Fifth Wired Women Conference to address workplace diversity for women in tech

Diversity in the tech workspace and women and men learning from one another will be the main agenda during the fifth annual Wired Women Conference taking place next month.

Wired Women invites women working in the tech industry and those who would like to learn how to harness its power in their field, to spend a day networking, listening to industry leaders and sharing their own stories about bridging the gender divide in tech.

“It’s time for women in tech to co-opt male champions in order to grow a more balanced representation in this space” said Debby Edelstein, CEO of QualityLife, organisers of the annual Wired Women Conference.  “We need to encourage workplace diversity that brings the benefits of male and female leadership styles to the table. There is a lot that female leaders can learn from their male counterparts, and vice versa,” she says.

Speakers at the conference include Project Isizwe and Herotel CEO, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr., managing partner of The Cobalt Partners Enyonam Kumahor, Erika van der Merwe, CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and Jayshree Naidoo, Standard Bank Incubator head.

Wired Women will be held on the 23rd October at the Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein. Tickets are already available at R3 876 a head and can be bought on the conference’s website.

She Leads Africa to host pop-up female-only co-working space

She Leads Africa is to host a pop-up co-working space dedicated to female entrepreneurs in Lagos, Nigeria, with a number of high-profile industry figures to set to speak to the tenants and provide business support.

The co-working space, She Hive, will be open to female tenants for one week between September 20 and 25, in the run up to the She Leads Africa 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase.

During the week,  members can work from the community space during the day, where they will have access to private meeting rooms, high speed internet and other facilities.

A number of daytime workshops will be hosted, on topics such as “joining a global startup” – with Evangeline Wiles, managing director (MD) of Kaymu Nigeria; “thinking long term about your money” hosted by PAL Pensions; and “how to maximize the GT Bank SME MarketHub”.

In the evenings, members will have the opportunity learn from senior business executives such as Aliko Dangote, Hakeem Belo-Osagie and Yewande Sadiku in private fireside chats.

A number of social events will also take place to facilitate networking between entrepreneurs, as well as providing connections to investors.

The She Hive will be located at Cre8 co-working space located on Agoro Odiyan Street in Victoria Island Lagos.

Registration for access passes is here.

The co-working space is one of a number of initiatives forming part of the She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase conference, which will also feature a pitching competition, SLA Pitch.