The Pink IT Women Empowerment programme is an initiative under the sponsorship of the US consulate to empower unemployed female graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with Software Development and Entrepreneurial Skills to take up entrepreneurial role in the software industry. This will be achieved through a 22 week-long programme (16 weeks training workshop on Saturdays only, while hands-on practice assignments will be done by participants during the week remotely or in a working space that shall be provided) followed by a 6 weeks internship in a software development company.
Participants are availed the following additional benefits:
With what I have been taught, I have gained a level of confidence to take up two contracts to develop web application which are worth hundreds of thousands...
I came to Pink IT with very little knowledge of Software Development and in 6 months I'm leaving with a live project developed all by myself
In the course of the programme, I was opportune to participate in the first UN INFLUX Hackathon held in Lagos, Nigeria where my team emerged as first place winner. I was on the team as a frontend developer.
Pink IT Initiative is arguably the most pivotal thing that has happened to me as a Software Developer. The training helped develop my skills, built up my confidence level and helped get my first job as a Programmer. I'm delighted to say that it's been a roller coaster of fun ever since ...
I have gained programming, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, we had sessions with highly skilled people in the industry. As a Pink IT fellow, I have been inspired to attend several hackathons, learned to know my value, bridge gaps and build authentic relationships ...
I now have a better business model canvas as well as a pitch deck for investors...it has also helped me understand my C++ programing skills better, I now work well with openScad and Arduino IDE for 3D modelling and automation (microcontroller) very well unlike before
The Encounter: I was scanning through my emails as usual one afternoon when I saw a mail from Pink iT showing the schedule of interviews with semi-finalists. I was so excited my name got shortlisted...Read More
This week, Pink IT caught up with another smart lady and a friend of Pink IT. She is Oluwafunmilola Kesa. ‘Funmi is a .DOT Net developer at TIMWE group, she enjoys solving problems...Read More
I began my journey into the world of web development around the beginning of 2016. I had just finished the compulsory service year for Nigerian graduates after studying Chemical Engineering...Read More
Abiola Ilupeju is a Technopreneur, an ardent advocate of quality software; passionate about seeing that businesses reap the full benefits of their investments in IT. She started her career as a programmer before moving into the field of software Testing/QA and information security. She holds a degree in Computer Science with Economics from OAU Ile-Ife. She is a CISA and a Certified Ethical Hacker, and also holds the IT Service Management (ITIL) Certificate. She is an Alumna of USA Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs having participated in the Techwomen exchange Programme where she was mentored and trained by the global leader in Cyber Security - Symantec Corporation at their headquarters in California. While at Silicon Valley, She also had the opportunity of interacting with other leading IT companies such as Linkedin, Mozilla, Youtube etc
Her passion for Software Quality led her to establish a start up IT Consulting company - Moat Consulting Limited, that focuses on quality and security in software development and has been selected for the 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Award (TEEP). She has developed and patented a software product, Customer Management and Self-Service portal which has been integrated into some leading accounting packages. She believes that the female gender has inherent abilities that potentially make them excellent software developers hence the reason for setting up Pink iT Initiative