WIT Voice Speaker Competition
Hold on to your hats because we have some exciting news - Let us introduce to you: WIT Voice! Women in Tech and Ensto are looking for a Voice to share the passion we have for the tech industry and towards making a real difference in this world.
Do you have a passion for tech and want to impact our future? Do you have a voice that needs to be heard and a goal to improve your speaking skills? If so, you could be the very first Women in Tech Voice!
This is your opportunity to share your passion for tech in front of hundreds of other tech-minded people. Take part in the speaker contest, and during this amazing journey you'll have a chance to learn to express your passion with the help of our magnificent MySpeaker coaches: Kamilla Sultanova and Aku Varamäki.
The finalists of WIT Voice will get to perform their speeches on Ensto stage at the Women in Tech Forum on October 11th, 2019 and the winner will share her/his thoughts on the main stage. As the grand price the winner will also be added to MySpeaker's list and get a mentoring session with the amazing power ladies of tech industry, Sari Baldauf and Marjo Miettinen. You don't want to miss this once in a lifetime chance!
How to attend
Make sure to attend WIT Voice! The winner will get to perform her/his speech on the main stage in the magnificent Finlandia hall and receive a spot on MySpeaker's list of speech talents! The winner will also get to attend a breakfast mentoring session with the amazing power ladies of tech industry, Sari Baldauf and Marjo Miettinen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so join the contest!
Kamilla Sultanova is a TEDxspeaker and a passionate adviser on workforce diversity and youth engagement. She is also a chair at Global Dignity Girls & Boys RY, a non-profit which arranges speaker events targeting youth in Helsinki area with focus on dignity, compassion, representation and power to dream.
Aku Varamäki is a workday designer and a firm believer in the potential of future working life. Aku has worked with communications and social media strategy – a field, where the change in working life has been especially noticeable.
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Anu Passi-Rauste is a Business Developer Headai - a Women in Finnish Tech company building AI-based solutions for closing the global skills gaps. She has 20+ years experience in Edtech, HRD, Workforce Development, Education and International Development projects. Currently responsible for developing and validating Headai’s AI solutions with user-customers globally. During her time in Headai, they have won several national and global competitions. She has a strong passion for business, people development and education, and a solid commitment to it. She is also Eisenhower Innovation Fellow 2014.
Emilia Peltola is a Research Fellow at Aalto University. Her research focuses on bioelectrical interfaces, including development of sensing and stimulating interfaces and means for controlling biofouling and host response. During her doctoral studies, Emilia worked on cell-material interactions at the Medical Department of University of Helsinki and received D.Sc. degree from the Aalto University in 2013. Following her D.Sc. Emilia has worked as a researcher also in New York University and University College London focusing on the development of electrochemical sensors.
Galith Nadbornik (34) moved from France to Finland in 2006 with a single luggage and a never-ending passion for uncovering and enhancing value in Finnish organizations.
She has worked for world renowned companies such as KONE, Nokia and Tieto and is currently the group CIO at Lindström Group, a 170 year old clean-tech company operating in 24 countries and running one of Finland’s largest IoT Networks. Galith is a technologist by profession yet consistently aims to create “human by design” solutions by relentlessly asking how we can do better.
A vocal advocate for workplace equality, Galith is dedicated to improving the possibilities for the visible and invisible minorities. As a serial entrepreneur and a believer in building thriving communities inside and outside of the office, she strives to attain the collective goals by building diverse teams that will achieve something larger than the sum of its parts.
Isa Virtaoja is a service designer and design lead at Frantic, a digital business and customer experience development company. In her work she has seen the tech industry from various roles, from user support, to development, and to UX and product design, and throughout her career has been a passionate advocate for user-driven business development. In her current work she focuses on creating products and services that answer to real end-user and business needs, and bring value to all stakeholders. Helping others grow and develop is also one of her passions, and she coaches and helps other designers and younger colleagues to meet and exceed their goals.
Krista Jäntti is Lead UX Designer at VR/XR company Varjo. Varjo makes VR/XR hardware and software that together are jumpstarting a new era in immersive computing – where real and virtual worlds merge seamlessly. Krista is currently researching how VR and XR technologies are changing the future of work, design and social connectivity. What kind of workplace will virtual reality be like?
Before joining Varjo, Krista worked in IT consulting for over 14 years. She has developed and designed digital products from the perspective of the end user and stakeholders for nearly all major Finnish companies. She loves exploring future technologies as she can then think of new ways of interacting, and design things that no one else has done before.
Laura Vatanen is the co-founder and managing partner of a real estate consulting company called Loikka Works Oy. During the almost 3 years of existence Loikka Works has grown from two founding partners to a team of 13 professionals. Laura’s pragmatic and open approach to leading the company makes people feel comfortable and cared after. In addition to systematically steering the company, Laura cherishes the relationship with key clients, as along with motivated personnel, loyal clients are the other key element to thriving in consultancy business.
Laura is a firm believer of “where there is a will, there is a way” and she defines finding that way as her special skill. Sometimes finding the way demands a serious amount of persistence, but Laura is fine with that as she is competitive by nature. This shows as not giving up easily (sometimes it is the wise thing to do, though) and as an occasional grunt at the moment of loss. Laura’s competitive side is most present in her hobby, basketball. Still at the age of 36 she plays at the second highest level in Finland (1st Div) even though it is becoming more and more common that her teammates and opponents are half her age.
Before Loikka Laura has
• worked as head of unit at Saraco D&M Oy (real estate development and project management consulting company).
• worked as project manager at NCC concentrating in design management. She started her working career in NCC as a site engineer.
• graduated from University of Technology in 2005.
• lived in Belgium for 5 years in her teens.
Riikka Uimonen is Management Consultant at Accenture Suomi, and drives prospering human-technology collaboration in her Talent & Organization area of expertise. She is also doctoral researcher at Tampere University specializing in decoding human factors of successful change through transformation analytics.
Maria Kultanen is a bioengineer with a passion for better healthcare, cleaner environment and equal & diverse workplaces. She’s a strong advocate for better representativeness of women in tech. During office hours she’s making preventative healthcare a reality at Nightingale Health, a Finnish health tech scale-up. Maria has spent more than half of her life in different organizations, enhancing the lives of students and children: for example, in 2017 she acted as the representative for Finnish engineer & architect students. Outside the office, Maria loves getting creative with DIY stuff and doing water sports. If you challenge her to Scrabble, get ready to lose.
Sofiya Utge is passionate about emerging disruptive technologies and their impact on our business and society today. Looking at the future trends she has acquired skills in the area of Robotics, conversational AI and Big data and analytics.
As an automation analyst her key responsibility is to evaluate automation opportunities across Nets, to further simplify processes and create value added services towards her customers. That is to ensure, right AI led solution is used to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.
Originally from India, she did complete her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information Technology and worked in different roles as a software developer and manager in the world of SAP IT. She has successfully earned her master’s degree in Service Innovation and Design from Laurea University, Finland. This has further strengthened her knowledge in design thinking, service delivery, customer satisfaction and co-producing value with the customer.
Apart from Technology, Sofiya is passionate about Indian classical dancing and loves doing morning Yoga and meditation. She is living in Finland for more than 11 years together with her husband and son.