The Driving WinTech Tour launches at Finger Food Studios

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Finger Food Studios hosts Driving WinTech’s Launch Party

By Laurie Brownrigg

The Driving Wintech Launch Party was a brilliant night to launch our cross-country campaign. Hosted at the Holodeck at Finger Food Studios  – it was the perfect spot. The space is like an airplane hangar, but way more fun. After all, Driving WinTech needed a venue big enough to house all the excitement and for the even bigger unveiling of their official RV. Nicknamed Chitty Chitty Van Van, the RV is currently putting the pedal to the medal on its journey across Canada!

Movers and shakers included tech enthusiasts, friends of the WinTech family and a few political leaders. Parliamentary Secretary for Technology Rick Glumac and MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena Andrew Wilkerson were on hand. Finger Foods CEO Ryan Peterson and staff joined in. The WinTech team, led by CGO Elena Yugai and CEO Ali Close were all grinning widely, happy to celebrate all the months of hard work.

Paul Brassard, Managing Partner at Volition, one of Driving WinTech World’s sponsors said,“As an entrepreneur for the past 20 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some amazing women and have always found my team better with women in them. Women in Tech World is a great organization, for a wonderful cause.”

Music from live band, Michael Anthony and DJ Rob Steel filled the air, drinks flowed and the food was fantastic. Guests were treated to various demos: Finger Food’s spheros coding apps, plus virtual reality brewery and Cirque de Soleil experiences. Around 7:30 p.m. the lights dimmed, the hangar doors lifted to a swell of music, the crowd cheered and in rolled the beast: the one and only 2017 Driving WinTech RV. It was as if the Batmobile had rolled in, but this time Batwoman was in the driver’s seat.

Raseel Sehmi works in Global Business and Development Partnerships for Finger Food Studios. She is proud to be involved with the cause, “I feel very empowered as a woman with the men on our team and I know we are actively hiring more women to come into leadership roles. I know that we are proponents of this growing movement.”  

Progress for women in technology is being made, with every guest fueling Driving WinTech forward. Even though there is still a way to go, the proof is in the numbers. Andrew Wilkerson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena said, “Women in tech and STEM at UBC declined in 2014, for the first time in 10 years. With changes and new programs, we now reach out to females in high school, telling them about university opportunities. We’re seeing those numbers being reversed.”

That’s a win for women in technology, and WinTech World ensures many more. Keep up to date with our travel tales on our tour page and follow us on social media!

The Driving WinTech Tour launches at Finger Food Studios

Driving WinTech Event Recaps

Finger Food Studios hosts Driving WinTech's Launch Party

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By Laurie Brownrigg

The Driving Wintech Launch Party was a brilliant night to launch our cross-country campaign. Hosted at the Holodeck at Finger Food Studios  – it was the perfect spot. The space is like an airplane hangar, but way more fun. After all, Driving WinTech needed a venue big enough to house all the excitement and for the even bigger unveiling of their official RV. Nicknamed Chitty Chitty Van Van, the RV is currently putting the pedal to the medal on its journey across Canada!

Movers and shakers included tech enthusiasts, friends of the WinTech family and a few political leaders. Parliamentary Secretary for Technology Rick Glumac and MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena Andrew Wilkerson were on hand. Finger Foods CEO Ryan Peterson and staff joined in. The WinTech team, led by CGO Elena Yugai and CEO Ali Close were all grinning widely, happy to celebrate all the months of hard work.

Paul Brassard, Managing Partner at Volition, one of Driving WinTech World’s sponsors said,“As an entrepreneur for the past 20 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some amazing women and have always found my team better with women in them. Women in Tech World is a great organization, for a wonderful cause.”

Music from live band Michael Anthony and DJ Rob Steel filled the air, drinks flowed and the food was fantastic. Guests were treated to various demos: Finger Food’s spheros coding apps, plus virtual reality brewery and Cirque de Soleil experiences. Around 7:30pm the lights dimmed, the hangar doors lifted to a swell of music, the crowd cheered and in rolled the beast: the one and only 2017 Driving WinTech RV. It was as if the Batmobile had rolled in, but this time Batwoman was in the driver’s seat.

Raseel Sehmi works in Global Business and Development Partnerships for Finger Food Studios. She is proud to be involved with the cause, “I feel very empowered as a woman with the men on our team and I know we are actively hiring more women to come into leadership roles. I know that we are proponents of this growing movement.”  

Progress for women in technology is being made, with every guest fueling Driving WinTech forward. Even though there is still a way to go, the proof is in the numbers. Andrew Wilkerson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena said, “Women in tech and STEM at UBC declined in 2014, for the first time in 10 years. With changes and new programs, we now reach out to females in high school, telling them about university opportunities. We’re seeing those numbers being reversed.”

That’s a win for women in technology, and WinTech World ensures many more. Keep up to date with our travel tales on our tour page and follow us on social media!

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.