November recap: Vexed in the City – A Discussion on Being a Woman in Tech

November 20th, 2012  by Sacha Chua    2 Comments   

Monday, November 19, 2012 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm – ING DIRECT Cafe, 221 Yonge Street

Are women their own worst enemy? Do we pull the ladder up behind us on the way to the top? Is there still a glass ceiling? Can women compete as programmers and at the end of the day, can we really have it all?

There are lots of groups now devoted to women working in tech, but are we making the difference to match the effort? Are all these different meetups simply the manifestation of different female egos or are we giving women the tools, support and confidence they need?

You wanted more conversation and we dedicated November to an interactive discussion night. Hoorah. We had a fantastic panel lined up to talk through their own experiences and share some solutions with the group. Here’s where the discussion went!

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The panelists:

Laura Plant

Laura Lyn Plant is a Director at Ladies Learning Code and Co-Founder of HackerYou (@llcodedotcom and @thisishackeryou). The link between technology and human relationships fascinates her. This has ignited a personal passion for exploring and helping others – women and girls in particular – to learn how to leverage and evolve technology to help us be more effective.

Follow Laura on Twitter @lauralynplant

Cassie McDaniel

Cassie recently designed a Women in Tech app and released the psds under a Creative Commons license, which evolved to the founding of Women&&Tech (@WomenAndTech). The group has pledged to interview 50 women tech leaders in Toronto to get under the skin of issues they face working in this field and to understand where the group could help. This is a spare-time project, though, and Cassie spends the majority of her days designing health applications at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.

Follow Cassie on Twitter @cassiemc

Hannah Mittelstaedt

Hannah is a mobile app developer at Xtreme Labs, and is currently finishing her Computer Engineering degree at U of T. She fell in love with programming at a math and science high school in NYC, and since then has been having a great time developing in Toronto and Silicon Valley.

Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahmitt

Shanta Nathwani

A graduate in IT Management from Ryerson University, Shanta Nathwani excels at training and customer service specializing in the IT spheres. She works as an Instructor at Sheridan College and an Independent IT and Social Media Consultant for small businesses.

She is the Founder of Women in Technology Hamilton, the Alumni Advisor for the Women in ITM program at Ryerson University and has been in the tech field for most of her career. She is an IT professional with solid technical skills, a passion for client satisfaction combined with 18 years experience in leadership, consultative, instructional, social media and project management roles. She started programming using BASIC on her ATARI 800XL thanks to her father’s guidance and encouragement. Her latest technology exploits involve developing and designing in WordPress when she’s not teaching Web Design.

Follow Shanta on Twitter @TantienHime

Miriam Verburg

Miriam Verburg specializes in creating inspiring online and mobile products for children, youth & women, shaping experiences that help people feel good about themselves and the world.

With over 10 years experience developing and managing new media projects for the private sector and non-profit organizations she has a comprehensive knowledge of users with specialized needs. Her agency BloomDigital offers a la carte project management, user experience consultation, and digital strategy for consumer-facing health technology initiatives, in particular those geared towards young people.

Miriam is a member of the women’s gaming collective DMG-TO, Interactive Ontario, and a faculty member at Centennial College in the Interactive Digital Media and Children’s Entertainment post-graduate programs.

Follow Miriam on Twitter @mirverburg

The evening was moderated by:

Lindsay Munro

Lindsay’s interest in emerging technologies and talkative nature fuel her passion for social networking platforms. Always willing to try out a platform once, Lindsay spends a lot of time researching and experimenting with the next big thing online. As the co-host of the weekly 49Pixels Live podcast, Lindsay dives deeper into topics surrounding emerging social technologies, advertising, marketing and entrepreneurship, alongside Justin Kozuch. Lindsay recently joined Kanetix, a web-based financial services company, as a digital communications strategist. Prior to Kanetix, Lindsay was the manager of conversation for international design and technology events company, FITC.

Follow Lindsay on Twitter @lindsaymunro

The evening was sketchnoted by:

Sacha Chua

Sacha Chua is on a five-year experiment to learn about business and life. She wants to see just how much someone can learn, share, and scale. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into left-brain or right-brain, her curiosity ranges from the ultra-geeky load-balancing of her closet and other self-tracking endeavors at quantifiedawesome.com to visual sketchnotes of books and events, which she shares on her blog at LivingAnAwesomeLife.com. She’s passionate about helping people make things happen.

Follow Sacha on Twitter @sachac

 

 

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