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Newsletter for Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W-TEC 
Educating, Connecting and Empowering Girls & Women through ICT

Welcome to the 1st issue of W.TEC's  re-vamped newsletter. The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian non-governmental organization working to encourage Nigerian girls and women to use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower themselves socially and economically. We do this through technology training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research. W.TEC works in partnership with local and international NGOs, educational and research organizations.

W.TEC 2013 Girls Technology Camp

W.TEC recently held its 6th Girls Technology Camp from August 11 – 24, 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria. For the camp duration, 31 girls participated in technology workshops to make films, learn to programme, and build applications and websites. They also participated in career talk sessions, team-building exercises and excursions.
 
This year’s partners and supporters included the 
Internet Society (ISOC), Google, General Electric (GE)IntelAmadeusSwift Networks, and Laureates College.
 
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W.TEC & Adobe Youth Voices Foundation: 2013 Create with a Purpose Program

W.TEC in conjuction with Adobe Youth Voices Foundation is set for this year’s Create with a Purpose program. This program involves training youth in the art of production of various digital media formats to tell their stories online. This involves audio, video and print. W.TEC will train girls from some selected private and public secondary schools in the art of film-making.
 
To find out more or apply, contact Yemi Odutola on 
yemi@w-teconline.org.

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Testimonies From W.TEC's 2013 Girl Technology Camp

We're celebrating Emmanuella Ogbeide, one of our 2013 camp participants. For years, her mother's organization ECOWA (Echoes of Women in Africa Initiative) has been at the mercy of web developers who have overcharged to design and maintain their website. All this to no satisfaction.

After attending our recently-concluded camp, 12-year Emmanuella used her new website design skills to design
a beautiful website for ECOWA. Emmanuella 
is a good source of inspiration to future participants of W.TEC's camps.
 

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Donate to W.TEC

Your generous donations to support W.TEC's programmes are highly appreciated. Your contributions will support W.TEC’s highest priorities: providing affordable training, mentoring and career counseling; and investing in innovative research which will better the quality of life for women and girls.

Get details on how to
donate to or volunteer with W.TEC.
 


 

W.TEC Wins Google RISE Award
 
W.TEC is a recipient of the 2013 Google RISE Awards. Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are designed to support organizations that promote access to Computer Science education and give students aged 7-18 the opportunity to become creators - and not just consumers - of tomorrow’s technological innovations.
 
Following a highly competitive process, W.TEC was one of 30 organisations selected for an award from over 800 applicants.
 

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W.TEC Executive Director on NTA 2 Channel 5
 
On Friday, September 6, 2013, W.TEC Executive Director, Oreoluwa Somolu, was a special guest on the program Close Flow. She shared her inspiration for setting up W.TEC, the importance of getting more women in technology, and the organisation’s work with girls and women.

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W.TEC Launches the Girls Technology Club
 

The W.TEC Girls Technology Club is a follow-up programme from the Girls Technology Camp and is scheduled to start in October 2013. The Club is intended to provide continual learning and direct technical assistance to ensure the girls are actively using the knowledge they have gained from the camp in their daily lives. The club will organize activities at least twice a month to build-up on the technical foundation developed at the camp.
 
This club will be open to alumni from all previous camps and non-alumni who meet the criteria.
 
To find out more about the club and to sign-up, kindly email Dupe Darabidan at
modupe@w-teconline.org.
 

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W.TEC Alumni Selected as Google Trailblazers

We are pleased to celebrate our alumni Dolapo Nurudeen and Iyimide Martins (W.TEC Girls Technology Camp, 2012) who have been selected as Google Trailblazers.


Google Trailblazer is a global network of leaders, advocates, and ambassadors for computer science (CS) education who will be charged with empowering youth and educators around the globe to be connected to and inspired by computer science.

W.TEC is excited that our young ladies have this opportunity to join other budding computer scientists from around the world for the year-long programme.


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