Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, AS Telia Estonia and Ülemiste City are organizing a free virtual conference “Women in Technology” on April 22 from 10:00 to 13:00.
The main goal of the conference is to encourage and guide girls and women to study and work in IT-related positions and to develop their careers in the field of IT industry.
The conference will be an engaging form of discussion and listeners/viewers will have the opportunity to submit their own questions.
Conference agenda: 10.00 - Introduction by moderator Eeva Esselt 10.05 - 10.20 Taavi Kotka and the girls from the robotic classes 10.25 - 10.40 Birgy Lorenz (TalTech cybersecurity researcher and IT development manager of Pelgulinna Gymnasium) 10.45 - 11.00 Liina Laas (Founder of The Better Fund) 11.05 - 11.20 Kristel Kruustük (Founder of Testlio) 11.25 - 11.40 PAUSE 15 min (video) 11.40- 11.55 Andre Visse (Head of Telia IT) 11.55 - 12.10 Kristel Leif (CEO of Solaris) 12.15 - 12.30 Ursel Velve (Chairman of the Board of Mainor Ülemiste) 12.35 - 12.50 Maarja Kruusmaa (TalTech Professor of Biorobotics, Vice-Rector for Research) 12.55 - 13.00 Closing remarks moderator Eeva Esselt
International Girls in ICT Day on April 22 has been celebrated with almost 11,000 events in 170 countries.
There is a growing labor shortage in the field of information and communication technologies. Today, mostly men work in this rapidly developing and well-paid field. As an example, only a fifth of Estonian IT specialists are women.
There are many reasons why women are excluded from the ICT sector, but one of the root problems is gender stereotypes. Stereotypes are a common view of what activities, hobbies and life choices are suitable for girls / women and boys / men. Stereotypes are mediated by parents, friends, school, teachers, the media and public role models, and they are also expressed in organizational culture. Targeting based on gender stereotypes sets the framework for young people's choices. The arrival of girls and women in the field of ICT is quite coincidental, and with this conference we are trying to draw public attention to this topic, talk about more equal opportunities for men and women in the labor market and encourage both girls and women to look at IT professions and jobs.
At the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, you can study IT specialties in Estonian, Russian and English. The reception is open, find out more at www.euas.ee!
The conference studio is located in Rakett69 Science Studios