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June 7, 2011

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June 7, 2011

I had been a member of the ABI list for a few years before, but my first 'real' experience with ABI was in 2008 after I established a nonprofit organisation, W.TEC, focused on mentoring Nigerian women and girls in their use of information technology (www.w-teconline.org). We were planning a pilot technology camp for teenage girls and sourcing for funding when I learnt of the Pass it On grants. We applied and got it. I was thrilled and that was the start of a wonderfully supportive relationship with ABI. The funding from the PIO grant was instrumental in getting the girls tech camp going (it is now in its 4th year).

In 2009, I was nominated for and selected for the ChangeMaker award. As part of my prize, I was invited to the Grace Hopper Conference to receive my award and participate in a panel with other ChangeMaker award winners. I can honestly say that GHC is the best conference I have been for (and I have attended a few). All the women I met (the ABI staff) were warm and everyone shared their experiences as women in computing freely. I learnt so much from the sessions and other attendees that I could apply to my work in Nigeria.

Through this network of incredible women, the GHC, the lists and regular newsletters, ABI has supported and encouraged many women in their technical careers (no matter what stage they are at).

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As mentioned above in my review.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe have regional chapters. Aside from that, the Anita Borg Institute is a fantastic organisation that is much more than a talk-shop and has a big impact on women in computing.

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

Coming from Africa,an exposure to other women from across the world doing computing was a great moral boaster. Women in computing make up less than 15% of the total computing world, in Africa, that percentage is almost halfed, so meeting women who inspire you to keep at it was i needed to swing me right back into the narrow and straight path of computing. Since the conference i have learnt a lot from numerous women through the various online tools that ABI has provided in addition to the ABI newsletter KUDOs ABI and the ABI team!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have made great friends, written joint papers with people i met. Been offered great internship and job opportunities (more than one).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it embraces women of all backgrounds as one tight family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent and efficient in their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way women and especially girls think about technology globally1

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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