Ms. Rosemary Agbozo a recent graduate at the Kumasi Hive Miss.Africa Digital sponsored training speaks to us about her experience learning how to do coding and programming
Give a general experience with Miss.Africa Digital sponsored, Kumasi Hive training & how your digital skills were enhanced. What was most challenging?
I am Rosemary Agbozo, a second-year computer engineering student in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. My experience with the training was very enlightening and innovative as well. I had the opportunity to improve my coding skills and work on electronics as well. I specifically engaged in the Internet of Things (IoT) training and I loved it very much. I got to see how necessary the data gathered from smart devices is, and how it goes a very long way in terms of analysis and improving a product.
The most challenging part of the 12-week training was having to multitask schoolwork (projects included) and the hive training. But this taught me important soft skills: Focus and Time management.
How did the training enhance your perceptions of the involvement of Women in Technology?
I’m in a class of 9 girls out of 129 students, so I assumed the involvement of women in technology was poor. This notion changed when I got involved in this training. I saw so many girls ready and willing to get more involved in technology and I was amazed. The training made me realize it is about opportunity for most girls. When given the opportunity, girls who are driven by passion will gladly engage in the field of technology.
Do you see opportunities for your future from the training?
I can say with utmost certainty that this training has opened so many opportunities for my future. Taking the IoT field alone, I can venture into all aspects of life like health, agriculture, finance (banking), and many others, just name it. I can apply the knowledge from the training to solve societal problems and make a sustainable future for myself.
Give us a professional instance during the training that remains a landmark in your career profession.
This training taught me a lot of skills and made me realize my ability to do more. We had a hackathon and my team came out 1st in the top three that was selected. I realize we have the power to think deep and come out with solutions feasible enough to solve the problems of society.
Outline your take on the future of women technology in Africa?
Women in technology can really become massive in the future once they are sensitized about technology and also given the opportunity. Women also have what it takes to change society, to make meaningful impact, but they need a little push. Once women are met with training sessions such as this, the Miss.Africa Digital sponsored, Kumasi Hive training, then the future is very bright for women to engage in technology.
We have the power to effect change, let’s take advantage of every opportunity presented to us as women.
Miss.Africa Voices is a regular that presents women in tech experiences, opinions and observations. These stories come from DotConnectAfrica Internship Alumni and other Women who are leading the tech-preneurship fronts in their own ecosystems. The Miss.Africa Voices also serves to encourage more girls & women to get involved in STEM careers through our Miss.Africa Digital Program.