Abie Award Winners, Change Agent

Judith Owigar

2011 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Judith Owigar is the president of Akirachix; a revolution for African women and technology. She is a coder, a blogger and a tech enthusiast. She is a native of Kenya, a country off the coast of East Africa, one of its 40 million inhabitants.

Judith Owigar went to University of Nairobi where she graduated with a diploma and a degree in Computer science. During her stay at the university Judith co-founded a chapter of Kenya Model United Nations a club that promotes international diplomacy among the youth.

Judith has worked in various capacities in the field of technology. She started off as a tech support specialist in a Kenyan company called Turnkey Africa. Turnkey Africa is a start up that provides solutions to insurance companies and banks in Africa. She later moved to the position of developer at a start up called Ibid Labs. There she honed her developer skills. She later moved to Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP); an organization the deals with peace building in Macedonia, Afghanistan and East Africa. While attending the launch of the iHub, a space for hackers, designers and bloggers in Nairobi, she met up with other likeminded ladies who noticed the few ladies in attendance. They decided to increase the ratio of women to men in tech and thus formed Akirachix.

Judith together with Akirachix was awarded the unsung heroes award by the US embassy in Kenya. This was in recognition of the work that Akirachix has done to promote women and give them a voice using science and technology. Together with a team of 2 other members, Judith was recognized as one of the top 50 SMEs in the Infodev Global forum. Infodev is a donor funded agency of the World Bank. In 2009 Judith was named as one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Business Daily newspaper in Kenya. This is a listing of women who are changing the landscape of business and technology. In 2007 while she was named the Best Female Engineer at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers students’ exhibition.