Anne-Marie Imafidon was a computing, maths and language child prodigy. By the time she was 10, she spoke six languages. She was the youngest ever girl to pass A-Level Computing, aged 11, and at 20 she had completed multiple degrees from prestigious universities, including a Masters from Oxford.
Imafidon is the co-founder of the Stemettes, inspiring women and girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Damilola Odelola taught herself to code. When she felt ready to apply for jobs, the underrepresentation of black people and people of colour was very clear to her: “If there’s a BAME person on a tech team, likely chances it’s a guy, and if there’s a woman on a tech team, likely chances she’s white.”
She couldn’t see any organisations specifically targeting women of colour.
“I have never been one to sit and complain about something I’m unhappy with, without attempting to change it.”
Odelola set up blackgirl.tech, a social enterprise that aims to make tech a safer space for black women and girls.