Roughly half of the worlds population is female but that is really not reflected in the tech space in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Despite being hailed as the major economic drivers, women are still underrepresented in the tech scene.
Just four percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and four percent of female-founded startups are met with venture-capitalist cash.
So it was no wonder that organisers of Startup Port Harcourt Week felt it was pertinent to have an exclusive event for female founders in the technology ecosytem. The aim was to discover the challenges hindering the participation of and profer solutions to increase women involvement in the tech space.
The event, Women In Tech Meetup, which held yesterday 28 November 2017 at the Elkan Terrace Hotel conference room, was properly attended.
Welcoming attendees, Uzo Ofoma, Director of Investors Relations at Nettops, expressed her excitement at the turnout.
The program included video viewing sessions on ‘Why we have too few women leaders’ by Sheryl Sandberg and ‘What’s different about Unicorns’ by Jessica Livingston.
Discussions from the video viewings saw women’s making a firm stand to be more confident in their abilities and take up more leadership responsibilities.
There were also Skype in sessions with female mentors- Maria Davydenko (US Embassy), Ngowari Diminas (CAFEW Founder) who spoke on overcoming challenges unique to female entrepreneurs and Eniola Mafe who gave an impactful talk on networking and negotiating effectively.
Samson Goddy, who sit still on the board of MIT’s sugarlabs was on hand to show women various opportunities in the tech space.
Panel discussions moderated by Akelachi Kejeh, Editor Techativeng.com, featured women who participated in the Hackathon and some female founders of tech companies- Aemi Amachree (Wefix.com), Francisca Nwume (myfoodyshop.com) and Winfred Omelogu (searchproperty.com.ng).
Concerning community building, we had Theodora Isola, Convener of Women In Tech Port Harcourt and Esther Itolima, Women Tech Makers Lead Port Harcourt, speak on the essence for joining these communities for support and encouragement.
Some female founders in the tech space were also recognised by Marley Blue Coffee Shop. Customised coffee flasks were presented by the founder, Ese Emheri.
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