The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative to participate at ‘Stay in Tech!’ Conference

We are delighted to announce that the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative will be attending the “Stay in tech! – Policies and practices for attracting and retaining female tech talent” conference in Berlin on 14 May, co-organised by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), a Pledger of the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative.

The EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative will have a stand at the event with Girls Go Circular, an EIT Community project that aims to empower girls aged 14-19 in Europe to develop their digital and entrepreneurial competencies while acquiring knowledge on the circular economy.

Women remain under-represented in the tech workforce, and the number working in ICT professions has increased by only 1.5% in the last 7 years!

While the focus is on getting women and girls into tech, there also needs to be investment in retaining them.

However, tech-specific challenges such as outdated stereotypes, lack of mentorship opportunities, isolation, and ‘bro culture’, alongside the obstacles women face in other sectors, including balancing caring responsibilities, the gender pay gap, and biases around motherhood, mean that if the workplace is bad, women will leave.

The “Stay in Tech!” Conference is a free one-day event being held in EU Diversity Month, and has been organised by CEPIS DiversIT Charter, the German Informatics Society, the Fraunhofer ICT Group, and #SheTransformsIT to help companies overcome this lack of progress and identify ways to retain valuable female tech talent.