Next level for girls in tech

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Press Release – WOW Talks, the social impact organisation that delivers engaging live events and digital content to inspire people to discover and pursue career paths in areas they are passionate about, is launching its first flagship event to inspire girls about the world of technology, with the support of Accenture and in partnership with Next Tech Girls.

WOW Talks // Women in Tech will take place on the 20th September at the Royal Geographical Society, bringing together some of the most inspiring female tech entrepreneurs and trailblazers to share their very personal stories of what inspired them to do what they do, how they got to where they are, the challenges they faced on the way and their Words of Wisdom (WOW) – using the unique WOW Talks event format.

The audience will be made up of up to 1,000 young women in total, with an afternoon session tailored specifically for secondary school students (14-16) and the evening for university-aged students and young women already in the workforce (18-25).

In addition to the inspiring talks on the main stage, the event will also offer interactive workshops, the opportunity to demo exciting, new technologies and to network with some of the leading female tech entrepreneurs and execs in the UK.

“We are excited to be hosting our very first Women in Tech event, which aims to change girls’ perceptions about science and technology being a male-dominated field, and demonstrate how tech can be used as a game-changing tool across all industries. We want them to see that there is a place for all kinds of interests, talents and skills in the world of technology”, commented Kim Arazi, CEO of WOW Talks.

“We specifically chose this topic for our first flagship event as we feel very strongly about closing the gender gap in tech and think that one of the most effective ways to do this is by having inspiring women (in tech) share their personal stories…their WHY. We are also delighted to have Accenture on board as a Gold Sponsor, showing their commitment to diversity and women in tech.”

“It’s critical that girls and young women are encouraged and inspired about the vast array of exciting opportunities available to them through a career in technology. By addressing the gender imbalance in the tech industry, we can help to ensure that the UK has the right skills in place to drive economic success,” said Arabel Bailey, managing director for Accenture Digital in the UK & Ireland.

Steve Brown, Director of Empiric and founder of Next Tech Girls, comments:

“1.46 million people are employed within the technology sector in the UK, but only 17% of them are women. If we, as a profession, are to tackle current
and future skills gaps created by the meteoritic rise of automation and digital communications, it is crucial that organisations work together to tap into female talent pools before they are tainted by negative and narrow connotations surrounding what a career in technology looks like.”

“Whether a student’s passion is law, art or fashion, digital will be integral to a career in their chosen discipline. Next Tech Girls is incredibly proud to be lead partner on this ground-breaking event. I have no doubt that the 1,000 young women who will attend on the day will leave inspired by the stories of the incredible role models who will be joining us.”

Other organisations supporting this event include Apps for Good, Acorn Aspirations, TechUK, Tech London Advocates – Women in Tech, developHER, Stemettes and GrowthEnabler, as well as the Mayor of London.

For further information on sponsorship opportunities and registration (for schools or the public) please visit http://women-in-tech.wowtalks.tv/.

 

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