SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

March 14, 2012  |  

Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development" panelists (left to right) TMS Ruge and Liz Ngonzi discuss the role of women in Africa's tech space (Image: Winston Ford)

Many people’s view of Africa is outdated, and, quite frankly, inaccurate. The Western world continues to be shown images of poor, uneducated women in villages with no access to the modern world.

Where are the progressive images of young women using social media to share their stories, or women heading technology companies in places like Nigeria and Kenya? These questions were asked at Monday’s panel “Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development” at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, the hour-long discussion shed a different light on the role of women on the continent. The panel featured such notable figures as Vice President of InMobi AfricaIsis Nyong’o and Ebele Okobi of Yahoo!.

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