Dr Mmaki Jantjies, 33, is one of the most influential young black academics in her field and has used her education and influence as a leader to create access to education for young South Africans. She is the head of the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape. Her PhD was focused on creating mobile applications that would enable children from non-English speaking backgrounds to get access to mobile mathematics and science learning tools in Setswana and isiXhosa.
Her current research focuses on the use of mobile applications to improve learning in South African schools. Jantjies is passionate about using technology to enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to, not only get access to online resources, but also learn programming skills and gain exposure to high tech such as robotics. She also runs an NGO that works in such schools to expose teachers to technology infused teaching.
Jantjies is a regional coordinator for the Mozilla Women & Girls Club in Cape Town that teaches Grade 9 girls tech skills and exposes them to the idea of having a career in IT.
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Nominated in category: Visionary