Washington, DC, US - A delegation of 30 U.S. TechWomen mentors is in Rwanda to collaborate and connect through workshops and visits with local organisations, the US State Department said.
An innovative public-private partnership, TechWomen pairs emerging women leaders in technology from the Middle East and Africa with American women mentors from the greater Silicon Valley area.
TechWomen has brought almost 80 women from the Middle East and North Africa and the United States together for month-long mentorships.
This year, TechWomen expanded to include women from sub-Saharan African countries.
The U.S. TechWomen mentors, whose trip to Rwanda started on Sunday and will run through 7 Feb., represent 23 companies in Silicon Valley and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area including: Blackberry, Calix, Citrix, Cisco, EMC, Ericsson, Fairrer Samani Group Ventures, Families Without Borders, Genentech, Intel Corp. and Juniper Networks.
Others are Katy Dickinson Consulting, Law Offices of Patricia Bovan, NestGSV, Nisum Technologies, Salesforce.com, Santa Clara University, Sf.citi, Shakour Marketing, Sun Run, Symantec, and Twitter.
The TechWomen are meeting with nonprofits, innovation centres, and girls’ schools that focus on expanding technology networks and careers for women and girls in STEM fields.
They are also billed to meet with Rwandan Minister of Youth and Information & Communications Technologies (ICT), visit the University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, and attend a Science and Technology fair hosted by the U.S. Embassy Kigali.