Bridging the gender gap in IT – challenges and solutions

The IT University of Copenhagen is pleased to invite policymakers, stakeholders from the Danish IT business and research communities and all who are interested in promoting gender diversity to join us for a conference addressing the gender gap in the IT sector on May 29, 2017 from 9:00 to 12:45. Registration opens at 8:30.

"Gender equality and women’s empowerment will not be achieved without science, technology, and innovation and conversely these fields will suffer without the benefit of women’s talents, perspectives, and knowledge."

- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women

The underrepresentation of girls and women in IT education, research and in the workforce is hardly news any longer. Although women played a big role in shaping the field of computing and continue to be important players in the industry, the gender gap in the IT sector has been steadily increasing, in Denmark as well as in many other countries.

Promoting gender diversity in IT means not only engaging more girls and women to become makers of technology, but also promoting leadership, supporting the career advancement of female researchers, and challenging gender stereotypes and bias.

Our international and Danish speakers will explore the complex dimensions surrounding the gender gap in the IT sector, challenge common assumptions and inspire actionable solutions.

We believe that women and men should have equal voice when creating value with IT.

Participation is free of charge and only requires signing up here.

Confirmed speakers:

Jane Margolis
Senior Researcher, UCLA, 2016 White House Champion of Change for Computer Science Education and co-author of the book “Unlocking the Clubhouse – Women in Computing”, USA.

Zachary Dodds
Associate Professor of Computer Science, researcher in Robotics, Harvey Mudd College, USA.

Phoenix Perry
Founder, Code Liberation Foundation, USA/UK.

Charlotte Mark
Managing Director, Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen, Denmark.

Liv Baisner and Eva Sophia Myers
Task Leader and Project Manager of FESTA, a EU Research Project on Female Empowerment in Science and Technology in Academia, University of Southern Denmark.

Ida Kragh-Vodstrup
Consultant, Dansk Industri Digital, Denmark.

Detailed program to be announced.