Sunday March 8th 2015
Gender diversity still poses a major challenge in the IT industry, with women making up less than 20 per cent of the IT workforce and the number in senior positions remaining stubbornly low. How can we #MakeItHappen?
How can we get more women into senior positions? How can we encourage talented women and girls to consider IT as a serious career option alongside Medicine or Law?
At this event we will explore the power of networks in enabling women to play an equal part in the IT workplace. We seek to raise awareness among women and girls of networks within the community and within companies such as the BCS, Deloitte and the BBC and to ask questions about how they work and what successes have been achieved.
Some are skeptical about women-only networks saying these groups are often used “more to placate women than to promote them” or express doubt that women’s networking groups “can help a young woman break into the boy’s club.”
The number of women in key roles in the technology industry has remained roughly unchanged for 10 years, according to a recent Gartner report. Will it remain the same for the next 10 years? How can we make IT happen for women?
In the tradition of Manchester Girl Geeks, this event will be fun and highly interactive including debate, flash talks and panel sessions.
Latest updates follow, look out for some exciting speakers. Come along and share your experiences, get some pointers for your own career.
Venue and sponsorship tbd.
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