Ireland’s technology leaders – including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Stripe, Science Foundation Ireland, and SAP – will join forces for a one day event in support of the inclusion of women in the tech sector.
Microsoft will host the inaugural ‘Hopper Local’ event in Dublin this February.
The event will bring together technologists, academics, and international companies to put a spotlight on the importance of women holding positions of leadership and influence in technology.
Modelled after the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the conference will be split into panels addressing diversity in the technology sector, with a focus on software engineering, cybersecurity, data science, AI, and inclusive design.
With female representation in Ireland’s tech sector measuring only 19%, companies should be looking to foster more diverse teams.
The keynote address will be given by Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft, who has been a global advocate for women in technology and who unveiled the company’s commitment of enabling 10,000 girls to engage with technology in a positive way over two years.
Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland: “We’re delighted to host the first Hopper Local in Dublin that celebrates women who are blazing a trail in Ireland’s ICT sector. The variety of voices at the event speaks to the importance of seeking out perspectives that are different from our own. For only when we value difference can innovation truly flourish.
Its Grace Hopper Celebration is the largest gathering of female technologists in the world, attracting more than 20,000 people annually.
“Through our support for the Hopper Local event and the development of a local community supporting female technologists, I’m confident that we can develop a more inclusive and diverse sector where every person has the opportunity to do more and achieve more through technology.”
AnitaB.org is a global organisation founded on the belief that women with diverse backgrounds and identities bring vital perspectives and experiences to technical learning and innovation. They enable companies and academic research teams to serve broader community needs, solve more complex problems, and ultimately drive higher ROI.
It works to advance the careers of women in computing, by connecting female technologists and creating partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies. Its Grace Hopper Celebration is the largest gathering of female technologists in the world, attracting more than 20,000 people annually.
Hopper Local will bring women technologists together to connect with their peers, grow their networks, find new ideas and inspiration.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org, said: “We are delighted to host our first Hopper Local event in Dublin. Ireland is at the epicentre of digital innovation in Europe, and we want to ensure inclusion, pay parity, and opportunity parity are core pillars of Ireland’s continued expansion. Women-led and racially diverse companies outperform their peers. Companies that address diversity, inclusion, and equity holistically in the technology sector will gain the competitive advantage.
“With female representation in Ireland’s tech sector measuring only 19%, companies should be looking to foster more diverse teams, representative of their marketplaces, so they can better lead and grow in the future. Hopper Local will bring women technologists together to connect with their peers, grow their networks, find new ideas and inspiration and draw on the wealth of talent here in Ireland to showcase the global innovation female technologists are delivering on daily basis.”
February 27th, 2019
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