STAREAST 2018 - Societal Influence on the Gender Imbalance in Technology | TechWell


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 9:45am to 10:30am

Societal Influence on the Gender Imbalance in Technology

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When we look at today's gender imbalance in the tech field, it's easy to doubt ourselves and wonder if we even belong. However, the fact of the matter is that at one point in time, women dominated technology. Not only did we outnumber men, but we excelled - to the point that tech was considered a woman's sport. So, what changed? How could we have possibly gone from the initial innovators and dominating force of tech to now being vastly underrepresented? Let's take a trip back to the 1980’s, the period where there was a sharp decline in the number of women entering the tech field. You'll be immersed in the culture of the time so that you can see for yourselves just how we got to this point. The conversation continues with recommendations of practical things we can do as women to make an impact in changing this narrative.

Angie Jones

A senior automation engineer at Twitter, Angie Jones has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a master inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than twenty patented inventions in the United States and China. A strong advocate for diversity in technology, Angie shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences worldwide and leading tech workshops for young girls through Black Girls Code. Angie blogs about automation techniques and can be found on Twitter.