Women in Technology at WIT
What ? :
Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018 in the WIT Arena. Meet women with a wide variety of careers in technology, engineering, ICT and software development. Talk to women who are changing industry.
Who ? :
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.
Why: 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. Meet and talk to women who have interesting and varied careers. This has real-world consequences for the future of society and technology. 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.
Waterford Institute of Technology have taken the initiative to host this Women in Technology event. Its purpose is to remove any barriers, perceived or otherwise, from women entering into the technological world.
In tandem with its’ keynote speakers it 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.
In the long term there are a number of measures to be taken to achieve gender equality in technology, namely:
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.
Let it begin with us!!