Empowering Women in Tech: International House Tampere’s Event Leaves an Impact

On International Women’s Day, International House Tampere hosted its first-ever hybrid international event dedicated to empowering women in the tech industry. Held on the 8th of March, the event marked a significant step forward in fostering diversity and inclusion within the tech sector, a domain historically dominated by men. With the overarching theme centered on empowering women to pursue careers in technology, the event featured a dynamic lineup of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and invaluable resources aimed at supporting women on their journey into tech. 

The event kicked off with a captivating fireside chat, where six accomplished women from various corners of the tech industry shared their personal stories and offered invaluable advice on how aspiring women can navigate their way into the tech field. Their stories were not just tales of success but also accounts of resilience, determination, and breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry.  

This event was a hybrid event, which means that it was broadcasted online as well.

Following the fireside chat, representatives from four companies in the Tampere region took the stage to provide insights into their respective fields of business and the essential skills required for success in tech roles within their organizations. Moreover, they shed light on the initiatives and support systems in their companies to encourage and empower women to work in tech. This firsthand industry perspective offered participants a glimpse into the real-world demands of tech careers and the tangible pathways available for women to thrive in this domain. 

The education sector also played a pivotal role in the event, offering valuable information on degree programs and short courses tailored to kickstart one’s journey into the tech field. By highlighting accessible avenues for acquiring technical skills and knowledge, the education sector reinforced the message that a career in tech is within reach for anyone with the passion and determination to pursue it. 

The atmosphere throughout the event was one of warmth and camaraderie, with attendees actively engaging in networking opportunities following the presentations. These interactions provided a platform for women to connect, share experiences, and discuss common challenges faced in the tech industry. The sense of solidarity and shared purpose among participants underscored the importance of community support in empowering women to thrive in tech roles. 

Tampere city’s commitment to promoting diversity in the workplace was evident throughout the event, reaffirming its dedication to fostering an inclusive tech ecosystem. By organizing initiatives like the Empowering Women in Tech event, Tampere is taking proactive steps to encourage and attract more women to pursue their careers in technology.

Nuppu Suvanto, Service Manager at International House Tampere. 

In conclusion, International House Tampere’s Empowering Women in Tech event was a resounding success, leaving an impact on attendees and signaling a promising future for gender diversity in the tech industry. As we reflect on the inspiring stories shared, the valuable insights gained, and the connections forged, it’s evident that events like these are instrumental in driving meaningful change and empowering women to claim their rightful place in the world of technology.