European Women in Technology: Agenda at a glance

August 21, 2019 | Daisy Bernard

European Women in Tech

European Women in Technology is back for 2019 and it's bigger and better than ever.

Embrace diversity and inclusion, broaden your professional network and discover new approaches to challenges at this year's conference. We've taken on board your feedback to ensure that this year's event is the highlight of your tech calendar. Here's what not to miss.

 

OPENING KEYNOTE: FIRESIDE CHAT ON THE TECH LANDSCAPE IN EUROPE

Shaloo Garg

Global Advisor on Technology and Innovation @ UN Women, Managing Director @ Microsoft for Start-ups

Ödgärd Andersson

Chief Digital Officer (CDO) - Consumer & Enterprise Digital @ Volvo Cars

A high level overview from the Top people in European Business on what to watch for in the coming year, and what to get excited about!

Key takeaways:

  • Hear about the latest innovations on the market and how they are shaping the tech industry
  • Learn which industries are at the cutting edge of different developments
  • Where is the place to be? A Geographical analysis of the tech market
  • Explore what technologies are on the cusp of market disruption
  • Top businesses, individuals and products to watch out for!

 

FUTURE PROOFING YOUR WORKFORCE IN THE TECH TALENT ECOSYSTEM

Bhawna Paul

Head of IT Strategy @ Boehringer Ingelheim

Technology is advancing at a faster pace than ever before - ensuring that your workforce are up to date with incoming tech principles, skills and capabilities, whilst ensuring employees are at the top of their game and progressing in their role!

Key takeaways include:

  • The importance of engagement regarding personal development with your workforce - knowing their dreams, aspirations and how to get them there
  • Understanding new market trends; seeing the jobs market as an ecosystem
  • The role of upskilling in keeping employees engaged and relevant for you and your company

DO I NEED A DATA SCIENTIST?

Frida Nellros

Head of Connected Intelligence @ Scania CV AB

Data being a buzzword across the world of tech, what can data science do for your business? This session outlines the capabilities of employing a data scientist - whilst also explaining what data science doesn't cover! 

Key takeaways include:

  • Identify the business drivers that indicate a data scientist may be for you
  • Understand that a data scientist is different to analysts who have learned Python or R
  • Dos and Don'ts when hiring a Data Scientist
  • Develop a plan: what do we want to do with our data?
  • Explore the capabilities and limitations, and what you need to be prepared to invest to properly utilise your data scientist

 

HOW AI WILL AFFECT BUSINESS IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS

Dr Loubna Bouarfa

Founder and CEO @ OKRA Technologies

Technologies like AI, blockchain, and IoT are changing our lives and work, and business leaders must make decisions right now about the best routes forwards. It is essential to therefore understand how (and when) AI will affect their organisations—and what they should do about it today. Here we will consider what the next decade of Ai will look like.

Key takeaways:

  • Analyse the potential to simplify work with AI across different applications
  • Explore the changing competitive battleground of business
  • Hear practical examples of how organisations are using AI to stay relevant and compete
  • Evaluate how to get started with AI in your own business
  • Review the common challenges and how to overcome them

 

DEMYSTIFYING HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY FUND YOUR STARTUP

Diana Paredes

CEO and Co-Founder @ Suade

Getting a company off the ground is an uphill battle, but tech-oriented projects can carry added expenses with hardware needs, software licensing, and the average salaries of STEM professionals. Funding these startups can be a challenge, especially early on before any investment or revenue, so making the right choices early is important.

Key take always:

  • Understand the dynamics of the different funding routes for start-ups
  • Explore all of the costs you should expect in your first year
  • Analyse how founders can retain control whilst collaborating with funding partners and driving growth
  • Review the process of troubleshooting methods and how to build a back-up plan
  • Learn from real life examples, and ensure not to make the same mistakes as those before you!

 

FINDING 'THE ONE' - YOUR IDEAL MENTOR

Francesca Hampton

CFO @ Cynergy Bank

Great mentors can have an enormous impact on your career. Their connections can open doors that would otherwise be closed, and their experiences can save you from suffering from the same mistakes they've already made. Understand how to recognise what makes a great mentor, and how to approach them.

Key takeaways include:

  • Recognise what makes a great mentor, and how to approach them
  • Understand what you want from a mentor
  • Pinpoint how a mentor can help you develop, and how to maximise value
  • Explore the best methods of finding a local mentor
  • Examine what a mentor is looking for, and what is in it for them

USERCENTRIC DESIGN: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN USERS AND PRODUCTS THROUGH DEMOCRATIC DESIGN

Rebecca Töreman

Development Leader @ IKEA Home smart

Technology in our day to day lives are more connective and intuitive than ever before. Learn how disruptors are changing the consumer industry by putting the customer back ast the centre of technology design. 

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the gaps in the market for democratic design and what this means
  • Case studies from Ikea on how this is being implemented
  • Understand the user experience and how it to make better, more intuitive and fit for purpose products
  • Explore the risks and benefits of being a first mover on the market

 

FOR A BETTER WORLD: HOW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES ENABLE SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS

Anubhuti Shah

Senior Strategy Expert, Solution Management for Digital Supply Chain @ SAP

The World Economic Forum states that by 2050 oceans will hold more plastics than fish and numerous research institutions project that at least 1 out of 10 people will suffer from death caused by pollution-related diseases. What caused these developments and how can we avoid further harm? How is sustainability correlated to the degree of digital connectivity of supply chains? This session explores these questions and how technologies such as blockchain and machine learning enable businesses to build intelligent applications creating more sustainable supply chains.

Key takeaways include:

  • Throw away” society and overuse of resources take its toll
  • Need to decouple continuous value creation from primary resource consumption
  • Reduce waste and transition to more circular economic models
  • Implement supply chains fostering sustainable businesses
  • Digital technologies enable a more sustainable world

 

LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR NON-MANAGERS: TOP TIPS TO GET YOUR FIRST PROMOTION

Nilofer Christensen

Senior Product Manager @ TomTom

You've mastered your core technical skills, but how do you make the next step up? Develop your leadership skills, establish yourself as an expert in your field, and stand out through building your personal brand with managers and peers. Practical tips and straight-forward advice on all of the above and more! 

Key takeaways:

  • Explore your current role and assessing the opportunities available to get you to the next level
  • Embrace stretch assignments and opportunities to demonstrate leadership
  • Assess the tools you’re going to need to effectively handle leadership challenges successfully
  • Understand how to successfully engage with peer-to-peer leadership
  • Internal promotion or back to the jobs board? Taking the plunge into your next role

 

MAKING YOUR MARK AS A FEMALE FOUNDER

Giovana Vega

National Director @ Global Woman Club Holland, Founder @ Trading for Women

Striking out with a new idea is daunting enough, but when you're a female founder in a male dominated world, confidence as a founder can make all the difference. From access to funding to the perception of women as leaders, understanding the unique obstacles facing female entrepreneurs is the first step in overcoming them.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding potential hurdles that may cause issues as a female entrepreneur in order to predict, plan and eliminate them
  • Learn from women with similar experiences in order to benefit from success story case studies
  • Networking and building allies - the importance of having a support network and how to crack into existing ones

 

This year, European Women in Tech will be uniting 4,000+ tech innovators for two days of thought-provoking content. Join us in celebrating gender diversity in the world's fastest growing industry.

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