Abisoye Ajayi: Empowering underprivileged girls through technology
Girls Coding is an initiative you started with your team to teach young girls functional IT skills. What gave birth to the idea?
I gained interest in ICT at a very young age thanks to my older brother Tolu who felt I should not sit at home while on holidays but to learn to use computer at the age of 12. Since then I have never had a free time to myself, if I had, it would be on computers and learning something new.
This interest became more real when I spent 7 years in an IT Audit firm and I had to combine School (University/College) with it. I came up with this idea while I was in there, started with a Youth in Tech Workshop at the University level, had a breaking track record in the thousands of participants who attended the maiden edition, then along the way I realized ladies were poorly represented, I thought to narrow it down by focusing on young girls and women in tech. That gave birth to GirlsCoding