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WomenTechOver intends to change the ‘face’ of the tech sector

By on November 30, 2017

SAN JUAN – WomenTechOver will launch at this year’s edition of Animus, Women’s Innovation Journey, with the purpose of increasing opportunities for women in the tech industry.

For Sofia Stolberg, founder of the Piloto 151 coworking space and the Codetrotters software-programming academy, the statistics on women’s participation in the sector speak for themselves. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, women hold only 25% of computing jobs, 11% of executive positions at Silicon Valley companies and own 5% of startups. In addition, they earn just 28% of computer science degrees.

Attendees at a WomenTechOver workshop carried out in Piloto 151.  (Courtesy)

“It’s high time for these statistics to change. The opportunities that the tech sector offers are unique and global in nature and we need more female representation in the industry. WomenTechOver launches as a platform to amplify women in tech providing them with a much-needed space to talk about their tech projects, to educate and inspire more women to venture into the sector, and to work with employers who understand the benefits of a more diverse leadership and tech team,” Stolberg said.

The WomenTechOver initiative had already experimented with events and workshops, but the concept took flight after the so-called Google Manifesto sexist memo went viral and mounting news of sexism at Uber.

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“It was interesting to witness how broader awareness of the underrepresentation of women in the tech sector on a global scale suddenly translated into an increased interest in the WomenTechOver offering. We had an intro to a coding workshop this past August that sold out immediately and even had a waitlist. That’s when I knew we were ready to launch WomenTechOver officially and that we were one step closer to fulfilling our vision,” Stolberg added.

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For Animus founder Lucienne Gigante, the WomenTechOver launch aligns with the conference’s goals.

“Supporting women’s economic development is our mission, especially in scalable and global industries like technology. This year, many of our speakers come from the tech world and we hope to inspire more women to take advantage of the opportunities in this high-potential sector,” Gigante said.

For more information on Animus or to purchase event tickets, visit www.animussummit.com. To sign up for WomenTechOver’s newsletter and receive more information on upcoming events, visit www.womentechover.com or write to info@piloto151.com.

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