About Us

Soronko Solutions the main organizers of the event is a software development powerhouse and a social enterprise dedicated to developing the next generation of innovators and problem solvers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for rural Ghanaian children.

We have designed an interactive one-day workshop for girls in the Senior Secondary School in Kumasi, which involves a hands on session where the girls learn to develop mobile and web applications, interact with software that teach them more about STEM, and have the advantage of meeting female technologists who will be instructors and mentors

Meet the Team

Regina Agyare CEO,Soronko Solutions

Regina was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. She was featured on CNN African Startups and interviewed by BBC World Service and Aljazeera The Stream. She is an Ashoka Fellow,Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vital Voices Fellow and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change. She belongs to the African Leadership Network and the Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa . Her story was published in the Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and had the honour of meeting Barack and Michelle Obama. She also recently returned from China from participating in the World Economic Forum Meeting of New Champions which focused on Science and Technology. She is part of the advisory board on a project to amend the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to include Digital rights of a child. She loves to mentor and has been invited to speak and mentor the Camfed master card scholars program, TedXLabone, TedxDartmouth, University Events, Symposium at Harvard University and is an online mentor with the Women's Tech Connect Global Mentoring program. She was awarded a Women of Courage Award for Technology and Tech Needs Girls was awarded in the Ghana CSR Diary Awards.

Rasheeda YehuzaFounder at Click Trade Ghana

If you have not heard of SnapSO Shutdown Manager, SnapSO Web browser, and games like Sphere Attack and Buju Hunt, you would be forgiven if you thought these software and games were built by a team of engineers who sit behind PCs writing code all day. Truth be told, the afore-mentioned software and many others are the creations of Miss Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza.She is currently the founder and Lead Programmer at ClickTradeGhana

Charisma Achere Computer Science final year student of KNUST

I run on STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics. I love writing software applications and algorithms to solve problems around me. I like sports. I enjoy reading and writing/blogging. I have always been passionate about technology and mathematics. I have never understood why science and technology have been seen as a man's thing, maybe because Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Nicholas Tesla were men, but most of us don't know about Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper's contribution to Technology. But this will change, because the more girls we get into IT, the more names we will have coming up.


The Workshop

Days Activities

On the 1st of June 2013, if you happened to be at the KNUST Campus , Computer Science department to be precise, you would have passed by a very colorful banner announcing an interactive workshop organized by Soronko Solutions..

 
 On this day a movement had begun which will continue region wide till we bridge the gender gap in technology. The Tech Needs Girls Interactive Workshop is a hands on workshop that takes girls from Senior Secondary Schools and offers them the opportunity to be mentored by female computer scientists on how to code and create technology. The girls are also empowered to think more entrepreneurial, pursue their passions and careers in science and technology.

 

The ultra modern Tech Hub built by Vodafone one of the sponsors of the event, was the venue for the workshop. 50 girls from 3 Senior Secondary Schools, Kumasi Anglican Senior Secondary School, Youth Institute for Science and Technology and Elite College attended the workshop. The girls were assigned to 8 groups of five with 8 mentors who also served as role models. The first session broke misconceptions and introduced the girls to other females who were excelling in careers in Technology. The girls also discovered that a basic website and mobile application could be developed in 30 minutes. They even got a chance to witness a simple java application being developed by one of the mentors in 4 minutes. The next session was a brief talk on entrepreneurship by the Business Development Manager of VOTO Mobile and how technology offered a lot of career opportunities for women by Delores Maxwell the Group Manager of Technology Service Management, Ecobank Group.

 

The girls also got a chance to see applications built by their mentors who demoed innovative applications such as an online voting application, an e-learning, e-health application, android spa game etc. The girls were also introduced to logical thinking and algorithms through a quick quiz to test their logic skills, the use of Scratch a visual programming language and Azonto the latest dance craze from Ghana. They were also taken through how to use social media such as Facebook and twitter. During the interactive session saw the girls learnt more about HTML coding, mobile applications development, Google docs, networking and social media. The girls also took part in an innovation challenge where they were asked to develop a technology solution which allowed students who did not understand what was taught in class to get further information from their teachers or fellow students.

 

The winning team designed an innovative e-learning web application that integrated social media, email, SMS and an android mobile application in their solution. The winning team won wonderful prizes and partial scholarships to study a Software Development Course at Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT the first Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI) in Ghana. The winning Group's mentor was also awarded a prize for mentoring and guiding her group to think creatively. At the end of the program each participant received a certificate of participation.

 

The workshop ended with great feedback from the girls who enjoyed the session, learnt some coding and believed they could do the extraordinary. The mentees were also excited at the option of a continuous mentorship from their mentors.

 

This workshop was made possible by support from Fidelity Bank Ghana, Diamond Capital, iSpace Foundation, Dreamoval Foundation, Vodafone, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Rolls Communications, Pepsi, Higrade Media, mFriday, TechHub and Ghana Think

Meet the Mentees of the Tech Needs Girls Interactive Workshop
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We wanted to hear from the girls who attended the Tech Needs Girls Interactive Workshop. So we scanned their written feedback.
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Pictures from the Tech Needs Girls Interactive Workshop
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Sponsors


Speakers

 

Leah Farmer- Business Development Manager at VOTO Mobile

 

Leah Farmer is an African Program Staff at Engineers Without Borders Canada and a Business Development Manager at VOTO Mobile. She worked as a Gender and Housing Rights Officer at CONGEH. In that role she supported the work of community centres programs (social spaces) that raise awareness of women's inequality, land rights and HIV/AIDS education and prevention. She assisted with fundraising and new program partnerships. She supported initiatives to consolidate CONGEH's partnerships and help facilitate working groups. She developed information for the CONGEH newsletter focusing on the GSH and CCF programs. She participated in stakeholder, community and local authorities meetings pertaining to land, urban housing and HIV and AIDS.

She also previously worked at Canadian International Development Agency International Youth Internship Program, University of Toronto- African Studies Course Union, Eva's Initiatives. She studied at University of Toronto - Victoria University. She speaks French, Swahili, Wolof, Spanish and English.

Delores Maxwell-Group Manager, Technology Service

 

Delores is in charge of the Technology Service Support/ Service Management area across the Ecobank group. Her team is the link between Technology and the rest of the business. Service Management ensures that the service quality exchange between E-Process as the Technology Service provider and the rest of Ecobank Is done in a world class manner.

Delores has over 20 years' experience in various fields like Healthcare, Data Center Management, Vendor Management, Backup and Storage and BCM. She also has extensive Service Management/Quality Global Delivery She prides herself on being a good communicator and people manager. She is very passionate about her customers and their satisfaction with Technology services. Infact, she considers people to be the foundation and the biggest asset of any organization. She has worked with Vodafone Ghana and Vodafone Group Worked with Sprint , Verizon, Johns Hopkins, Washington Hospital Center, Sibley Hospital in the United States, Germany and Ghana.

Delores enjoys travel, outdoor and water sports. She is an avid reader and enjoys charity works with organizations like United Way.

 

Mentors

 
 

Cheryl Dzifa Tetteh

I am Cheryl Dzifa Tetteh, a final year Computer Science student in KNUST. I am very passionate about software development and internet use because I believe they are the solution to the various challenges we have in our world and Ghana in particular. I always have a deep need to solve these challenges all around me. I am also very concerned about personality development of the youth of our country. Many of us hardly have deep dreams and goals. Some of us do have dreams but these dreams are those of our parents that have been more or less impressed upon us. I believe it is time for us to discover who we truly are: what we can do best and what we love to do. The age of pursuing certain so-called courses because they are prestigious must be over! We must rise up and function in the area that we can function at our maximum!

 
 

Hannah Kumah

Hannah Kumah is the name of this lady, a graduand of KNUST (awaiting graduation in June 2013). She comes from a family of 5(parents inclusive) with a big sister and a kid brother. She got involved in IT before Senior High School, joined the Computer club in Yaa Asantewaa Girls' where she got introduced to programming. Represented her school in a regional ICT quiz organized by NIIT where being third got a scholarship to study at NIIT. On noticing the Systems Analyst for NIIT then was a lady, she became more than sure that she wanted to pursue IT in the university level. She programmes (even though when required..yes you can be in IT without being a 'hardened' programmer - there are a lot more options which make her love IT ), loves Computer Security, Forensics and Cyber Safety, MIS, Artificial Intelligence, Systems Analysis , Expert Systems and Android Programming. She interned with Google Ghana, Sabonay Technologies and the E-Learning Center of KNUST during her four year journey of Computer Science. There she learnt a lot about practice, Human Relations and internet practices. She has some programmes to her credit and aspires to be a lecturer in the Computer Science department of her alma mater but is experiencing in the world of IT to get more exposure to practice. She believes having a lot more ladies in IT will make the industry more challenging and fun erasing the assertion that tech is for guys. And that one can be stylish and still be in IT.

 
 

Millicent Otchere

Miss Millicent Otchere is my name. A product of KNUST (Computer Science Dept). My goal in life is to train people in IT to be the best they can be in every career they choose since IT can better all aspects of life be it health, education or social issues. I believe this would improve the economy of Ghana since we are blessed with natural resources but lack human resource to develop it. I love computer networking and security. Am on a mission to change Ghana's educational System but need other Iron Ladies to join me push this agenda

 
 

Audrey Opoku-Amankwaah

I am Audrey Opoku-Amankwaah,a final year Bsc computer Science student of Kwame Nkrumah university of Science and Technology.Working on anything concerned with IT is my passion and impacting this knowledge into others makes me more fulfilled.

 
 

Priscilla Tutu-Boateng

Priscilla Tutu-Boateng is a young determined, hardworking and ambitious woman who enjoys studying and taking up challenges. My interests are in designing, teaching and mathematics. Am currently working on a tutorial software that helps children in basic schools in Ghana to study easily and in a fun way. This software is intended to cover all the subjects that are taught at the primary/ basic level in Ghanaian schools but have started and completed with ICT for primary one to six.

 
 

Boateng Korankyewa Hannah

Christened to Boateng Korankyewa Hannah. 23years of age and the first of my siblings. Studied Science at St. Rose's Snr. High and continued to KNUST to read Computer Science. I love web programming and i love to type. I also do graphic designing with CorelDraw, though I am still learning. I also love to type.


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Why Tech Needs Girls

Let's get girls to create technology and not just consume it

Information Technology ( IT) increasingly permeates every aspect of society and provides the foundation for most modern innovation. our girls are avid users of new technologies, but, to date, girls and women continue to be significantly underrepresented in technical occupations.

This pattern is particularly troubling because the computing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries and computing-related occupations are among the highest-paying jobs. Girls' lack of participation in this growing and important sector of society has serious consequences not only for girls and women but also for the future of technical innovation

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Why Kids must learn to code and Inspiring Girls to be Tech Pioneers