Carolyne Ekyarisiima aims to give girls in Tanzania and neighboring countries the opportunity to use information and communication technology beyond their individual lives by creating community tech solutions and startups. She’d like to see them becoming tech leaders, and role models in Africa.
And she has just won the #MWFCon17 pitch competition… Big congrats to Carolyn!
— MandelaWshFellowship (@WashFellowship) May 19, 2017
Who is Carolyne Ekyarisiima?
She is a social entrepreneur, computer scientist, and founder of Apps and Girls, an organization working to bridge the tech gender gap in Tanzania by empowering girls with computer skills.
She believes in girls’ capacity and innovation power to change the community and build an innovative generation.
Carolyne holds a bachelor’s in Computer Science, a master’s in Information Systems from Kampala International University, and has four years’ experience in lecturing.
Carolyn is a Tigo and Reach for Change Digital change maker and was awarded a certificate of achievement in 2014 for her great efforts in improving children’s lives through innovation and digital technology at the Hackathon Prototype Change 2014 Sweden.
She is also a 2016 YALI fellow and one of the YALI Tanzanian fellows to win a USADF grant of $25,000.
On her vision:
She’s determined to continue empowering and mentoring girls, and plans to create a Girls’ Tech Hub, establish regional mobile hubs and labs on digital buses, and create a powerful girls’ code school.
Her organization, Apps and Girls’s vision is “to give girls of Africa the skills, tools, self-esteem and competitive edge to become effective leaders and drivers in their communities while building sustainable social enterprises and information technology businesses that solve community challenges.”
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