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Student Spotlight: Angela Namikoye attended 2017 Grace Hopper Conference

4th year Bachelor of Science Informatics and Computer Science student; Angela Namikoye, recently attended the Grace Hopper Conference held in Florida, USA.

She was among 500 women globally, who secured scholarships to attend the three-day event.

The annual Grace Hopper Conference is organised by Anita B.org – a Global Non-Profit Organisation based in Palo Alto California – in partnership with the Association of Chartered Machinery (ACM), to celebrate milestones and achievements made by women in technology; an area largely dominated by men.

A total of 18,000 women participated in the event. Among them were key guests such as: Mrs. Melinda Gates, Mrs. Diane Greene, Ms. Mary Spio and Dr. Fei-Fei Li.

During the event, Mrs. Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, encouraged women to move the glass ceiling and pursue careers in technology, arguing that they have what it takes to achieve success.

Several topics headed the agenda of discussion at the event, which included: Robotics, Virtual Reality, Internet of Things (IoT), Wearable Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

‘The discussions were both educative and stimulating. I had a wonderful time learning about the latest developments in the technology space at the feet of giants, ’Angela said.

Students also engaged in a career fair where they had an opportunity to be interviewed for internship positions at some of the leading global tech companies: IBM, Facebook, Reddit, Dell, HP, Mozilla, Yelp, Microsoft and Google