Anar Simpson, technologist and entrepreneur, has been invited to present at the UNESCO & UN Women’s Mobile Learning Week Conference 2015 in Paris.
Technovation’s mobile app development programme: building a pipeline of girls for today’s technology jobs arena
With the emergence of mobile phones, we are in the midst of a profound change in how the world communicates, and this is especially true for teenage girls. Walk down a street almost anywhere in the world today – Toronto, Sao Paulo, Nairobi, Beijing, Lagos, Dadaab – and chances are, if you meet a young girl she will have a mobile phone. What if, instead of being a passive consumer of the phone’s capabilities, she was able to be a producer? By equipping young girls with the idea that they can make a difference using their phone, we are starting a much-needed revolution.
Anar Simpson is a technologist and entrepreneur. She founded Parallel Earth, a startup which aggregated and curated social media around real-life events. Her career in technology took root in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, Canada, after which she had several roles in academia with a technology focus until she moved to Silicon Valley.
She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the US State Department’s TechWomen programme and a member of the advisory board of Wired Differently, a citizen science initiative from MIT. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge; a member of the Advisory Board for Resilient Capital, a VanCity initiative; Strategic Advisor for the IIE Centre for Women’s Leadership Initiatives; and was on the Organizing Committee of the C100 which connects Canadian technology entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. She has been a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Ms Simpson has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Communications from the University of Calgary and has completed the Certificate Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2015
UN Women co-host Mobile Learning Week 2015
The Need for Focus on Women and Girls (PDF)
Technovation’s mobile app development programme: ROOM IX — WEDNESDAY, 14:40— 16:00