OPENWORLD Ltd. CEO, Mrs. Dorcas Muthoni Ngatia, was this month inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame. Mrs. Muthoni Ngatia, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the CEO and founder of OPENWORLD LTD, a software company she started at the age of 24. OPENWORLD is now a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in the Eastern Africa region.
Launched by the Internet Society in 2012, the Internet Hall of Fame in its virtual museum celebrates Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world who believed in the design and potential of an open Internet and, through their work, helped change the way we live and work today.
The Ceremony, which was hosted by the Internet Society’s Honk Kong Chapter on the 8th April, saw 24 other inductees recognized and honored for their achievements.
Dorcas was awarded the honour Global Connector, recognizing individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the internet.
OPENWORLD Ltd. has been involved in the delivery of some of the most widely used Web and cloud applications in Africa, such as ARIS, an African Union reporting application used by all 54 member states; the Performance Management System for the Government of Kenya, automating performance contracting in the public sector; and OpenBusiness, a revolutionary cloud-based small and medium-size business management tool.
Muthoni is also the founder of the regional organization AfChix, a mentorship and capacity building initiative for women in computing across Africa. Since 2004, AfChix activities have included organizing annual Computing Career Conferences with a special emphasis on encouraging computing careers for young women and high school girls; continuous career development for women in technology and role-modeling for upcoming women in computing.
Muthoni has been an Internet Society (ISOC) Fellow to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Bank infoDev Global Forum. In 2008, she was an Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology’s Change Agent award winner and in 2009 she was selected to the Women’s Forum Rising Talent Network, a network of highly talented women with the potential to become influential figures in the future. In 2013, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; an honour bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders from around the world under the age of 40.
Through her work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society, governments and enterprises.