by Mutsa-Pearl D, 15
My name is Mutsa-Pearl and I took part in the #YouthVsCovid online hackathon with TeensinAI. This was truly an incredible experience, which not only taught me tech/coding skills but the skills that I am sure will be vital in my future. I encourage everyone to take part in at least one hackathon because I have truly gained so much from participating in them. I am immensely grateful I was able to take part and thank the creators, especially Elena Sinel for organising this incredible event.
Our team chose to tackle the problem of Domestic Abuse, we were inspired by the talks from Mandy Sanghera and Ganesh. The problem of domestic abuse is a current, serious and growing problem which we knew we could help tackle — this is where Hopeful Home grew. Hopeful Home is an app we made to help victims of domestic abuse.
The highlight of the hackathon for me was watching my peers grow (who had never worked with AI) and see them (and myself!) fall in love with AI. Our challenges were more technical, but we were supported by our incredible mentors.
I would love to continue showing many girls that tech is an amazing place to be.
My vision for the future of Tech and AI
Everything around us incorporates technology and will continue to do so. People are therefore going to have to create that technology and I know I can be that person. However, this doesn’t make me feel entirely content. Today, we see products, which are flawed because they were not created by a diverse team. I rarely ever hear any young girls say they would want to grow up in AI or even tech when they are older.
My vision is that the future of tech is diverse: flourishing with a range of different races, genders, religions and furthermore.
I also hope even more Hackathons like the ones I have attended, are taken to countries where young people do not have the same opportunities I have had. This is one of my life goals — bring opportunities to those who are less privileged than I am. Tech is the future and not only do I want to be a part of it but I want to encourage others to explore it alongside me. I aim for a career in Fintech as I love both finance and tech, the fintech industry has a gender diversity problem and women only represent 29% of the staff in the sector so I hope as I continue my journey, I can get as many girls to discover the amazing world of AI and Tech.