Carolyne is a computer scientist and the founder of Apps & Girls, an award-winning social enterprise that works to bridge the tech gender gap in Tanzania. Apps & Girls gives girls the skills, tools, confidence and competitive edge to become effective tech-entrepreneurs. Under Carolyne’s leadership, Apps & Girls has empowered over 2,000 girls with ICT and coding skills across 24 school coding clubs. Currently, 23 of the girls’ tech ideas are being implemented and 4 of them have received project funding.
Carolyne’s work has been recognized both locally and internationally. She is the Aid and International Development Forum’s 2018 Innovator of the Year. Carolyne is a collaborator of the Obama Foundation and a mentor at the First Global robotics competition and the Africa Entrepreneurship Award. Carolyne was competitively selected as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a YALI grant winner, part of the U.S. African Development Foundation’s youth entrepreneurship portfolio. She also serves as the Africa Code Week Regional Ambassador and coordinator for Tanzania.
Carolyne is committed to breaking the barriers for women to enter ICT, a field with a non-existent support system, lack of role models and prevailing gender stereotypes. Apps & Girls is providing the alternative, a supportive path into the field of ICT and a future in tech.