PHILADELPHIA — Women who work in technology are convening at the Women in Tech Summit Northeast Friday and Saturday for a deep-dive into tech trends careers — and why more women are needed.
"AI and machine learning are about to launch us into a revolution the scale of the Industrial Revolution," said Dr. Helena Deus, Director of Disruptive technologies at Elsevier, who will be giving a workshop on "Tech trends: Machine Learning and AI" on Saturday at 10 am EDT. "To avoid bias, we need more women writing the algorithms."
We live streamed Helena's session and various others throughout the event. You can find them below.
Live broadcasting and updates
We're live streaming and posting updates here through Saturday, April 14. In addition, you can follow us on social media:
- Tune in to Facebook Live for broadcasts throughout the event.
- On Instagram, follow @ElsevierConnect and search for #ElsevierLife
- On Twitter, follow @ElsevierConnect and use the hashtag #WITSNE
Tech careers at Elsevier
Elsevier employs more than 1,000 technologists around the world. They create tools that help clinicians find the best treatments for patients, guide researchers in making groundbreaking discoveries, and help universities and governments decide which research to fund. Learn more about technology careers at Elsevier.
Meet two of our Philly tech colleagues at WITS
By Alison Bert |
I was one of six Elsevierians who attended the Women in Technology Summit. If you were there, you probably saw me behind the camera livestreaming and photographing various events. I met fascinating people there – intelligent, ambitious and not afraid to speak their minds. Here are my main takeaways from the event.
"Tech Trends — The Philly Special: Embrace Tech Trends to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills"
Philadelphia-based tech leaders Brigitte Daniel Corbin, Stephanie Cramp, Suzanne Keenan, Eloise Young and Michelle Puiadas share lessons learned on their unique paths to tech leadership.
"Innovate Yourself – Technology does not stand still and neither should you: Tech careers for now and the future"
Four entrepreneurial women reveal their paths in technology and how they carved out niche careers that combine their talents and passions. With Tracey Welson-Rossman, Lizz Hill, Jessica Sant and Jocelyn Harper.
"Tech Trends: Machine Learning and AI"
Dr. Helena Deus, Director of Disruptive Technologies at Elsevier, takes us behind the scenes of machine learning and shows how bias can result when women are not involved.
Here are Helena's slides:
Keynote: "Why Women in Tech Need to Tell Their Stories"
Tech expert and nationally-syndicated media personality Stephanie Humphrey shares her inspiring story and advice.
TechGirlz founder welcomes us to day 2
Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO of sponsor Chariot Solutions and Founder of TechGirlz.org, talks about the wide impact of this organization. All proceeds from WITS go to TechGirlz.
This is #HeForShe
He was the first to arrive at the Women in Tech Summit. Justin Mathews, Chief Operations Officer of O3 World, a sponsor of the event, talks about encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM.
"Bugs, Books, and Bulbs: Lessons in Product Management Prioritization"
Natalie Hirsch, Director of Product Management for WizeHive, reveals the fine points of product management in this hands-on workshop.
"Developing accessibly for the web"
- "Accessibility is usability." Practices that make it easier for users of a screen reader will also make it easier for a search engine to make sense of your page.
- Education is key: People across an organization should be aware of usability best practices, from UX to branding and product groups, to everyday CMS/blog users. Have "lunch and learns" or webinars for employees.
- You don't have to be a coding genius to observe basic best practices.
Welcome to WITS!
Gloria Bell, Co-Founder of WITS and techgirlz advisory board member, gives an inspiring (and humorous) welcome.