Carolyne Ekyarisiima is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Apps and Girls Foundation, an organization that works to bridge the TECH gender gap in Tanzania which has resulted to a lack of women role models, a stereotype that girls are not good at Science, Technology and Math (STEM), low digital literacy in the country and lack of knowledge about tech careers both from personal connections and from career guidance.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer science and Master's degree in Information Systems from Kampala International University.
Carolyne believes in empowering girls with ICT skills because she believes in their capacity and innovation power to change the community and build an innovative generation – making Tanzania a better place for all, despite their gender.
Carolyne is a Tigo and Reach for change Digital change maker and was awarded a certificate of achievement in 2014 for her great efforts in improving children’s lives through innovation and digital technology at the Hackathon Prototype Change 2014 Sweden. She is also a 2016 YALI fellow and one of the YALI Tanzanian fellows to win a USADF grant of $25,000.