The premier Women in Tech Balkans Summit to be held in Dubrovnik, 1st July 2021

The Women in Tech Balkans Summit is under the high patronage of Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the first female president of Croatia.

The main goal of this event is to bring together leaders and stakeholders of the Balkans with the aim of opening a discussion on how to deploy digital accessability and job-ready solutions to empower women and girls of the region while promoting entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation.

Tech is the fastest-growing, most lucrative industry in history. Increasingly however, it’s dissolving as an “industry”, and becoming the force behind every industry. Without a doubt, tech is the future of work. And yet, women’s involvement in STEM in European countries does not translate into strong participation in technology sectors.

In the Balkans, women represent less than 15% of ICT professionals and this gender and skills gap is getting wider every year. Challenges – ranging from cultural norms and biases to lack of self-confidence and online and offline harassment – hinder girls and women’s full participation. The digital acceleration driven by the COVID-19 pandemic is an historic opportunity to drive women’s involvement in technology in the region.

The European Commission’s initiatives encourage and empower women to play a more active role in the digital age and outlined a strategy to increase women’s participation in the digital sector, focusing on:

  • Challenging digital gender stereotypes;
  • Promoting digital skills and education;
  • Advocating for more women entrepreneurs.

Increased participation of women in the tech sector will boost the economy and allow for their full participation in society.
In alignment with the European goals, the Women in Tech Balkans Summit will focus on the importance of digital skills in closing the gender gap, boosting remote work opportunities and retaining female talent in the region.

We will partner with local stakeholders in order to implement Women in Tech global programs to create impact through action, building skills and confidence, setting women up for success.

Our flagship programs include: mentoring, female start-ups incubator and the Empower HER accelerator.

Women in Tech is on a mission to empower 5 million Women & girls by 2030, meeting 5 SDG’s: Goal 4 on quality education, Goal 5 on gender equality, Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth and Goal 10 on reduced inequalities.

Because when women rise, we all rise.

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30 Opening:
Women in Tech Delegation
Mr. Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik
Honorary Guest: Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
10:30 – 11:30 High level stakeholders session – Empowering Women in Tech in the Post Pandemic World
High-level representatives from the Balkans spearheading technological transformation and gender parity will highlight their strategy for shaping a post-pandemic world. The different speakers will illustrate how their country/region is responding to the pandemic by ensuring that women are harnessing technology.
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 12:45 Round table discussion – deep dive session
How to skill, promote and retain female talent in the Balkans?
Zooming in on ready-to-implement examples of solutions
12:45 – 14:00 Buffet lunch
14:00 – 14:15 Keynote by Guest Speaker
14:15 – 15:15 Panel: Increasing opportunities for women led start-ups in the Balkans region
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Women in Tech Start-up Challenge
Pitching competition of 10 female led start-ups from the region
17:00 – 17:30 Closing
18:00 – 20:00 Networking Cocktail

Date:
Thursday, 1st July 2021

Place:
Dubrovnik Palace
Masarykov put 20,
20000, Dubrovnik
Croatia

Website:
https://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/hotel-dubrovnik-palace/

Meet our Speakers

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Former President of Croatia

Ankica Gudeljević

Ankica Gudeljević

Minister of Civil Affairs, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mato Franković

Mato Franković

Mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Benjamina Karic

Benjamina Karic

Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marta Arsovska Tomovska

Marta Arsovska Tomovska

Executive Advisor for Digital Innovation in Government of Serbia | Former Government Minister of North Macedonia

Maja Zelihic

Maja Zelihic

Professor & Department Chair, Forbes School of Business and Technology, University of Arizona Global Campus

Danela Arsovska

Danela Arsovska

President of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce

Caitlin Piper

Caitlin Piper

Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Croatia

Helena Matuša

Helena Matuša

Assistant Managing Director Zagorje Development Agency

Peter Hopwood

Peter Hopwood

International Speaker Coach, TEDx Coach

Bianca Tudor

Bianca Tudor

Founder and CEO Elite Business Women

More confirmed speakers to be announced soon

The Women in Tech Delegation

Ayumi Moore Aoki

Ayumi Moore Aoki

Founder and CEO Women in Tech®

Andrea Sesum

Andrea Sesum

Women in Tech® Canada Director & Balkans Delegate

Claudia Mendes

Claudia Mendes

Women in Tech® Portugal Ambassador

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

WIT Ambassador North Macedonia

Isabel Velarde

Isabel Velarde

Women in Tech® LATAM Director

Lindalia Reis

Lindalia Reis

Women in Tech® Brazil Ambassador

Mafunase Malenga

Mafunase Malenga

WIT Director Zambia

Narisa Chauvidul-Aw

Narisa Chauvidul-Aw

Women in Tech® Thailand Ambassador

Thank you to our partners

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