Technovation recently had the chance to sit down with Amina Chida, a participant from 2015 and talk about who and what inspires Amina, what advice she has for young women interested in tech, and what tools and strategies she uses to overcome challenges.
Tell us about yourself!
I am Amina Chida I am 18 years old and I am from El Kef. I study in the Pioneer secondary school there in the Mathematics section. I am really interested in technology. I want to become an engineer–I dream of inventing something that will change the world and make it a better place. I dream of being a leader and a global changemaker.
Who or what inspired you to pursue tech? Who is your role model in tech?
What inspired me to pursue tech … I would say that my own curiosity sparkled my interest and got me involved in the tech field. I am really keen on using the computer I use for almost everything : chatting, playing games, reading articles, watching movies, discovering news… and I used to ask myself these questions a lot : What is the secret behind this amazing invention ? How did they do it? How did they create the internet? What lies behind this screen of pictures, videos, chatrooms … I got to the point where being a simple user and consumer wasn’t enough anymore and felt I should find an answer to these questions. That is how I started searching and learning technology.
My role model is Bill Gates, I consider him a legend and I don’t know what the world of tech would be without him. He is really intelligent and I admire him for following his passion and changing humanity. I also worship him because apart from being the biggest business owner on earth he is a philanthropist.
What advice would you give to young women interested in going into tech?
I want to encourage every young woman fond of technology to pursue her interest and to work hard in order to accomplish what she aims for.
If you are a girl and you love tech then don’t ever let people tell you you cannot go into tech because you are not smart enough and tech is too complicated for you. Programming is difficult that is for sure, but you don’t have to be a genius to create something new to learn how to program! If you have the passion and the determination to succeed in tech, then know that you have what it takes to be the next “ Steve Jobs” or the next “bill Gates “ and don’t ever let the fact that men are dominating this field keep you from delving deeper into tech ! You have to show the world you can do it. Have faith in yourself and believe that “when there is a will there is a way.” … Although it may sound cliché, saying this to yourself really helps.
Finally, you don’t have to miss any opportunity ! There are plenty of programs, challenges, competitions, workshops, internships that will help you develop your technological skills. Get involved, participate, learn as much as you can.
Tell us about a challenge you’ve faced with technology or Technovation, and how you overcame it.
The biggest challenge I faced with both technology and Technovation is when my coding doesn’t work. I have spent days trying to program something and no matter what I did my coding still didn’t operate. Sometimes, I was so angry I wanted to switch off my computer and give up. But, eventually I managed to overcome my anger and to persist till I succeeded to make the right code and the app operated! What led me to this is certainly patience, perseverance, and especially not being ashamed to ask for help and assistance.
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