Fancy getting yourself onto an exclusive program from the US state department which aims to mentor women in IT throughout Africa and the Middle East in skills and networking opportunities and includes the potential to visit successful entrepreneurs and engineers in America? Then get yourself to Twitter at 18:00 tonight and get watching the #TW2014Chat hashtag.

TechWomen, an organisation sponsored by the US government, is holding a ‘Tweetchat’ around that hashtag. Anyone is welcome to get involved and send questions or discussion points into the Twitter stream. There’ll be inspirational stories told in 140 characters or less from alumni of the organisation’s bursary program, and lots of advice about how to apply yourself.

Apparently there’s a dedicated website which requires login that you can also use to follow the chat.

As the name suggests, TechWomen is all about getting more females into STEM subjects and looking at ways to increase opportunities and improve education and provide “the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities”. So even if you’re not interested, you may well know someone who is.

The deadline for the next round of sign-ups is 10th February.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.