Ada Nduka Oyom – Lover of Technical and Non-Technical Challenges

Currently, Ada Oyom is a Software Developer and Developer Relations Ecosystem Community Manager at Google. Ada is a developer with interests in web technologies, and a lover of technical and non-technical challenges. She is strongly passionate about Open Source technologies, and acts as an advocate for open source development in Africa through Open Source Community Africa, her co-funded community for open-source enthusiasts and advocates.

Ada attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka. All through her days in school, she was building and growing in the tech community. Until she graduated, she led the Google developers’ group and Women techmakers chapter for two consecutive years.

After securing her B.Sc, she went on to work with prominent tech teams; she worked as the Community Relations Manager at Findworka, before working as Developer Relations at Interswitch Group, where she worked till just last month when she started her job with Google.

On 14 of August 2019, she took to her Twitter page to announce her new role at Google, saying,

1st day resuming @ Google Nigeria!! Super excited to be coming in as the DevRel Ecosystem CommunityMgr for SubSaharan Africa! Via my role, I would be interfacing w/dev communities, start-ups &tech hubs to grow & manage developer outreach & programs @gdg’s across SSA!

I’m more than excited to take this up & work with the same @gdg’s that facilitated my journey into tech. 5 years ago I was a novice with no experience whatsoever who was spurred to go into tech cause she wanted to make impact & work w/Google. This week it’s becoming a reality!…” She further said.

Oyom is also known for her huge interests in building developer communities and improving developer relations. She writes technical articles and gives speaker talks on technical and non-technical topics.

She participates in matters revolving around Women in technology through her self-founded women in tech organisation: She Code Africa. This platform is committed to improving the Girl tech-education and celebration of code queens in Africa.

It empowers women in tech through the provision of online and offline technical training on web and mobile technologies while offering online mentorship to members looking to improve in various software development and design fields.

Speaking on her motivation, and what started her path into technology, she said, “I have always had a huge interest for all things related to Science and Technology and being the type of person who loves to try out new things and break stereotypes,

 I decided to take it on fully and get my hands dirty with it in my second year in the university through my activities under the Google student club and GDG. The excitement from learning something new, something different, each time, from knowing I could move from being a consumer to a creator with technology  kept propelling me to do more. That was my motivation and still is.

In the days since her tweets, her announcement and tech throwback have attracted over 1,700 retweets and 8,000 likes. She has become an inspiration to many Nigerians, winning their hearts with her inspiring success story.

Google pledges $6m to non-profits in Africa

Google pledges $6m to non-profits in Africa
Google pledges $6m to non-profits in Africa

Google will give $6 million to selected registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises in Nigeria ,SA and Kenya through its new Google Impact Challenge.

The tech giant today opened applications for non-profits to apply for parts of this funding. Winners will be announced by the end of the year.

The funding will be split over the three countries ($2 million each) and then further split into four winners and eight runners-up from each country. The winners will receive $250 000 each, and the runners-up will get $125 000.

To apply for the funding, non-profits need to submit an idea that will improve the lives of people in their country and provide economic opportunities to people through innovative use of technology. Applications will be open for just over a month.

However, the technology involved does not have to be hi-tech, as Google says it could be as simple as a text message system that sends helpful information to people.

Applicants from each country have to be based in that country, as Google says it really wants the winners to be hands-on with the community.

Three winners will be chosen by a panel of local judges and one winner will be decided by public vote.

The Nigerian judging panel is made up of high level policy targets and influencers within the market. They are:

  • Chairman/CEO Channels Media Group, John Momoh,
  • Chairman/CEO, Zinox Technologies, Leo-Stan Ekeh,
  • CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Parminder Vir,
  • Rapper and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group, MI Abaga,
  • Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs, Oluseyi Oyebisi,
  • Philanthropist and Media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu,
  • Ex-footballer and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation, Kanu Nwankwo,
  • Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners, Eghosa Omoigui and
  • Google Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.

The public vote provides a chance for people to decide which organisation gets an extra portion of funding to help them impact their community.

The winning non-profits will get cash as well as access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google.

Google Impact Challenge SA applications close on 4 July. The final awards ceremony will be held during the week of 26 November.

Over the next five years, there will be more opportunities for non-profits to apply for funding, as part of the commitment made to the continent last year by Google CEO Sundar Pichai to provide $20 million in funding to African non-profits.

Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from smart cameras for wildlife conservation and solar lights for off-grid communities, to a mobile application that helps protect women from domestic violence