Meet UK Inspiring Juniors 2018 winner Avye Couloute, from London.
1. How did you first get into technology?
I first became interested in tech when I was seven after attending a coding class. It was fun and I wanted to explore more. Soon after I began going to the Raspberry Jams in Covent Garden & then different Coder dojos in London.
2. Tell us about your project.
I wanted to help get more girls involved in coding and tech so I organised my own Girls Into Coding event for 15 girls, delivering three different workshops – and I gave each girl a kit to continue coding and physical computing at home and beyond. I also shared with them some of the books that I’ve found inspiring. To help me do this, I reached out to some of the people that I know in the tech and digital making community and they agreed to be part of the event - helping to deliver workshops, lightning talks and to help with the smooth running of the event on the day. The event took place on Sunday 8th July and it was a success. The next step would be to build upon the success of this event & use it as a launch pad to develop & deliver a series of similar events throughout the year.
3. What do you love about technology?
I love coding and physical computing. I’ve had a lot of fun using the Micro: bit and Raspberry Pi to control robots that I make out of upcycled objects. It’s great using different components and new types of technology. When I’m stuck or just don’t understand something, there’s always someone from the tech and digital making community that is willing to help - it’s a really great network. The things that I make & projects that I have worked on have given me opportunities to experiment, invent, discover, share, network, collaborate, challenge myself & grow.
4. Who inspires you?
There are lots of people that inspire me. Sometimes it’s their ideas; their determination; their passion; their drive; their energy; their mission; their entrepreneurialism; their attitude or their courage. The people below have all inspired me in some way. Some of them I have read or heard about, while others I have met or reached out to.
- Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-Founder, Head Stemette & CEO of Stemettes
- Reshma Saujani, Founder/CEO of Girls Who Code
- Rachel Konichiwakitty, Stem cell eye Scientist & Fashion Tech Maker
- Cat Lamin, Tech independent Consultant, Geek girl, CAS Master Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator
- Kari Lawler, 15-year-old tech entrepreneur
- Taylor Richardson, 14-year-old young female African American who aspires to be an astronaut, TeenVogue 21Under21
- Allie Weber, 13 yr old- TeenVogue 21Under21, Maker girl
- Aoibheann Mangan, 11-year-old, EU digital girl of 2017
- Femi Owolade-Coombes, 12-year-old coder, entrepreneur
5. What is your ultimate dream for the future?
To create more opportunities to bring more and more girls to the STEM table, who will, in turn, do the same - and maybe together enter STEM careers & start businesses.