The founder of an award winning social enterprise inspiring girls into STEM careers has visited the offices of Birmingham-based enterprise app platform KnowledgeKube to see firsthand how it is bridging the tech sector’s gender gap.
Anne-Marie Imafidon is the computing, mathematics and language prodigy behind Stemettes, which was established to help tackle the under-representation of women in STEM by inspiring girls to build careers in these fields. Stemettes aims to double the number of women in the UK’s STEM industries from 14% to 30%.
Stemettes runs hackathons, a mentoring scheme called Student to Stemette and Outbox Incubator, which creates young female STEM entrepreneurs (girls aged 11-22). In January, Stemettes will be launching its next initiative, OtotheB – a global online platform for girls interested in STEM and entrepreneurship.
By enabling all users to create apps without writing code, KnowledgeKube has built a team of app builders now consisting of 36% women. The app development platform allows anyone – with or without development skills – to quickly produce powerful digital applications.
Anne-Marie came to see how KnowledgeKube is empowering people with no previous IT background to create advanced solutions to enterprise problems. She learnt how the platform has created a more diverse workforce, bringing new ways of thinking to the company and problem solving to customers.
Anne-Marie now hopes to introduce the app platform into her organisation’s national network of 4,000 members to empower more women to deliver innovative apps and break the male imbalance in this area of work.
“As an industry, we should be celebrating any attempt to make application development more accessible. Although half the UK population is female, women hold just one in every seven STEM roles,” said Anne-Marie.
“It’s great to see how KnowledgeKube has developed a more diverse workforce through removing the traditional barriers to entry. I’m looking forward to using the technology to further champion new ways for women to drive the digital economy.
Peter Robbins, MD of Mercato Solutions - creators of KnowledgeKube, said: “We’re really excited to see how the Stemettes will use our application development platform to solve problems and innovate.
“We’ve seen first-hand how, by making it simpler for people with no technical background to enter the sector, a more diverse and readily available workforce emerges. The platform is now enabling others to build their own in-house digital capability to create apps quicker and cheaper than traditional development. And that’s good for society and the economy at large.”