Lindiwe Matlali started Africa Teen Geeks (ATG) back in 2014 after she was inspired by an 8-year-old girl from the US who had started her own app.
“I was so inspired, while I was on an executive programme there, I googled what options we have here at home only to find that IT is taught from Grade 10-12 and in affluent schools especially.”
Matlali, who has made a name for herself in the tech world was recently named the 86th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service providing technology education to young people. The honour was bestowed upon her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
ATG is an organisation that teaches school children and unemployed youth how to code. Inspired by her experience being orphaned at a young age, Lindiwe is inspiring Africa’s next generation of technology innovators by eliminating the barriers faced by disadvantaged communities in pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths.
“I started the organisation as part of a Mandela Day initiative actually. I took children from Tembisa and we brought them to Unisa labs and introduced them to computer science and programming.”