Julie Cleverdon is currently the Director of the non-profit organisation, the Cape Town Science Centre, based in Cape Town, South Africa (www.ctsc.org.za). Cleverdon was part of the team that established this centre in 2000, and then went onto become the Director of the centre in late 2006.
During the 6th Science Centre World Congress in 2011, Cleverdon also co-ordinated a three-day pre-congress capacity building workshop for developing science centres across Africa attracting 90 delegates from 11 African countries. Science centres are established to stimulate curiosity, develop inquiring minds and expose children and adults to positive new experiences (this includes helping people to cope with the rapidly changing technological environment), this fact coupled with her interest in Africa has made her passionate about the SAP (global software company) lead Africa Code Week initiative.
The Cape Town Science Centre is a Key Strategic Partner of AFRICA CODE WEEK and hosted the first Africa Code Week Pilot Event in 2015. Julie, on behalf of the Cape Town Science Centre also serves as the Africa Code Week Global Coordinator, both in 2016 and currently in 2017.
In addition, because of her collaboration with women across Africa who teach coding to young girls, Cleverdon was part of a team that initiated and co-ordinated the first eSkills4Girls Meet-Up (launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of Germany’s G20 2017 presidency) in Kigali at the time of the Transfrom Africa Summit in May 2017, which brought together African female tech entrepreneurs, activists and mentors running initiatives for improving girls’ digital skills and participation in the digital world.
Cleverdon has previously served as Chair on the Board of SAASTEC (Southern African Association of Science and Technology Education Centres) for two terms. Cleverdon’s time is now dedicated to re-establishing the Cape Town Science Centre’s involvement in exciting projects,of course, one of them being Africa Code Week.