26 Sep

ImageGet ready to get whipped into a Drupal Ninja :-)
Drupal is much less out-of-the-box and more do-it-yourself, modular than the alternatives. Being more of a framework than a finished product it makes less assumptions and erects less barriers. Because of this, as well as its wonderful hooks-based architecture, when analysts and information architects sit down to design systems, they do not need to work-around the CMS(Content Management System), they can just design what they need and then developers can easily implement it exactly the way analysts asked them to.

Drupal is easy to use and work around with to create a site of your choice.

The Drupal trainings Starts 5th October, 2013.The training will go on for the next five Weeks with Intense hands training with the kings of Drupal in Uganda our partners Mountbatten, You don’t have to be a guru at programming, all you need is  passion and commitment to make this work. At the end of the program, there will be a huge surprise for the newly formed Ninjas.

Here is a peek to what is in store for the next 5 weeks with us

Week 1: Quick recap of what Drupal is
  – Drupal’s strengths
  – Whatʼs in the box? Take an administration tour
  – Installing Drupal
  – Common modules and configuration
  – Installing modules
Week 2: Content management
  – Creating and managing content
  – Designing Content types
  – Categorize content with Taxonomy
  – Manage users
Week 3: Site Building with Drupal
  – Create lists of content with Views
  – Information architecture
  – Layout
  – Navigation
Week 4: Extending Drupal
  – Modules: Can Drupal do X?
  – Themes
  – Distributions and Install profiles
Week 5: General Practical review: Apply what you learned (We introduce the website project that girls work on in groups that is showcased in week 6)
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How Women Drive Innovation and Growth

26 Aug

Original Source:  [http://tinyurl.com/lrl8rwx%5D

Women represent a growth market more than twice as big as China and India combined. They control $20 trillion in global consumer spending, own or operate between 25-33% of all private businesses, and earn an estimated $13 trillion. This “power of the purse” is growing rapidly; expectations are that it will swell to $18 trillion by 2014. For companies that figure out what women want, the future looks rosy indeed.

But CTI research reveals that, while most companies target women as end-users, few effectively leverage the talent most likely to know what these end-users want and need: female employees. Specifically, we find that companies fail to realize the full innovative potential of women in their midst because leadership either doesn’t know how to elicit their insights or lacks the perspective necessary to endorse their ideas.

In 2007, Rajashree Nambiar, head of branch banking for Standard Chartered India, acted on a hunch. She hired a firm to survey the bank’s female clientele, whom she suspected weren’t happy with the service they were getting. Their findings affirmed her own experience: women felt condescended to and intimidated by the male bankers they encountered. So Nambiar proposed that two down-at-the-heels branches in Kolkata and New Delhi undergo a complete overhaul. Not only would the staff, including the security guards, be female; the way they delivered financial advice and even the kind of products they offered would acknowledge women as wage-earners, purse-wielders, entrepreneurs, and family supporters. One such offering, the Diva card, induced them to transfer balances to a credit card that acted as a social club and networking nexus. The bank supported her idea. Between 2009 and 2010, the Kolkata and New Delhi all-women’s branches drove net sales up for the bank by 127 percent and 75 percent, respectively, compared with a paltry 48 percent average among its other 90-plus Indian branches.

It’s hardly surprising that women have valuable insights when it comes to devising products or services that better serve female clients and customers. What our research shows, however, is that teams with even one woman come to feel the “point of pain” necessary to perceive new opportunities and act on them. For companies tasked with understanding female consumers (and 74% of our respondents work for companies that target women), tapping women improves the likelihood of their success by 144%.

Having women among the firm’s innovators is but half the equation, however. Women’s ideas won’t translate into marketable products or services unless leadership backs them. Consider the Standard Chartered example: Just as important as Nambiar’s idea was the environment in which she pitched it. She felt she could afford to propose an unorthodox idea; she believed executives would be receptive to the business case she constructed. Had leadership been less receptive, she might have kept her observations about the problem — and her thoughts on its solution — to herself.

Our study finds that a “speak-up” culture, where all voices get heard and everyone feels welcome to contribute, is indeed crucial to unlocking women’s insights. Leaders who make sure women get equal airtime are 89% more likely than non-inclusive leaders to unleash women’s innovative potential. Leaders who are willing to change direction based on women’s input are more than twice as likely to tap into winning ideas. And leaders who make sure each female member on the team gets constructive and supportive feedback are 128% more likely to elicit breakthrough ideas.

To capture a piece of this crucial new market, our research shows, companies must develop and deploy two kinds of diversity: inherent — meaning more women and people of color make up the workforce — and acquired, meaning leaders behave inclusively to foster the speak-up culture that unlocks a broad spectrum of perspectives and toolkits. Companies replete with both inherent and acquired diversity, we find, out-innovate and outperform the competition. Employees who work for companies like these are 45% more to report that their company improved market share in the last 12 months. And they’re 70% more likely to report that their company captured a new market in that time frame. That’s a remarkable testament to the impact of diversity — not just on innovation, but on market growth.

Bottom line? Companies don’t need more Boy Geniuses. To court the $20 trillion market of female consumers, companies need to get serious about leveraging female talent.


Girls in ICT Day 2013 Events by GirlGeekKampala

25 Apr

Girls in ICT Day 2013 Events by GirlGeekKampala

International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. This years will be observed on 25.04.2013 and as GirlGeekKampala, we shall hold a special Ruby programming session on 26th April at the Outbox Hub where girls have hands on trainings as well as a Google Hangout with AkiraChix of Kenya on 27th April

The Girls Who Code in Kampala

21 Jan

By Maureen Agena

In a city like Kampala, It’s not common that you find a group of over 50 girls seated in one room in the name of programming. Not because they are unable to, but because there exists a stereotype that programming is something for the male gender. This rare occurance came true during the  just concluded very first Rails Girls event held in Kampala Uganda that took place at the Outbox Hub on the 18th and 19th of Jan 2013, with a total of about 75 girls in attendance.These were both students and working class ladies. Organised by Thoughtworks Uganda a global IT consultancy, the 2 days event saw many young tech enthusiastic girls around Kampala mainly members of  GirlGeeksKampala, who are passionate about programming come together to write code. The main focus was ruby on Rails. It was a free event open to both novice and advanced programmers and was taking place in many major cities around the world. While speaking to Kathy Gettelfinger a Principal with ThoughtWorks, She said that “bringing more women into the industry will create better software”

For more details, read it on Maureen Agena’s blog

GirlGeek Kampala brings first ever RailsGirls event in Africa

21 Jan

By Evelyn Namara

Who says women can not code? Who says girls are not meant for the hardcore programming courses? All those stereotypes against women in technology will long be gone if forums like Girl Geek Kampala keep rising up to do an amazing job at showing that it can be done.

Girl Geek Kampala is an innitiative that seeks to create a community that promotes and celebrates Women in the Technology field by infusing entrepreneurship and programming skills into girls passionate about IT. It is practical when it comes to Girl Geeks. A lot of smart young girls at Universities have come out of University with good grades, and having the ability to program but they do not think beyond their very best program. With the education system that instills a more theoratical way of thinking and dealing with problems, it is always hard for these smart girls to come out and be relevant in a tough world that will demand real world solutions.

That is where Girl Geek comes in, they help take up these women and girls who are passionate about computing and IT and they build a platform that helps them build skills that they can use in the real world whilst mentoring and coaching them to learn to code in a specific language while taking on real projects. I think that is the best sustainable approach. No matter how beautiful your code is, or runs, at the end of the day the girls need to think like enterpreneurs, how do you then take that code to build a program that will be used in a real world setting and make some money?

Read full story here on Evelyn’s Blog

Uganda’s Techie Women Making their Mark

12 Dec

Information, Communication and Technology has generally been a male dominated sector globally. From the time of invention of the first computers, innovators and developers have predominantly been male.

However, the tech landscape has rapidly advanced in the last decade. Women are fast catching up with the ever evolving tech landscape just as fast as their male peers.

The last year has seen, among other interesting developments in the tech world, Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Meyer take on the job while 6 months pregnant, making her the first ever pregnant CEO of a fortune 500 tech company.

Closer home, in Uganda’s tech world, the number of women in tech has shot up as more and more take a keen interest in what was once considered a men-only industry. 

For the full list and complete article please visit: http://www.africareview.com/Special-Reports/Uganda-techie-women-making-their-mark/-/979182/1641478/-/fn8xvlz/-/index.html#commentsAnchor


GSMA mWomen Competition

7 Dec

Developing Apps that Support Women and address their needs


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