A technologist and social entrepreneur, who has a passion of working with women and girls in technology and entrepreneurship.
Evelyn is the recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award – 2012 which rewards women all over the world whose work has done a tremendous impact in shaping the world in the field of Women and Technology, plus social impact.
Evelyn’s passion with working with women and girls led her to her current job, at Solar Sister as the Program Coordinator. Her biggest inspiration is being able to empower grassroot women to start businesses of their own selling clean portable solar lanterns. Solar Sister is a Social Enterprise that empowers women with economic opportunity. She teaches women the technology of solar and helps them start businesses and also maintain them.
On the 01st December 2012, Evelyn will be speaking at the TEDxKiraTownWomen event that will be held at the Outbox hub in Kampala
Michael posses a cumulative 15years working experience in private and public sectors. Currently, Michael is employed as the Head of Corporate Relations Office, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. Michael holds an MBA from MsM and ESAMI Business School. He has supervised and supported both undergraduate and postgraduate students while undertaking their research. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the ESAMI Business School. Michael is a consultant trainer in a wide-range of areas in the both business and IT but specifically he is passionate about Leadership at Personal & Institutional level, IT Strategy and Management, Social Media Integration, and Business Process definition facilitation. Michael has a passion for inspiring people to detect & unleash their potential. Michael is Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator. Michael is a Rotarian with a passion to serve his community. Michael will be presenting on "Optimising the space between personal branding" at TEDxKiraTownWomen
Dr. Julianne Sansa Otim
Julianne Sansa-Otim (Uganda) is a Researcher and Lecturer at Makerere University where she also heads the Department of Networks in the School of Computing and IT. She started her Internet industry career as a Cisco Academy instructor at Makerere University, Uganda in 2002. She later did her MSc and PhD research in Internet Technology related fields. Her research interests include Internet Protocols, Telecommunications Policies & Standards, and appropriate e-services for rural communities.
Her passion for research has led her to winning several research awards including: an Internet Society Fellowship to participate in the 85th Internet Engineering Taskforce Meeting that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; a United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA)/ International Astronautical Federation (IAF) award to present at the 22nd UN/IAF Workshop on “Space Technologies Applied to the Needs of Humanity” in Naples, Italy; and an Ubuntunet Alliance Conference Award to present in the Ubuntunet Connect Conference on “Promoting Regional Research and Education Collaboration” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to mention but a few.
Her belief is that locally relevant research has a major role in transforming our society and that scientists, innovators and researchers should be empowered from an early stage in life to make this critical contribution. She also believes that this role is for both women and men, who should equally be given an enabling environment to nurture their full potential.
Kathy Gettelfinger is a Principal with ThoughtWorks, recently moved to Kampala to help build up the latest addition to the global software development organisation. Previously Kathy worked to build up the Texas, US market for ThoughtWorks by combining her skills with clients, people development and software delivery to impact ThoughtWorks growth in the market. Kathy's most passionate about helping people see and use their strengths in their daily lives. Outside of her work life Kathy engages particularly with organisations that focus on developing girls and women in technology. She has taught professional development classes with Women Venture in St. Paul MN, USA, worked with the Design Your World 2012 STEM event for Girl Scouts, and was on the Leadership team for Women in Technology International (WITI) Dallas