Cash switch supplier Mukuru has partnered with coding academy WeThinkCode to host a woman-only hackathon to resolve monetary companies challenges in Africa.
SheHacks – attended by WeThinkCode feminine college students and Mukuru Schooling Fund feminine bursary recipients – aimed to supply a chance for younger girls to showcase their expertise, additional their research and enhance their careers within the IT sector.
Groups had been tasked with creating a monetary schooling or administration device as a way to present Mukuru’s buyer base with higher monetary administration and schooling instruments. The firm presents monetary companies to a buyer base of greater than 10 million throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.
In response to Mukuru’s CSI supervisor Deidré Vrede, the occasion was designed to supply the chance for successful college students to bolster their research and win internships or job shadowing alternatives.
Vrede stated: “As a fintech enterprise, we encourage college students, particularly younger girls, to pursue careers in tech, as presently, solely 19 per cent of the trade’s workforce are girls. Judging by the innovation, expertise and creativity on show, the way forward for girls in IT is brilliant.
“We felt it was an thrilling alternative so as to add gasoline to our ardour for creating younger feminine coders and provides them a hand in creating and brainstorming one thing that can play a vital function in monetary schooling on the continent.”
WeThinkCode CEO Nyari Sumashonga means that African girls have the potential to be at the vanguard of know-how if they’re given the chance.
“WeThinkCode is an academy that permits youth to change into world-class builders who can thrive in any surroundings,” she says. “Our alumni go on to develop options for enterprise and society at giant, and so it made sense to companion with Mukuru, a number one African know-how platform driving cutting-edge fintech to enhance the lives of Africans.
“This resonates with our objective. The younger girls had been excellent, and I’ve little doubt they may develop into function fashions for future generations of feminine builders.”