Women in Information Technology Innovation in Africa.

Dorcas Muthoni is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Openworld Ltd, a specialist computer software company she established in Kenya when she was 24 years old. Today, Openworld is an e-Government and business software services firm involved in the delivery of some of the most widely used Web and Cloud applications in Africa, such as ARIS, an African Union reporting application used by all 54 member states; and the performance management system for the Government of Kenya, automating performance contracting in the public sector. Dorcas is passionate about using technology to positively transform African society through the lives of its ordinary people, businesses and governments and is a co-founder of the regional organization LinuxChix Africa. She also serves as a director at Ushahidi, and she is a member of the council of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa. Through her day to day work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, she seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society, governments and enterprises. In 2012 Dorcas was inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Rapelang Rabana has recently been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2017 and featured on the cover of Forbes Africa by the age of 30; she is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the burgeoning technology industry, a founding member of Yeigo Communications, one the first mobile VoIP applications, her latest project Rekindle Learning has been profiled as a 'striking innovation' in mobile learning for both academia and corporate training environments. Selected as a Fast Company Maverick and named Entrepreneur for the World 2014 by the World Entrepreneurship Forum.

Rapelang has extensive experience in tech and business - from fintech as a board member for Moro Group, green tech as a board member for Meniko Records Management Services, financial advisory and private equity as a director of Nisela Capital to trend analysis as part of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Software and Society. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Project Literacy, a campaign founded and convened by Pearson to address global illiteracy levels. As an internationally speaker, Rapelang has shared the stage with the likes of the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and Professor Mohammed Yunus of Grameen Bank. In the course of 2013, Rapelang tapped into her long-term interest in...

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