Women in Tech:
Week & Forum 2019
The next Women in Tech Week is taking place 7-11 October 2019. The whole week is dedicated to Women in Tech events and it culminates in Women in Tech Forum - an international one-day event held on the 11 October 2019 in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. This time, Women in Tech Forum is organised under the theme “Impact Our Future”.
The most anticipated event of the year is the Women in Tech Forum, which theme this year is “Impact Our Future”. On the 11th of October we will fill Finlandia Hall with women and men sharing a keen interest in the future of business and technology. Make sure to be there!
Marissa Mayer is currently the cofounder of Lumi Labs, a technology studio focused on the intersection of consumer media and artificial intelligence. Previously, Marissa served as CEO & President of Yahoo. At Yahoo, she led a full-scale transformation of the company -- rejuvenating its culture, hiring more than 5,000 people, growing users to more than 1 billion people worldwide with over 600 million users on mobile, and transforming Yahoo’s business by introducing new advertising offerings for mobile, video, native, and social that quickly grew into a multi-billion dollar business. During her tenure, she also oversaw nearly 50 acquisitions, the creation of more than $40 billion of shareholder value, and the successful sale of Yahoo’s operating business to Verizon.
Prior to Yahoo, Marissa spent 13 years at Google, where she joined as the twentieth employee and first woman engineer. For more than a decade, she played an instrumental role leading the product management effort for Google Search as well as Google Maps, Google News, and other consumer products. Previously, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MS in Computer Science, with a specialization in artificial intelligence.
Marissa is a member of board of directors of Walmart. She is also member board of trustees for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.
Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo, Co-founder and CCO of Sulapac Ltd, received her Master’s degree in Biochemistry in 2010 and PhD in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials in 2013. She carried out her doctoral thesis in University of Tampere (Finland) working on medical biomaterials, cells and bone tissue engineering. Prior to university she completed Bachelor’s degree in Environmental engineering. During that time, she got interested in global environmental concerns and worked in nature conservation projects in Swansea (UK) and Nairobi (Kenya). Following her PhD Laura worked as researcher in Switzerland and Finland focusing on development of medical biomaterials. In 2016 she co-founded Sulapac with her colleague PhD Suvi Haimi with a mission to save our planet from the plastic waste. Laura was the key person in developing the first Sulapac material innovation and patent. She worked as CTO of Sulapac before maternity leave. Currently she works as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Sulapac. On her free time she enjoys hiking in the peace and solitude of Finnish forests.
Sulapac’s mission is to save our planet from plastic waste. Last year Sulapac was selected among top-100 hottest startups in Europe by WIRED. Sulapac has innovated a material which is safe by design, sustainable, recyclable and biodegrades fast without leaving microplastics behind. Plastic product manufacturers can use Sulapac recipes with their existing production lines. Material for mass producible and ocean-friendly straw was developed together with Stora Enso and will be available in summer 2019.
We believe in microplastic-free materials that can be digested by naturally occurring micro-organisms compared to microplastic releasing materials that remain in nature for hundreds of years. Sulapac products are designed for brands that want to eliminate plastic waste and demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability using premium ecological material. The company was founded in 2016 by Suvi Haimi and Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo and is based in Helsinki, Finland.
C.O.O, STRAUSS ENERGY LTD.
Charity is a vibrant young entrepreneur with a keen interest in the renewable energy and construction spaces. She is co-founder of Strauss Energy Ltd., an award-winning energy enterprise that seeks to alleviate energy poverty in Kenya and Africa at large.
Ms. Charity is a TechWomen Fellow, registered architect and project manager. She’s also alumni of Babson College’s Centre for Women Entrepreneurs. She indulges in the building and energy industry through reduction of poverty by affording everyone a solar powered roof that can also generate passive income for their home.
In 2018, Ms. Charity was listed in Forbes “Top 50 Women in Tech in the World” and awarded “African female tech entrepreneur” by the World Economic Forum in 2017. She was also nominated as “Business Woman of the Year” by the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in the same year. Ms. Charity was also one among 40 most influential women in Kenya under the 2016 Business Daily "Top40Under40".
Not one to shy away from a good challenge, and to maintain a healthy balance in life, she enjoys the outdoors and a good hiking challenge is always welcome. In addition, Ms. Charity mentors young women and women entrepreneurs who seek to take up challenging STEM careers that will aid in changing the world for the better.