Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission with responsibility for Europe’s Digital Agenda, spoke to Siliconrepublic.com yesterday about the imperative of encouraging more women into the ICT industry.
Kroes has been a long-time champion of encouraging women into ICT. In Dublin yesterday, she spoke to tech start-ups, and afterwards Siliconrepublic.com editor John Kennedy talked to her about how Europe can do more to facilitate and accelerate the entry of women into the burgeoning ecosystem of tech careers.
“It’s sexy and it’s fun, and offers great opportunity for jobs – often better paid than other ones,” said Kroes.
She also said that if there is a gap in any European country’s curriculum, that country should investigate the support available through the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, and see how Europe can help.
Watch Siliconrepublic.com’s chat with Kroes yesterday here:
You can also look back at our interview with Kroes when she visited Dublin last year, and again reiterated the importance of attracting women into the digital industries.
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.