Rachel Sibande

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Rachel Sibande is the Founder of Malawi’s first technology hub, the mHub, which she officially launched in November 2013.

The mHub hub nurtures, mentors and incubates young technology entrepreneurs.

It also exists in a new space of developing commercially viable technology solutions.

In 2015, Rachel received a prestigious award from Google as one of the most outstanding Computer Science Students in the world.

In March 2016, she received yet another prestigious award from the Next Einstein Fellows Initiative as one of Africa’s Next Einstein.

She is an alumni of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative of 2012.

She is reading for a PhD in computer science at Rhodes University in South Africa. Rachel believes that the future of Malawi and Africa is in its youth.

Sibande is passionate about building a generation of critical thinkers and entrepreneurs. She has since established two initiatives within the hub – Girls for Code and Children’s Coding club.

Through these initiatives, girls and children are taught how to develop technology applications in a quest to enhance participation in science and technology.

Through the hub – over 2 000 young people have been trained in technology and entrepreneurship and still counting.

The hub incubates 8 startup companies and has a membership of 104 technology enthusiasts, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Recently, Panashe Jere a product of mHub’s Children’s coding club was recognised by Mark Zuckerberg in California for an app he developed.

Pananshe attended Facebook’s grand F8 conference alongside three other young Malawians that developed a mobile application that provides information to pregnant mothers; also products of mHub.

Sibande has been listed by Forbes Magazine amongst the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa.

 

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