Olu Ibrahim has always loved to learn. Encouraged by her parents’ move from Nigeria to the United States to further their education, Ibrahim fell in love with technology at the age of seven when her father brought home ‘the future’ — a Gateway 2000 computer.
My father made the experience so exciting for me and my sisters,” said Ibrahim. Every day, we looked at different components to figure out how they worked. That feeling of discovery is something I want every child to share.”
That passion for learning and teaching has motivated her throughout her career. The founder and CEO of Kids in Tech, Inc., Ibrahim partners with school districts and youth development organizations to provide technology education for children in afterschool programs. Previously, she served as an Education Pioneers Fellow with the Memphis Music Initiative, directed a high school technology internship program, and taught middle school. A finalist for the 2017 Young Professional of the Year award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Ibrahim is a fierce advocate for creating a safer, healthier, and more equitable world.
For the last decade, Ibrahim has played an integral role in helping education-related nonprofits design strategies for adapting to the technology revolution. She founded Kids in Tech, Inc. to educate young people to become the next generation of tech-savvy leaders. Through Kids in Tech, Inc. she plans to make computer science education a priority from an early age, excite young learners about technology, and foster in them a sense of curiosity and learning.
“Talking about youth development, STEM/STEAM, and innovation makes me smile,” Ibrahim said. “But what really inspires me is the hope that my efforts will equip young people with the marketable skills to not only staff, but also lead, the American tech industry.”