Get Sh!t Done at Afrotech Fest 2019, London

The first edition of Get Sh!t Done in London

African Gist brought Get Sh!t Done to London.

In April, African Gist organized the worship “Get sh!t Done: Developing a community of Black tech experts in Europe.” At the Afrotech Fest London. 

About the London edition of Get Sh!t Done

With technology shaping the lives of Europeans, it has become a central topic discussed from low to high-level institutions. However, it remains an area where minorities are still underrepresented. Does it mean there are no tech experts amongst ethnic minorities? Can’t they be found or don’t they have the required skills to share expertise on tech-related topics?

At a time where every community is willing to defend its interests, how can we address topics related to black tech professionals (inclusion, career growth, support to Africa development) if community experts remain invisible?

How can we make black expertise valuable and visible in tech?

The trainer

For the session, we invited Abi Mohammed as a guest trainer. Abi is a tech professional and co-founder of CG Ventures. Through her venture, she invests in diverse businesses and advises them on how to raise capital for their ventures, attract investors, and brand themselves. 

During the session, Abi helped participants to discuss how they can brand themselves and their project, how they can highlight what makes them special and how to build a network to grow their professional ambitions. 

“The session was very inspiring, it allowed me know what I wanted to do”

Leila, participant

The session

During the session, we covered the following topics :

  • 1: Forums / Communities that cater to individuals (from African or Caribbean descent) currently working or interested in tech.
  • 2: Inspirational people in tech of African or Caribbean descent only.
  • 3: Local organisations / business that support with funding / co-working space / mentoring / advice / job opportunities.

At the end of the session, attendees were able to define their professional 

About Afrotech Fest

Afrotech Fest is a festival seeking to create intentional and alternative spaces within the tech scene. The event aims to debut, highlight and showcase speakers across different disciplines, experiences, and backgrounds.

The festival offers interactive events across multiple venue spaces, including talks, workshops, and an opening night party.

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