International Women’s Day Women in Technology event will highlight breadth of tech careers
Speakers and representatives from 30 companies will showcase technology careers to young women this International Women’s Day in Waterford.
Hundreds of second-level students from across the south east region – Gorey, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Kilkenny, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford city – are expected at the Women in Technology event on International Women’s Day 2018 at the WIT Arena which has been organised by lecturing staff in physics, engineering, architecture and computing disciplines at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
Women working in a variety of technology roles will take to the stage at the WIT Arena on International Women’s Day to tell the story of their own career paths and to help show young women how varied and exciting careers in technology are.
Maria Cahill, a lecturer in the Department of Computing and Maths, says that the event will help young women discover that there is more to the world of technology than programming and will highlight a wide variety of career paths and roles in the world of technology.
“The Women in Technology event taking place in Waterford’s WIT Arena aims to provide inspiration and encouragement to all those who would aspire to take a similar route – and those who have yet to discover their future path may lie in technology,” she says.
The keynote speaker is Regina Moran, CEO Fujitsu UK and Ireland, a graduate of WIT. The speaker list includes representatives from Intel, Boston Scientific (Mairead Tarrent), Bausch & Lomb, Red Hat (Brid Mackey), Whitfield Clinic (Amanda Barry), Se2 (Claire Kelly), E Project Chartered Architects (Ellen Nugent), Institute of Physics (Sheila Gilheany), Penneys to Prada (Emer Rutherford), Sun Life Financial (Margaret Carroll), HEAnet (CEO Kerrie Power), Winthrop Engineering (Clodagh Dunphy), and DHB Architects (Maire Henry).
Organisations who will have a presence at the event include: Amazon Web Services, SE2, SunLife, UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, VHI, Sanofi Waterford, Red Hat, GradIreland, Distilled SCH, Dataworks Ltd, Institute of Physics, Engineers Ireland South East, Boston Scientific, Servier Ireland, Stryker, EPA, SEAM, Eishtec, Oracle, Bausch & Lomb, GSK, West Pharmaeutical Products, Crystal Valley Tech, Intel, Nemeton TV, Errigal.
Schools who would like to bring a group can register online at www.wit.ie/womenintechnology; teachers in attendance will receive a pack of booklets on women in technology.
The general public are welcome to this free event, individuals and smaller groups are welcome to turn up on the day. It runs from 9.30am-1pm on Thursday, 8 March 2018.
Cahill also notes that organisations who have taken the time to participate in the event will benefit.
“We are delighted to have the support of industry for this event, which will help teenagers understand that there’s a range of well-paid careers they may not have yet explored out there. Increasing the numbers of students choosing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses means that there will be a steady flow of qualified graduates with the skills the tech industry and companies employing people in tech roles will need in the future,” she adds.
For full information and to book an industry stand or a school group, visit www.wit.ie/womenintechnology.