My Journey at FabAcademy 2019.
After graduating from christian liberty academy I did not have the financing to continue my education and go to college so I decided to volunteer at an Ict organization called IT-Core in suriname to network with others in my community and develop my experience and skills even though I had no background in Ict or IT I wanted to do more with my time and seek opportunities.
I then meet my current boss(chairman of Itcore) who saw my drive and potential and offered to train me in software architecture and Ict. He challenged me to participate in Local Hackathons and HacomatIons so I can gain the skills and experience by competing with other hackers in my community.
When I competed in my fIrst hackathon It was a complete fail I had no Idea what I was doing I did not even know how to make a basic html page but I did not give up I had the determination to try again. I then picked myself up and started self studying putting myself into drIll sessions to learn everything I can about Ict and Ict technologies and seeking mentorship from experts in the Ict communIty to help me gain the knowledge I needed. Fasting forward to the 3 years later. Because of my determination, passIon and drive I was able to accomplish and completed all the achievements listed below.
After I was able to accomplish so much within that 3 years even though I was not able to get a formal college education and knowing 0% about Ict when I started I was determined to share my story with other young ones in my communIty to also inspire and show them that they could also achieve whatever they put their minds to.
When I started off one of my bIggest issues was being the only gIrl amongst only guys in the Ict sector and It was quIte challenging and intImIdating so I decIded to start my foundatIon called Codettes where I try to inspire and educate girls in my communIty to join get involved in Ict and not to be intimidated into thinking its a guy thing to do Ict. I tried to slowly work with the girls in my sector to train them in building Iot solutions teaching them to selecting their monetizable pain brainstorming sketching programming and building their Iot prototypes and presenting it.
One of the team of girls from Codettes in 2018 got selected amongst the top 26 finalists to attend and pitch a project which we worked on called (Greentubes which is a scaled up versIon of a fixed Iot solutIon for a small scale farm) at the pitch Agrihack Competition in Kigali Rwanda which is 2 continents aways from suriname and was such an amazing accomplishment even though we did not win fIrst prIze.
I signed up to be part of the Fab Academy even though I do not have prior knowledge in 3d design and modeling because i'm excited and determined to put in the time and energy needed to learn more about designing programming modeling manufacturing and working with the machines therefore to get the skills needed to farther train the young ones in my community and being able to further develop the Iot prototypes which we have been working on moving them from just prototype phase to market ready phase.