By Edwina Dueñas, Communications Associate
TechWomen alumnae in Egypt joined forces to form Hypatia Initiative for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HISTEM) to provide technical workshops for women and girls, ages 14 to 23. HISTEM concluded its first round of workshops in May and will begin its second round this month.
The HISTEM team is comprised of 2012 alumna Noha Mahmoud (Program Manager) and 2014 alumna Yassmeen Abd El Ghaffar (Operations). The initiative was set in motion after Noha received the WeTech Seed Grant in November 2014. In its first round of workshops, HISTEM offered programs in mobile app development, hardware engineering and science. In the second round, 2014 alumna Maha Ashour will lead a session on user experience/interface design. Another session will focus on robot arm building and programming (hardware), which will be hosted in cooperation with Fabrication Laboratory Egypt.
The alumnae come from distinct technical backgrounds, including project management and computer science. During the TechWomen program, they were hosted at Xerox and Twitter for their professional mentorships.
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