Most Ethiopian kids don’t have the opportunity or resources to reach their full potential.
However 19-year-old Betelhem Dessie became Ethiopia’s youngest pioneer and in the tech scene. Dessie is currently working in one of the most unique artificial intelligence labs in the world. The same lab where Sophia the robot was developed and now Dessie has four software programs that are solely hers. At such a young age, the Ethiopian government already hired her to create an app used to map rivers and used for irrigation. Her interest in tech started at the tender age of 9 when there was no money for 9th birthday she decided that she would make money to celebrate her birthday.
Her first job was as a videographer.
She started editing videos and sending music to customer’s phones. For her birthday she managed to make 90 dollars then celebrated her birthday. iCog launched in 2013 and Ethiopia’s tech industry is set to take off even faster this year following the liberalization of the country’s economy under new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.