Releasing women’s potential for the digital economy: Women4IT launch event
9:15 AM – 2:30 PM CET
14A Rue de la Science (7th floor), 1040, Brussels
Releasing women’s potential for the digital economy
The underrepresentation of women in the digital sector is a missed opportunity for Europe. Less than two in ten ICT specialists in Europe are women. The situation has not improved in recent years, even though there is a severe shortage of digitally skilled professionals.
Changing this situation will take time. Meanwhile, engagement and actions at all levels are paramount to show young women that technology provides valuable tools for boosting creativity and real-world problem solving.
On the occasion of launching theWomen4IT* project, we are pleased to invite you to the expert networking event “Releasing women’s potential for the digital economy”.
Thanks to the support from the EEA Grants and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, 700 young women will be trained in digital skills in seven EU countries.
9:15 – 9:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome and Introduction
9:45 – 10:15
Digital economy: gender gap in the labour market.
Vessela Karloukovska, Digital Economy and Skills, DG GNECT, European Commission.
Mara Jakobsone, Vice-president and Information Society and Digital Skills project manager, Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA)
10:15 – 11:45
Why Women in ICT?
Austėja Trinkūnaitė, Secretary General, CEPIS
André Richier, Principal Administrator, DG GROW, European Commission
Susanna Makela, Senior Director, Microsoft EU Affairs
Melissa Delissens, EMEIA region, Fujitsu
Eva Fabry, Director, European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT)
Dora Palfi, co-founder, Women@EIT Community
11:45 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:30
Actions to increase the participation of women in digital
Laurentiu Bunescu, CEO, ALL DIGITAL
Mark Schembri, Project Co-Ordinator, Malta Communications Authority
David De San Benito, Head of Corporate Affairs, Cisco Iberia
Sonia Gonzalez, Domestic Programmes Director, Plan International Spain
Danny Gooris, Senior Manager EMEA, Oracle Academy
Dr. Anastasiya Boiko, Deputy Project Manager, STEM Alliance
13:30 – 13:45
The way forward for Women4IT
Linda Keane, Strategy and Operations Manager, Irish Computer Society
13:45 – 14:30
Registration:Register online before 7 December.
We look forward to starting a great cooperation on the topic!