Tinyiko Simbine’s proudest moment was when GirlCoders partnered with a British tech giant in 2019 and hosted a hackathon, which led to eight participants being offered permanent jobs in the United Kingdom.
Simbine, who has a Bcom from the University of Pretoria, wants more women to pursue careers in information and communications technology. She is about fostering a culture of learning among females to help bridge the gender gap in the ICT sector. She also aims to ensure that the less fortunate aren’t left behind in this technologically advanced world.
GirlCode is a nonprofit Simbine helped cofound. It is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, weekend coding clubs designed for high school girls who want a strong foundation in digital literacy and basic programming skills. A programme helps girls and women with no computer skills through an introductory course to basic computer and internet literacy.
GirlCode started off as a hackathon to get more girls excited about tech and has grown to help hundreds of girls through various initiatives such as monthly free coding sessions.
Simbine wants to bring more women into tech spaces in South Africa. She says she would like to see an African “Silicon Valley” where women have taken up the space “and lever their skills to better African countries”.