PIP 026: Coding to Change the World and Impact Lives with Regina Honu of Soronko Academy
In this episode of your favorite motivational Personal Innovation Podcast, I had an interesting conversation with Regina Honu on how she is teaching Coding to change the world and impact lives.
Regina is the CEO of Soronko Solutions. She just opened the first coding and human centered design school for children and young adults called Soronko Academy.
She was recently interviewed by Bishop TD Jakes, awarded the 2017 Northwestern University Buffet Institute for Emerging Global Leaders Award and awarded by Coca Cola in the Coca Cola young achievers award as one of the big six and a leader in technology.
She was also unveiled as the 2016 Vlisco Brand Ambassador. She won Startup Entrepreneur of the year and Soronko Solutions won Social Start-up of the year for 2016 at the Ghana Startup Awards. She was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies.
Regina was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the year by the GPA Awards from Africa 2.0 and JCI Ghana Outstanding Young Person award for scientific and technological advancement. Soronko Solutions was nominated for the editor’s choice award in the Women in IT award in the UK.
She was featured on CNN African Voices, CNN African Startups and interviewed by BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle and Aljazeera. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vital Voices Fellow and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change. She belongs to Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa.
Her story was published in the Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and had the honor of meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.
She also recently returned from China from participating in the World Economic Forum Meeting of New Champions which focused on Science and Technology. She is part of the advisory board on a project to amend the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to include Digital rights of a child.
She loves to mentor and has been invited to speak and mentor the Camfed master card scholars program, TedxLabone, TedxDartmouth, University Events, Symposium at Harvard University and at Oxford University. She has been invited to speak and participate in events in over 15 countries.
She is an online mentor with the Women’s Tech Connect Global Mentoring program. She was awarded a Women of Courage Award for Technology and Tech Needs Girls was awarded in the Ghana CSR Diary Awards.
Soronko Academy is the first coding and human centered design school in West Africa. It is a safe space where innovation meets creativity and technical, problem solving and critical thinking skills are acquired. At Soronko Academy you we offer courses in
- Computer Basics and Coding
- Web Development
- Mobile App Development
- Blogging & Ecommerce
At the academy you will
- Learn technical Coding and ICT Skills
- Soft skills such as entrepreneurship, leadership and networking
- Access to internships and jobs in the technology space and leading industries
- Opportunity to start your own business.
Soronko has classes for children from 5-18years old, after school leavers, adults and people in university who want more practical technical skills. The academy aims to connect students to jobs and internship opportunities