Deadline: January 6, 2020

AkiraChix is a center for excellence and believes that access to education and training is of paramount importance for young women to support them in moving out of the vicious cycle of low-skills, low-productivity, and low-wage employment and as a pathway to bridging the gender gap in the Information Technology industry.

CodeHive is a year-long fully-funded residential program by AkiraChix that provides education and economic opportunity to young women between the age of 19-23 from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

These young women are those that have completed high school but due to financial constraints are unable to further their education.

codeHive is a project-based learning program that aims to develop capacity in Graphic Design, Mobile App Development (Java, Android), HTML/CSS and JavaScript (React Js), Python/Django , Product Design (Fusion), Electronics (Arduino), Entrepreneurship, Navigating your journey (Building and growing yourself and others as a woman in Tech), and Professional Development (Getting ready to concur the workforce).

One goal of AkiraChix is to help you develop as a unique individual—to be educated as a whole person, intellectually, emotionally, socially and ethically. Your development and learning as an individual occur, in part, when you engage in relationships with others and in activities that optimally challenge you. To enhance your growth and learning, become actively involved in the life of the AkiraChix community, engage your fellow students, faculty, staff, and AkiraChix various communities of interests and form relationships that both challenge and support your growth. Your journey of individual development does not occur in isolation; it takes place within a dynamic learning community. As a diverse institution, AkiraChix attempts to balance its needs—to foster freedom for individual growth, to support its various communities of interests, and to fulfill its broader teaching and skills development mission.


Every young woman admitted to the codeHive program receives financial assistance that allows them to go through the program. The cost of tuition per student is $ 5100, this covers:

  • One year of tuition-free, accommodation, extracurricular activities, meals, transportation, and personal amenities.
  • Access to health care during emergencies.
  • Access to technology hubs and maker spaces in Nairobi for tech events and prototyping respectively
  • One year of tuition-free, accommodation, extracurricular activities, meals, transportation, and personal amenities.
  • Access to a selected pool of mentors, who will advise on careers and personal growth. “Women in Tech Role models”.
  • Access to conditional 6 months incubation after the one-year codeHive program dedicated to finding and securing employment for codeHive graduates as well as business mentoring and incubation for early-stage startups


To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have a minimum grade of C-
  • Be between the age of 19 – 23 by Feb 1st, 2020
  • Completed high school no later than 2018
  • Fluent in English both speaking and writing
  • Be from Kenya or Uganda
  • Interested in Technology or using Technology to bring change to communities
  • Available full time from Feb – Dec 2020, and expected to stay on campus for the duration of the program.
  • Demonstrate leadership i.e be able to demonstrate your involvement in leadership activities either at home, school, church, and community
  • Committed to serve
  • Be a changemaker

Selection Steps:

  • 1st step – Shortlisting
  • 2nd step – One on one/ Whatsapp video interviews
  • 3rd step – Decision Release

Application Timeline:

  • 30th Nov 2019 – application open
  • 6th Jan 2020 – application deadline
  • 7th – 10th Jan 2020 – review of applications by AkiraChix team. 10th Jan 2020 – shortlisted applicants are invited for a one on one/Whatsapp video conferencing interview (note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted)
  • 20th Jan – admissions decision release (note only the final 50 will be contacted)
  • 1st Feb – orientation and enrollment into the campus.

How to apply:

Click here to apply

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