We are delighted to present you the 10 judges who will decide from all nominees who are the 50 most inspiring South African women in tech.
"My reason for creating the ICT INDABA and importantly for ensuring the participation of the African governments was because I felt the only way to harness the economic potential of this continent was if our leaders joined the digital revolution and fully embraced its benefits to our ability to transact with one another!"
"The world is becoming more technology driven by the day and like nothing else, technology provides us with the opportunity to not only improve commercially but also solve the huge challenges we face as humanity. We need women and girls to join that ride and to embrace technology. These Inspiring Fifty women are role models for others to make that change happen."
"We all know that education, technology, and woman leadership are fundamental for a sustainable future! I can not imagine a greater opportunity than if you are a young girl, hungry for new knowledge, than getting involved in tech business of today!"
"Technology enables small collectives to solve significant problems. To be relevant, the challenges in society that technology can address need to be driven by teams reflecting society."
"Technology has the power to improve the quality and effectiveness of education in our communities. In order to stay globally competitive we need a revolutionary approach where private sector & government create an enabling environment for women in tech and leverage the diversity of talent because that will bring about a positive business outcome."
"Inspiring50 is a great initiative recognising the outstanding work achieved by women in STEM fields, honoring them and creating a platform for those who are aspiring to be able to access the role-models and mentors. Its also about inspiring the next generation of women in STEM to look up to someone and be like I want to be like that. Our girls still lack role model and inspiring50 is providing that pool of outstanding women to tell our girls that you can do it."
"We need to teach our girls to become designers of technology not just consumers of technology so they can design better goods and services for themselves."
"Diversity should be a no brainer for every company. Research has proven multiple times that diverse teams perform better on all aspects, including financial."
"If you look at the ICT sector, it's still very male dominated. If we are going to attract women to the sector we need to provide role models for young women and girls to aspire to."
"Life is too short to work in dull jobs – let me help you to bling up your IT Career"