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.
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|
Thursday, 1st July 2021
Masarykov put 20,
Meet our Speakers
Former President of Croatia
Minister of Civil Affairs, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marta Arsovska Tomovska
Executive Advisor for Digital Innovation in Government of Serbia | Former Government Minister of North Macedonia
Professor & Department Chair, Forbes School of Business and Technology, University of Arizona Global Campus
President of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce
Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Croatia
Assistant Managing Director Zagorje Development Agency
International Speaker Coach, TEDx Coach
Founder and CEO Elite Business Women
The Women in Tech Delegation
Ayumi Moore Aoki
Founder and CEO Women in Tech®
Women in Tech® Canada Director & Balkans Delegate
Women in Tech® Portugal Ambassador
WIT Ambassador North Macedonia
Women in Tech® LATAM Director
Women in Tech® Brazil Ambassador
WIT Director Zambia
Women in Tech® Thailand Ambassador