“GCA is bringing people from all over the world across different disciplines together to work on sustainable fashion solutions. Breakthroughs are bound to happen!”Betelhem Dessie
Betelhem Dessie is a 22-year-old Ethiopia’s leading youth technology education entrepreneur. She is named the youngest pioneer in Ethiopian emerging tech scene by CNN and BBC and is also included in the list for African innovators to watch for in 2019 by Quartz Africa.
Born and raised in Harar, Ethiopia, Betty was interested in computers starting from age 7. She started coding at the age of 10, and since then has continued to learn more, mastering the key aspects of computer science and robotics by her mid-teens.
After moving to Addis Ababa to be mentored by a government agency called INSA (Information Network Security Agency) she went out on her own and started doing software projects, for her own interest for various clients. All along, Betelhem has also been teaching kids computing and robotics.
Partnering with iCog Labs – Ethiopia’s first AI and robotics lab, she started an initiative called iCog – Anyone Can Code (ACC) hoping to create a platform in which children throughout the developing world can have the same opportunity as she had when she was a kid – and the ACC project is a product of that vision.
She is currently working with iCog Labs on the ACC project as a project manager along with founding and being an advisor for ‘Solve IT’ a project aimed at equipping the youth with the necessary skills to innovate and create their own startups in the developing world.
Betelhem have spoken and had discussions with industry leaders in summits and conferences like The Milken Institute – 2018 summit and MiT’s Solve event just to mention a few.
Member of the GCA Expert Panel: 2020 and 2022.