Twitter has become one of the best ways to stay up to date with the latest trends. And this is especially apparent than in the fast-moving technology field. So with that in mind, this is a list of few women you should be following in the South African tech sector.
Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir)
A social media law expert and author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: And Other Legal Advice For The Age Of Social Media, Sadleir’s Twitter timeline offers musings of both a political and social media nature. The latter, of course, is why you’ll really want to follow her, as she tweets about important social media-related legal matters, retweets her seminar takeaways and more.
Samantha Perry (@samanthaperry)
A former ITWeb journalist, Perry has since transitioned into a public relations role, but her influence is still keenly felt in the local tech sector. Perry is one of the founding members behind the Women in Tech group, organising meet-ups of like-minded women and more. The tech veteran’s Twitter timeline thus often tackles women in tech, community meet-ups and general tech news.
Nafisa Akabor (@nafisa1)
Another prominent entry on the list, Nafisa Akabor is one of the foremost tech journalists in the country, counting stints at prominent tech outlets ITWeb and TechCentral in her decade plus career, while also going the freelance route. Akabor’s Twitter account sees her delivering locally relevant tech news and features, among other topics.
Mich Atagana (@MichAtagana)
The former managing editor and Ventureburn editor over here at Burn Media, Atagana helped create Ventureburn before moving on to bigger and better things as head of communications for Google South Africa.
Robyn Farah (@RobynFarah)
Farah founded KATO, which is devoted to “product development to solve real world problems in order to create a better world”. The company focuses on hardware prototypes and tech consulting, but it also manages some of the most influential tech/tech community events in the country, such as #TechTalkCPT, Women in Tech Cape Town and Arduino Cape Town.
Farah’s own Twitter account keeps track of community tech events, but is also worth following for everything from bioscience and green tech to space tech and more.
Emma Dicks (@EmmaJaneDicks)
The co-founder of CodeSpace, which includes the prominent Code for Cape Town coding school under its umbrella, Emma Dicks is another familiar face on high-profile lists. In addition to appearing in M&G’s 200 Young South Africans feature, Dicks has also appeared on a previous Digital All Stars list. The coder and entrepreneur — whose Twitter timeline focuses on her coding work and technology for social good elaborates on what drew her to coding in the first place.
Catherine Lückhoff (@cluckhoff)
The founder of music-streaming service Nichestreem has had a life-long passion for tech, although there wasn’t a single moment she could point to. Ventureburn previously covered Nichestreem, which she describes as WordPress for music streaming. Lückhoff gave an update on the company’s state. “Apart from scoping our first white label client for an international client, the company is also in the process of closing a US$1.5-million seed round which will boost international expansion.”
As for her Twitter timeline, you can expect startup news, Nichestreem/local music news, tweets from tech meet-ups and general technology updates.
Wiebke Toussaint (@SaintlyVi)
The co-founder of Engineers Without Borders SA (EWB-SA), Toussaint’s Twitter timeline naturally focuses on this topic. But Toussaint’s account is also essential if you want to learn more about the impact of IoT and open data in South Africa. The engineer expands on the importance of open data and IoT in society.
Baratang Miya (@baratangmiya)
Miya recognised the power of tech and coding when a young woman gets a job straight from high school and earns a life-changing salary, she adds that they also offer a STEM camp and conference during the school holidays for girls in grade five, eight and nine. She tweets about her work and insight.
Regina Kgatle (@RrrEeGina)
Kgatle’s Twitter timeline sees her tackling topics related to serious gaming, game development and the local gaming community in general. One of Kgatle’s biggest achievements however has been the Educade initiative, offering educational games in arcade machines that can be hired for birthdays or corporate/school events. Another big initiative by Kgatle has been 67Games, which aims to deliver (you guessed it) 67 educational games. Another feather in her cap has been her work behind the heavyweight Serious About Games competition.