one of
the biggest collections of vernacular mobile applications in Africa.
Sibella was long-listed as an USB Social Innovation Finalist in 2016,
nominated as an “Inspiring Fifty” women in Africa, and is a TechStar Mentor.
After becoming a mother, she started investigating educational apps for her own
children and experienced their impact on her children, but found that similar
apps in Afrikaans and other African languages were in short supply. So she
got started on creating some local material.
Portia Masimula the CEO and Co-Founder of Karisani IT, business woman , entrepreneur she has shown extraordinary resilience, determination, and initiative. In Three short years, Portia has gone from having merely a dream of running her own business to being a player in the development industry, hosting conferences, speaking at engagements, mentoring young women on the merits of being their own boss, and developing innovative applications for large companies in South Africa and internationally. She has pulled together a trained and talented staff of development team and, through sheer determination, has inserted herself into a network of high-level entrepreneurs, CEOs, Vice Presidents, and Ministers. She has worked so hard to establish herself and her company, Karisan IT she kept pushing herself cause the industry is still dominant by man . She has graced the pages of high profile magazines in your country such as Forbes under the age of 30 and Destiny Connect, she is listed as a Young Independent for Business leader and game changer for Mzansi 100, and many more achievements.
Olivia Dyers is not a techie. She a walking contradiction of sorts. She passionately promotes the socio-economic benefits of technology for future proofing our economy, whilst being quite the technology amateur herself.
She is a career civil servant and currently the Director for Digital Leadership at the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Qualified as a City planner, Olivia has spent most of her working life of almost 20 years, employed as an economic development practitioner, having been at the cold-face of the development and implementation WCG’s biggest single recent investment, namely the WC Broadband programme.
Olivia is an extroverted-introvert, who loves a good woke conversation, responds to the name ‘mommy’ and is a try-er-of-new things who seeks out movie spoilers. If she could right now, she’d be travelling.
Michelle Matthews, Head of Innovation at Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), makes interesting new things happen at CiTi. Among the projects she has established are the Telkom FutureMakers ‘from concept to market’ programme, the TenaCiti ‘people and potential’ talent acceleration programme, The IdeaMaker Kit, and the Serious About Games competition and industry initiative. She is executive in charge of the Khayelitsha Barn and has oversight of CiTi’s innovation clusters.
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