The pioneer festival 2019 in retrospect
Female workforce and Gender diversity both remain a current topical issues. It is common sense that a heterogenous composition leads to good performance. Gender-diverse companies have higher returns, are more creative and innovative. However, men still rule most industries, especially the technology one.
The Pioneer Festival from May 9th-10that Wiener Hofburg offered a chance to learn more about “Women in Tech”. The 1030 Innovation Team took this chance and started the visit off with the “Diversity in Tech” Breakfast. Tiffany Yu and Irene Ryabaya, two powerful women in the Technology industry, inspired us with their insights into Female Leadership. They informed us that only 20% of workforce in Silicon Valley are women. Moreover, there are specific algorithms that disadvantage women in application processes through evaluation tools. The correction of this algorithm is still an issue to encounter in order to give more power to women in the industry, as Tiffany Yu stated.
Highly motivated by the breakfast talk, we further looked for inspiring female Tech Champions. Despite the fact that most speakers and start-up founders at the festival were men, we indeed found several incredible women who rock technology and science:
Our conclusion? There is still a lot of work to be done until we reach full gender balance in many industries. However, determination and hard work pay off. Do not let fear, doubt and challenges stop you. Believe in yourself and your ideas girls, and maybe next year you will be at the Pioneers!
Written by: Gloria Fachinger, 1030 Innovation, www.1030innovation.com