Women's Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Celebrates 30years of the World Wide Web(WWW) at W.TEC

W.TEC Press Release

Lagos; Nigeria – Wednesday March 13th 2019

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) had the pleasure of welcoming Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web(WWW) to her Lekki office on Wednesday March 13th 2019 as part of his activities to celebrate the milestone 30 years of the World Wide Web.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee embarked on a marathon 30-hour tour of 3 cities (Geneva-London-Lagos) to celebrate the 30 year milestone of the World Wide Web. The tour which is organised by the World Wide Web Foundation commenced at CERN in Switzerland where he invented the web. In Geneva Sir Tim joined a great line-up of speakers to reflect on the impact the web, has had over the last 30 years. In London he had a similar event in partnership with the Science Museum in London where at an evening event he had a conversation with leaders in science, technology and policy to discuss how the web has changed our lives and what we can do to protect it.

His visit to W.TEC is part of his Lagos trip where he is visiting tech development centres which include the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) at Yaba Lagos to observe the impact and potentials of the World Wide Web’s  future in Lagos . For his visit to W.TEC he was accompanied by a high powered delegation which included Omobola Johnson; Board member of the World Wide Web Foundation and Former Minister of Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications, Rosemary Leith Co-Founder of the  World Wide Web Foundation, Adrian Lovett; CEO of  World Wide Web Foundation, Zainab Alikahn; Chief of Staff, and others.

While at W.TEC he was introduced to the vision, operations and impact of W.TEC, he had and interesting discussion with esteemed members of our W.TEC board (Mrs Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Engr Christiana Adelowo -Board Chair & Dr Olatokunbo Somolu) and he was conducted round an exhibition of projects by Alumnae of W.TEC on ICT skills they have acquired from W.TEC’s programs some of which are inventions of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  According to Sir Tim Berners-Lee in his address to alumnae of W.TEC

The management and staff of W.TEC is indeed honoured and extends her gratitude the World Wide Web Foundation choosing W.TEC as one of its designated centres for its global celebration of the World Wide Web @30 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee said you can apply science and technology to solving all our society challenges, he also stressed that that you have to enjoy the science of technology  for you to be able to succeed and excel with it and he urged our girls that to remember that with their computers all  their imaginations can be brought to life if they are well applied.

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian nonprofit organization set-up to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives.

This is done through technology trainings, mentoring, work placement and research. W.TEC works in partnership with local and international NGOs, educational and research organizations.

W.TECwas set-up in January 2008 and conceived in response to research that showed that although ICTs significantly contribute to a nation’s development and growth, women – who make-up approximately half of Nigeria’s population – are severely lagging behind in their knowledge and use of technology.

 For more information about the visit to W.TEC, get in touch with:

Contact Person: Mr Yemi Odutola (Communication Officer),  +234.809.698.7541

Email: info@wtec.org.ng                                Website: www.wtec.org.ng

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