2016 Final position: 24
Rebecca Franks was named the first Google Developer Expert in Johannesburg, as well as the first woman in Africa to receive this title. As a Senior Android Developer, Franks decided to get involved with a Non-Profit Organisation called Book Dash last year, after she realised they shared ideas of solving the same problem: literacy.
Book Dash offers free African storybooks in languages such as English, Zulu, Sesotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans. After reading their stories, Franks volunteered to create an Android app for Book Dash in order to showcase these free books, and contribute to improving the literacy of children in South Africa and Africa at large. The app already contains over 60 free books in various languages, and is open source – meaning that the source code is available for downloading.
Other than being an Android expert and dedicated volunteer, Franks simply loves to bake in her spare time, and is constantly on the hunt for the best lemon meringue recipe.