Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg changed the software development game with the well known internet based social media application, Facebook. What began as a path for college students to remain in steady contact with each other, much to his dismay it will transform into a wander that is presently netting the entrepreneur $68.9 billion dollars.
The science, innovation, engineering and arithmetic field has been commanded by white men for time immemorial. By and by, black women are likewise influencing their stamp in the STEM field by being creative, determined and a force to be figured with.
Scroll through to learn about the five black women next in line to become the next Mark Zuckerberg:
20-year-old Tishauna Wilson stumbled upon her passion for STEM when she was introduced to computers at the age of five by a family member.
In high school, she began repairing computers and even developed a lie detector. Towards the end of high school, she was adept at computer coding.
Now that she is a college student at Florida A&M University (FAMU) Wilson is working on four distinct Artificial Intelligence projects, she’s revived the computer science research program at her institution and is challenging herself even further by enrolling in Google’s CodeU 12-week immersive engineering program while simultaneously working on a research project “which entails a combination of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing/Understanding, Machine Learning, and Cyber-Security.”
Wilson is well aware of the lack of diversity in the STEM field. She says, “I see the challenges, but I’m a believer that if you don’t try to go against it, you already lose. I always say that there is nothing that can really stop me, but me. I just trust in Jesus and in my [own] ability and hard work.”
Ghanaian-American Diana Wilson is the founder of Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W).
Yaa W is Ghana’s first finance and technology accelerator for women.
The yearlong program enables female college students to complete an intensive educational course in finance/technology, leadership development, branding and professional etiquette. It also provides comprehensive certification courses, extensive online training software, and experience with hands-on social impact projects, constructed to ensure every participant masters the fundamental skills requisite for employment at top financial and technology corporations.
Yaa W stands out amongst the crowd because they focus on 1) college women, 2) socio-economic diversity of participants, 3) finance and technology and 4) utilize an interdisciplinary teaching approach. Their vision is necessary, significant and set for high levels of impact.
Funke Opeke is a Nigerian engineer who after her education and work in the United States as an executive director of a division in Verizon Communication, joined MTN Nigeria.
Struck by the low Internet connectivity in Nigeria, she founded MainOne.
MainOne is described as West Africa’s leading communications services and network solutions provider.
Regina Honu is a Ghanaian software developer and one of the few women making strides in technology in Africa.
Honu was named by CNN as one of 12 inspirational women who promote STEM. She was also named one of the six women making an impact in tech in Africa. She is raising the next generation of women coders in Africa through her numerous tech initiatives. Her success story has been featured on international media platforms such as the BBC, Aljazeera and Deutsche Welle.
Dr. Amina Odidi
Dr. Amina Isa Odidi is the co-founder of Intellipharmaceutics, an innovative drug delivery system. The technology allows patients to take a drug once instead of many times a day, making it easier for them to manage and comply with doctors’ orders.
She has also invented and co-invented various proprietary controlled delivery devices for the delivery of nutriceutical, biological, agricultural and chemical agents.
Dr. Odidi says she’s driven to impact, explaining, “That’s what gives me the satisfaction. Making a difference, not just growing the company, but making these products available to the populace, to the market.”