Women Who Code Launches Network in Lagos, Nigeria
Largest International Nonprofit Dedicated to Women In Tech Opens its First Nigerian Group to Support Local Engineers
LAGOS, NIGERIA - SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 —Women Who Code (WWCode), the world’s largest and most active community of women engineers, is proud to announce the launch of our newest local network in Lagos, Nigeria. The group will be dedicated to supporting the local tech community by hosting free educational and career workshops, hack nights, networking events and talks by industry luminaries.
Women Who Code Lagos will be led by Network Directors Abayomi Ayoola, Assurance Okongwu, Damilola Olukoju, Doyin Abike Somoye, Hope Oluwalolope, Princess Egbuna,
and Uche Mukolo. The inaugural event for the Network is taking place on September 7th at the offices of Innovation Nest. It will feature an introduction to WWCode as an organization and its mission, as well as talks by several of the Directors on a variety of technical topics including Digital Literacy, Careers in Cybersecurity, and Information Technology.
“The tech community is a vibrant one. Though still growing, a lot can be done in terms of investment and training for continual growth. Beyond organizations like Andela and Decagon, the community still lacks organized training institutes as the universities. Many of the developers in Lagos are self-taught,” said Network Director Abayomi Ayoola. “It's no longer news that there is a major gender gap in technology worldwide. I believe the Women Who Code Lagos Network would help solve the gender gap to an extent. Our efforts would go a long way.”
“By launching this Network, we hope to serve the community by providing vital educational and technical training events,” said Network Director Abayomi Ayoola. “Lagos is becoming a center of innovation in Africa, and the incredible engineers working here deserve the support and inspiration that Women Who Code can provide.”
Lagos is the second local Network that Women Who Code has opened in Africa, and one of 60 that have been launched in cities around the world. The goal of this group will be to serve the tech community by hosting events where members will be able to learn valuable technical skills, receive career advice, and help one another with projects, and engineering questions, while also supporting its members in stepping up as Leaders in the group.
“We are inspired by the seven talented engineers stepping up as Network Directors to bring Women Who Code to Lagos,” said WWCode Interim Chief Executive Officer Joey Rosenberg. “With their guidance, I know that we are going to be able to make a big difference in the city’s tech community, and amplify the ability of engineers to excel in the tech industry.”
About Women Who Code
Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 8,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 180,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.