Driving WinTech Series

Community Conversation: Vancouver

Driving Women in Tech kicks off free Community Conversations in Vancouver, on September 5

Join Driving WinTech for Women in Tech Community Conversation, Vancouver! This is a free event, sponsored by Safe Software on Tuesday September 5, 2017, 5:30-8:00 p.m. PDT, at CodeCore, 142 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This research activity is for people who:

  •        Self-identify as a woman working in the tech industry (or recently left in the past 5 years)
  •        Are allies or advocates of women in tech
  •        Are stakeholders in the tech industry (including government, non-profit, educational organizations or service providers)

Participation in this study requires completing a short questionnaire and joining in the community conversation, that will run about 2.5 hours. This is a great opportunity to network, share your stories and input, and hear from a panel of powerhouse women. The Vancouver Panel includes:

Iris Gutowski, Technical Lead at Safe Software
Iris works on the front end development of Safe Software’s enterprise product, FME Server. She has a background in Physics (B.Sc. McGill, M.Sc. SFU) plus Geographic Information Systems.

Julia Taylor-Hell, Software Engineer at Microsoft
Julia has a B.Math from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Computer Graphics from the University of Calgary. She worked on modelling software at Autodesk, then in Video Games before joining Microsoft, where she has been for the past five years.

Louisa Thue, Senior Director of Datalab at Hootsuite.
Learn more about Louisa here.  

Tracy Huitika, Director of Data at Unbounce
Tracy strategizes on how to make Unbounce’s data into superpower. She was previously a Director of Development and DevOps at EA, worked with Rocket Gaming, and Roadhouse Interactive. She has a B.Sc in Astronomy & Mathematics and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Computing Science.

The conversation will be moderated by Stephanie Redivo, Senior Program Manager at SAP.

Agenda:
5:30-6:00 p.m. Networking
6:00-6:30 p.m. Panel of Trailblazing Women in Tech
6:30-7:50 p.m. Research Activities: Community Conversation
7:50-8:00 p.m. Closing Questions + Next Steps

Women in Tech World’s initiative, Driving Women in Tech, is a community-based research tour to better understand and support women in Canada’s technology industry.

Driving WinTech Series

Community Conversation: Vancouver

Driving Women in Tech kicks off free Community Conversations in Vancouver, on September 5

Join Driving WinTech for Women in Tech Community Conversation, Vancouver! This is a free event, sponsored by Safe Software on Tuesday September 5, 2017, 5:30-8:00 p.m. PDT, at CodeCore, 142 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This research activity is for people who:

  •        Self-identify as a woman working in the tech industry (or recently left in the past 5 years)
  •        Are allies or advocates of women in tech
  •        Are stakeholders in the tech industry (including government, non-profit, educational organizations or service providers)

Participation in this study requires completing a short questionnaire and joining in the community conversation, that will run about 2.5 hours. This is a great opportunity to network, share your stories and input, and hear from a panel of powerhouse women. The Vancouver Panel includes:

Iris Gutowski, Technical Lead at Safe Software
Iris works on the front end development of Safe Software’s enterprise product, FME Server. She has a background in Physics (B.Sc. McGill, M.Sc. SFU) plus Geographic Information Systems.

Julia Taylor-Hell, Software Engineer at Microsoft
Julia has a B.Math from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Computer Graphics from the University of Calgary. She worked on modelling software at Autodesk, then in Video Games before joining Microsoft, where she has been for the past five years.

Louisa Thue, Senior Director of Datalab at Hootsuite.
Learn more about Louisa here.

Tracy Huitika, Director of Data at Unbounce
Tracy strategizes on how to make Unbounce’s data into superpower. She was previously a Director of Development and DevOps at EA, worked with Rocket Gaming, and Roadhouse Interactive. She has a B.Sc in Astronomy & Mathematics and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Computing Science.

The conversation will be moderated by Stephanie Redivo, Senior Program Manager at SAP.

Agenda:
5:30-6:00 p.m. Networking
6:00-6:30 p.m. Panel of Trailblazing Women in Tech
6:30-7:50 p.m. Research Activities: Community Conversation
7:50-8:00 p.m. Closing Questions + Next Steps

Women in Tech World’s initiative, Driving Women in Tech, is a community-based research tour to better understand and support women in Canada’s technology industry.

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.