This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to attend Balancing Work & Play: Technology getting in-step with your life event at the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel located at Upperhill Nairobi.
The event was jointly hosted by Lenovo and Intel East Africa to empower women and mothers to use technology to aid them in their pursuit of work-life balance.
Intel East Africa came on board through it’s She Will Connect Program . This is a program that aims at reaching over 5 million women and reducing the gender gap by 50% in the sub-Saharan region.
The main question on people’s minds at the event was, is it possible to balance work and play?
Beatrice Odero Founder of Supa Mamas (a platform to get mothers to feel good about themselves) was the main speaker at the event.
She shared her personal experience of how she is able to balance different areas of her life such as work, business, motherhood, hobbies and fitness both as a mother and a wife.
From her talk, I learnt that technology can be used to enhance the lives of mothers and they should consider using it as a way to increase their productivity and ultimately improve their lives.
It’s important to note that technology can have a negative huge impact on our personal lives, an example is the time children spend playing video games or the time we spend on our smart phones may mean that less time may be spent with our loved ones.
The truth is, technology has provided women and mothers with endless options for getting things done from literally anywhere from coffee shops, to shopping malls, at work or at home. All you need is a secure access to WiFi and you’re all set!
Joy Ochuka, the Marketing Manager of Lenovo East Africa presented their Yoga series 2 in 1 PC’s which are a perfect fit for a busy working mother.
The Yoga 700 ultraportable convertible laptop definitely peeked my interest with its stunning display. The laptop can function as a laptop or a tablet on a unique tent mode display.
The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10, 250 HHD, 8GDRIII RAM, 1080 pixels screen resolution, 2MP front camera, solid state drives (SSD’s in place of hard drives. Current market price for this laptop is Kshs 110,000.
This slim, portable, and not to mention environmentally friendly laptop can be used for home and office and fits comfortably in your handbag or purse.
Ben Kinoti Intel’s Education Project Manager for East and Southern Africa was also one of the speakers at the event. He currently runs a platform to discuss how kids are using technology.
As an online security expert he explained some of the threats the internet posses to children. Some of the questions he answered and I found fascinating were, how would you know what websites your kids are accessing online? How can you control what your kids are posting online? How can you restrict access to certain apps or websites on your devices from your kids?
At the end of the event I learned that it is possible to achieve a work-life balance and technology can be your unmatched partner in helping you find that efficiency in our day to day lives as women and mothers.