IWD 2015: Another successful show impresses attendees

6 Mar 2015

Accenture's International Women's Day event at Dublin's Convention Centre

Silicon Republic attended Accenture’s International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Dublin’s Convention Centre to meet many of the STEM industry’s top talent.

We spoke with some of them, who were suitably impressed by what they heard from speakers calling out for greater involvement of women in industry.

When asked whether or not the gender imbalance in Ireland’s STEM scene is improving, there was a resounding attitude that we were, indeed, heading in the right direction.

“I really hope it will,” said 10-year-old Lauren Boyle, EU Digital Girl of the Year, “because technology is taking over the world … I hope it will.”

FoodCloud’s Isuelt Ward and Rhona Togher of Restored Hearing spoke of their experience within the new wave of young female entrepreneurs, with Lucy Masterson, head of development at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, saying six of the nine projects that her organisation is supporting this year are led by women.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

Inspire 2015 is Silicon Republic’s international event running 18-19 June in Dublin, connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM with fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity. Buy your early bird tickets now

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic