Information Technology is one of the most developed areas nowadays. Its growth stipulates the interest of students and businesses to IT. The majority of companies have also recognized that balanced and diversified work environment brings the best productivity. However, the interest for technical education and IT is not equal between men and women. Therefore, female engineers and IT students in Växjö and Kalmar sought a meeting place, where they could network, share their stories, and inspire each other.
The organizers of the first Female IT Network in Växjö are Linnaeus University, IEC, and Sigma Technology. They create a perfect mix of business and academy that would give women a good basis for the knowledge-sharing meetings.
“The need for competence within the digital sector is constantly growing and, luckily, the same goes for the interest for computer sciences among young people. However, it is not enough. We still see a big gap between men and women in our programs and courses, which can be improved by identifying role models, ensuring a deeper understanding of what education and jobs in the IT area actually mean. By supporting this network, we hope to find new ways to attract more women into studying IT,” says Diana Unander Nordle, Research and Project Coordinator at the Department of Computer Science, LNU.
The goal of the first Female IT Network meeting is to set the agenda and framework of the group. Later on, the network will have regular meetings and knowledge-sharing events. The network’s goals are to increase awareness and interest in IT education and professions among girls and women, as well as create a meeting place for women working with IT.
“We believe that the best productivity is achieved in the balanced and diversified environment, where competence and knowledge are in focus. That is our aim, and that’s why we gladly support such initiatives as the first Female IT Network. We hope that many engineers and students will join meetings,” says Nataly Duyko, PR & Communications Manager at Sigma Technology.
The first meeting will take place at Sigma Technology’s office in Växjö on November 24th.
If you would like to know more about the Female IT Network in Växjö and register for the first meeting, please, fill in this form.
For more information, please, contact:
Natasha Asimiadis Steindal, Sigma Technology, Natasha.AsimiadisSteindal@sigmatechnology.se
Diana Unander Nordle, Linnaeus University/IEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Sigma Technology
Sigma Technology consists of 600 engineers and experts in product information, embedded systems, software design, and information design. We are passionate about technology and information, and enjoy working together. At Sigma Technology we put competence in focus and gather the sharpest minds from 25 countries, and more than 35% of our colleagues are women.
Sigma Technology is a part of Sigma Group that has 3,600 employees and the network of partners in 11 countries.
For more information, visit sigmatechnology.se.
About Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University offers 150 degree programs and 2,000 single-subject courses within arts and humanities, health and life sciences, the natural sciences, technology, and business and economics. Linnaeus University Centers study and research everything from ecology and evolution to discrimination and integration, postcolonialism, bioscience, and big data. The university was established in 2010 and is located in Växjö and Kalmar, Sweden.
For more information, please, visit https://lnu.se/en/
IEC is a research and collaborative projects at Linnaeus University, with a focus on the digital sector. Through collaboration between research, business, and the community, the project strives to lead to new businesses, new jobs, and increased competitiveness through its activities. The vision is that the Linnaeus region will become north Europe’s most attractive IT region to live and work in. The project will end in the winter of 2017/2018 and a part of it will move over to a non-profit organization led by the digital industry, other parts will become a part of the offer from Linnaeus University and the computer sciences.