Technology . Innovation

Based: Cape Town

Baratang Miya has been empowering women and girls to code; write the web and ecommerce since 2003. She is the founder of Girlhype Coders Academy in 2003 which has now reached more than ten thousands women and girls with the goal of reaching 200000 by 2020 and creating an employee pipeline of 2,000 girls and women toward the technology sector. Her efforts have resulted in a number of scalable global programs that provided consistent impact to youth; educators and tech startups.Baratang is a regular technology writer; judge; advisor in many global tech competitions and hackathons.

Baratang Miya has been named among 50 People Who Made the Internet a Better Place in 2016 award by Mozilla, A first runner-up 2016 MTN Women in ICT Community Builder award. She received a TechWomen award by US State Department to spend six weeks in Silicon Valley mentored by women executives in Tech, week in Washington DC learning about United States ICT policies from the state department. She was placed at Adobe for her mentorship. 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 ICT stakeholders and government officials. Baratang was recently was invited by UNCDP to Geneva Switzerland to present on E-commerce from the perspective of ACP countries. Her Girlhype work has been presented to Deutsche Welle in Germany to G20 countries delegates..She was the business development manager for Cape Innovation Technology Initiative; BlackBerry Appslab and managed the City of Cape Town’s SmartCity content development strategy.