Not long after arriving in Dublin three years ago, Canadian Coral Movasseli decided to set up a ‘Girls in Tech’ in Ireland.
A keen techie herself, Coral completed her Masters of Science at the London School of Economics, co-founded a mobile transit app for Toronto’s transportation system and has worked to help companies dissect and digest their business challenges in technology, financial services and clean-tech.
From her work in Canada, Coral was familiar with Girls in Tech, which was established in San Francisco over a decade ago. She spotted the opportunity to set up a chapter Ireland shortly after she moved here herself.
“When I landed in Ireland I wanted to do something that was personal to me, where I could build a platform to amplify my voice on issues that matter most to me.”
“Being a women in tech and a female entrepreneur, Girls in Tech was a perfect fit as we both naturally found each other and saw the opportunity to have Girls in Tech establish here in Dublin.”
Girls are typically at a disadvantage in tech, because it’s a male dominated industry, and so girls don’t have sufficient role models to look up to. That is changing.
Girls in Tech Dublin say their mission is, “to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups”. As the leader of that mission, Coral’s role as Managing Director is to “lead our chapter to engage, educate, and empower women in tech and female entrepreneurs on this island.”
The organisation does this by delivering proprietary programmes (including mentoring) to help women in tech and female entrepreneurs. Despite the name, it is mostly women that Girls in Tech work with, though Coral says they do some outreach work with girls as well.
Coral describes her work setting up Girls in Tech in Dublin as “a labour of love.”
“It’s been a dream to see it grow to be such a large organisation and to play a pivotal role in the Irish technology landscape. We are constantly trailblazing, such as when we ran the first women in tech hackathon in Ireland this past spring.”
Girls in Tech are trying to bring more men into the conversation. It’s important for a constructive dialogue.
As for the challenges, Coral says they are what makes the work interesting.
“Girls are typically at a disadvantage in tech, because it’s a male dominated industry, and so girls don’t have sufficient role models to look up to. That is changing. So we are hopeful.”
Coral says Girls in Tech are trying to “bring more men into the conversation. It’s important for a constructive dialogue.”
“I’m a huge advocate for equality generally, and workplace equality is a particular interest of mine. Being an advocate isn’t easy, but there are companies and policy makers out there who are looking to better understand how we can remove the impediments for marginalised groups.”
Girls in Tech recently put out a public call to Irish Tech companies to start looking at how they can promote not just more women in tech, but also more ethnic diversity.
Girls in Tech recently put out a public call to Irish Tech companies to start looking at how they can promote not just more women in tech, but also more ethnic diversity within their organisations.
“There has been a greater shift overall in working towards narrowing the gender gap in Ireland. From academia promoting STEM courses to women, to politicians celebrating female achievements, and a greater dialogue taking place within civil society, a conversation we take part in actively.”
“However, the conversation has focussed on narrowing the gender gap, as opposed to diversity in general. As we see Ireland’s demographic change drastically with inward migration, we can’t wait until there is a problem with ethnic diversity to do something about it. This is imminent.”
For more information about Girls in Tech visit their website here.
Coral will speak on this topic and more at the Women in Tech Dublin conference taking place on September 12th & 13th in the National Convention Centre. To avail of a 15% discount use the code DAILYSLOG15