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ISTG - The Innovative Science & Technology Group - is a Chicago-founded non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to the advancement of science and technology in underserved communities primarily within the US and Africa.

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Welcome2Africa presents The Agrique Africa Investment Summit 2016 (AAIS2016) - The Agrique Africa Investment Summit 2016 (AAIS2016), taking place on the 23rd June, in London, will bring together over 100 stakeholders of Africa’s Agricultural Sector.

The Agrique Africa Investment Summit is brought to you by Welcome2Africa. Welcome2Africa was founded upon the vision to be a leading provider of initiatives that drive investment and trade into Africa, with a current focus on Agribusiness in Africa. We are now hosting our 2nd exclusive summit in conjunction with leading players within the Agricultural sector. We are giving stakeholders; the opportunity to witness brilliant collaborations between agribusinesses and investors; a unique and exclusive insight into the opportunities available in the African Agricultural sector; a high profile networking platform for agribusinesses and investors; and the chance to enjoy a high calibre event.

We have selected the world's financial capital, London, as the host location, and this edition of the Agrique Africa series will draw upon the experiences of investors and financiers. We have invited seasoned investors to share their investment insights and knowledge with respect to investing in African agribusinesses.

The AAIS2016 will have two primary objectives, these are:
· To have financiers share their experiences in respect to financing African Agriculture/Agribusiness projects.
· To showcase a selection of investment opportunities from midsized Agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa.

Register here:!register/tofcq

2016 Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program - The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Future Faculty Career Exploration Program (FFCEP) is now accepting applications for the class of 2016. Apply today!

FFCEP is the cornerstone of our recruitment strategy and critical to the success of RIT’s diversity goals. We bring brilliant scholars who are nearing the end of their doctoral or MFA studies, as well as post-docs and junior faculty, to experience RIT as a prospective faculty member. When you participate in this program, you’ll have the chance to discover RIT’s unique teaching and research philosophy from our world-renowned faculty. The FFCEP program allows you to engage RIT Deans and Department Chairs in your academic work and career interests. You’ll also learn about current and upcoming position openings. This is not a job placement program, but rather an opportunity for you to experience what life as an RIT faculty member would be like during all-expenses-paid trip to Rochester, New York.

Who should apply?

-- Individuals able to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences. We are primarily interested in applicants of African American, Latin American, American Indian, or Alaskan Native descent, and others who are underrepresented and under-served in teaching professions at RIT.
-- Are within a year or two of receiving, or already received, a PhD or MFA degree, Postdoctoral assignment or a junior level faculty.
-- Desire a rewarding academic teaching and research career at an exceptional institution.
-- Receiving degrees in disciplines offered at RIT. For a complete list of programs offered, visit
-- Demonstrate a potential to fill current or anticipated vacancies.
-- Able to travel to Rochester, New York, for the duration of the entire program.

Apply Today!

To be considered for the program, please fill out and submit an online application using the link below. You will be required to submit your CV (résumé), cover letter that includes your statement of diversity, teaching statement, and research statement. Application Deadline is May 1, 2016. Apply Online Today!

Ghana Club Code in fundraising mode - Ghana Club Code, an afterschool digital club introducing children between the ages of 8-17 to basic programming skills, is currently fundraising, to assist in their fundraising effort and to support them please go to their Global Giving page:
To visit Ghana Club Code’s website, please go to:

ISTG Research and Analysis Institute - ISTG is proud to announce the official launch of the ISTG Research and Analysis Institute. The chief goal of this ISTG initiative is to provide various national and international stakeholders unique, reliable and relevant data (both quantitative and qualitative), as well as to offer pertinent analysis.

Joining Hive Chicago, the NCWIT K-12 Alliance and the VC4Africa's network- ISTG is pleased to announce that it has recently joined the Hive Chicago's network, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) K-12 Alliance and the VC4Africa network of partners. We are looking forward to collaborate and partner with these organizations and their respective networks.

ISTG Internships & Fellowships - ISTG is offering internsip & fellowship opportunities. If you are interested in becoming an ISTG intern or fellow, please contact us. For more information, please go to: ISTG Internships & Fellowships.

ISTG presented at conference -ISTG presented a highly successful session at the 22nd Annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, a four-day conference held in Arlington, Virginia from October 29 – November 1, 2015. This institute was hosted by The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and is the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the US, seeking careers in academia to become college professors, included over 1,100 scholars who attended the institute by invitation only.

In addition, ISTG also presented a workshop session at The IMPACT Conference held on February 18 – 21, 2016 at University of Massachusetts, in Amherst Massachusetts. According to The IMPACT Conference's website: “The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. The mission of IMPACT is to connect, educate, and mobilize college students, nonprofit professionals, and educators to strengthen their communities through service, action, and advocacy”.

Coming soon

SISTEM® one-on-one with Ms. Joey Rosenberg, Global Leadership Director, Women Who Code.

SISTEM® one-on-one from Austin, Texas with Ms. Maci Peterson, Founder and CEO of On Second Thought: An app that let you recall or take back text messages.

SISTEM® one-on-one from Santa Cruz, California with Ms. Ruiz-Decker, Communications & Marketing Manager of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

SISTEM® one-on-one Ms. Lisa Dezzutti, President of Women In Technology (WIT).

SISTEM® one-on-one from Houston, Texas with Will Davis, National President of MAES-Latinos in Science and Engineering.

SISTEM® one-on-one from San Francisco, California with Ms. Kelty Davis, Program Officer of Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), Institute of International Education (IIE).

SISTEM® one-on-one from San Diego, California with Ms. Leslie Fishlock Founder and CEO of Geek Girl Corporation.

Current featured ISTG's articles

July 25, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one with Mr. Mohamed Kante, Visionary and Chief Nerd, iNERDE: Empowering Youth with Opportunity.

June 13, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one with Mr. Tom Jackson and Ms. Gabriella Mulligan, Founders of Disrupt Africa.

June 6, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from South Africa with Mr. McLean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub.

June 6, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Kenya with Ms. Juliet Wanyiri, Founder of Foondi Workshops.

May 31, 2016 - Viewpoints® one-on-one from Fairbanks, Alaska with Mr. Richard Hum of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.

May 31, 2016 - Viewpoints® one-on-one with M.D.H., Ph.D: A Pharmaceutical Scientist's Perspective on STEM Education.

May 24, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Calgary, Canada with Mr. Noah Arney, Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP) Administrator, the Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University.

May 9, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, Founder and Executive Director of Science from Scientists.

April 26, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Tanger, Morocco with Mr. Mustapha Ouardouz, Founder of FabLab Tanger.

April 4, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with Ms. Talitha Hampton, National President of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and with Dr. Malinda Gilmore, Board Chair of NOBCChE.

March 28, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Greenbelt, Maryland with Dr. Carrie Brown, President of the National Dental Association (NDA).

March 28, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Alexandria, Egypt with Mr. Amr EL Shair, Founder of Alexandria Hackerspace.

March 28, 2016 - Viewpoints® one-on-one Mr. Terrell Morton and Ms. Mariel D. Friberg: Why STEM? - Part II.

March 24, 2016 - Viewpoints® one-on-one Mr. Abdallah Diagne, Ms. Jennifer Nicholas and Ms. Adrienne Eastland: Why STEM? - Part I.

March 23, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Accra, Ghana with Ms. Ernestina Edem Appiah, Founder of Ghana Code Club: An afterschool digital club introducing children between the ages of 8-17 to basic programming skills.

March 21, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Brooklyn, New York with Ms. Beth Rosenberg, Founder and Director of Tech Kids Unlimited: A not-for-profit technology-based educational organization for kids ages 8 to 18 with special needs.

March 15, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Washington, D.C. with Ms. Evelyn L. Wright, President of the National Association of University Women (NAUW): Serving women, youth and the disadvantaged in our communities and in developing countries by addressing educational issues, advancing the status of women's issues, and strategically partnering with allied organizations.

March 14, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Alexandria, Virginia with Dr. Heather Metcalf, Director of Research and Analysis of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS): The largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the US.

March 7, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Lagos, Nigeria with Ms. Desiree Craig, Technical Lead, Youth Education Program of Co-Creation Hub.

March 7, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Montgomery, Alabama with Mr. Steve Ricks, Director of Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).

March 7, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Nairobi, Kenya with Mr. Roy Ombatti of the Nairobi FabLab Robotics Outreach Program.

March 7, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one with Ms. Jamie Broadnax, Founder of Black Girl Nerds: An online community for women of color.

February 29, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania with Dr. Corrie Walton-Macaulay, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University.

February 29, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Nairobi, Kenya with Mr. Samir Ibrahim, Co-Founder and CEO of SunCulture: An innovative sustainable energy company providing solar-powered irrigation systems and agricultural extension services.

February 23, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Pasadena, California with Mr. Shai Reshef, President and Founder of University of the People (UoPeople): The world's first tuition-free online university, revolutionizing Higher Education.

February 22, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Nigeria, with Mr. R. J. Musah CEO & Founder, GutsHaven LLC : a technology company providing solutions to the most challenging problems in the emerging markets and owners of Asuqu Nigeria and Rwanda.

February 22, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Seattle, Washington with Mr. Scott Bellman, Program Manager at the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) at the University of Washington.

February 22, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Kisumu, Kenya with Mr. Chandi Tome, Founding Director of LakeHub: A technology innovation hub, open space for entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and makers in Kisumu.

February 17, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Uyo, Nigeria with Mr. Hanson Johnson, Founder and CEO of Start Innovation Hub: A technology pre-incubation center based in Uyo.

February 15, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Raleigh, North Carolina with Mr. David Schwenker, Principal of Wake STEM Early College High School (ECHS).

February 10, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Nairobi, Kenya with Ms. Sharon Nthoki Mutisya, Operations Manager of @iLabAfrica: A Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development.

February 8, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Alexandria, Virginia with Dr. Karl W. Reid, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): "A look at NSBE SEEK program (the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids)".

February 1, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Atlanta, Georgia with Dr. Mentewab Ayalew, Associate Professor of Biology at Spelman College.

February 1, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one from Dubai, United Arab Emirates with Mr. Rory McDougall, Business Development Associate and Project Manager of WOMENA: An angel investor group for women entrepreneurs from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

February 1, 2016 - SISTEM® one-on-one with Ms. Christa Preston, Executive Director of embraceKulture: Education for children with disabilities in Uganda.

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