Release date: 13 May 2019

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Calls for Irish tech companies to focus on narrowing diversity gaps

Girls in Tech Dublin say attention needs to be turned to ethnic diversity rather than just the gender gap

IRELAND: Leading technology companies across the country need to focus on narrowing the diversity gap in the tech space rather than just the gender gap, that’s according to Girls in Tech Dublin.

The women in tech and female entrepreneurship organisation say serious conversations need to be had in order to encourage tech companies to focus on promoting ethnic diversity in the workplace.

Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, Coral Movasseli will be hosting a fireside chat at Techconnect Live in the RDS, Dublin on the 30th May 2019. The futuristic event will bring together over 5,000 tech business owners, key decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and investors from across Ireland.

Speakers for this years event include:

    • John Pryor, Senior Client Partner – Video Games, Twitter
    • Vanessa Tierney, Co-Founder, Abodoo
    • Donna Creaven, Head of Multinational & Technology Supervision and Engagement, Data Protection Commission Ireland
    • Kieran Mahon, Principal Strategist, Technology Strategy (formerly Vodafone)

Commenting on the state of the Irish tech industry Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, Coral Movasseli said:

There has been a greater shift overall in working towards narrowing the gender gap in Ireland. From academia promoting STEM courses to women, to politicians celebrating female achievements, and a greater dialogue taking place within civil society, a conversation we take part in actively. However, the conversation has focussed on narrowing the gender gap, as opposed to diversity in general. As we see Ireland’s demographic change drastically with inward migration, we can’t wait until there is a problem with ethnic diversity to do something about it. This is imminent.”

With no reliable data available in Ireland to define the immediate challenges facing females in tech, Movasseli added: One of the biggest challenges [for girls in tech] is lacking a technical background. There are now fewer proportion of women studying computer science than several decades back, so as a result they have a harder time breaking in when they lack the skills or are not aware of how they re-skill.”

Girls in Tech offers a variety of sources for women everywhere to get involved in tech from an early stage in their education or career path. Since launching the Dublin chapter in March 2017 Girls in Tech have launched their Stepping Up Mentorship program and their Hacking for Humanity Program. With a number of free online learning platforms now available, and coding and technology events such as Techconnect Live, individuals and girls alike from across the globe have more choice than ever before to get involved in the tech space.

For further information please see www.techconnect-live.com.

 

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About TechConnect Live
TechConnect Live
is Ireland’s largest annual business and technology exhibition for Micro, SME and Enterprise level companies. The event, which is supported by Ibec and the Small Firms Association (SFA) creates a marketplace for a wide range of SMEs experiencing rapid growth.

About Girls in Tech Dublin

Girls in Tech Dublin (GITD) is a women in tech non-profit based in Ireland and established by Coral Movasseli in 2016. Girls in Tech is focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space. Girls in Tech Dublin is the Irish chapter of a global organisation, founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne and headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

To request an interview with Coral Movasseli, Managing Director Girls in Tech Dublin please contact:

Anna Scola

Senior Campaign Executive

ClearStory

Number: 083 344 5311

Email: anna@clearstoryinternational.com