Ivy Barley
Profiles, Visionaries

Microsoft Appoints Ghana’s Tech Queen, Ivy Barley as Program Manager

  • Ivy Barley is the co-founder and CEO of Developers in Vogue, an organisation helping women embrace the tech industry.
  • She won a $10,000 prize as one of the ten finalists of the Kwese #GoGettaz Competition.
  • Ivy Barley also recognised as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians.

Global technology giant, Microsoft, has appointed Ivy Barley, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum as Program Manager to make a more significant impact in developing female developers to lead in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In 2017, Ivy co-founded Developers in Vogue to train African females in the latest technologies while also providing training, mentorship and job placement for them. Since then, Ivy, through her initiative, has continued to build a relevant community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionise Africa and beyond.

Ivy Barley teaching a young African girl how to code

Speaking on her appointment, Ivy said, “I’m glad to part of Microsoft, a company that’s leading technological advancement globally. I’m even more proud to be associated with a company that loves and supports the work we do at Developers in Vogue. This is literally ‘Come as you are, do what you love’,” she stated. Barley is the co-founder and CEO of Developers in Vogue, an organisation helping women embrace the tech industry.”

About Ivy Barley

Ivy Barley – Co-Founder Developers in Vogue, Ghana

Ivy Barley is a young, visionary, innovative and determined woman who is currently shaping a world where more African women will dare enough to lead in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She started her initiative to bridge the technology gap between males and females in the tech space and has been featured on various national and international media platforms including BBC, The Borgen Magazine and Deutsche Welle. She currently holds an MPhil. in Mathematical Statistics.

Starting Developers in Vogue

Ivy, while working at an all-girls pre-university where she taught Programming, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics discovered that the girls in her class were very enthusiastic about coding, as opposed to the popular belief “that women don’t like coding.”

Upon realising this, Ivy, in 2017, launched Developers in Vogue create the ideal environment for females to code, connect and collaborate. She organised her first coding Bootcamp, where she taught 20 girls to code in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. And at the end of the Bootcamp secured full-time job placement for five (5) girls, while another five (5) currently work as freelancers and six (6) recently won a Devless hackathon organised by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.

For her remarkable initiative, Ivy has won many awards and exhibition contests including the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship competition, TEN Ghana Elevator pitch Contest in June 2017, a ‎€15,000 prize for The E-Skills for Girls Competition in Berlin Germany, a $10,000 prize as one of the ten (10) finalists of the Kwese #GoGettaz Competition, and mentorship from Google.

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