6 SA female game-changers win Techwomen program in Silicon Valley

In November, six South African female game-changers competed in the 5-week Techwomen mentorship programme in Silicon Valley. This extraordinary group of women was selected out of 4000 applicants to make up the 100 selected participants.

The Techwomen initiative, which was founded in the US, saw the South African team win 3000 US Dollars for their proposed project.

Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks and South African team member, Lindiwe Matladi, chats to Azania Mosaka in studio, about their initiative called ‘Kasi Maths.’

Matladi says that she applied for the Techwomen programme and was lucky enough to be part of the team. We didn’t know each other, we meet on our way to get Visas, she adds.

We worked well together, we really did! We didn’t have any issues. What was amazing with our team was the respect that we had for each other’s abilities.

Lindiwe Matladi, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks and South African team member

Matladi says that out of the 33 500 students who obtain 60% and more in Maths, 1750 of those students are black. She adds that this is inclusive of those students that come from Model C schools.

This phenomenon is something that needs to change, says Matladi. She adds that they want to remove the stigma that Maths is hard.

She says teaching kids how to code enables you to think logically and solve problems.

We show them that everything that they do incorporates maths, so it’s not that hard.

Lindiwe Matladi, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks and South African team member

Listen to how this all female South African team won here...


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