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Why Tech Needs Girls

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  

Where: Scott Hall, Guild Lounge, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Iszy Licht   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Second Annual Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders Lecture

Regina Agyare Honu, a Ghanaian software developer and social activist, is the 2017 Buffett Award winner. Honu is the founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development company and social enterprise startup based in Accra, Ghana. She is also the founder of Soronko Foundation, the company’s nonprofit arm.

The foundation’s largest program, Tech Needs Girls, mentors and trains young girls in coding and technology-related skills. In the three years since the program started, Tech Needs Girls has grown from mentoring 50 to over 2,000 young girls from low-income areas of Ghana.

“Women need to see and interact with role models,” she says. “Other women thriving in STEM need to demonstrate that they are not alone and can be successful.”

Hear Regina give a public address to campus.

About the Buffett Award: The annual Buffett Award recognizes outstanding leadership in a person early in their career working in the areas of global health, social or economic development, human rights, climate change, food security, or other issues of global significance. By recognizing excellence early in someone’s career, the Buffett Award helps to encourage individuals to continue to make a difference.

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