Carolyne Ekyarisiima's New Entry

Carolyne Ekyarisiima's New Entry: Girls Coding for Change

Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDar es Salaam, Tanzania
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Apps and Girls provides quality coding and entrepreneurship skills to girls aged 10-18 , organizes holiday events to boost girls confidence & pitch skills and mentor their digital projects to become tech entrepreneurs, change-makers and role models.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all girls became tech drivers /leaders creating startups and products solving community problems in Africa?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Digital literacy is very low in Tanzania especially among women and because of this parents do not realize the value in introducing their daughters to technology. This has created a big gender gap in ICT and tech entrepreneurship which has caused women to be left behind in the technological revolution/development creating a divide in society and inhibiting development and few women role models in TECH field.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Apps and Girls works to bridge the tech gender gap by providing quality coding trainings in (web programming,mobile app development) and entrepreneurship skills to girlsaged 10-18 years in respective schools where we create coding clubs. We also organize holiday events such as hackathons, bootcamps and competitions and mentor their digital projects to inspire more girls to pursue computing and to develop innovations . Apps and girls also trains low income earning women digital literacy through its Teknomama project and creates awareness about the great capacity and potential of a girl to change the community through ICT. Our vision is to make these girls tech drivers creating startups and products solving community problems and become rol


Tigo Reach for Change Digital Change maker
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Apps and Girls team conduct s coding trainings weekly in respective coding clubs in schools, organizes holiday events such as bootcamps, camps, hackathons, competitions to reach more girls outside our programs and to boost confidence, networking and pitching skills among girls. 95% of girls in the program dont own a computer, through our mentorship and incubation program girls are mentored , incubated, and able to build their capacity and motivation to become tech drivers, role models and tech entrepreneurs solving real world problems .An example is Modesta a 16yrsgirl created to end students harassments, she has won $5000 seed income to implement her project and attended SLUSH2015, she now employs 4people.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Apps and girls has impacted 665 girls have gained coding skills and entrepreneurship skills with 95% of the girls increased their confidence and academic performance. We have 20 incubatees where 10 girls have completed their projects and business surveys and 6 of them have already started implementing the Pilot: helping parents to get students' results from school providing sex education to teenagers, online suggestion to rate companies service, linking farmers to buyers and crowdfundraisng for fistula victims, ending students' harassments. Apps and girls has also impacted 68 women 35-digital literacy, 33 -web programming. For the next 3 year: we hope to train more 1200 girls and incubate 100 girls and produce 50 startups/implemented projects.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Within 10 yrs we want to train 1000,000 girls and produce 100 startups, to achieve this we will :Create 100 plus coding clubs, web based and mobile application to teach coding and ideation, female Tech entrepreneurship hub equipped with high standard lab, coding curriculum to be adopted in schools and Launch a TV Show to promote protégées digital projects, inspire more girls and boys,reduce stereotype and sustainability. will also Franchise our model to different regions in Tanzania and Ugandan,Partner with universities & colleges of eduction student volunteers.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

For our sustainabilit we plan to do the following: Incubation: We charge 10% on every successfully implemented girls' project (has won grant, started generating income) in our incubator. parents pay for web hosting for their girls' completed websites. Girls pay Campathon fees so as to participate. Through payable Trainings, application software development and website hosting. TV Show and code school.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are other organizations that provide trainings in ICT like DOT and Buni Divas. DOT trains youth in digital literacy and entrepreneurship. Buni Divas also wants to start teaching coding girls in secondary schools. We dont just teach; we empower , mentor and build girls capacity, confidence and motivation to become tech drivers, role models and tech entrepreneurs solving real world problems thus inspiring a great deal of women,girls and boys to embrace technology regardless of their age and financial background and gender.

Founding Story

Tutoring at KIU, all my classes consisted of not more than 5 girls out of 35 plus students. Having participated in local innovation competitions at tech hubs and volunteered in Nlab(Boyfriend's project) coding sessions where women were under represented made me realize the gap in mid 2013. I started teaching coding to girls in my living room with borrowed laptops with my Boyfriend's support personal funds Because i Was using personal money was getting broke, later on I introduced Teknomama for digital literacy for women, these women contributed a small fee which helped me create the first coding club at Amuntazir girls seminary and enrolled 40 girls.


Carolyne Ekyarisiima, Director, Paid, Full - Time Responsible for all HR activities, creating partnerships, fundraising, training, mentorship girls, organize events, accounts , marketing and oversee/supervise all organization activities. 2.Wilhelm Caspar Oddo, Program Coordinator & Training manager, Paid, Responsible for creating partnerships with schools, oversee trainings(both payable and free), support the director during events, train, mentor girls and marketing. 3. Salum Ramadhani, Volunteer Coordinator, Paid, Full Time Supervise all volunteers and ensure curriculum is completed on time in coding clubs and monitor attendance of volunteers. 4. Erick Chrispin, Advisor, UnPaid, Part Time Member of the advisory board. 5. Victoria Gama, Public Relations and Communications, Unpaid, Part time Responsible for communicating Apps and girls impact and actives to different media and mentor girls.
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Wilhel Caspar Oddo and Opportunity Desk

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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Developed Masoko Leo: a mobile app to provide crop prices at main markets to farmers in Tanzania. Through Masoko leo i have learnt that time is very important when u sleep in your enterprise someone else is awake developing his/her project and the uniqueness of a solution is from the inner passion and thats what gives the competitive advantage of a similar project and never to give up even though you see you have two similar projects.when my competitor sold a similar app to my investor i gave up and moved on to other stuffs but honestly when i look back i realize the apps were never the same though they were solving same solution. I have also mentored Apps and girls protégées projects to implementation level .

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Tigo Tanzania and Reach for change as advisors and mentors
Why not women as mentors
Follow Her : as mentors
Tanzania Entrepreneurship Forum (TASEF) partner
18 secondary schools
Buni hub