Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to Africa’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.
In a #SheAppsAfrica Pan-African campaign for year 2017/2018, the pioneering Miss.Africa Digital program has joined the workforce once again by mobilizing the third Round of Miss.Africa Seed Funding for Tech initiatives throughout Africa.
Miss.Africa Digital program being the first Pan-African program for women in technology, has focused all its efforts in targeting female youth audiences, to increase their personal involvement in early technology use and adoption with a view to improving their digital self-awareness and empowerment, and overall self-esteem. Part of this is achieved through the annual Miss.Africa seed fund grant.
Having seen high level of success in the past consecutive years, the Miss.Africa Seed Fund, will again avail a sum of Seven Thousand United States Dollars (USD 7000), in grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.
The 2016/17 winner of the Five Thousand United States Dollars (5000USD) grand prize was awarded to Abocoders, a Nigeria based initiative. Bahir Dar University STEM Center, Ethiopia and Ubongo Game Lab, Zambia both received a sum of One Thousand United States Dollars (1,000 USD) for the second seed fund category.
Hundreds of Women have so far benefited from the Miss.Africa seed funding. The program expects the number to increase by the end of the year when the 2016/17 cohort graduate.
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