By Wilson Mtetwa
Last month, TechnoMag hinted that Zimbabwe`s woman in technology $20 000 challenge will be up for grabs and the gravy train has already been rolling.
The theme of the convention will be “Young Women Build Mobile Apps Workshop Zimbabwe” and this is an open call for every girl child, woman who has passion in technology to join.
Tomorrow Zimbabwean Woman in technology will be convening at Hypercube Hub for the formal kick starting of the technovation challenge event.
Aretha Mare one of The Zimbabwean coordinator, of the international event hinted that this will go a long way in nurturing and developing technological skills within the our female technology practitioners.
Students, Mentors, Teachers participating in the Technovation Challenge Zimbabwe will be taught how to use App Inventor to build mobile Applications. The teams will also learn more about the Technovation Challenge. Official Team Registration and official team photos will be taken during the event. A short panel discussion on challenges faced by Women and Girls including Teen issues will be amongst the topical issues.
Last week, there was a briefing and formal introduction to basic app development and coding skills presented by some local coders to a group of woman in technology at Hypercube hub.
Internationally, Under the Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs there is also a challenge for Techwoman and the deadline for application is tFebruary 10, 2014
Here is a bit on that too here:
TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees comprising industry leaders and country experts. Finalists are interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in their country of permanent residence.
2014 TechWomen Eligibility Requirements
Be women with a minimum of two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and/or a career requiring significant expertise/knowledge/application of technology
Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four year university degree or equivalent
Be proficient in written and spoken English
Demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and exhibit confidence and maturity
Be citizens or permanent residents of Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen, or Zimbabwe at the time of application, and while participating in the program
Not have applied for an immigrant visa to the United States, or participated in a visa lottery in the past five years
Be able to obtain a U.S. visa
Not hold U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. legal permanent resident