Women Invent Meet-up in Dublin features Silicon Valley leaders

3 Nov 2014

Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia

Due to overwhelming demand, a second gathering for Silicon Republic’s Women Invent Tomorrow campaign will take place in Dublin tomorrow, Tuesday.

This summer, Silicon Republic hosted two events showcasing female entrepreneurs and women making an impact in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It started with the Female Founders Forum and wrapped up with an evening to celebrate our list of 100 Top Women in STEM.

“We were taken aback at the demand for our Female Founders Forum and 100 Top Women in STEM gatherings in June, which were well oversubscribed at over 450 attendees, so we’ve big plans for 2015,” said Silicon Republic CEO and editor-at-large Ann O’Dea, who leads the Women Invent initiative.

“In the meantime, we had so many requests for another gathering that we decided to organise this informal meet-up tomorrow.”

The Women Invent Meet-up will take place in the Digital Exchange, the home of Silicon Republic by the iconic Guinness Storehouse in Dublin’s city centre.

While intended to be a relaxed and sociable evening where attendees can chat and mingle with with tasty canapés and refreshments, the event will also present great international speakers and local heros, providing Q&A opportunities for delegates.

“Again, despite the number of events going on this week, we’re nearly completely booked up,” O’Dea added.

Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite was such a hit with our delegates in June, we’re thrilled to have her back. And we’ve been fans of Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, for a long time, so it is a real honour to have her speak. And we’ve lots more great guests, like our three young scientists. We can’t wait.”

While the purpose of this event is to champion women in STEM, it is an inclusive affair and all who support increased gender-balance in these sectors are welcome to attend.

As well as Hartz, Vosmek and three of Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, attendees  include PayPal’s vice-president of global operations EMEA Louise Phelan, GirlCrew founder Elva Carri, Nuritas CSO and founder Nora Khaldi, Frockadvisor co-founder Sonya Lennon, Global Invest Her founder and CEO Anne Ravanona, teenage coder Catrina Carrigan, PyLadies Dublin and Coding Grace founder Vicky Twomey-Lee, and Irish Research Council chair Orla Feely.

If you want to grab one of the very limited number of remaining tickets, be quick and visit the Eventbrite page.

The Women Invent Meet-up is kindly sponsored by BT Ireland. 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.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.