Women in Technology Event 2019

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Celebrate International Women’s Day (a day early) on Thursday, 7 March 2019 in the WIT Arena with the Women in Technology Event 2019.

About Women in Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology have taken the initiative to host the 2nd ‘Women in Technology’ event which aims to remove any barriers, perceived or otherwise, from women entering into the technological world. Last year’s event attracted over 1,000 female students from Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford.

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.

An Important Event

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.

To attend

More information

Eleanor Reade
Email: ereade@wit.ie
Web: www.wit.ie/womenintechnology

Gemma Creagh

NCAD 1916 'Leaders and Learners' Bursary 2019-20
LIT's New Ennis Campus


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