Miss Africa 2015 Seed Grant to Support Women and Girls in Technology

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Empowering African Women in ICT and STEM 

Like what the American scientist, Donald Norman said in one of his quotes; “beauty and brains, pleasure and usability-should go hand in hand”. This simply says that beauty is not everything since it fades and women with brains even without physical beauty are more attractive.

African women are living in an era full of opportunities and with an increasing number of them taking the lead in the technology space, bringing with them a host of meaningful innovations and thought-leading ideologies that promise to impact the development of the continent; bridging the gender gap in a field that has long been dominated by men.

At an amount of $5k, non-profit organization Dot Connect Africa (DCA) Academy recently launched its Miss Africa 2015 Funding. This is a Seed Fund in Africa that will issue funds to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries.

The programme is interested in learning about successful activities that are currently supporting women and girls in STEM, and through this effort, we identify how we might support capability and their impacts.

Applications opened on July 1 and close on November 15 2015, with interested parties encouraged to send an expression of interest (EOI) to eoi@dotconnectafrica.org. To apply, applicants must be a current resident of an African country, submit their application in English, be applying as an individual of at least 18 years of age or as a representative of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or social enterprise based in Africa.

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Also required is an ability to demonstrate previous experience conducting activities supporting women and girls in computer science or STEM fields, a commitment to developing and contributing to a virtual community for supporting women and girls’ initiatives, and demonstrated leadership potential.

“Proposed projects must have a tangible impact for women and girls in computer science and/or STEM- related fields,” DCA said.

DCA also highlighted that preference will be given to projects that target under-served populations and locations, take a collaborative approach, have a high potential for growth and present an innovative use of technology.

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