Organisation in the running for top award

Africa Teen Geeks is one of two finalists from Africa for UN award

Africa Teen Geeks, a non-profit organisation (NPO) is one of two African finalists in the 2017 Equals in Tech Awards, a flagship project of the 2017 Equals global network partnership.

During the annual awards ceremony outstanding projects and programmes are recognised that help women and children throughout the world to cross the digital divide.

This year nearly 300 nominations were received from all over the world, including submissions from the private sector, government and civil society.

The organisation teaches children aged between six and 18 to code. Since the organisation’s inception in 2014, Africa Teen Geeks, with the support of its partners – the SABC Foundation and University of South Africa (Unisa) – has reached more than 38 000 children from disadvantaged communities. In 2017, they have partnered with Oracle Academy, enabling children aged 16 and older to earn a Junior Java Certificate.

The 15 finalists for 2017 represent innovative initiatives that have yielded significant results in some of the areas in the world where the majority of women are oppressed. The results of these initiatives have helped to achieve real change in the communities they serve, and have opened doors to critical digital financial and social benefits for women.

Prizes for outstanding achievements and innovative strategies are awarded in the three categories of Leadership, Access and Skills.

This year the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Lindiwe Matlali was named The Community Builder for 2017 (BBQ Awards), and Destiny Magazine’s #Powerof40 powerful woman under 40. She was also among the winners of the categories Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women to watch in 2017, and the 50 most inspiring women in South Africa #inspiringFifty.

The 2017 Equals in Tech Awards ceremony will take place on 19 December during the Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.


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