Carolyne Ekyarisiima

Founder and CEO | Apps and Girls
Nominated in the Category: Social Hero

Short description of the company

Apps and Girls is a Tanzanian social enterprise that empowers girls to create the world they want to live in using technology. At Apps & Girls, we give girls the skills and a platform to become effective tech-entrepreneurs, including high-quality software and hardware programming. We focus on girls and young women from underprivileged backgrounds, in secondary school, university, or out-of-school, as our mission is to reduce the gender gap in ICT and empower more change makers in Tanzania and across Africa.

Apps and Girls’ overarching objective is to invest in young women as potential tech entrepreneurs, tech creators, tech role models, and leaders, in Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa. In order to achieve this goal, Apps and Girls is implementing an innovative cyclical process of advanced coding training, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and incubation. The process itself harnesses the power of digital technologies, notably through the creation of coding clubs in secondary schools, an offline and online women’s tech entrepreneurship incubator and e-mentoring to match emerging tech entrepreneurs with mentors.

Vision: To see women and girls empowered by ICT to be able to create the world they want to live in. Mission: To give Girls the skills, tools, self-esteem and competitive edge to become effective leaders and driving change in their communities using technology.

How does digitization shape your/her career?

Digitization is my daily life!
I am a computer scientist and the founder of Apps and Girls which is an award-winning social enterprise that invests in girls and young women as potential tech entrepreneurs, tech creators, tech role models, and leaders, in Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa, by implementing an innovative cyclical process of advanced coding training, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and incubation.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Systems from Kampala International University. I believe that Tech is the reality of the future as we move deeper into the digital revolution, and entrepreneurship is a driving force, and my work aims to break various barriers that hinder girls & young women in ICT such as a non-existent support system, lack of role models and prevailing gender stereotypes by providing the alternative, a supportive path into the field of ICT and a future in tech.

What makes you/her a digital female leader?

I am a role model to many girls and young women,providing support, skills and tools not forgetting the environment girls and young women need to be included/ become digitally literate. Apps and Girls the organisation i founded and run as CEO is an inclusive innovation that works to support the excluded groups such as women and girls. Considering the huge gender digital Gap in Tanzania and the continent at large, as a leader i am committed not to leave anyone behind rgardless of their financial status, abilities etc. At apps and girls we digitally empower girls and young women from both marginalized, poor and middle income earning environments. so far i am leading programs that provided advanced IT training and entrepreneurship to marginalized young women in Tanzania who school dropout due to different reason, my initiative runs coding clubs in more than 30 schools, and have impacted more than 4000 girls across Tanzania with Digital skills. I believe the future is female and is possible with Digitization.

What does leadership mean to you/her?

Leadership is the ability or process of helping people around oneself to improve their lives or build their potential and eliminating hindering barriers.

Contact me on:
Twitter: @ekyarisiimac , Facebook: Carolyne Ekyarisiima, Instagram: @ecarolyne

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