Meghan Hector is a radio broadcaster, tech enthusiast and ambassador for The Justice Desk, which is an award-winning Human Rights Organization with a specific focus on women empowerment. Her media career started while she was a student at UCT and she was head-hunted to work in commercial radio at the age of 19. In 2018, Meghan relocated to Johannesburg to begin her pivot into technology. There she worked in the start-up ecosystem on projects such as FashionTECH Africa which formed part of The Threads Stitched By Standard Bank entrepreneurship accelerator program and AI in townships, in association with the Kgalema Mothlanthle Foundation, which formed part of the Educate 1 Million initiative aimed at making ICT and design thinking more accessible to all.

Meghan is currently working in product management at a PropTech start up in Cape Town as well as on radio at Smile FM. Her functional experience of how the media industry has been disrupted by 4IR over the last decade fuels her passion to support people in upskilling themselves in technology. As a Philosophy and Political Studies graduate, her ability to think critically and move from first principles coupled with her love for both tech and women make her a great moderator for Women in ICT 2020.


Women in ICT has been birthed by, Founder and Chairperson of On The Ball Foundation, Kim Palmer, who is a successful female entrepreneur whose IT training college called On The Ball College, has been running for almost two decades. Kim is passionate about creating tangible social impact by creating opportunities for young girls to engage with technology to better prepare them for the 4th industrial revolution through her robotics programs, ICT training as well as this annual event.

Noluvuyo Mpekelana
Noluvuyo is an award winning technology professional. She is a Founder and Managing Director for CodeNgwana, an organisation that is focused on teaching kids how to code. Her main objective is to help the African child go digital through teaching computational thinking and coding to kids. She has 10 years experience in IT management from various industries.
Her entry into the education and technology space was mainly inspired by the skills shortages in the field of technology. She wanted to do something to change that, based on her love for knowledge and creating new solutions. She holds a Bcom honours degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town (UCT) along with various industry certifications and management qualifications.
She is a kids book author, and writes stories of technology for children. Among her work she serves as a board member at Waves for Change, an organisation that focuses on mental health through surf therapy. She is also heavyly involved in the social entrepreneurship space and serves as a mentor for the Miller Centre of Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. Nolu is a firm believer and advocate for digital inclusion. She is also a mother, who loves art and travelling. She believes children are natural problem solvers as their minds are uncorrupted. When they are empowered a whole new world of possibilities is possible.

Timothy Maurice Webster
Timothy is the author of four bestselling books on human and brand behavior. His research focuses on the link between Brain Power and Brand Influence. Timothy, born and raised in America, has worked between America, Africa and emerging markets for the past decade. His research, talks and media work explore the evolving trends in Neuroscience and how professionals and organizations should think about how the brain processes identity, brand power and human behavior.
Timothy’s work is inspired by his studies in branding, design and neuroscience from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sloan School of Management and Brookstone College. Timothy’s research interest are- Personal Brand Leadership, Brand Influence and Gender Equality.

Charmaine Van Der Merwe
Charmaine’s passion for learning and helping others grow is something she gets to enjoy daily in her role as Training Manager in UCT’s Information and Communication Technology department (ICTS). She is in her element when she is able to combine creativity, fun and aspects of gaming while helping people learn more about tech and how to use it optimally. Charmaine thrives in keeping abreast of new technologies and is on a continuous self-learning journey, which aids her in finding new and exciting ways to help people learn.

Her qualifications range from an International Teaching and Training diploma from City and Guilds to an Advanced Certificate in Adult Education from UCT.


Laura Barker has a portfolio of working in a variety of areas within the information technology and services industry.
She has gained extensive experience in a variety of technical fields including Graphic Design, Web Design and Development, Programming, Technical Documentation, Test Analysis, Instructional Design and Training. Over the last two years she has served on the Sintrex Management Team in the position of the Training and Content Manager. In this role she has been responsible for the running of their prestigious internship programme, internal training and product documentation.
Laura studied Information Technology at Northlink College, has an Honours degree in Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in English and Psychology from UNISA. She is also registered with the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) and is IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) certified. Laura strongly believes in the value of hard work and perseverance in all that she does and strives to continuously educate herself and diversify her skillset, believing that no form of education or experience is ever wasted. She aims to empower and inspire others to believe in themselves and their abilities to achieve success in all that they do.

Michael Steyn (Mike), Operations Director of Aspire Solutions foundered Aspire in 2004 with a specialisation within geo-spatial technology. A family man making a change to embark on a new business venture within the tough South African market.
Mike comes from an engineering background and has a BSc in Civil Engineering. This has equipped him well for the problem solving and solution engineering aspect of business analysis and the applied use of business systems.
Over a period of fourteen years, Mike has led the development and implementation of many complex enterprise information technology projects.
Prior to working in the information technology environment, he has worked as a design and project management engineer in South Africa, Namibia and England.
Naturally Aspire Solutions faced the challenge all entrepreneurs are faced with identifying both the brand, specialisation and the competition within industry. With determination, vision and the synergy of good partnerships Aspire is here as a specialist solution technology company.
Aspire having a more technical approach initially, and being well versed in creating partners within the industry who identified the niche approach partnered with Evolve Management as an implementation partner in 2016, and with a good working balance it became apparent that visions of the companies were aligned, being confident within the capability of bringing value to organisations. In 2017, Mushfiqoh (Evolve Management) and Aspire Solutions partnered and have only looked forward to making a mark within the Information Technology Industry. Simply put Mike refers to Mushfiqoh and her business rapport as ‘his ying to his yang’.
Mike also enjoys Hockey and Hiking.

Mushfiqoh Samodien, Business Director of Aspire Solutions, found her foundation within the larger corporates of FMCG and Oil and Gas creating a solid track record within Finance, Project Management and Business Analysis, Change and Transition Management and an invaluable focus on Business Relationship Management. With having vast experience in various industries within business process management and communication. This has equipped her well for the problem solving and the solution design aspect of business transformation and the applied use of business systems.
With a period of 16 years within the information technology environment, she has been exposed to both local and international markets fulfilling analysis, strategy, implementation and management across enterprise information technology projects. Embarking on a career as an entrepreneur in 2014, starting a consultancy (Evolve Management), the road was faced with all the entrepreneurial risks and challenges.

With the will power to achieve, once more a partnership manifested between Evolve and Aspire Solutions in 2016, on the basis of a values and strategic drivers for Aspire.
Mushfiqoh joined Aspire fully as a Director and Shareholder in 2017. The synergy and vision shared between partners are the key to success. Mushfiqoh easily admits to the success and was aligned to the growth on the hard roads walked between both parties. Mike and Mushfiqoh equally share the need to inspire, educate and empower. A huge focus within Aspire Solutions strategic pillars to success.
Her will to empower and her passion proves vital in the era of entrepreneurs.

Dr Nick Bradshaw
CEO AI Media Group & AI Expo Africa
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About AI Expo Africa

With 3700+ members, AI Expo Africa is now entering its 3rd successful year and is the largest B2B trade focused Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data Science conference in Africa. Our 2020 ONLINE conference and expo will run on 3rd-4th September 2020 and builds upon the phenomenal success of the 2018 / 2019 events that were held in Cape Town, South Africa, that cemented it as the largest gathering of its kind, with over 1000+ registered decision makers, investors, buyers, suppliers, innovators, SMBs and global brands in the region focusing on real world AI and Data Science business applications.
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Dylan Kohlstädt
Dylan is a serial entrepreneur and speaker who knows how to use digital marketing and social media to grow a business and build a brand that people love. Dylan founded Shift ONE Digital in 2011 and the Digital Marketing Academy in 2013. She recently launched her #AskDK YouTube show where she shares her knowledge on digital marketing, marketing and entrepreneurship with her followers.
Dylan has over 20 years of marketing and digital marketing management experience in gaming, insurance, financial and property industries and could be considered a subject matter expert on all things digital.
She has extensive local and international experience (South Africa, UK and Australia), and has managed global and national brands in multiple languages and countries.
Dylan has her IMM (3 years) Marketing Diploma as well as an MBA through Unisa.

She is married with two young girls and knows the challenges of being a mompreneur. She lives in Cape Town and enjoys surfing, writing books as well as playing guitar and painting in her spare time, of which there is very little these days.

Megan Abrahams
Megan Abrahams is a 38-year-old wife and mom to a beautiful 13-year-old daughter and two German shepherd fur-children. She is passionate about customer service, IT and the enhancement of womxn in the IT sector. She has 17 years’ experience in the IT support field in Higher Ed and currently manages the University of Cape Town’s central IT service desk.

In her role as Senior Manager, she leads 35 skilled staff members who research, test and support existing, new and emerging desktop technologies. Her team logs, routes and actions all ICT support calls from UCT staff and students, including offering hardware and software support to Windows, Apple Mac, Linux users and mobile devices. Her portfolio also includes managing a walk-in service for staff and students at various locations on campus, and the university switchboard.

Megan has a Diploma in Business Computing, Associate in Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice from UCT’s Graduate School of Business. Megan is also certified as a Technical Trainer and ITIL Practitioner and is currently in the process of completing an Honours Degree in Information Systems Management.
Thanks to her passion for supporting and promoting the profile of women in ICT, Megan is one of the six founding members of the Celebrating Womxn in IT group. Their main goal is to foster and strengthen the role of womxn in ICT as well as contribute towards the development of their professional skills.


Charlene Verzmoter is currently the Philanthropies Lead for Microsoft South Africa, responsible for designing and implementing the philanthropies strategy for the country, identifying strategic non-profit partners to implement skill for employability programmes for the underserved youth in communities.

Microsoft Global Skills Initiative
Helping 25 million job seekers worldwide gain the skills for in-demand roles in a more digital economy.
As organizations of all sizes consider how best to work in a COVID-19 environment, we’ll see increased use of digital technology and therefore a stronger demand for digital skills. This is not just about technical jobs, but an increasing number of jobs that will become ‘tech-enabled’. Across almost every industry—including retail, manufacturing, education, and health—organizations will look to use technology in new ways so they can continue to deliver services to customers.

Roshan Harneker is the Senior Manager of the Information and Cybersecurity Services team at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She holds a MCom and BCom Honours degree in Information Systems specialising in Digital Forensics from UCT. Roshan has extensive IT experience spanning digital forensics, network engineering, information security, cybersecurity, systems administration, project management and technical management.

A career in cybersecurity is a top trending career path right now, and by trending we mean it is one of the most sought-after employment opportunities in the current job market because there is no lack of vacancies to be filled and employment is almost guaranteed. The need to protect software, information and network security systems has never been greater thanks to the full-scale arrival of the digital age assisted by the current COVID-19 crisis which has resulted in most companies’ staff members working from home.

Samantha Rule is the Head of Information and Cybersecurity at a global Financial Institution and has over 22 years IT sector experience with more than 15 years of those specialising in information security and digital forensics both in South Africa and Europe.

A career in cybersecurity is a top trending career path right now, and by trending we mean it is one of the most sought-after employment opportunities in the current job market because there is no lack of vacancies to be filled and employment is almost guaranteed. The need to protect software, information and network security systems has never been greater thanks to the full-scale arrival of the digital age assisted by the current COVID-19 crisis which has resulted in most companies’ staff members working from home.

Shadley Booi is a facilitator at On The Ball College. He started his young career in Information Technology in 2015 by when he became fascinated with various computer technologies and programming. Completing his Information Technology and Computer Science certificate at False Bay College, he then did an internship at On The Ball College. Through his passion for IT and his strong work ethic, he would eventually work his way into becoming training facilitator for OTBC. He is also the lead for helpdesk support at the college. Shadley enjoys tinkering with computer hardware as well as researching about upcoming cell phone technologies and robotics.

Robotics is the intersection of science, engineering and technology that produces machines, called robots, that substitute for (or replicate) human actions. The Robotics hub will showcase the background of robotics, potential jobs within the robotics field, reasons for doing robotics, as well as demonstrate the use of robotics. The robots we will be using for demonstration is the Lego Mindstorms and lego boost.

Wesley Solomon is a facilitator and database administrator at On The Ball College. Starting his career in IT Diploma at CPUT, Wesley worked within industry for a number years doing data warehousing for Shell. Having a passion for both technology and teaching, he has nearly 10 years’ experience in lecturing and facilitation IT subjects at numerous educational levels. He is a registered MictSETA assessor and moderation for their recognized IT qualifications, as well as having various Microsoft certifications.

3D Printing
3D Printing is the process of creating a physical object from a three-dimensional computer-generated model. Through this process it provides a foundation in various fields of 3D Design Engineering, 3D Printing Specialist Animation, Biomedical Technology Specialization and 3D Customization and Prototyping. 3D Printing also forms part of the 4th Industrial Revolution, firmly cementing its place in future technologies. HUB topics include: History of 3D Printing and its future, Current and potential job opportunities, Demonstrating the setting up the 3D Printer for use, Demonstrating the creation of a basic 3D Model with software and printing it.


Women in ICT 2019

Background Information

  • On the Ball College seeks to address the skills gap and adapt to the 4th Industrial Revolution through education, training and development, with a robust focus on enabling women to become tech savvy and preparing them for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Once a year in August, as part of celebrating women’s month, the college hosts an event that is open community where young girls, ICT industry experts and giants come together to share ideas, present opportunities and collaborate for their growth and advancement.

    In 2017, the first Women in ICT event was held at the Castle of Good Hope in partnership with a speaking out series that focuses on areas communities were encouraged to talk about.

    The second event in 2018 was hosted at College of Cape Town. This saw a collaboration of On The Ball College, educators, the city, schools and industry leaders in the ICT space such as Oracle, Microsoft, Comptia. Event goers reflected on women’s role the ICT industry for the past, present and future development.

    Both Women in ICT events were free to attend and accessible to the community at large. It has now grown into an annual event where women in the ICT sector uplift each other, share insights and information; develop partnerships and ideas on how to break the barriers and norms in ICT industry.

Contact Us

  • Participate in this years Women In ICT event by completing the following registration form:

  • Alternatively, you may contact us with the following methods:
    Telephone: (021) 447-0979

Terms and conditions for the Women in ICT 2020 seminar
The prizes for the competition are as follows:

  1. Competition period: The competition will run 29 August 2020.
  2. Eligible participants:
    • Only registered attendees are eligible to win the prizes.
    • Organisers, speakers, and sponsors of the Women in ICT event as well as anyone who has not registered for the event may not enter the competition or win the prizes.
  3. How to enter:
    • Prizegiving one: Share, tag and like a picture of you and your screen on Instagram with the hashtag #womaninICT2020
    • Share, like and tag yourself jiving to Jarrad Rickett’s music set. The individuals with the most likes will win amazing prizes.
  4. Prizes:
    • 5 Hampers (water bottle, t-shirt and cheese board) sponsored by Sintrex
    • 2 Tablets sponsored by We Train ICT powered by On the Ball College
    • 2 Blue Tooth headsets sponsored by We Train ICT powered by On the Ball College
    • 2 Ticket to the Innovation Summit
      • Prizes are limited to one per person.
      • The prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
      • Winners will be randomly drawn.
      • Winners will be contacted telephonically.
      • Prizes are to be collected from On the Ball College in Observatory:
        • Address:
          • 4th Floor Deneb House, 368 c/o Browning & Main Rd (Entrance in Browning)
          • Observatory
          • Cape Town
        • Telephone: (021) 447-0979
        • Email:
      • If a prize is not claimed within 14 days of the prize-winner being announced, the winner forfeits the prize.
  5. When collecting the prize, the winner must produce a valid means of identification (passport, driver's licence, or ID book).
  6. Falsified or duplicate entries will not be considered.
  7. The Women in ICT organising committee reserves the right to disqualify your entry if there are reasonable grounds to believe that you have breached any of these rules.
  8. In the case of any disputes regarding these rules, the decision of the Women in ICT organising committee will be final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The Women in ICT organising committee reserves the right to alter, amend, or close the competition as necessary.