Women In Tech (WIT) comes to Stockholm for the sixth consecutive year on International Women’s Day March 8, 2019. This year a record number of companies backs up the event that as previous three years will take place at Folkets Hus, Norra Bantorget, in Stockholm.
This year WIT will be realized through donations from no less than nine main Founding Partners and 15 Supporting Sponsors – the highest number of companies ever to engage in the largest conference in the Nordic region focusing on getting more women to stay in or chose a career within tech.
“It is just amazing to see the way WIT has grown into a movement. I initiated WIT in 2014 as I wanted my daughters to grow up in a world where they felt included in the industry that is our future. Ensuring that we get girls and women interested in tech is not just a matter of equality, but an absolute must for an exponentially growing industry screaming for new talents.”, says Rikard Steiber, founder of WIT and President of HTC’s Virtual Reality initiative, Viveport.
Behind this year’s WIT stands Founding Partners Accenture, Bonnier, Cybercom Group, EY, HTC Vive, Kindred Group, Nordic Entertainment Group, Tieto and Scania together with Supporting Sponsors Betsson Group, Electrolux, Hemnet, Microsoft, Nasdaq, Play n Go, Schibsted, SEB, Swedbank, Telenor Sverige, Tobii, Veoneer, Visma, Volvo Cars and M, the mobility service.
“WIT is just one of many needed initiatives in order to drive women’s interest towards tech, but judging from the feedback, engagement and interest the event is generating it is clear that the companies that makes WIT a reality every year are contributing to a more diversified industry in many positive ways.”, says Rikard Steiber. The program for this year’s event is to be released in within the coming weeks and the tickets will be released on January 31. As in previous years, the tickets to WITsthlm are totally free of charge for the participants, thanks to support from the sponsors. The interest in previous WIT events has been enormous with seats being fully booked in just a couple of minutes after release. Or as one of our participants put it in a tweet, “People who say that women aren’t competitive should try to get tickets to #witsthlm right now…!”.
“This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve been given the privilege to curate the program for WIT. 2018 has been a year of many important discussions relating to climate change and needed actions in order to create a sustainable future for our world. This theme pervades WIT too as we look into how our industry can drive positive change and a more accessible society through innovations and technologies such as AI, blockchain and voice”, says Paulina Modlitba, program responsible for WIT and continues “We will also widen our perspectives and look into outer space through an exciting keynote that we will come back to talk more about”. The WITsthlm agenda is still under development; details of speakers will be published on womenintech.se when confirmed. For more information, check out WIT’s homepage and follow the event in social media via #WITsthlm2019.
Images from Women in Tech 2018 are free to use for press purposes, please give credit to the photographer Tove Risberg.
Brand Manager, Bonnier
President Viveport and SVP Virtual Reality, HTC and Founder of Women in Tech
Women In Tech’s mission is to inspire talented women to consider a future, or stay within the wonderful world of technology.
Women in Tech started as an event on International Women’s Day in 2014. Since then, it has grown into a community, a platform and a movement. The goal for WIT is to inspire women to choose careers within media and technology, through providing networks and experience from successful women and men from the business and entrepreneurial world.