Although opportunities for women in the tech summits industry have continued to expand, a recent study by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that there is still a long way to go.
The report titled “Women in Technology” shows that most women feel underpaid (58%) and underrepresented (56% in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. 35% of women also think that their career will be impacted if they take a break for
family, while 33% feel that there isn’t enough support for women in STEM.
For these reasons and others, women in tech summits are held every year. These summits not only connect women in technology but also teach attendees new skills, promote intersectionality, and discuss innovative trends as we push for diversity in the tech industry. Luckily, it is easy to join such a summit. Most are held virtually due to the COVID pandemic, and registration often includes access to recordings of previous events.
Here is a quick look at some of the women in tech summits you can participate in.
Johnson Women in Technology (JWiT) Conference
Slated for the spring of 2021, the JWiT conferences connect women advocates, MBAs, and industry leaders. The conference aims to develop a community that will help advance women in the tech world.
The exact date and location of this year’s conference are yet to be announced.
Global Women in Tech Awards
This summit is a one-day event that touches on AI, machine learning, and blockchain technology. There is an award gala at the end of the conference that recognizes the Business Role Model of the Year, CIO of the Year, Future CIO of the Year, CTO of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star, Advocate of the Year, and the Diversity Initiative of the Year.
The yearly conferences are usually held in New York City and Silicon Valley. 2020’s events were held virtually, and this year’s conference date and ticket price are yet to be announced.
Grace Hopper Celebration
The largest gathering of women technologists was co-founded by Dr. TelleWhitney and Dr. Anita Borg in 1994 and is named after Grace Murray Hopper, one of the world’s first computer programmers. 2021’s Grace Hopper Celebration is scheduled to run from September 26th–29th and will be broadcasted from Chicago. Students will pay $299 each for tickets, while members of the general public will be charged $799 per person.
Tech Up for Women
This one-day event talks about blockchain technology jobs, cybersecurity, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, startups, AI, virtual reality, and healthcare technology. According to the event website, it aims to “improve their digital literacy and successfully complete and disrupt gender imbalance in work environments.”
Tech Up for Women 2021 is slated for November 16th in New York City. Tickets start at $250.
The Girls in Tech Conference
This two-day event features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and panel discussions with tech leaders. Attendees are not only given valuable tips on how to navigate a career in tech but are also connected with mentors and role models.
Last year’s event was held virtually in September, and the date, location, and ticket price of the 2021 conference are TBA.
Women Impact Tech
These are a series of events that connect women in tech with over 350-tech companies committed to innovation and inclusion. Attendees can also participate in one-on-one meetings with companies, and those who can’t make it in person are linked via virtual conferences.
2021 events will be held in San Francisco, Boston, and New York in August, October, and December. The exact date and ticket prices have not been announced.
Women in Cybersecurity
This summit was established by Dr. Ambareen Siraj in 2012 and offers scholarships, memberships, and networking opportunities for women working in cybersecurity. The 2021 conference takes place over two days and is slated for Sept. 8–10 in Denver. The ticket price is $600 for members and $850 for non-members, with discounts for government workers, students, faculty, and NGO employees.
This is a series of coding conferences held in the West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and the Mid-Atlantic, that help connect women working in the technology industry. The first event of the year was held from March 24-26, and an additional event is scheduled for October 20-22.