African Women in Tech Summit 2016: Rewriting the Code

Giulia Balestra

In July 2016, REFUNITE’s Director of Global Communication and Strategy Ida Jeng was invited to participate as a speaker and member of the jury at the African Women in Tech (AWIT) 2016 summit happening in Nairobi. Here are some of the highlights from the event.

African Women in Tech Summit 2016: Rewriting the Code




The last week of July was all about women and tech in Nairobi! Organized by consulting firm IBOM LLC, the African Women in Tech (AWIT) 2016 conference took place on the 21st and 22nd of July 2016 at the Kenyatta University Chandaria Business Incubation and Innovation Centre in Nairobi. The opening of the African Women in Tech conference took place on the 20th July with a networking night at Nairobi Garage Westlands, where REFUNITE’s office is located.

The idea behind the AWIT summit was to provide an open platform and to bring together all East African Women with an interest in tech – from young professionals, to innovators, to students, and senior executives. Unique in its kind, the conference explored and created more space for women’s careers in tech and to stretch the boundaries of the tech industry as we know it today. REFUNITE was represented by Ida Jeng​, who was among the innovators at the summit and part of the jury for the pitch competition during which participants had the chance to showcase their projects and innovative ideas, and win a prize.

From discussions around careers in tech, to networking events, to hands-on workshops and pitching sessions, AWIT 2016 laid the ground for a future in which women are rewriting the code and leading change across Africa, while challenging the status quo of the tech world. This is what happens when aspiring and inspiring female tech professionals meet!


15th August 2016.