We are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 TechWomen application! Our 2018 program brought 100 bright and inspiring women from 20 countries, and this year we are growing: in 2019, TechWomen will select 108 women leaders from 21 countries, including Libya, which returns as a program country for the first time since 2014.
In the three short weeks since the conclusion of TechWomen 2018, our fellows have already leveraged their skills gained in the Bay Area to take on new roles, advance to senior positions at their organizations and give back to their communities. As 2018 fellow Amel said, “This isn’t an end – it’s only the beginning.”
- Sadaf of Pakistan has a new position at Equal Access International, an organization based in San Francisco, and will be working to empower rural women in Pakistan;
- Edith of Zimbabwe and Ijeoma of Nigeria had their research conducted during TechWomen displayed at this year’s Biology and Mathematics in the Bay Area gathering;
- Sondos of Jordan was interviewed about her work and her experience during TechWomen for Jordan’s Business and Professional Women’s Association; and
- Horore of Cameroon was nominated for an award for being a leading woman in tech in her country.
“TechWomen is more than a five week mentorship program.”
In an article written for Medium, 2018 fellow Zeina of the West Bank offered 30 tips for getting the most out of a TechWomen experience. Below is a selection of Zeina’s helpful tips for incoming Emerging Leaders to maximize their TechWomen experience, expand their network and become inspired to bring positive change to their communities:
- Observe/watch carefully. The future of technology will open your mind with new opportunities/ideas to implement when back home.
- This program helps you to improve your soft and technical skills. Write notes for everything during the workshops.
- It’s not about winning a grant, it’s about implementing real impact when you back home in your home community.
- TechWomen is an opportunity to expand your professional network on LinkedIn. Keep connecting with people you meet every day.
- The most important part of the program is your mission after the program. You’ll want to maintain focus on creating impact once you return by giving back to your community. If you understand this mission before/during/after the program, life will be easier for you when you get back home.
We are thrilled to welcome our next cohort of leaders and changemakers who will continue the impact and become a part of TechWomen’s network of over 600 fellows. The application with close on January 16, 2019; interested applicants are encouraged to visit the TechWomen website for more information.