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Baratang Miya

Baratang Miya is a South African-based visionary and award winning tech social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Girlhype coding academy for women and girls in underserved communities in South Africa. Using innovation and design principles, her focus is on creating an enabling environment for women and girls to build tech enabled solutions to address some of the key critical issues in their communities. Together her team, her efforts have resulted in a number of scalable global programs that provided consistent impact to youth, educators and tech startups.

For her extraordinary work providing access to technology for women and girls, Baratang was named as one of the top 3 nominees for the 2016 MTN Women In ICT Community Builder Award. The US State Department has also recognized her commitment to women and girls in STEM, and invited her to spend six weeks in Silicon Valley with other Tech Women award recipients. Baratang has just been chosen for the 2017 ITS Global Policy Fellowship taking place in Brazil, where she will have an opportunity to work with key stakeholders and government officials.

Over the years, Baratang has deepened her knowledge and understanding of tech ecosystems which saw her managing CiTi’s Bandwidth Barn located in Khayelitsha. She has also worked closely with BlackBerry’s AppsLab in Cape Town, and managed the City of Cape Town’s SmartCity content development strategy.