Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2021
Maurine Chepkoech, is a vice-chancellor's award recipient and First-Class Honors graduate, BSc. Telecommunication and Information Engineering from JKUAT. She was the only Kenyan selected as a Google Women Tech-Makers scholar 2018 across EMEA due to her outstanding academic performance, acts of leadership and community service. Additionally, she was a travel grant recipient to the largest women in technology conference, The Grace Hopper Celebration. In 2020,she was selected as a Mozilla Open leader where she works to train and mentor on digital safety.
Motivated by her passion for leadership, she wills to channel her technical expertise to her mentees. She has mentored at E-kraal Innovation hub, SheHacks_ke, Digisafety, AnitaB.Org, KamiLimu, Technovation. Such work led to her selection among top six Women under 30 breaking barriers in STEM by Mawazo institute and the Next Einstein Forum, 2019. Maurine is making remarkable contributions to research into cyber-security through her work at E-kraal hub by focusing on Mobile security and Reverse engineering.With Google’s WTM support, she has gone a step further and founded Kuza, a mentorship program aimed to well equip high school students, by offering them guidance and training on technical and personal skills.
She aims to mentor students into believing that they have what it takes to perform well and pursue the careers they desire while breaking societal stereotyping. Through the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, she will be pursuing a Master of Engineering in Telecommunications at the University of Cape Town.