Google announced March 8 in a blog post that it will be hosting more than a hundred Women Techmakers events in 52 countries in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The initiative is designed to showcase the work of women leaders in the tech industry by providing them with a platform to celebrate their talents and produce more female role models.
“Starting today and throughout March, the event series will feature panel discussions with talented female technology leaders, hands-on career planning workshops, networking opportunities and more,” promised Kyle Ewing of the People Operations team at Google in the blog post.
By raising the visibility of innovative women leaders in technology, Google hopes to inspire others to join the field. In addition to organising events, the company has created a community to allow women to connect worldwide, and compiled resources that help women to develop technical skillsets, develop their careers and focus on personal growth.
The Google Plus community for Women Techmakers is here. Open to both men and women, it currently has 1,700 members. The community features recurrent weekly themes such as “Moonshot Monday” to share how someone is exhibiting moonshot thinking, “Tech Tip Tuesday” to show how women can get more involved in technology fields, and “Women Wednesday” to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Existing resources on the Women Techmakers microsite include video interviews of women techmakers from around the world as well as from within Google, as well as a list programmes which are encouraging the presence of women in the tech industry.
The Women Techmakers event for Singapore will be held on March 11, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Events are listed worldwide through to March 27.