On Tuesday, 14 June, dozens of female role models from the tech world will grace the stage at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Fe+male Tech Heroes, the Campus initiative that strives for more gender equality and diversity in tech, will then be hosting the third edition of their popular annual conference. Thanks to driving forces like former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes and future astronaut Mindy Howard, the first two (free) editions sold out in no time. “This year promises to be another great event,” says Ingelou Stol, founder of Fe+male Tech Heroes. ” At long last after Covid, we can bring a lot of techies together again.”
A big name at the conference is cardiologist Angela Maas, one of the most influential doctors in the Netherlands. Stol: “Angela Maas has been fighting for the hearts of women all her life. She was one of the first in Europe to study how heart disease presents itself differently in women than in men.” Recognizing those differences became her life’s work.
“In an interview on stage, Angela is going to take us through the story of her struggle, which has already helped so many women.” Last month, the 65-year-old Maas bid farewell to her job at the Radboudumc university hospital, but the pioneer remains committed to women’s health, both nationally and internationally.
Nazanin Shafiee, of the fast-growing Eindhoven-based company SMART Photonics, is also one of the speakers. SMART Photonics makes chips that send data via light instead of electricity. Nazanin is a technology enthusiast and a storyteller. In her engineering career, she worked on products for healthcare (medical implants), as well as the automotive and aerospace industries. “Nazanin wants to get people as enthused as she is about the world of technology, and the impact it has on our lives.”
Plus, during the conference, the High Tech Campus is delving into more new technologies and phenomena. Like the metaverse. “A digital world that runs parallel to the ordinary world. Through virtual reality, among other things, these two worlds will start to merge, and we (our personalized avatars) will be able to meet up with each other. This can be done in places all over the world in the metaverse. For example, you could meet a colleague digitally at Table Mountain in Cape Town.”
After last year’s online edition, this year’s Fe+male Tech Heroes conference will once more accommodate over 300 participants at the High Tech Campus. “The atmosphere at these events is always so special,” says Stol. “We all have the same goal: more women and diversity in the tech sector. And that’s something that you can really feel. At the conference, there is ample opportunity to inspire each other, share knowledge and network again.”
In addition to speakers from Philips and Dell, the Fe+male Tech Heroes Conference will feature workshops from ASML, HighTechXL and NXP.
The conference is free and open to everyone.
Register via: www.hightechcampus.com/femaletechheroes2022
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