Women in Technology event 2018
Celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday, 8 March 2018 in the WIT Arena.
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Location: WIT Arena
About the event
Waterford Institute of Technology have taken the initiative to host the inaugural 'Women in Technology' event which aims to remove any barriers, perceived or otherwise, from women entering into the technological world.
In tandem with keynote speakers, the event aims to showcase the very best of current Women in Technology to provide inspiration and encouragement to all those who would aspire to take a similar route. Attendees can meet with and talk to women who have interesting and varied careers in technology, engineering, ICT and software development, women who are changing the face of industry.
Why Women in Technology? Why not!
The technology sector needs more women studying, working, leading and developing new ideas and products. Challenge your understanding of the career paths open to women in computing and engineering. Women make up half the world, so it is only logical they would make up half the workforce.
Recently, there has been a shortfall in women taking the technology route. This wasn’t always the case. Ada Lovelace (daughter of the English poet Lord Byron) is widely regarded as the world’s first programmer.
It is time now to focus on the next generation of tech talent to ensure that there is, numbers wise, a more balanced reservoir from which to draw, in order to make gender equality in technology a reality. Solving this issue will have real-world consequences for the future of society and technology.
In the long term there are a number of measures to be taken to achieve gender equality in technology:
more encouragement at an early age for girls to take on the science subjects
the evolution of more flexible work practices
more women in leadership roles
Who should attend?
Second level and third level female students and teachers are invited to attend. This free event will include exhibitions, technology demonstrations and speakers from industry speakers as well as information around the multitude of third level programmes which act as a gateway to these industries.
|Kerrie Power||(CEO of HEAnet)|
|Helen Grimes||(Baush & Lomb)|
|Amanda Barry||(Whitfield Clinic)|
|Brid Mackey||(Red Hat)|
|Emer Rutherford Walsh||(Pennys to Prada/WIT Student)|
The companies attending are not yet confirmed