Call for Mentors – Women in tech

Mentorship Initiative: Kampala Women in Tech, Transformation Beyond the Conference

Photo from Lusaka Women in Tech initiative, 10th ICT4D Conference 2018

 

The ICT4D Conference brings together the world’s thought leaders in technology for aid and development. Let’s harness this amazing resource to create change on a key issue in our host city, Kampala. The conference will host a speed mentoring workshop and offer the opportunity to engage in a year-long mentorship program for young women looking to break into and become leaders in the technology sector.

WHY

Access to technology in Uganda:

  • 5% of households nationwide have a computer [1]
  • 2 Mobile subscribers per 100 people [2]
  • 4% Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants [3]

 

The participation of women in the area of science and technology has lagged behind that of men. Although Uganda’s largest tertiary institution has more female graduates than male, there are more male students in science and technology. These disparities impact gender gaps in other areas, i.e., agriculture, which lacks female-friendly technology. By increasing the presence of women in designing these technologies used for labor-intensive industries the perspectives and experiences of women as designers and users will be incorporated and this will contribute to a reduction in gender inequalities. Therefore, a gender sensitive approach is important if both men and women are to participate effectively in the development and implementation of the Science and Technology programs.

Within this context, gender inequities are prevalent:

  • Literacy among females over age 15 is 71.5% compared to 85.3% for males [4]
  • Female-owned farms are 13% lower per hectare than male-owned farms [5]

At the heart of the ICT4D Conference is the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the strategic use of technology in international development and humanitarian relief efforts. And yet, a universal issue that affects every country in the world is gender inequality. Technology has the potential to close the global gender gap but for that to happen we need to take steps that will increase access to all individuals and create more pathways to women aspiring to have a career centered on the use of technology.

In the spirit of empowering young women in a meaningful and sustainable way beyond the conference, Kampala Women in Tech will host a speed mentoring workshop during the conference and offer a year-long mentorship program.

 

REGISTRATION – DEADLINE APRIL 12, 2019

BECOME A MENTOR

MENTORS – Conference attendees, more senior in their career, will be selected to serve as ongoing mentors to the invited tech students and young professionals who wish to take advantage of a new professional relationship.  Mentors will meet with their mentee over lunch at the conference and set up monthly skype calls for at least a year to share experiences and career advice.

It is recommended the you meet with your mentee for at least one hour a month for the first six months.  After which you can both decide which frequency and duration is ideal.

There are many benefits to becoming a mentor.

  • Increased organizational recognition from peers and superiors
  • Establishment of base of support in the organization
  • Great understanding of issues facing employees
  • Opportunity to test ideas and develop new ideas from gaining mentee’s perspective
  • Acquisition of new information

Register to be a mentor – Deadline April 12, 2019

 

Become a Mentee

MENTEES (young female tech or development students or professionals) – Support attendance at the ICT4D Conference to learn about trends and opportunities in the sector, applying technology to aid and development.

Preference for applicants that are:

  • Must be 18 & over
  • Female Ugandan undergraduate, graduate students, early career professionals, and those with otherwise acquired skills and passion for technology and innovation
  • From different parts of Uganda (geographically representative group), while conference fees for mentees will be covered, mentees will need to cover their travel to Kampala.

Applicants will be asked to write a short paragraph on what they hope to get out of the experience and rank which competencies they would like to work on the most to help make a match with a mentor.

Candidates to attend the conference will be selected by a simple application process aimed to verify interest in the sector. Mentors will similarly be selected by a simple application process aimed to validate commitment for at least 1 year. All candidates selected for conference sponsorship will be offered a mentor relationship (assuming enough interest from mentors).

Register to be a mentee – Deadline April 12

HOW

The purpose of the Kampala Women in Tech initiative is to empower and support the leadership ambitions of young women in the technology space through building meaningful relationships with existing leaders. We recognize too that young women have an abundance of knowledge, insight and experience to share with others too. For that reason, we see the mentorship scheme as reciprocal; a relationship that is mutually beneficial and encourages a two-way exchange and dialogue. Established leaders may use this as an opportunity to better understand the experiences of the younger workforce and current trends in social media, information communications and technology for example.

Kampala Women in Tech is looking for women (and men) with established careers in technology to commit to providing opportunities for university students, recent tech graduates and young professionals from the Kampala area through two pillars:

  • INFORM YOUNG TECH PROFESSIONALS – Support/ Sponsor the attendance of young women at the ICT4D Conference so that they may learn about trends and opportunities in the sector, applying technology to aid and development.
  • BECOME A MENTOR – Conference attendees, more senior in their career, will be selected to serve as ongoing mentors to the invited tech students and young professionals who wish to take advantage of a new professional relationship. Mentors will meet with their mentee over lunch at the conference and set up monthly skype calls for at least a year to share experiences and career advice.

Candidates to attend the conference will be selected by a simple application process aimed to verify interest in the sector.  Mentors will similarly be selected by a simple application process aimed to validate commitment for at least one year.  All candidates selected for conference sponsorship will be offered a mentor relationship (assuming enough interest from mentors).

AT THE CONFERENCE 

Mentors will first meet with their mentee during a speed mentoring session at the conference. Here there will be an opportunity for multiple mentors and mentees to meet and get to know each other. For those wanting a mentor relationship post-conference, they can set up monthly Skype calls for at least a year to share experiences and career advice.

The format of the Speed Mentoring session is the following:

  • An introduction by Kampala Women in Tech representative
  • The mentors will be split into groups and will be matched with an equal number of mentees
  • Each mentor will have a 10-minute exchange with a mentee
  • The bell will ring and the mentees will move to the next mentor in the group
  • We foresee that each mentor will have three mentee sessions
  • Wrap up and sharing of insights at the end

The exchange presents an opportunity for you to share your key insights on leadership in tech and listen to the young women do the same.  We have prepared three questions to help guide your conversations:

1) What’s the best piece of advice you have been given and why?

2) If the world could do one thing to one thing to help encourage more women into tech, what should it be?

3) What’s been your greatest challenge/success in life and what have you learnt?

POST CONFERENCE

Mentors and mentees may choose to continue their discussions and enter a mentorship exchange after the conference. It will be the responsibility of the mentor and mentee to assess when and how regularly they will conduct skype meetings. We suggest one hour per month. Kampala Women in Tech will send out monthly/bi-monthly topics for discussion to help shape those skype meetings. We may also organize one-off webinars for mentees to participate in where we will learn the experiences and insights of mentors.

Costs for this initiative are described in the table below.  The initiative may be supported by a single organization or a partnership of organizations contributing to a specific portion.

Initiative Unit Cost Target Total
Support conference attendees and facilitate mentor relationships

 

$100 30 attendees $3,000

 

RECOGNITION

The organization(s) supporting this initiative will be appropriately and publicly recognized for their contribution as follows:

Initiative Recognition
Support conference attendees and facilitate mentor relationships

 

 

Organization name will be mentioned on the initiative website.
Program facilitation and tracking results Organization will be recognized as the program partner on the website and all promotional material.

 

 

[1] International Telecommunications Union, 2017

[2] World Bank Group, 2017

[3] International Telecommunications Union, 2017

[4] CIA World Factbook, 2015

[5] World Bank Group, 2014

 

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