Last night around 40 women of all ages and professional backgrounds joined together to network, collaborate and connect at Vox on Boylston Street in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Girls in Tech is a group focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, intelligent and influential women in (or interested in) technology.
Events like these networking evenings allow powerful ladies the opportunity to inspire, promote, and sustain the success of women in the technology sector here in Massachusetts. These types of meet-ups, tweet-ups, or events (whatever you would like to call them) allow for collaboration and idea generation.
Girls in Tech was founded in February of 2007, born from the realization that there’s a pressing need to help women cultivate their ideas and turn those ideas into careers or opportunities in tech. How can we get more women involved in the entrepreneur and tech community? Girls in Tech Boston is a part of the equation.
Girls in Tech Boston have had around 10 events in the past year. Their goal for the next year is to create regularity and consistency in their events by having one shindig each month. Moving forward, you can join Girls in Tech Boston each month as they focus on two core areas of facilitation and collaboration between women:
- Networking Events: The first Tuesday of every other month from 5:30-7:30 PM at Vox. These events are focused primarily around networking and connecting hiring managers of tech firms with people looking for jobs in the industry.
- Professional Development Events: Every other month, these events will most likely take place at the Microsoft NERD Center in Kendall Square. The topic item for the June Professional Development event is focused around the Biotech industry.
Thirty to 40 women are able to meet casually with recruiters and directors from Boston firms to speak about potential job opportunities in the technology sector. The networking events are awesome, because they let girls connect in a more informal manner.
By giving women the opportunity to speak about what they do within the technology sector over cocktails with no panel discussions or square gimmicks allows for an ease of conversation flow. Women are able to comfortably match up potential fits to grow those connections into future discussions. At these events you will find women who are looking to switch jobs into the tech world, recruiters from top firms in Boston hiring people now, CEO’s of tech companies, connectors and overall motivated women excited for change and innovation.
We would like to thank the sponsors of tonight’s event for helping to create momentum for the involvement of women in the Boston tech community: Akamai Technologies and the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center.
Girls in Tech Boston has created an outlet for motivated, successful and entrepreneurial women interested in technology to become more involved in the overall ecosystem. To create an uptick in the amount of women working in tech, we need to foster growth mechanisms like Girls in Tech Boston.
Women CEOs + Young women entrepreneurs + Hiring directors = Girls in Tech Boston, which in turn equals job generation and the sustaining involvement of women in the Boston tech community.
What suggestions do you have for Girls in Tech Boston to help them get more women involved in the tech community here in Boston? Do you think that their events will help with the growth and the momentum of women involvement in the entrepreneur and tech community?