While our societies are rapidly becoming more digital, not everyone is benefitting from this digitalisation. Shockingly, women are still greatly outnumbered in the tech world. Figures from European Parliament show that only 9% of software developers in Europe and 19% of CEO’s in the ICT sector are women. What do we need to do on the European as well as the national level to make our 21st century societies more digitally inclusive? Join us to discuss with different experts how digitalisation can make a positive impact on our societies and the empowerment of women. Walk in from 19.30 and the event starts 20.00 Afterwards we meet each other during a special performance by famous Dutch DJ Isis.
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The speakers will engage with the audience in two sessions addressing two themes – the current state of play of digital inclusion of women and girls and what can be done on EU and national level to diminish the gender gap in the digital world.
20.00 – 20:30: What do the numbers say and why is there still a gender gap if the digital inclusion offers such a huge potential?
- Interview with Techionista founder Vivianne Bendermacher and ‘Tech Talent’ Ineke Scheffers, founder of Girl Code.
20:30 – 21:30: What are the initiatives at European and national level for improvement of the digital inclusion of women? How can we develop them further to ensure gender balance in the digital world?
21:30 – 22:30: Networking reception with music by DJ ISIS
Saskia Nijs is researcher at the VU, columnist at Financieel Dagblad, employee at Philips, part of their diversity team, and speaker and advisor on the 21st century organization. She is also a role model for girls in tech via InspiringFifty. Many of her projects focus on the way digital technology can bring people to their highest potential on the work floor.
Konstantina Davaki is research fellow at the department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Among her research interests are comparative social policy, equality, gender and welfare. Currently she is writing a report commissioned by the European Parliament on the empowerment of women through digital inclusion.
From 2012 to 2017, Astrid Oosenbrug was a Dutch Member of Parliament and spokesperson on the portfolios ICT, governmental services, telecommunications and privacy & copyright. Before that she was a councilor of the municipality of Lansingerland and actively involved in the women and gay emancipation network of the Labour Party. Astrid has worked in several organizations as a system administrator and is co-founder of “Cyberwerkplaats”, a non-profit organization to help (young) hackers without a grade to develop their skills in an ethical way and help them to find a job in cyber security.
Sjoerd Veltman is project leader of the Miss IT project at the ROC Amsterdam. Miss IT is an initiative encouraging girls and women to apply for ICT-related degrees and educational programs in the Netherlands.
Vivianne Bendermacher is the founder of Techionista, a platform that focuses on the empowerment of women through technology. Previously she was editor in chief of popular science magazine KIJK and women’s magazine VIVA. Vivianne is frequently asked as tech expert in television program RTL Boulevard. With Techionista she aims to educate women with coding skills and provide a platform to inspire women with female role models in tech.
Cocky Booij is director of VHTO, Dutch national expert organization on girls/women in science/technology. VHTO’s DigiVita activities aim to increase the number of girls/women in IT-study programmes and professions. Activities for girls are organized both inside and outside of school. For example, informatics guest-lectures by female IT professionals are given in secondary schools, and girls can participate in work shadowing or ‘speed dating’ with these professionals.
Isis, formally known as 100% Isis, is one of the female pioneers in the global electronic music scene. She kick started her career at age 17 with a residency at Club RoXY (Amsterdam) from 1992 to 1994. From that moment on, she started her long running international career, performing at famous venues and festivals all over the world in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. From 2010 to 2012 Isis was Nightlife Ambassador (Nachtburgemeester) of Amsterdam.