Andela, hosted their first ever Women in Technology Summit on 10 March 2018 in celebration of International Women's Day. The event was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria and saw approximately 100 women in attendance.

According to the company that is building and training a network of technology professionals across Afrika, the Women in Technology Summit 2018 reinforces their commitment to diversity and inclusion in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.

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Speakers, participants, and organizers at Andela's first Women in Technology Summit.

“A lack of a strong, cohesive culture is holding the tech industry back from building more female leaders and executives, which is why the leading women in tech need to start the discussions and ask how we, as women in tech, can inspire other women to be future leaders. The aim of the Women in Tech Summit is to celebrate how far women have come in the tech ecosystem and to connect women in tech -- both leaders and aspirants. And what better time to do this than on the week of International Women’s Day? The women interested in pursuing a career in tech are many, but the mentors and investors are few. Now is the time to have an open discussion on how we can stop our future leaders from slipping through the cracks. Today, we are building the biggest platform yet for women technologists and calling for more people to invest in tomorrow’s leaders,” said Taiwo Judah Ajayi, Director of People at Andela.

The Women in Technology Summit is not the first initiative by Andela that is purely targeted at women. The company has had various initiatives in this regard, these include multiple all-female recruitment cycles as well as building safe and empowering communities for women in tech, such as Tech in Pink and Ladies in Tech.