Sandi Chimpala is a Technology Blogger and Analyst at TechTrends Zambia, and she writes about the latest technological innovations in Zambia as well as products and services by mobile operators, other telcos, satellite TV providers, and startups. She also analyses the latest technology gadgets and publishes online for consumers to use as a guide before purchasing it.
She is also a digital media specialist with many years’ experience in building social media reputations of both businesses and individuals. She has worked with the Africa Internet Group under Kaymu, radio stations such as Rock FM, Power FM, and is currently with the BBC Media Action in curating digital content for its projects, and mentoring partner media outlets. Her skills in include social media production and management, digital crisis control, online reputation solutions.
Why did you get into STEM?
It was a no-brainer having a father in the STEM field who I was very close to. His work as a lab scientist was very exciting for me so I developed an interest in the sciences very early on in life, but with a focus on environmental management which I have a Bachelor of Sciences in. Later, I took a step in the technology blogging field and focused on addressing issues like technology trends, digital gender gaps and digital content and applications.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Getting to travel parts of world because of my passion for technology blogging and representing Zambia as a woman in STEM, at global events, and having won 2 national awards: ‘Best Online Technology Writer’ in the Airtel Media Excellence Awards of 2015, and the ‘Digital Woman of The Year’ in the Zambian Women of The Year Awards 2016 for my work.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
The almost ever-present stereotypes of a woman trying to be a leader in the technology sector, that a female doesn’t know much or can’t tell the men what to do is the hardest thing to ever go through as I tried to progress. My response is to not back down and continue my work, letting it speak for itself.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
The STEM sector is a still a tough space for women, but if you’re tougher you’ll get the respect you’ve always deserved. Just work hard, be confident and do you!