Women in Tech, Scotland – Equality, Data and Open Badges

Women in Tech, Scotland

Gráinne Hamilton
Mar 31, 2016 · 2 min read

The first meeting of the Women in Tech, Scotland group took place on the 22nd March 2016. The network was founded by Grainne Hamilton, Celeste McLaughlin and Penny Robertson to enable female digital technology professionals to get together to discuss topics in tech. The group also has a focus on advocating for better recognition and opportunities for women working in the technology sector in Scotland. It is for women working in all areas of digital technology, from education to software development, media to analytics, start-ups to multinationals — come along for discussion, presentations and networking.

Women in Tech Scotland is:

  • An open network of female digital technology professionals
  • Informal
  • Social
  • Glasgow based currently
  • Using the Meetup platform, which supports social connections around topics
  • Cross-sectoral
  • Advocating for better recognition and opportunities for women working in the technology sector in Scotland
  • Providing recognition of contribution to tech by awarding members with digital credentials for showcasing their work

Presentations

The first meeting was held in Blackfriars in Glasgow and featured presentations on:

  • Attracting and supporting young women in STEM by Geraldine Wooley from Equate Scotland

Group decisions

The group discussed how they would like the group to progress and decided:

  • The group would hold quarterly meetings with social meetings in between
  • Events should include a range of topics rather than focusing on particular themes
  • There is a need for similar events across Scotland and the group would be interested in a roadshow and regional Meetups across Scotland

Tweets from the event have been pulled into a Storify:

The next Meetup will take place in early July 2016.

Gráinne Hamilton

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Education consultant, facilitator and connector. Specialising in open education, open badges and lifelong learning.

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