Women of Silicon Valley: 8 Weeks to Go!

March 11, 2019 | Georgina Varley

Women of Silicon Valley 8 Weeks To Go

We're less than 8 weeks away from California's most vibrant women in tech conference. This is your chance to join the movement. 

Don't just be part of the conversation - drive it! Tech superheroes are uniting in change at this year's Women of Silicon Valley.

Part of the world’s largest Women in Tech conference series, this event allows you to network with thousands of inspirational tech leaders, drive your commercial objectives forward by embracing diversity and inclusion and deep dive into the tech trends that are changing the face of the sector. You will leave with the knowledge and drive to write your own success story.

Taking place over two days, the conference boasts over 50 sessions, 100 speakers and 1,500 attendees and there's no better time to book, our Early Bird tickets are only available until 22nd March. Buy yours now to avoid disappointment – you can save $100 on Silver Passes and $150 on Gold Passes!


Women of Silicon Valley returns to San Francisco, 2-3 May 2019. Secure your spot among other innovators in your field today. 

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Why should you join us at Women of Silicon Valley 2019?

Be inspired by the ecosystem's most influential women in technology, network with like-minded women founders, liaise with top Silicon Valley tech businesses and enhance your skills portfolio in a passion-charged environment. Don't miss out! 


Stand still in the tech sector, and you'll get left behind. 

Our conference allows you to deep dive into current tech trends and develop your business strategy based on these innovations. By attending you’ll get access to hands-on, practical workshops and talks by some truly inspirational individuals. Our aim is for you to walk away with actionable insights that you can use to sharpen your skillset from the second you leave the event.

Expect keynote speeches, workshops and technical classes on these topics:

Is there a Future for DevOps?
 
The adoption of DevOps practices within businesses is a recent tech trend that is showing no signs of slowing down. As we move into 2019, it is becoming more obvious that DevOps is becoming mainstream, with many large organisations getting on board with the concept.
 
But, does DevOps have a longer-term future, or will it be replaced by something else 10 years from now? During this presentation we consider what the future holds for DevOps.
 
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From RPA to Intelligent Automation
 
The opportunity to apply robotic process automation (RPA) to business processes has captured the attention of many organisations as they compete in a digital-first world that requires seamless operations, and greater value from resources.
 
The next stage in the automation journey – beyond RPA – is intelligent automation, incorporating machine learning and dynamic workflows, but what should we be considering as we move towards intelligent automation and AI?
 
Is it Ever Okay to Not do Agile?
 
The majority of development projects now say they are agile in some manner. But, agile processes are not a panacea for all that is wrong with software development.
 
Agile can create pressures that didn’t previously exist, and newer generations of software professionals are becoming exclusively experienced in Agile. Here we will consider if and when it might be best to NOT use Agile.

Women of Silicon Valley is about creating real change, together.

Women continue to be a minority in the technology sector. They hold just 24% of computer science jobs and occupy roughly 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. 

However, changing the state of play is possible and we are leading the way in the fight for gender equality in tech. The power of Silicon Valley's digital economy is vast and there’s no better time to ensure that you’re part of the conversation. 

Expect keynote speeches, workshops and technical classes on these topics:

How to Avoid Unconscious Bias in your Job Specs

Studies have shown that ads across many male-dominated industries (like tech) include gendered language that deters female candidates from applying. This unconscious bias is often communicated unintentionally in the way ads are written and can negatively impact the diversity of the candidates for the role.

The use of gendered language in ads can undermine the implementation of a diverse hiring strategy and affect the way a company’s employer brand is perceived. So, how to remove unconscious bias from your recruitment process?

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Machine Learning Could Destroy your Company's Diversity Efforts: Here's How to Avoid this Setback 
 
It’s 2019, and underrepresented groups are still earning less than the majority. Nidhi Gupta has found that Machine Learning can help correct these gaps — but only if built correctly. She will discuss the advantages of machine learning in the hiring process, and the human responsibility that exists to ensure it encourages a diverse workforce.
 
Companies across all industries are looking to Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence to make their recruiting process more efficient. This brings many advantages, especially to the hiring process — since it currently takes an average of 50 days to fill an IT or product management position. But, if you’re not careful, using machine learning to reduce time to hire can result in other, unexpected challenges. If left on its own, Machine Learning algorithms have the potential to perpetuate bias and pay inequality among racial and gender identities.
 
However, when human engineers normalise data sets and actively monitor algorithms, the technology can help us achieve diversity and pay equality in the workplace.
 
Are Men Better than Women at Coding?
A controversial statement, but one intended to challenge the real reasons as to why we are struggling still with gender diversity in tech. Let’s discuss what a good coder needs to be in 2019, where will this talent that’s needed come from, and what strengths can we ALL bring in terms of coding requirements for the future? 
Clearly, men cannot be said to be better at coding just because they are men. Code written by women garners higher ratings on GitHub for example than that written by their male colleagues, so why is gender diversity still an issue in 2019?

Springboard your tech career 

Listen to over a hundred inspirational tech leaders share their tips for success in the world’s fastest-growing industry. Learn how to build confidence, use the correct body language and market yourself for success so that those top tech jobs come in to reach. Leave with the knowledge and inspiration to pursue your dreams and write your own success story.

Expect keynote speeches, workshops and technical classes on these topics:

Finding you Ideal Mentor – What You Need to Know

Great mentors can have an enormous impact on your career. Their connections can open doors that would otherwise be closed, and their experiences can save you from suffering from the same mistakes they've already made. But, finding the best mentor for you isn't as simple as picking a name from a hat. You'll need to be able to recognize what makes a great mentor, know how to approach one and then how to maximize the relationship. Here we will explore the top tips and tricks to help you find your ideal mentor-match!

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Ten Ways to Get your Colleagues to Work with you Better

Working with other team members whom you have a great work relationship with can actually make work fun. Furthermore, it improves morale, and ultimately improves productivity. It also helps in fostering an environment of ownership, with better information flow and where people are prepared to ‘go the extra mile’. But when this doesn’t work well, the impacts to business can be further reaching than you might think. During this presentation, we will assess tried and tested methods for improving work relationships.

How to Stay Relevant During a Career Break

Everyone is at a different place in their lives, and career paths are no longer linear, instead marked with twists, turns, and sometimes breaks. If you should either decide to take a career break, or unexpectedly find yourself in one, how do you keep pace to ensure you’re still marketable when you return?
During this presentation we will consider the practical tips for staying relevant and making yourself employable when you are ready to step back in.

Women of Silicon Valley returns to San Francisco, 2-3 May 2019. Secure your spot among other innovators in your field today

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