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Key takeaways from Women in Tech 2017

9 Mar

On Wednesday 8th of March 2017, the annual Women in Tech conference took place in Stockholm. Tickets sold out in less than ten minutes (!) but our project manager Helen de la Gardie was fortunate enough to grab a spot in time.

Helen, you visited Women in Tech 2017, please tell us a little bit more about the event!

– Women in tech is an annual event that aims to inspire, enlighten and embrace women who work in the tech industry. The mission is also to inspire talented women to consider a future in the field of technology.

– This year’s lineup of speakers was really impressive. For example Christina Stenbeck, executive chairman and principal owner of Kinnevik, hosted her own version of “Carpool Karaoke” (a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden) on stage, which was really fun and unexpected.

What would you say were the three most noteworthy ideas during the day and why?

– It was a lot! One of the key messages, one that several speakers talked about during the day, was the importance of daring. Two speaking points that struck me in one of the lectures was: “Dare to try, but manage the risks” and “Dare to aim for the unknown.”

– The importance of celebrating failures was also discussed, that you should embrace the new ideas and the learnings that come with failure. One of the speakers emphasized that fail is an acronym for “First Attempt In Learning”. That’s perhaps a more forgiving way of looking at failures. One other exciting topic was the notion that VR (virtual reality) is the next paradigm in tech. There’s so many areas where VR can be applied and it’s about to happen in the near future. 

By Malin Sundin