Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Influential SA speakers confirmed for the Women in Tech and Digital Conference

Women in tech conferenceCape Town will play host to the inaugural Women in Tech and Digital Conference.

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The conference will be held on 12 June 2019 at the Belmont Square Conference Centre in Rondebosch.

The event has been organised by Useful and Beautiful, as well as Women in Tech ZA. The vision is for the conference to become a space where delegates can discuss general tech trends as well as those issues which are unique to women in the Tech space.

Useful & Beautiful founder and CEO, Lynette Hundermark, explains that tech and digital marketing are often seen as discrete sectors. She adds:

“We also want to touch on more complex topics like how to retain women in the sector and creative ways we can accommodate their responsibilities and roles outside the workplace, that often cause them to drop out of tech once they get married or have children, for example.”

The event will give a platform to prominent leaders in South African tech who don’t always get the opportunity in the heavily male-dominated industry.

According to Women in Tech ZA co-founder, Samantha Perry, the event was tailored to showcase the “high degree of skills and expertise in the tech sector, specifically among women in tech.”

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Samantha Perry. Image supplied.

“[Women in tech] are very under-represented at events as speakers and delegates. That said, and while the name and content are tailored to women delegates, we want to make it clear the conference is for everyone.”

A number of influential South African speakers have been confirmed already with more to be added in the future. The speaker lineup so far includes:

  • Anna Collard – Popcorn Training founder and MD
  • Aisha Pandor – SweepSouth co-founder and CEO
  • Birgitta Cederstrom – Frost & Sullivan Global Commercial Director, Growth, Innovation and Leadership
  • Barbara Mallinson – Obami founder and CEO
  • Jacqui Mackway-Wilson – Go Social SA founder
  • Lorraine Steyn – KRS founder and CEO
  • Lynette Hundermark – U&B co-founder
  • Samantha Perry – Women in Tech ZA co-founder

Hopefully, this event will become a catalyst that drives inclusion and discussion about women and their growing influence on Tech.

“Bridging the gender divide in tech requires an inclusive approach and a joint effort from everyone in the sector,” added Perry.

The organizers have earmarked Sisters Incorporated, a safe house for abused women and children, as the beneficiary of the event.

All delegates will be asked to bring a donation of a toy, item of clothing, or a handbag to the event. At the event, they’ll hear more about the work that Sisters Incorporated are doing.

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Lynette Hundermark. Image supplied.

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