Episode 30: How a young Ghanaian started an All-Girls Coding Training program to solve the lack of African Women in Tech
Welcome to episode 30 of Africans Building Africa Podcast!
My name is Amadou Hanne, founder of Africans Building Africa and the host of Africans Building Africa Podcast. In this Episode, I interviewed Ivy Barley who’s the founder of Developers in Vogue, an All-Girls coding trading program in Ghana solving the lack of African Women in Tech.
While studying for her masters and teaching girls how to code in 2016, Ivy Barley came up with the idea to start an all-girls coding training program. With just an idea, Ivy and her co-founder applied for many competitions which they won several of them including the Ethos for Girls which allow them to present their idea to the German Chancellor and generated about $25,000 in funding.
Developers in Vogue aims at creating a community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa. African women are not known to lead Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields, but Developers in Vogue is set out to change that with coding boot camps and career developments. The company have currently trained about 20 girls with 5 of them who already have full time jobs setup and 5 others are working as freelancers.
In this episode, we discussed:
- How she started her organization,
- The challenges related to teaching girls how to code, and
- Why her company focuses on training only girls
This Episode is sponsored by: Abjel Communications
“Abjel communications provides support in term of PR and media relations for entrepreneurs, startups and businesses that are innovating to help Africans. We started this because we realize that there was this missing presence of Africans when it comes to discussing really important issues around the world or when it comes to entrepreneurship or innovation africans entrepreneurs were missing in the conversation. So, what Abjel wants to do is to support these entrepreneurs, startups and most of these young people who came back from aboard busting with ideas and developing products to support and change the narative on the continent. We are hoping to suport them to help them with training on how to handle themselves when they go to speak to big media outlet. Half of all we do is pro-bono and what we charge we use it to reinvest and support other entrepreneurs or startups and we’re happy to say we’re the first social enterprise communications agencies. We hope that by supporting Africans Building Africa most entrepreneurs will get to know about us and come to us for support. We want to be part of there journey, we’re happy when an entrepreneur succeed. Come and talk to us if you need communications support at Abjel.com” ~ Adisa Amanor-Wilks