STEMinist Profile: Karen Kuria, Director of Mobile Applications Development

Karen Kuria

Karen Kuria

Director, Mobile Applications Development
Kamilifu Solutions Ltd

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
Growing up I was always fascinated by technology and I was a curious child. I needed to know how stuff worked and what made it work. A career in technology came up naturally for me. After my undergraduate degree, I got a scholarship to study a masters degree in the same field.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
There is a project I am currently working on together with a team from two different continents. We are collaborating online and sharing code to build an e-reader application that will allow authors to post and sell their work online and users will also be able to download books at a fee using a local mobile payment solution. I am one of the two project managers and it is an exciting thing for me, virtual project management and working with people in a different continent.

Role models/heroes:
I look up to several women in Kenya who despite all odds have made it in the tech field and have been involved in ICT4D projects and a few who work for Google Kenya.

Why do you love working in STEM?
Technology is always evolving and there are new things to learn everyday making it interesting.

Advice for future STEMinists?
You can achieve anything you put your mind to. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Love what you do and things will fall in place naturally.

Favorite website or app:
My favorite app is PesaSmart, an Android app I developed to help me track my expenses.

Twitter: @kareynzs

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