Last week in review - The tour in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Driving WinTech Week in Review


In case you missed it… Last week on the Driving WinTech tour

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By Marwa Ridha

The Driving WinTech tour is in full swing. We’re collecting data, building networks, and learning the realities of life on the Trans-Canada highway in an old RV! Here’s a recap of last week’s Community Conversations.

Saskatoon

The first Community Conversation this week took place in Saskatoon, at Innovation Place Saskatoon. Katrina German was the moderator for the evening, joined by speakers Jacqueline Cook, Katherine Reigner, and Serese Selanders. Special thanks to our community partners Solido, Co.Labs, Brillist, Rock & Bloom, University of Saskatchewan Department of Computer Science, Innovation Saskatchewan, and to Drift Sidewalk Cafe for providing the food for the evening.

Regina

Next stop: Regina, Saskatchewan. Melissa Kendall and Lucy He joined the conversation to discuss the importance of female support in the tech space and how necessary it was to engage girls at a young age to make a change. IQMETRIX sponsored the evening, and made this event possible, along with the support of GasBuddy, Regina Engineering Society, SaskInteractive, Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan, Economic Development Regina, and Innovation Place.

Specials thanks goes out to APGES for their kind donation and Emily Zinn, coordinator for both events. The trip wouldn’t have been possible without their generosity and support.

Brandon

On Wednesday, we were joined by Tami-Rae Rourke Clements, Cathy Snelgrove, and Bonnie Nay-Draper, to discuss the issues facing the tech community in Brandon. Brad Hack was our moderator for the event, where the discussion centered on the importance of teamwork. The speakers agreed that collaboration and peer support were the keys to success. Thank you to our sponsors, Entrepreneurship Manitoba, and Leech Printing and to Brandon University and NetSet Communications for their contributions.

Winnipeg

Sponsors for the evening included ACE Space at Red River College and PEG Beer. The Conversation featured Nusraat Masood, Director of WISE KidNetic Energy, who emphasized the importance of networking and spoke about the need for more part-time opportunities for women in tech. Special thanks to our community partners: ICTAM, Women’s Enterprise Center of Manitoba, Horizon 3, iQMetrix, ALT Hotel, and myCEO.

Beyond the Community Conversations, the Wintech team also paid a visit to CBC Saskatoon and Global Winnipeg, to spread the word and discuss the Driving WinTech initiative. Melanie Ewan, COO of Women in Tech World, and Alicia Close, CEO and co-founder of Women in Tech World spoke about the tour so far, the lessons learned, and what’s yet to come.

Driving WinTech next stops:

Barrie, Oct. 10 @ Suiteworks Business Centre  Register here.

Toronto, Oct. 11 at Twitter Canada. Register here.

We want everyone to join in the conversation, so if you haven’t taken our survey, get heard here.

Last week in review - The tour in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Driving WinTech Week in Review


In case you missed it… Last week on the Driving WinTech tour

review2
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By Marwa Ridha

The Driving WinTech tour is in full swing. We’re collecting data, building networks, and learning the realities of life on the Trans-Canada highway in an old RV! Here’s a recap of last week’s Community Conversations.

Saskatoon

The first Community Conversation this week took place in Saskatoon, at Innovation Place Saskatoon. Katrina German was the moderator for the evening, joined by speakers Jacqueline Cook, Katherine Reigner, and Serese Selanders. Special thanks to our community partners Solido, Co.Labs, Brillist, Rock & Bloom, University of Saskatchewan Department of Computer Science, Innovation Saskatchewan, and to Drift Sidewalk Cafe for providing the food for the evening.

Regina

Next stop: Regina, Saskatchewan. Melissa Kendall and Lucy He joined the conversation to discuss the importance of female support in the tech space and how necessary it was to engage girls at a young age to make a change. IQMETRIX sponsored the evening, and made this event possible, along with the support of GasBuddy, Regina Engineering Society, SaskInteractive, Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan, Economic Development Regina, and Innovation Place.

Specials thanks goes out to APGES for their kind donation and Emily Zinn, coordinator for both events. The trip wouldn’t have been possible without their generosity and support.

Brandon

On Wednesday, we were joined by Tami-Rae Rourke Clements, Cathy Snelgrove, and Bonnie Nay-Draper, to discuss the issues facing the tech community in Brandon. Brad Hack was our moderator for the event, where the discussion centered on the importance of teamwork. The speakers agreed that collaboration and peer support were the keys to success. Thank you to our sponsors, Entrepreneurship Manitoba, and Leech Printing and to Brandon University and NetSet Communications for their contributions.

Winnipeg

Sponsors for the evening included ACE Space at Red River College and PEG Beer. The Conversation featured Nusraat Masood, Director of WISE KidNetic Energy, who emphasized the importance of networking and spoke about the need for more part-time opportunities for women in tech. Special thanks to our community partners: ICTAM, Women’s Enterprise Center of Manitoba, Horizon 3, iQMetrix, ALT Hotel, and myCEO.

Beyond the Community Conversations, the Wintech team also paid a visit to CBC Saskatoon and Global Winnipeg, to spread the word and discuss the Driving WinTech initiative. Melanie Ewan, COO of Women in Tech World, and Alicia Close, CEO and co-founder of Women in Tech World spoke about the tour so far, the lessons learned, and what’s yet to come.

Driving WinTech next stops:

         Barrie, Oct. 10 @ Suiteworks Business Centre  Register here.

 Toronto, Oct. 11 at Twitter Canada. Register here.

We want everyone to join in the conversation, so if you haven’t taken our survey, get heard here.

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.