Muslamic Makers

Muslamic Makers

Muslamic Makers

Muslamic Makers helps the next generation of Muslim changemakers level up across the tech industry and beyond.

We do this through community events, mentorship and various skills development initiatives. Muslamic Makers started life back in 2016 when Murtaza Abidi and Arfah Farooq connected over Twitter, sharing concerns over the lack of representation in the technology scene. Our ideas about the need for a Muslim tech meetup coincided and together we founded Muslamic Makers. Muslamic Makers started life as a monthly meetup which gave Muslims a safe space to share ideas, network and collaborate. With poor representation across many sectors, our focus quickly turned towards addressing the shortage of minority groups leading the way across a range of industries.


Arfah Farooq

Arfah Farooq | Muslamic Makers

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.