On 8 March 2013, Silicon Republic launched a year-long campaign to highlight the role that women play in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, and to inspire more to follow in their footsteps – and here comes round two.
Women Invent Tomorrow has officially been relaunched by Silicon Republic CEO and editor-at-large Ann O’Dea at Accenture Ireland’s annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event at the RDS in Dublin – its largest ever, with more than 800 people in attendance.
Early this morning, a crowd of mostly women, and a scattering of men, gathered in the RDS Concert Hall to mark tomorrow’s IWD 2014. During a morning that featured lively panel discussions on leadership and the digital future, O’Dea took to the stage to announce a second year of Women Invent Tomorrow, and offered an overview of the past year’s successful initiatives.
Following the morning’s discussions, we asked attendees how important they feel role models can be in encouraging women to enter STEM careers. From Mark Ryan, country managing director of Accenture Ireland, and Patricia Maguire, mother-of-three and founding member of University College Dublin’s Women in the Sciences (WITS), to teen app developer Catrina Carrigan and BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013 winning team member Emer Hickey, it was evident that role models are a vital source of inspiration.
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, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland. You can nominate inspiring women in the fields of STEM via email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @siliconrepublic.