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CYBERDADA TZ

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An initiative aiming at upskilling girls/women with passion and interest in technology and digital security field, getting more young girls to enter in technology and digital security field by providing training (virtual and physical), mentorship programs, and bring closer opportunities.

State your goals

1. Creating a platform/stage that offers a voice to young girls/women in technology and digital security where they can liberate themselves by showcasing skills and innovations without doubts and nay-sayers to establish a gender diversity economy in Tanzania as well as promoting awareness in digital safety for girls.

 2. Upskilling young girls with passion and interest in technology and digital security with necessary and relevant skills such as entrepreneurship skills, marketing skills, branding skills in order succeed in this digital-inclusion economy as well as empowering them with amazing opportunities and resources in areas of IT and digital security with collaboration and partnership from other women-led companies/organizations/industries.

3. Mentoring young girls in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges/universities, fresh graduates, girls who want to change career into tech and digital security through regular sessions, meetups, and girls online networking platform that will enhance connections, inspire them to keep pushing as well as helping them in tackling social, economic, environmental and gender-related challenges.

What problems (particularly in value chain competitiveness and global disruption) are your community’s stakeholders facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

The gender gap in technology and cybersecurity areas from universities to even employment places/companies. In 2018, 21% of females graduated from the Computer Information Security course in UDOM and only 1 female proceed with a cybersecurity career. This can also be seen in other IT related courses where there are a small number of girls who are taking those studies. In companies such as Vodacom, only 3 out of 9 staff are women in the cybersecurity department as well as almost 15 women out of 100+ employees are working in the IT department due to a lack of skills and support which rule them to take more business-oriented or art-related studies and careers.

Lack of tech and digital security girls/female representation in companies,innovative businesses, or organizations. In Tanzania, there is a limited number of tech/cyber girls in companies, female tech entrepreneurs, female tech innovators that young girls can look up to and be encouraged to pursue tech and digital security field. Lack of female mentors in the tech and digital field makes it harder for young girls as they lack coaching, guidance, and motivation to proceed with tech and digital security related-careers such as pen-testers, programmers, data scientists, and others

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a rise in online training and tutoring which turn rise in cybercrimes. Due to a lack of cybersecurity awareness, many Tanzanians fell for this which in turn result in a lot of identity theft, accounts being hacked, and loss of mobile and bank money.

This pandemic caused a lot of young girls especially in rural areas were not able to proceed with their online tutoring due to a lack of devices as well the capacity to be able to use technological devices.

What minimum viable solution(s) are you proposing to address the challenge(s) in your community?

1)       Preparation and establishment of technology and digital security 1-week boot camps for universities/college young girls (mainly focus on fresh graduates) annual in partnership with other big organizations/big companies such as Vodacom and Tigo Tanzania/ big industries who have shown to be in the fight for empowering girls in tech and digital security.  Within these boot camps, young girls will acquire the technical and soft skills necessary to empower and prepare them to take on tech and digital security career. These boot camps will be funded via fundraising as well as sponsors who we will collaborate them in turn of the promotion of their brands. Boot camps are in a plan for the next year due to the COVID-19 crisis. We had a chance to have a session in one of the IT boot camps in Tanzania created by Help to Help NGO in which talked about CYBERCRIMES AND GIRLS.

2) Women in Tech Hackathon: this will be the first to ever occur in Tanzania event for women/girls in which passionate tech and digital security students in secondary schools and universities and tech female professionals will participate in a collaborative programming session, tech and digital security quizzes, bounty hunting as well as tech collaborative projects and innovation. These events promote interactions, connections as well as motivate young girls in secondary schools and universities to keep pushing for tech and digital security career. This hackathon will require women who are working in tech and digital security fields to pay for the fees that will include her p-partner (who will be a student). This way we can include every young girl even those that don’t have funds to pay for these hackathons. We are currently working on this so that we can have our 1st hackathon for women in Tanzania in November or December.

3)Establishment of CYBER CLUBS in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and educational institutions that will motivate the young generation especially girls to pursue tech and digital security subjects and get motivated to reach further with it. These CLUBS will be sponsored and supported by the ministry of education, embassies, education-related NGOs/organizations such as NDOTO HUB, Jenga HUB, Haki Elimu, and others. These collaborations are necessary for the sustainability of clubs and will ensure when accessibility of resources for those schools that lack resources as well as create a better educational environment.

4) Preparation and implementation of sessions and webinars for young girls from secondary to universities with tech girls’ speakers from different industries and companies to enlighten on different IT and cybersecurity areas/topics such as data analysis and virtualization, web application attack, data security, programming/coding for different languages. On 24th July, we prepared and did 1 webinar for DATA SCIENCE and it was engaging and good. By the end of this month, we shall have another one focusing on HACKING using the google meet conferencing tool and invite another amazing lady to take us through with HACKING. We are also in a planning session with SHEHACKS KE from Kenya to have a collaborative session in Web Application Attacks.

4) Establishment of innovation labs and showcasing platform where young girls with ideas can birth their ideas into products such as applications, systems, AI-enabled software, security-related tools and provide them with a platform to showcase their tech-innovation products. This will create a great image for the hub, welcoming more funders/sponsors and besides that, a few percent of the product sales will be going back to the hub for the sustainability of the hub.

5) Formation of WhatsApp groups that girls can network and share ideas and challenges in several areas of tech and digital security, promoting digital safety awareness as well as bring closer different opportunities.

6) Designing videos/audios/animation and printing of posters/newsletters/t-shirts that can help to motivate girls to take technology and cybersecurity studies such as “Technology for women” as well as promoting digital safety to girls through campaigns such as SAY NO TO CYBERBULLYING.

7)  Establishment of regular seminars and girls meetups from schools, universities, and companies for them to networking, inspire as well as motivate more girls.

8)  Designing and development of applications (apps) and websites that will assist in providing skills on IT and cybersecurity as well as the promotion of digital safety awareness

 

1)      Due to this COVID-19 pandemic, we found that there was a need to publish books that can assists students especially in rural areas where technology has not yet advanced so publishing of it and cybersecurity books (with understandable language e.g. Swahili) is also one of the strategies that will improve knowledge, skills as well as awareness.

2)      During the pandemic period in areas such as rural areas, a great percent of students and teachers were not able to proceed with studies because of limited technologies such as laptops, TVs, smartphones, and learning iPad so providing them or schools with this equipment will be a great assistance and will uplift students especially girls’ students.

 

Share your story (your narrative)

Being a female and coming from a poor family line, I have been interested in computer studies and I struggled to have and trained to use one, it was until I went to college that’s when I had a chance to have my computer and be able to use and learn different skills especially programming.

During my high school education at Jangwani Girls Secondary school I had a computer teacher who encouraged me to become more interested in Computer and seeing my computer class with few students (15) who later dropped it due to lack of resources, I held on to the subject and promised myself that I will be one of the people who will improve this situation by encouraging and support students especially female students to achieve different ICT skills.

Due to my poor background in Computer Skills, I struggled in Universities as I had to study extra hours and practice a lot after classes to keep up. Even with all the effort, I was making, I was very excited because I knew that someday this will pay off and I will be able to use the knowledge acquired to improve other people's situations as I promised myself before. Being in a class of 48 students and only 10 females I end up becoming the best student not only in the class but also in the whole program and that still motivates me to gain more skills and experience to advance in a Cybersecurity career.

Noticing some Tanzanians become a target to several cyber-attacks such as SMS and email spoofing, identity theft, cyberbullying, data exposures has driven me to obtain knowledge in cybersecurity. My greatest intent in this to ensure I use my knowledge to empower my fellow Tanzanians especially young girls through mentoring, promoting awareness, establishments of meetups /seminars, and sessions that aim to connect girls and encourage each other and bring closer opportunities for girls. As technology advances, we need every hand on deck, and women/girls won't be left behind because as Swahili folk says "Educate a girl you educate a society".

Witnessing the number of women in my class/ IT department was small compared to the number of men due to societal perceptions that have opened my eyes that there is a need for a change in Tanzania society. As a result of these experiences faced motivates me to make a positive impact on my society. As an energetic and skilled young woman, I have a responsibility to be one of the individuals who can contribute to making a change. I have to be on the frontline to build a secure society and become an example/model for the young generation.

Please provide any additional relevant information that you would like to share.

We have create WhatsApp group (cyber_dadaz) group that will enable networking as well as discussions on technological and cyber issues.

 

We held the 1st mentoring session that was based on Data Science.

 

We have a website that provides more information on our activities


 

We have an Instagram page called CYBERDADA_TZ

 

Your Final Proposal for challenge

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edited on Aug 31, 2020 by Calister Simba
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Calister Simba 7 months ago

Kindly review my idea and vote please..I will be honored to hear your comments.

Tafadzwa Chikwereti 6 months ago

Hello Calister
i see you're new here and you tagged me .
Im ready to co create and sgsre idess and tips Anyway this is a small piece of advice My advice Start small and build momentum, Being a social entrepreneur can be very difficult, you are constantly in a field dominated by changing dynamics, you will often face business challenges, and you have to start small and build your enterprise from the ground up. You must be resilient, realistic, and passionate about your goals and the impact you are trying to achieve. To add to your solution, I am sharing with you questions from one of our trainings that can help in refining our ideas and projects What business model will you follow to implement this idea? What methodology or strategy will you use during different processes of implementing this idea? Which are the processes you have to go through until the finalization of the idea? What means or tools do you need to implement my idea? Which are your potential collaborators, investors? I honestly suggest that before you submit your idea or project, please and ask yourself these questions and even if you have submitted their project, do remember that we still have opportunity to refine our ideas and resubmit. I hope that you find this useful. Also, please create time and take the campus online trainings as the trainings are there to help campus members understand what it is to be an entrepreneur. ...

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Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you so much for your ideas and tips, you have given me new insights, and i will work on them. Thanks!!

Tafadzwa Chikwereti 6 months ago

okay sure help me idea by giving it a thumbs up

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Sure, Let me check it and do so. Also don't forget also to give my idea thumbs (Vote) up too

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Calister Simba 7 months ago

Kindly review my idea and vote please..I will be honored to hear your comments.

Sunday Bawa 7 months ago

Website aimed at bridging the digital divide between boys and girls, young men and women (put an age limit on it) in the area of stem, forensics, survival hacks and cyber security. Online tutoring, measurement and evaluation of wards to admit into offline study and certification. Embedded within online platform is a group discussion messenger moderated by admin to foster research and development of ideas. Nice name for an initiative, well done !

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you Sunday, I will work on the age limit as well as other ideas enlighten.

Sunday Bawa 6 months ago

You're welcome.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Kindly VOTE for my idea so that I can refine my idea to include your comments and review.

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EUNICE KAJALA 7 months ago

Good initiative, specify the age of your target audience. There a lot of girls and young women in streets in Tanzania, who can benefit from your program, how can you reach them? You can also check with the ICT College, University of Dar es salaam, they have a program for upskilling girls ( secondary school girls) in technology, I am not sure, if they have a cybersecurity field in it. Your initiative, can be an addition to their program. All the best.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you Eunice, I appreciate your insights in my idea and i will work on them.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

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DJ Koeman 6 months ago

hi. great idea. wherre will you get your content from? and how will you generate revenue to create a sustainable model?

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi DJ, thank you so much for your review in my project, to briefly respond to your questions, the creation of money will be through training and skills development sessions. Not all training will be free, some of them will a cost and this will create revenue from it, Also as a team of security professionals, we are working on developing security apps that will enable us to create revenue. The contents will be from us and some of them will be from other stakeholders but mostly designed by us (we have a designer onboard). I will work on your insights to improve our business model. So please give me a chance by voting for me so that I can refine my idea better. Kindly vote for me.

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DJ Koeman 6 months ago

done!

Achia Khaleda 6 months ago

Hi Calister,
Thank you so much for tagging me. I have read your full project. It's a good initiative.
When discussing the lack of women in technology fields, the conversation generally starts around basic questions: What is it about tech fields that discourages women from participating, and what can people in the field do to attain a better balance?
However, recent findings have shown the problem is even deeper than many imagined, and various tech fields are suffering and at risk due to a lack of participation from women. Perhaps no field is feeling this strain more than cybersecurity, and this strain has experts working overtime. So you have chosen very important topics for work. My advice to you, please make some unique software for security safety purposes. Everyone gives training and mentoring support but for the longtime support, you need to plan something unique. If your team is able to make some software like criminal tracking, location detection, Identifying the criminal location, and malware attack protection software that will create real value in your business. If you are able to make it then you will able to make a good relationship with the police and others security agencies.

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Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you Achia for your insights, Yes, me and my Team are still working on creating good software and we have started developing good relationships with polices (law enforcement), government agencies and authorities related to IT, security as well as communication such as TCRA here in Tanzania. I will work more on the project and refine it better. Kindly assist to vote for me.

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Agnes Brenda Tugume 6 months ago

This is a nice Idea,hope this helps you on on proving it;
How are planning to work with primary and secondary girls especially if like cyber security is not in the national curriculum. Beacuse most parents and teachers would not consider it as essential given them being the stalkeholders of the girls.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Agnes, Thank you so much for your review on my project, we are planning to include cybersecurity in our national curriculum through computer studies. Since most schools have clubs (extra curricular activity) we are planning to create clubs in those schools which aim at promoting IT and cybersecurity awareness, knowledge and skills. Also me and my team are currently in process of speaking with ministry of education here in Tanzania to incorporate Cybersecurity skills in computer studies subject. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME SO THAT I CAN REFINE MY IDEA BETTER and include your review.

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Nabuyuni Sankan 6 months ago

Hello Calister Simba

Great Idea good work and consideration.

Kindly share what will be your unique selling point for the project and how the long term sustainability can be achieved through you objectives.

Good Luck and Keep at it.

Best Regards.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Nayubuni, Thank you so much for your comments and I will work to add that in my project but currently Tanzania doesn't have any digital security hub that aims at encouraging, upskilling as well as mentoring young girls and now more that ever it is needed since we are in transformation of technology so that will be my first unique selling point and I will add more. Although I am still working on sustainability of project. Please VOTE for my idea so that I can proceed to refine my project and to include your comments.

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Calister Simba 6 months ago

Kindly review and VOTE for my idea so that I can refine my idea to include your comments and review.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Kindly review and VOTE for my idea so that I can refine my idea to include your comments and review.

Bilai Chacha 6 months ago

Great innovation for our country, I really hopenit will create a great cyber savvy generation

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Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you so much Bilai, That is also my hope and I believe we can achieve this if we take each other's hands

Ireen Vincent 6 months ago

I believe this project is needed in Tanzania.. Since Tanzania has now became a middle economy country, we will be experiencing a wave of digital transformation.. I will advise you to add a cyber hub.. Great idea and project so far and good luck..

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JOHN BUTTA 6 months ago

Congratulations madam, keep up the good work on the technology side because very few women can put effort into visualizing and solving the challenges of tehama

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you so much John, I will keep pushing and never give up?J

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Israel Abazie 6 months ago

This is a passionate project submission. I think you should segment your users. Where are they localized? How will this be sustainable? We need to collaborate on the internship and staffing opportunities part to see how we match users to leading global companies and organizations in 1 second. Keep building!

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you so much Israel, I'm still working on refining my project so I will include user segmentation. I will surely look for you so that we acn collaborate.

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Frank Rweyemamu 6 months ago

Proud of you Madam, keep it up.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you, I won't stop here, I will keep pushing.

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Musa Evans 6 months ago

Great project and great initiative in Tanzania, go for it..!!!

Junt 6 months ago

Great idea Madam..

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Status label added: Community feedback received

Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Thank you Nivashini, I'm currently working to include comments and instructions from the platform so that I can submit this. Thank you for giving us a chance to learn and showcase our innovations.

Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Keep up the good job! =D But remember this, you need an expert's feedback to start working on the final submission docs. Right now, you just need to post your refine idea on this platform based on the feedback you received so far. For more clarity, watch webinar 2.

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Okey Esse 6 months ago

Hello Calister, great concept. I will suggest you find a way to incorporate anonymous reporting of CYBERBULLYING especially when someone wants to hide their identity to avoid reprisal attacks.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Okey, Thank you so much for the suggestion, We have thought about that and we will surely incorporate that, so if you have more suggestions, please feel free to tell me..I really need your reviews and comments.

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James Kiruri 6 months ago

Hi Calister, well done on your idea. What is the target age and how do you plan to monetise? All the best

Calister Simba 6 months ago

My target age is from 9 to 30 years old (primary school level to early career level).

And I will monitize through fundraising, collaboration with other stakeholders which in turn promotingtheir brands as well as we will prepare innovation events where girls will showcase and trade their innovation and small percent will be used to improve the hub. We will converse with big companies such as Vodacom, Tigo to fund or support us since they really like to support tech and gender related projects.

I have explain more in my final submission but if you have any idea for more I welcome you to share some.

Amir Shurrab 6 months ago

This is a nice idea.

What I like:
- Targeting females in IT and crossing the gap.
- Choosing cybersecurity as a topic to educate females to avoid all sort of online fraud

Room for enhancement:
- To introduce a more innovative way to teach the topic
- To commercialise the idea so it becomes sustainable

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Amir, Thank you for taking time to review my idea and provide comment, I will continue improve my idea as time goes on.

Muyunda Kaonga 6 months ago

Hi Calister, this is a brilliant idea. I can see that you have been doing amazing works. This is a great initiative we need more women in tech. With the cybersecurity industry facing a shortfall of 1.8 million professionals by 2022, increased efforts are underway to find and train more infosec pros – especially women who, according to a Global Information Security Workforce Study, comprise only 11% of the cybersecurity workforce. Keep doing your thing. All the best

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Mayunda, Thank you so much for the support and encouragement.

Victoria Masso 6 months ago

Status labels added: Expert feedback received, Mentor feedback received

Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Status label added: Submission completed

Nivashini Rave Rattey 5 months ago

Status label added: Idea under jury review

Nivashini Rave Rattey 5 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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