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11/10/2013

Intel treats Kenyan girls to a tech date

Intel, an American chipmaker, has launched a countrywide initiative that will see more girls delve into developing apps.

The initiative, otherwise dubbed Akarachix, will take girls interested in coding through a two-day free training workshop in Nairobi, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa.
Ms Agatha Gikunda, Lead for Intel Software and Services Group in East Africa said through the initiative, the firm hopes to combine the power of technology and education as an agent of social and economic
change.
“Through the Akarachix initiative, we hope to tap into the power of technology and education in fuelling real change,” she said.

The launch comes a week after Intel Corporation unveiled a new programme dubbed ‘She Will Connect’ that commits to expanding digital literacy skills among young women in developing countries.
Intel will begin the initiative in Africa, where the gender gap is the greatest, by aiming to reach 5 million women and reduce the gender gap by 50 per cent. To achieve this, Intel will work with a diverse set of partners including global and local NGOs and governments.

Training sessions
The training sessions of the latest programme will be limited to 25 girls per class. Interested candidates will be required to apply through www.ihub.co.ke. Dates and venues of the training sessions will be communicated via the iHub website and Intel Kenya’s twitter handle @IntelEastAfrica.

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