The tech industry is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. So, how do we best advance female participation and thought leadership?

Making IT Work for Women

The first annual summit on female participation and thought leadership in the tech industry presented by Informatics Ventures in association with Women’s Enterprise Scotland

Tuesday 24 October | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Informatics Forum | 10 Crichton Street | EH8 9AB | Edinburgh

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The imbalance is even more profound when we look at earlier stages. According to Women in Technology, only 7% of students taking computer science A-level courses are female and just 50% of this number will go into a job in the same field.

This disparity needs to be challenged not only because the tech industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world and a valuable source of jobs for women but because it hurts the very tech companies who are deprived of a key driving force for innovation and ideas.

In this first annual summit, Informatics Ventures and Women’s Enterprise Scotland have partnered to begin to address some of the issues and to help enhance the skills of those attending and to encourage the next generation of young women into the STEM subjects and the tech industry.

With an aim to inspire and stimulate discussion, the summit welcomes pupils over the age of 16 studying science, science undergrads, postgrads and academics, as well as industry representatives and technology SME’s and startups from all over the Scottish ecosystem.

Come along, be inspired, share and make a difference!

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09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome, Clare English

Keynotes & Paralllel Sessions

12:30 Lunch & networking

13:30 Welcome back, Clare English


14:30 Afternoon break & networking

15:00 Panel Session

15:30 Ambassadors to STEM

15:55 Summary

16:00 Close

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Clare English Host

Clare is an experienced radio presenter who has undertaken a variety of roles ranging from politics and current affairs to mental health issues, arts, culture, science/tech and food journalism. Keenly interested in social affairs and women’s issues, Clare is a board member of Women’s Enterprise Scotland and has hosted the International Women’s Day event with Glasgow City Council at the City Chambers since 2014.


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*According to the SVB Startup Outlook Report 2017 published by Silicon Valley Bank


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Making IT Work for Women is brought to you by the University of Edinburgh acting through its Informatics Ventures programme.

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