Yvette MUKAMWIZA
Kigali - RWANDA

Miss Career Eastern Africa-2019  It’s no secret that there is a massive gender imbalance across tech, despite numerous initiatives aimed at boosting the profile of women in tech, there is no real sign of improvement

For Yvette Mukamwiza, she believes women can still do better than this, and she is already proving it by being in the world of technology already

“There is no doubt that Miss Career platform has come at the right time, to help in boosting the profile of women in different areas including tech,” she says

On top of being crowned Miss Career Eastern Africa with worthy a prize of $5,000, she also got the Miss Technology with another prize of $1,000

According to Mukamwiza, this was an impeccable day for her

“When I was announced the winner, I immediately started thinking how I can create jobs for other youth out there,” she adds

Although she is yet to receive her funds, she says her plan is to work on the project, to just prove to the world the power of a woman

Mukamwiza, who has an advanced diploma in technology, shows Africa that “With technology, blind can see

" With her project ‘DIGITAL BLIND STICK,’ it affirms that every girl in Africa venture deep technology and harness big technology dreams

She puts a signature on the truth that "Miss Career Africa can be tech-prenuer and Tech-preneur can be Miss Career Africa

" She tells that STEM is not a theory but an empirical story that should be regarded as a common thing in Africa's girls and women

The project  Her project ‘Digital Blind stick’ has different features and uniqueness unlike other ordinary Traditional blind sticks

  This is because of its (both) sound and vibration sensors that help the blind to hear obstacles before meeting them in 50 cm

A digital stick has a charger system, headphone system that helps them listen to sound even when they are in public places or conference, and also a wheel that helps the blind to move easily

The 22-year-old is yet to implant a GPS tracker that helps them to know their location

  GPS, or the Global Positioning System, is a global navigation satellite system that provides location, velocity and time synchronization

With her project, Mukamwiza used her knowledge in the classroom and RD to wow the Miss Career Eastern Africa-2019 judges by demonstrating the digital Stick as an MVP while pitching!  “I am learning more about the project, trying to pivot the project during the post-COVID-19 and unequivocally revamping my business sooner than later, “Hopefully, the world is yet to experience the best of my technology,” she says

Focusing on a new project However, Mukamwiza says due to heavy investment needed for Digital Blind Stick project, she opted to do another project of pig farming

“Through this project, am certain that I will be able to change the lives of people in my community and society, through job creation as well improving their livelihood,” she says

She adds that the money received from her first project, she will invest in pig farming so that she can raise more capital to continue with her dream

She says she will still embark on Digital Blind Stick as soon as she raises enough capital

Before attending Miss Career Africa; Mukamwiza had won the first place in the Innovation for Women Competition

She advises the upcoming contestants to work hard because Miss Career platform provides a rare opportunity for women, who are passionate about their dreams