Linda Chinwetelu is a young Nigerian currently ruling the world of technology. She started from her little corner and is expanding rapidly! She works currently as a software developer at Hotels.ng; an online travel agency founded by Mark Essien that specialises in hotel bookings within Nigeria.
She has a passion for self-development which was fueled by her parents. This has helped to set her on the path to becoming the 'geek' she is today.
Linda has a B.Sc; Second Class Upper in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2014.
She is a brilliant web developer who spent most of her university holidays teaching herself using Bucky’s Beginner Web Development videos and other learning materials.
Between August 2013 – December 2013, she worked as a web development Intern at Syscomptech; an Internet service company in Lagos State.
Some of her achievements during the Internship program include creating a classified job ads site using a classified ad Script - Osclass.
She was also responsible for building the ‘Employee Profile’ and ‘Resume Upload’ component for a job recruitment website. She helped to co-implement a redesign on the homepage of an Economics Consulting Website and also represented Syscomptech in meetings thus translating Client-User requests for Implementation.
Linda Chinwetelu's work has been recognized both nationally and internationally;
In February 2014, she emerged as Second runner up in the British Council Culture Shift III Hackathon competition in Nigeria. During the competition, Linda Chinwetelu and her team built an interactive digital image bank to connect the creative industry with an audience.
She also developed a web image upload bank with functionalities which includes Upload, Search, Categorize and Social shares.
In October 2015, she received the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) Scholarship Award under the auspice of the Anita Borg Institute. She was also a volunteer blogger at the GHC.
Why TechHer Loves Her:
Linda’s profile is interesting to read. This serves as an inspiration to women, especially young girls. We like her because of her love and interest in self-development.
She once said that she learnt to code because she was determined. In an interview, she talked about knowing what she wanted to do and how she went about it.
“…That was the exact moment, I knew. “I am going to learn how to do that,” I said to myself. The next holiday, I got Bucky’s Beginner Web Development videos and lot of books on web development. Then, I told my dad that I would need his monetary support to fuel the generator in order to have adequate power supply.”
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Joy Buolamwini is a 25-year- old Ghanaian-American lady who currently resides in Boston, in the United States. Her father is a cancer researcher while her mum is an Artist. Miss Buolamwini is passionate about using technology to enhance entrepreneurship; she is accomplished in this field and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships. She was inspired by arts and science used in the service of humanity while growing up.
Joy is a graduate of Computer Science (with honors) from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a certificate in Computer science and Architecture from Barcelona, Spain.
In 2014, she bagged her Masters Degree in Learning and Technology from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and has recently begun furthering her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Here's a closer look at her awards...
Miss Joy Buolamwini started building her profile in technology while she was a high school student; her Latin club wanted a website, so she summed up the courage of reading and watching videos online, and built them one! Buolamwini as an undergraduate student worked in several capacities such as Research Assistant in everyday computing, Research Assistant Computational Perception lab and College of Computing Mentors. While Joy was at Georgia Tech she researched on health informatics as well as social robotics and autism.
She nurtured her talents at Yahoo as a Software Engineer intern for a period of 7 months.
Joy’s entrepreneurial skills can be traced again way back to high school when she started a freelance development company and she has gone on to establish several businesses such as Excelgrade in 2012 which augments educational technology. She also runs a hair technology company with a few other women, and launched the Madame You Platform in 2012.
Miss Joy created an android-based mobile surveying solution that was used to survey nearly 40,000 people in Ethiopia to help eliminate blinding trachoma for over 17 million people at the Carter Center; she worked as a Technical Consultant on that project for 3 years and 8 months.
In January 2013, Miss Buolamwini established Zamrize in Zambia an initiative that was inspired to empower Zambian youth to become creators of Technology as a Fulbright fellow and currently she still remains its Director.
Code4rights, also founded by Joy Buolamwini was developed in 2012 with the aim of promoting knowledge of human rights through technology.
She is exceptional at tutoring and is presently an Adams House Resident Tutor at Harvard University. Guess what? She can teach a team to code in 2 hours. That’s not all though, but in another 2 hours, that same team can develop an app under her supervision. Sounds fantastic right! That’s how good she is.
She started working in September 2015 as a at MIT Media Lab.
Why Tech Her Loves Her
One of our core values at TechherNG is learning. For anyone to achieve great success in a career; you must be passionate, consistent and willing to learn which is something we have in common with something Buolamwini said. “The willingness to learn is all you need to succeed in computer science. Everything else will come through the pursuit of the things that excite you. To improve your skills, volunteer for projects that will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned and expand your knowledge base”
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