"Work in IT is not only programming" conference took place on 21 April 2016 at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of the Gdańsk University of Technology. It was the 4th conference organised within the social initiative "Girls in new technologies" to celebrate the Girls in ICT Day.
The Day of Women and Girls in ICT, celebrated for the 4th time, was established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - UN agency responsible for telecommunications and new technologies. The conference aimed at encouraging girls and young women to choose ICT sector as a career path was organised on the initiative of Magdalena Gaj, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications.
The conference titled "Work in IT is not only programming" was organised within the „Girls in new technologies" social initiative, which supports activities aimed at increasing the women and girls' participation in the ICT area. Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE, has been undertaking activities encouraging girls and women to create their education and career paths in the technology sector since the beginning of her term in office. Fifteen years ago the sector was a closed circle of men. Six years ago I thought that it is worth to work on the issue of women participation in the new technologies sector, and for four years together with partners we have been organising contests for traineeships addressed to female students. I would like women to stop thinking that this sector is good only for men. New technologies sector gives many development opportunities. Let's dispel the stereotype. I fight for it also through this initiative
– underlined President Gaj in her opening speech. IT is the bloodstream of every economy and the most effective teams, whose work brings the highest benefits, are the mixed teams, especially in terms of sex, race and age
– said Magdalena Gaj.
During this year's conference a discussion panel was held with the participation of project partners who are involved in the initiative of promoting the idea and encouraging women to work in the IT sector. Discussion participants addressed the issue of women's role and place in the area of informatics and new technologies. Winners of the previous editions of the contest for traineeship and students participated in the discussion. Panellists underlined the importance of women's presence in the industry, their competences and soft skills. Women integrate teams, are good communicators, empathy and - what is more important - a great potential.
The contest addressed to the female students of technical faculties is the main element of the project. Paid traineeships in the best companies from the technology industry are the prize. This year the following companies are the project partners: SAS Institute, Motorola Solutions, Microsoft Poland, Sygnity, Cisco Systems, Huawei Polska, Telewizja Polska S.A. and Ericpol. The conference gave a chance to take part in practical workshops organised and conducted by their representatives.
Let us remind you that the contest for traineeship in ICT is a part of a broader social initiative titled "Girls in New Technologies" aimed at promoting women's participation in the sector of new technologies and overcoming stereotypes in this respect. The contest is carried out once a year in subsequent editions, this year from 15 March to 10 May. Its main organiser is the Office of Electronic Communications supported by the partners of the project who are at the same time founders of the awards - traineeships in the ICT companies.
The contest is addressed to female students of sciences and IT, who are at least second year students of first-degree/uniform master's studies, or second-degree students. The condition to participate in the contest is to solve a specific task prepared by each of the partner companies.
More information about the contest is available on the UKE website.