Arfah Farooq

I am a collaborator who loves bashing and connecting random ideas to create one big vision that will impact the world in a positive way. Since my school days I’ve always been involved in something “extra” from school council to community projects to becoming a London 2012 Gamesmaker and then sat on the Youth Board for the London Development Corporation.

I was on the first pilot youth coaching programme run by Spark+Mettle that led me to co-found Discoverables a website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths. Co-founding the platform has led me to secure investment from Big issue invest and Wayra UnLtd where I started my #startupkid journey and worked on on a product called Up: a skills development and feedback tool for businesses and youth organisations.

The startup didn’t quite work out but your learn from your failures. I then joined Makers Academy a 12 week coding bootcamp and worked there as a marketeer for over 2 years getting more people from diverse backgrounds into coding. I achieved a 51% female cohort (smashing the 13% industry average).

While working at Makers Academy I become even more passionate about other forms of Diversity. With a friend I co-founded Muslamic Makers a community which aims to encourage and provide confidence for Muslims to seek a career in Tech. This involves networking with existing Muslim entrepreneurs and leaders, and providing a platform for them to share their experiences with young muslims who aspire to work in the sector. I’m also 2017 fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship exploring Muslim Women in Technology in USA, UAE and Pakistan.

Right now i’m currently on my fellowship and working freelance for Detective Dot as a marketing consultant. Detective Dot is all about inspiring kids into coding through storytelling.