Jacqueline Eboso Kavula Kamadi is the CEO of Redhunt Company and a final year student in Kenya, pursuing a BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She has taken part in quite a number of projects as a freelancer, from Android Application and Website Development to Hardware Development.
Why did you get into STEM?
My interest in technology began when I was in high school, where I saved up her pocket money to buy my first smartphone. Being passionate about innovation, I went for extra classes while undergoing my university education, in order to learn software development. This knowledge enabled me to create services that help solve today’s problems.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was when my company was taken up by the MAKE iT accelerator program. It was such a surprise as I was unsure of the results after undergoing a series of evaluations. It made me realise that my product could help bring a solution to the society and MAKE iT was willing to be part of the vision.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
As a woman in the STEM world, I have been subject to gender bias and often my achievements have gone unnoticed or considered to be other peoples’. I recall this incident in company “x” where my colleagues and I were working on a project involving website development. One of my colleagues asked me to help him with his part. So, that night I spent hours researching on it and fortunately I managed to get it up and running. The following morning, he was boasting of how he had spent sleepless nights trying to do the task and he finally cracked it. At first, I thought he was kidding until when the leader of the project asked if he had had any assistance and he gave a stern “no”. At that point, my motivation to work for the company was greatly lowered and it almost threatened my passion for the field. Fortunately, my hunger towards being a better developer remained unshaken. I had to learn to be tougher by ensuring perfection in my craft while awaiting my big break.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
For all the young, innovative minds and problem solvers, I urge, “You can do anything as long as you put your mind to it”.