Technology has the potential to reshape the world we live in. The European Union has recognized this by allocating 20% of the €750 billion NextGenerationEU budget – a total of €150 billion – to the digital transformation of Europe’s industry and society. But with just 17% of women working in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) branch, Europe’s tech start-ups are still overwhelmingly dominated by men. On March 4, from 6-8pm we will discuss how we can make Europe’s digital future more equal. The two-hour webinar will consist of three panels (each 35-minutes long) and feature high-ranking female politicians, tech-entrepreneurs, digital experts and investment professionals. Together with them, we will discuss what it needs to transform the digital industry and how we can learn from existing practices in Europe today.
Panel 1: End Stereotypes & Exclusion
- Christiane Canenbley (Deputy Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Vestager) will moderate the debate and discuss with
- Francesca Bria (President of the Italian National Innovation Fund, economic advisor and digital policy expert),
- MEP Maria Graça Carvalho (EPP, Member of the ITRE, AIDA and FEMM Committee) and
- MEP Alexandra Geese (Greens/EFA, Member of the IMCO, AIDA and BUDG Committee, initiator of the campaign #halfofit)
Panel 2: Tech Career Training
- Dr. Nakeema Stefflbauer, founder of the initiative “Frauen-Loop”, who will debate with
- Rosanna Kurrer, Co-founder of the cybersecurity-upskilling training “Cyberwayfinder” and
- Tolúlọpẹ́ Ògúnrẹ̀mí, founder of Coders of Colour in the U.K.
Panel 3: Financing the Future of Women
- MEP Eva Kaili (S&D), Chairwoman of European Parliament Panel on the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), as moderator together with
- Shiva Dustdar, Head of Innovation Finance at the European Investment Bank,
- Nora Bavey, Partner at Unconvential Ventures,
-Mariana Duarte Silva, Founder Village Underground Lisboa