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International Women's Day: Win a ticket to WeAreTechWomen's One Tech World conference

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, WeAreTechWomen have five tickets to give away to our  virtual women in tech conference, One Tech World, on 01 April.

Join us for keynotes, panels, fireside chats, networking opportunities and much more. Supported by 18 corporate sponsors, with over 120 sessions and 160+ speakers across 6 stages – plus watch it on-demand for 30 days!

Hear from some of the greatest names in tech

We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who will be joining us to share their wisdom and knowledge. Below, some of our amazing speakers tell us what to expect from their sessions and why you should join us on 01 April 2022.

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Our conference will provide ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry.

We will deliver innovative sessions on over a variety of different areas of tech, with a side order of career development, fireside chats and ample networking opportunities, both on the day and through our global virtual networking world.

The stages will be divided into four tracks – Innovation, Emerging Technology, You and Your Career, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We also have an ‘In the Lounge, Career Conversations’ stage and a ‘follow the sun’, on-demand stage for individuals joining us from other global time zones.

All sessions and panels are being recorded and will be available for ticket holders to play on demand for a period of 30 days.

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A chance to grow your global network

Aside from networking opportunities on the conference platform, we’re inviting our delegates to join us on 31 March 2022 from 6pm – 8pm (BST), in our unique, virtual networking world. This bespoke space will enable you to create connections in our virtual Alpine bar, library, rooftop lounge, cyber world lounge, AI world lounge and our jobseekers’ lounges. Before you network, you can even join us in our meditation lounge to decompress the day before going out and making those all-important connections for the future.

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How can women become advocates for each other in a male-dominated tech world?

Four young strong women or girls standing together. Group of friends or feminist activists support each other, women supporting women

By Silvia Colombo, Senior Software Engineer at UserTesting

A 2021 report by TechNation revealed that just 19 per cent of the tech workforce are women.

It’s a depressing, if slightly unsurprising, statistic. But as we celebrate Galentine’s Day and the role of women in tech, Silvia Colombo, Senior Software Engineer at UserTesting, discusses how advocating for female peers and being a strong leader can help redress the balance.

Intro to software

I got into programming because I love maths; it evidently ran in the family as both my parents work in technology, and my grandmother taught mathematics. I was first exposed to programming in high-school, and it didn’t initially click. It was only when my mother, a former computer science teacher turned techie, introduced me to the concept of recursion, that I understood what it was all about. I was instantly hooked!

Through  high school, I became even more passionate about software and algorithms. It’s where I discovered the satisfaction that comes from programming – seeing it work and hold in place. At first I was passionate about the scientific side and the possibilities computational power opened up. Later, at university, I took a much more humanist approach. I started to think, “if it doesn’t serve people, what’s the point?” It’s where my interest in human-computer interaction and natural language processing jump-started, particularly with everything that helps to bridge the gap between technology and people. This is why UserTesting came to be a perfect fit further down the line.

Breaking into tech

When I started programming, it didn’t occur to me that it would be a male-dominated sector. It was only when I entered a major competition, and saw there was only one other girl there, that I realised it wasn’t a female-centric space. This continued at university with very few girls on the technology courses, and most of the mathematicians being men.

In the professional world, being a woman has its advantages and disadvantages. There are definitely gender biases, and times when I wish there were more women in the room, but there are advantages to this too. As a minority, you stand out. For an extrovert, that’s an additional advantage because you’ve got more opportunity to make your voice heard. For an introvert, it can be extra daunting. I like to think of myself as a bit of both, so I will zig-zag between the two.

Women supporting women

I’m incredibly passionate about supporting other women in the industry. At UserTesting I do my best to encourage, uplift and advocate for my female colleagues. To me, the most important thing is that there is room for everyone in the tech world. There are so many amazing women in technology, and I want them all to succeed. I urge all women in tech to support, help and guide others in the industry!

It’s also important to make sure you LOVE your job! If you love it, you’ll do well, and this will pay off when working with others; they’ll see your passion and it’ll hopefully be infectious. Think about your attitude in the workplace and make sure that if someone was to mirror it, you’d be happy to have them on your team. This will encourage women to be brave, work hard, and ensure their passions and voices are heard.

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Career advice

  1. Be your own self-advocate

Push through the nerves. Ask to take on a new role, put yourself forward for team lead, make yourself known and be proud of what you achieve. If you’re trying to get into a leadership position, you have to advocate for yourself, so your employer and your peers know you’ll advocate for the team too, when the time comes.

  1. There’s room for everyone

Never be bitter about the success of other women or think it’s a competition. Be proud of them, applaud them and push them – there is space for everyone and now is the time to bring a greater gender balance to the tech world.

  1. Show off your difference

In an interview, don’t try and blend in with the men and fit the model of the ‘typical candidate’. There will be loads of “typical candidates” applying for the job. Take advantage of the fact that you’re different and use it as a way to stand out among others.

  1. The importance of role models

Studies have shown that it’s easier to attract women to a workplace or industry where women are already represented. At work, I always try to put forward role models. Advocate early on for making sure interview panels are diverse, especially for tech roles – women need to be represented in positions of power and decision, so that more women join your team knowing these opportunities are open to them!

  1. Join networking groups

Networking with other women is vital! Share your experiences, challenges, advice and successes too. At UserTesting there are groups for women across the company, along with tech-specific groups as well. It’s a great opportunity to meet exceptional women, hear about their career paths, and learn. Be sure to get involved in regular mentorship sessions if your company has them! If you need guidance, lean on other women. If you think you have some wisdom to share, be supportive and share it.

Networking recommendations

Women Who Code is an international organisation with local groups available to join. The goal is to inspire women to excel in technology careers.

Code Bar is a charity that helps the growth of a diverse tech community by running free regular programming workshops for minority groups in tech. I joined this as a coach, but you can join as a student too!

Silvia ColomboAbout the author

Silvia is a senior software engineer and team lead at UserTesting, the leading provider for on-demand human insights. Previously, she led the front-end team of Spiritus, an Edinburgh-based health tech start-up, developed smart television applications, and worked on an open-data platform for public and private organisations. In her free time, she is passionate about volunteering in STEM outreach, education, and child wellbeing programs.


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Galentine's Day: Win a ticket to WeAreTechWomen's One Tech World conference

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To celebrate Galentine’s Day, WeAreTechWomen have five tickets to give away to our  virtual women in tech conference, One Tech World, on 01 April.

Join us for keynotes, panels, fireside chats, networking opportunities and much more. Supported by 18 corporate sponsors, with over 120 sessions and 160+ speakers across 6 stages – plus watch it on-demand for 30 days!

Our conference will provide ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry.

We will deliver innovative sessions on over a variety of different areas of tech, with a side order of career development, fireside chats and ample networking opportunities, both on the day and through our global virtual networking world.

The stages will be divided into four tracks – Innovation, Emerging Technology, You and Your Career, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We also have an ‘In the Lounge, Career Conversations’ stage and a ‘follow the sun’, on-demand stage for individuals joining us from other global time zones.

All sessions and panels are being recorded and will be available for ticket holders to play on demand for a period of 30 days.

VIEW THE AGENDA

A chance to grow your global network

Aside from networking opportunities on the conference platform, we’re inviting our delegates to join us on 31 March 2022 from 6pm – 8pm (BST), in our unique, virtual networking world. This bespoke space will enable you to create connections in our virtual Alpine bar, library, rooftop lounge, cyber world lounge, AI world lounge and our jobseekers’ lounges. Before you network, you can even join us in our meditation lounge to decompress the day before going out and making those all-important connections for the future.

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#PayItForward this Galentine's Day

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13th February marks Galentine’s Day with women sharing their love for their female friends.

The term was popularised following the release of a 2010 episode of US sitcom Parks and Recreation.

In the episode, Leslie Knope (played by actress Amy Poehler) explained that Galentine’s Day was the day where, “my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast style.”

Here at WeAreTheCity, we’ve rounded up a number of ways to mark the day and celebrate the strong women in your life.

Purchase a ticket for a female team member to attend the WeAreTechWomen’s One Tech World Conference on 01 April 2022

We have been hosting our women in tech conference for over six years. In fact, we have welcomed over 5,000 women through our doors since 2015.

We are not a large media company, we are an organisation that has been championing women in tech for the past 13 years. To us, its personal. 21 per cent of women in the industry is not just not enough, it needs to change.

Each year, we work with our community at WeAreTechWomen to identify what tech innovations and topics you would like us to cover as part of our annual conference. We build our agenda around that feedback – giving you what you want to not just accelerate your careers, but to understand about the wider world of tech, and how this will affect the future world of work.

This year, we are going to be bringing you the very best global virtual learning experience on a state-of-the-art conferencing platform. Our conference will provide ample opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and what is innovating and disrupting the industry. We are blessed to be given time from some of the world’s finest speakers who will be joining us to share their wisdom and knowledge. We will deliver innovative sessions on a variety of different areas of tech, with a side order of career development, fireside chats and ample networking opportunities, both on the day and through our global virtual networking world.

BOOK A TICKET

Nominate an outstanding woman for a Rising Star 2022 Award

Now in its eighth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Our strategic goal, set in 2015, aims to showcase 1,000 outstanding women by 2025. By highlighting the accolades of these women, WeAreTheCity are not only promoting the amazing female talent that exists across the UK, but actively encouraging organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise these women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors to their respective industries.

These awards will recognise and celebrate a further 100 female individual contributors from over 20 different industries that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. These winners will join our award’s alumni of 750 previous winners, across the UK and India.

We are now once again inviting you to nominate an amazing woman, champion, man or company. The nominations process for all categories, our Rising Star Champions, Global Award for Achievement, Company of the Year and Men for Gender Balance Awards are now open via the Rising Stars website.

CAST YOUR NOMINATION

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There are 1000’s of different events that you can attend to broaden your network and learn new skills. We encourage all our members and visitors to attend at least one networking event per month. We have included the events that we recommend from a multitude of different women’s networks and organisations across the UK.

This month, we also have a number of Galentine’s Day events for you to attend!

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WeAreVirtual is WeAreTheCity’s initiative to pay it forward and support the ongoing development of communities. With the help of a number of our sponsors and supporters, our plan is to support individuals’ ongoing learning by providing an increased amount of content through our websites, social channels, alongside the opportunity to learn and engage online.

You can also watch all of our previous webinars on playback – watch and learn in your own time with new recordings available weekly.

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