Womandla Head of STEM, nominated for ITTPSA Social Responsibility / Community Award

We are proud to announce that our Head of STEM has been nominated as one of the “Social Responsibility / Community Award Finalists” for the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa ’s (IITPSA) Annual President’s Awards 2019.

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To support her please click “Support Rumbidzaishe” on the following link:

https://www.iitpsa.org.za/rumbidzaishe-maisva/

Rumbidzaishe Maisva is the Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Womandla Foundation where she forwards the agenda of encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM and related fields. She is a QA Automation Engineer at Global Kinetic, a FinTech (Financial Technology) company working with software development.

Rumbi is passionate about educating, equipping, motivating and inspiring people with knowledge about computer science. She has worked with a number of NGOs in IT including: Code For Cape Town, CodeSpace and Women in ICT as a motivational speaker, panelist and keynote speaker. She has also worked as a tutor for Mathematics and Science at the SOZO Foundation in Vrygound. As the Head of STEM for Womandla, Rumbi has been at the forefront of organising the inaugural Women in STEM Awards Ceremony powered by Nedbank Women’s Forum, Career Expo for Langa High School, Mentorship workshops and currently planning the Coding Workshop as a way to address the digital divide.

Her passion about education and information accessibility resonates within her Honours Project that focused on an automated system that was geared at answering STEMI (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation) questions for learners in underprivileged communities using of machine learning, symphonic and string matching algorithms. The automated system aims to address the digital divide by making use of raspberry pi devices to host information that can be accessed outside of an internet connection. The impact of rolling out this project would be education made easily accessible to learners through the use of Information Technology.

Her project work was published in a number of magazines including Engineering News <https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/print-version/nmmu-student-brings-knowledge-closer-to-learners-globally-2014-11-19>.  Rumbi has also been featured on eTV news “Shining a light on women in science” on the 13th of August 2019 where she spoke as an advocate of getting more women in science.

More about the Awards

The event highlights the talent and commitment of individuals within the ICT industry.

The following are the details for the categories for the IITPSA Annual President’s Awards 2019:

IT Personality Award 

  • A person who has made a positive impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year
  • A person who has been successful in building a highly-respected IT organisation or business
  • A person who has made a major contribution to the IT profession over a number of years
  • A person who has made a significant technical or academic contribution to the IT industry
  • A person who has aided the development needs of the community

Visionary CIO Award

  • A person with overall responsibility for IT strategy and application of IT in an organisation
  • A person who has demonstrated visionary leadership in using IT to support, grow and transform business
  • CIO, ICT executive or strategist who has established best practice in implementing technology solutions in an organisation

Technology Excellence Award

  • A person / team who has made exceptional / innovative use of information technology, or designed an innovative new technology, for an organization.
  • A person / team who has exhibited technological excellence that has delivered measurable benefit for business / the SA Economy

Social Responsibility / Community Award

  • A person / team / project delivering the benefits of IT on a not-for-profit basis into the community / or bringing the community into the IT space (addressing the digital divide)

Well done Rumbi!

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