We live in a world where technologies are omnipresent.
However, in the professional field, women stay under-represented.
A study led by Randstad found that women make up only 22% of workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
This is why the Collision Toronto conference, to which Bonjour Startup Montreal will be attending this week, decided to bring forward the many brilliant women working in this field.
As they explain it, tech is constantly changing the norm, but female participation in the industry isn’t showing the same progress. They decided to do something about it, and in 2016, they started their women in tech initiative to balance the gender ratio. They started by offering 10,000 special tickets to women all over the world, increasing to 14,000 in 2017 and 25,000 in 2018.
And the results are almost immediate, at Collision 2018, 42.5% of attendees were female. This year, nearly one hundred female speakers have been announced.
If you attend conferences, you will have the chance to see personalities such as:
- Rosanna is the co-founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics, which makes low-cost advanced robotic arms and intelligent control software. She got her start rebuilding race cars and now her company has been recognized for their groundbreaking work in robotics.
- Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim is the Founder and CEO of Celmatix, which is leading the charge for precision medicine in women’s health through analytics, genetic testing, and next-generation targeted therapeutics.
- Sarah Bird is the CEO of Moz, the most trusted authority in online search with powerful SEO and Local Search platforms that improve the position of brands, locations, and competitive rank in search results.
Every year, Collision supports the women’s STEM movement by giving a voice to women specialists in their field. It is thanks to these kinds of initiatives that the international startup community will be able, in its sector and beyond, to put forward the achievements of brilliant women, on the same level as men.