Ivy Barley: The Steminist and Entrepreneur.

Ivy at Tech in Ghana Conference 2018

Our ‘shetechpreneur’ for this week is Ghana’s digital nomad, steminist and entrepreneur, Ivy Barley

Ivy Barley is a social entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Developers in Vogue, an organization that trains females in the latest technologies and connects them to real-time projects and jobs. In 2017, she was named as one of the 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians.

Source: World Summit Awards

Ivy Barley is a determined young Ghanaian woman passionate about empowering African women to pursue careers in technology. She is a former student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and currently holds an MPhil. in Mathematical Statistics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science. She works at Microsoft Headquarters as a Program Manager.

Ivy is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She is currently shaping a world where more African women will be daring enough to lead in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

She started developers in vogue while working at an all-girls pre-university where she assisted the girls with Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics. She also taught the girls programming. The girls were very enthusiastic about coding, and had so many great ideas. She then decided to start a sustainable initiative that will create the ideal environment for females to code, connect and collaborate.

Before working in this school. I’d been hearing people say that women don’t like coding. However, I realized the contrary!

Ivy Barley

ACHIEVEMENTS

She self-taught her way through coding and is believed to be breaking barriers in Tech. She won a $10,000 prize as one of the 10 finalists of the Kwese GoGettaz Competition, organized by Strive Masiyiwa, billionaire business man and philanthropist.

Ivy made the front pages of some German newspapers with her initiative in 2017 after winning the prestigious ‘E skills for Girls competition’ award in Berlin, Germany. As the overall winner in the competition, she was awarded €15,000, a mentorship program from Google, and support from Impact Hub Accra.

She is featured in Women in Tech book by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and in the Founding Women book by Africa Technology Business Network.

DEVELOPERS IN VOGUE

Developers in Vogue is a social enterprise that aims at creating a relevant community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. An organization that is paving the way for more African women to take up opportunities in the tech industry. They provide training, mentorship and job placement for African women in tech.

I’m optimistic about the opportunity to make bigger impact at Microsoft, while taking Developers in Vogue to the next level.

Ivy Barley

Developers in Vogue is the organizer of DIVA Festival which seeks to provide African women with the skills, network, information and opportunities to position themselves to take advantage of technology and pursue their utmost potential. It also aims to create a platform for African women to network, share their journey and inspire each other. The last edition of Diva Festival hosted a lot of female personalities in various industries to grace the occasion. These personalities who have made significant changes in society inspired patrons with their journey.

I think one advice I’d always give to people is hard work. Also, have your visions and goals in writing and review them every single day. As women, there so many activities that are likely to take our attention from growing our businesses. That is the more reason why we need to stay focused.

Ivy Barley

We celebrate Ivy for providing more opportunities in the tech ecosystem for African women.

REFERENCES

  1. Welcome to Developers in vogue. http://developerinvogue.org
  2. Ghana Tech Summit 2020. http://ghanatechsummit.com/speakers/ivy-barley/
  3. Ivy Barley Coding. https://sheleadsafrica.org/
  4. CEO Of Developers In Vogue Ivy Barley Joins Microsoft. https://atogarbrah.com/posts/
  5. Ivy Barley. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/  
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