Andela, the company that is building a network of technology leaders on the African continent hosted the Andela Women in Technology Summit.
The event, in celebration of International Women’s Day, further reinforces Andela’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. The conference, hosted at EPIC Tower in Lagos, led with the theme ‘Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders.’ Over 100 women in tech and business met to take part in lively discussion and debate with Andela’s female executives, senior technologists and developers, including Taiwo Judah Ajayi [Director of People and Culture], Jessica Akano [Talent Acquisition Manager], Feyikemi Olabiyi [Product Manager] and Mercy Orangi [Technology Leadership Evangelist].
They were also joined by Lagos’ leading female tech influencers including Keynote Speaker Chika Uwazie [COO, EnterFive], alongside Esther Olatunde [CTO & Engineering Lead at Tress App], Moyinoluwa Adeyemi [Android Engineer at OffGrid Electric], Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola [General Manager, LASPARK Lagos] and Neku Atawodi [General Manager, MEST], who discussed the role of stakeholders and leaders in promoting diversity in the tech community. The event concluded with a fireside chat, named after the theme, with Simi Nwogugu [Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria] and moderated by Oluwasola Obagbemi [Communications Manager, Andela].
Since launching in 2014, Andela has played an instrumental role in paving the way for women in the tech industry through its commitment to attracting and developing female talent. The company’s various initiatives include multiple all-female recruitment cycles as well as building safe and empowering communities for women in tech, such as Tech in Pink and Ladies in Tech.