Women Tech Founders, a Chicago based organization, working toward advancing women in the tech industry, recently awarded 14 women from around the globe on their achievements in tech. Organized at the Galleria Marchetti for the third time for the Women in Tech. The co-founder and the CEO of the Women Tech founder, Terri Brax chose 14 winners from 65 finalists belonging to eight different nations.
Half of the women were from Chicago, and the rest were from US cities and London. Instead of giving plaques or trophies to the winners, Women Tech Founders gave MMA-style belts. They wanted to boost the morale of women in tech to work harder and get to the top. Brax quoted that “It represents the fight that underrepresented people have in industries like tech.”
Women Tech Founders is a powerful organization that connects, inspires, and advances women in technology by providing them with the resources and support network to thrive, innovate, and ultimately change the world. It basically is a robust and diverse community of women who are technologists, startup founders, corporate executives, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Their motto is to transform and equalize power within the tech ecosystem.
Women Tech Founders was set up to establish women in the tech industry. They are working to make sure women make up a larger fraction of the tech industry and have access to the well paid, plentiful and influential jobs of the future within the industry.
The WIT Awards provided access to today’s most exciting innovators and leaders. It also spreads sisterhood among the tech industry with a powerful spirit of comradery. It webs out a national network of innovative female founders, investors, leaders, and talent. Their aim is to strengthen and expand the women tech ecosystem.
Other women in tech organizations
Women are still massively under-represented in the tech world. According to a study conducted in 2015, the number of women in computing jobs has actually fallen by nearly 10% since 1990. Following are some of the organizations similar to WTF who are working to bring about a change:
- Anita Borg Institute for women in Computing and Technology- The website has a lot of useful resources for women in tech as well as for companies that are interested in building a more diverse workplace. It also gives organizations tips for recruiting and retaining women technologists.
- Women 2.0- It is a global network and social platform for aspiring and current female founders of technology ventures.
- National Centre for Women and Information Technology- A national non-profit organization that works to increase the participation of women and girls in computing. It runs various programs and campaigns which support girls from high school to college as well as women belonging to any career stage.
- Women who Code- With a membership of over more than 50,000 women worldwide, this global non-profit provides several leadership and learning opportunities to their community of tech professionals. It also focuses on an environment of mentorship and networking by organizing technical study groups, hosting tech talks and connecting the community to tech experts.
- Women in Technology International- Initially started as a networking e-mail system, Women in Technology International (WITI) has grown to a global organization that supports women in technology and business.
- Girls in Tech- It is a global non-profit with more than 50 chapters worldwide focusing on education and empowerment of girls. They organize events such as Hackathons, BootCamp, Conferences and also run programs like X-change, Global Classroom, and others.
- Google Developers Group- One can also join the Google Developers Group and its Women Techmakers Program. A GDG is for anyone interested in Google’s developing technologies and various other technical content.
Women in Tech need aspiration and motivation. Organizations like these help in bringing about a change in the lives of women working in tech.