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Women in tech on film…

We made a video! It’s part retrospective of the last #WomeninTechZA networking event and part invite (to men & women in tech) to the next at Fak’ugesi. With thanks to sponsor Business Connexion for all the support! 🙂

Get your tickets for Monday’s event with Debbie Rogers from Praekelt & Business Connexion’s Grace Dipale here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/7372-womenintechza-networking-event/

https://youtu.be/TF-L3sXYzss

 

 

WomeninTechZA at Fak’ugesi

WomeninTechZA is thrilled to invite you to our second Johannesburg networking event, sponsored by Business Connexion, to be held at the Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival on 29 August.

Come and listen to Praekelt Foundation GM Debbie Rogers speaking on how Praekelt Foundation has designed and implemented mobile technology solutions to empower women in lower and middle income countries and why they believe that uplifting women and girls is one of the most important investments that can be made to reduce poverty and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

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Date: 29 August
Time: 3-30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Tshimologong, 47 Juta Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000

Tickets are R100, include cocktails and snacks, and can be purchased here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/7372-womenintechza-networking-event/#/

South Africa’s first testathon to be held in Cape Town

Crowdsourced testing company Global App Testing is organising South Africa’s first Testathon in Testathon photoCape Town in collaboration with Facebook. The event will be held on 24 June – interested testers can apply here: http://testathon.co/more-info-cape-town/

“A Testathon is like a hackathon but specifically for testers,” says Owais Peer, co-founder of Global App Testing. “A lot of our tester community have told us they don’t get invited to hackathons, despite it being such an important part of the developer community”.

The Testathon event aims to bring together the best testers in the world so they can learn from best practice, network and win prizes (iPhones, Samsung phones, tablets, drones, headphones) whilst trying to break real apps.

“We’ll have 50 testers from Cape Town all competing to find bugs in some great apps,” notes Owais. “We’ve organised events with Dropbox in San Francisco, Spotify in Stockholm and now it’s time for Facebook in Cape Town. The support from the testing community has been great!”

The aim is to bring the very best testers together to:
1. learn best practice;
2. connect and network together and
3. win prizes by doing what they love.

The best testers will be awarded prizes for a whole host of categories including ‘Best QA’ and ‘Best Quality Bug Report’.

After mixing with the best testers in the UK, US and Sweden the South African testing community is going to be put to the test. “It’ll be a big challenge to find great bugs on the day but when you put together the best testers in the world, you’re bound to find something”, comments Owais.

Best part? It’s free.

To get an idea of how it works, check out this Testathon run with the Spotify team in Sweden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt39KucH5VA

 

WomeninTechZA panel at Tech4Africa

Despite what you might think if you take a look around, there actually are women in the tech sector. And they’re not just in sales, marketing, or hiding behind a screen coding. They’re engineers, developers, BAs, project managers, founders, CEOs and most everything else.

Samantha Perry, co-founder of WomeninTechZA, an initiative that aims to address the gender diversity gap in the tech sector, will be chairing a panel on WomeninTech at Tech4Africa. Panellists Mich Atagana (managing editor, Memeburn), Ellie Hagopian (CEO, Nomosphere), Shana Kay (CEO, IntelliCred), Lisa Lyhne (executive director, Dariel Solutions) will share their thoughts and experiences, specifically around:

– Why are we battling to attract women to the tech sector? And why can’t we keep them here?
– Why do we need women in tech anyway? If they don’t want to be here we shouldn’t force them?
– How can we start framing the discussion so that we start solving the problem? Debate at present seems to be: “We need more women in tech.” “Ok”.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you haven’t already, get your tickets here: www.tech4africa.com

WomeninTechZA/Silicon Cape network CT tech ladies

WomeninTechZA and Silicon Cape successfully hosted WomeninTechZA’s first ever networking event in CT on Monday night. Attended by 40 local women (and one man), the event gave CT tech ladies a chance to meet and network and discuss the issues and challenges they face working in the sector.

WomeninTechZA aims to get women talking about the challenges they face as a vast minority in the sector. Only 23% of tech jobs in SA are held by women – if we are going to change that we need to start talking and doing thing that can make a real difference.

Speaking on the night, Silicon Cape chair Alex Fraser, who recently founded her own company, Stone Tree, highlighted the dire shortage of female VCs in the tech sector, and the huge impact on productivity and profit that women bring to teams and organisations.

After presenting an overview of the sad state of diversity into the tech sector and introduction to the WomeninTechZA initiative from co-founder Samantha Perry, the ladies split into four groups to discuss their issues and challenges and then report back to the group.

Participants highlighted the fact that women are often their own worst enemies in organisations, and rather need to learn to support each other and not see each other as competition.

Women are also not as good as putting themselves out there in the market at events, taking speaking slots and generally being visible – something we all need to work on, participants agreed.

Also under the spotlight was the different stories every women in the sector has – there are few common threads if you look at how each of us got to where we are, and we need to start sharing those stories and making them more accessible.

Ongoing challenges with sexism and sexual harassment both got a mention, contrasted with the recognition that if we are to address sector diversity challenges we need to stop thinking about ‘men vs women’ and start thinking as ‘people in IT’.

The lack of female mentors and role models was mentioned more than once and, after a follow up discussion with a smaller group of tech ladies the following day, WomeninTechZA is launching a platform to connect mentors and mentees on the womenintech.co.za website. Mentors can ask to be listed on the site (including focus areas and areas of expertise) and anyone needing their expertise can request a contact. Mentoring will be charged for per hour in accordance with the seniority of the mentor, and what the mentee can afford and all proceeds will go towards funding the running of WomeninTechZA. Watch this space for info and contact samantha.perry@gmail.com if you want to take part please!

Thanks again to our wonderful sponsors – The Office, which provided us with their gorgeous venue, and PayFast, which sponsored the very yummy snacks.

 The Office is Cape Town’s premium business club. A sophisticated work and meeting space, The Office was designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs – a considered space where business can get done. 

PayFast is a payments processing service for South Africans and South African websites. It enables easy, secure and instant transfer of money between online buyers and sellers.

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WomeninTechZA at SQLSAT Jhb and CT

WomeninTechZA is thrilled to be speaking at the upcoming SQLSAT Jhb and CT events on 30 August and 6 September respectively. I’ll be hosting a networking session (yes, there will be wine) at each – thanks to sponsors Intel and Microsoft – and will be speaking on WomeninTechZA – what prompted the initiative, what it aims to do, how you can get involved.The SQLSAT events are community initiatives held annually. Jody and Michael have done an awesome job getting sponsors, speakers and attendees on board. If you want to join the fun you can register here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com

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