Topic: Achieving gender equality and inclusion in tech

Date: Tuesday, 25th of October, 2022

Our in-person event is currently full, but you can register for the waitlist or for the live stream (live stream has unlimited seats!)

Welcome to join the 6th edition of Women in Tech FORUM!

The event is a hybrid event consisting of the physical set-up at Clarion Hotel Helsinki, and a high-quality live stream to ensure everyone can join us.

When it comes to equality and inclusion, there is work to be done within the tech field. What? How? Why?

Our event aims to raise awareness of the change needed and provide tools for a better future.

On this event page, you can get familiar with our WIT Forum 2022 partner organizations, read more about the program and agenda, and register for free (registration opens Tuesday, September 6th).

Agenda of the day

12 pm – Doors open at Clarion Hotel Helsinki: registration, networking, visiting partner stands
1:30 pm – Opening words
1:40 pm – Keynote by Mervi Airaksinen, Managing Director, Microsoft Oy
2 pm – Panel talk: The importance of a diverse team in building tech solutions (Michelle Estime, Kaisa Salakka, Jesse Ukkonen, Virve Viitanen)
2:45 pm – BREAK
3:30 pm – Keynote by Sandra Lounamaa, CEO & Co-founder, Gubbe 
3:50 pm – Panel talk: Allyship in diverse teams (Kia Haring, Sirpa Ikola, Yesmith Sanchez, Harri Virtanen)
4:35 pm – Closing words
4:45 pm – Networking, visiting partner stands
6 pm – Event ends

(Live stream starts at 1 pm and ends at 5 pm)

Speakers

Keynote: Mervi Airaksinen, Managing Director, Microsoft Oy

Keynote: Sandra Lounamaa, CEO & Co-founder, Gubbe

Panel talk: “The importance of a diverse team
in building tech solutions”
(Michelle Sahal Estimé, Service Designer, Gofore
Kaisa Salakka, Consumer Product Lead, Wolt
Jesse Ukkonen, Senior Product Designer, Qvik
Virve Viitanen, Head of Customer Care & Support, ABB)

Panel talk: “Allyship on diverse teams”
(Kia Haring, VP, Head of Communications & Sustainability, Tietoevry
Sirpa Ikola, VP Global Marketing, Nordic & Baltic, Schneider Electric
Yesmith Sánchez, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, Inklusiiv
Harri Virtanen, Director, Head of Pension Insurance, Accenture)

Main partners

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels.

ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. In Finland, ABB employs more than 5 000 employees and is present in 20 locations serving the entire country.

ABB  partners with WiT Forum 2022 to highlight opportunities for women in tech and support women in their careers. By 2030, ABB targets at having 50 % of females in university hires and 25 % of females in senior management. We see a culture of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity as a core strength for success and sustainable business.

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. As of 2022, Accenture has been recognized among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 20 consecutive years.

Accenture operates in 200 cities around the world, with 710 000 employers and 185 partners in their ecosystem.

Accenture is really happy to be partnering with Women in Tech Forum once again this year. We believe that equality drives innovation and we are committed to fostering diversity. Gender diversity remains a key focus especially in our industry because women are still underrepresented in tech. The Women In Tech Forum provides a great arena for lifting up role models, opening dialogue and showcasing the impactful career opportunities that tech offers.

Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. In Finland, Microsoft employs more than 500 people in the field of sales, marketing, and product development, supporting local customers to digitally transform together with its circa 2,000 technology partner companies.

Microsoft is excited to be partnering with this year’s Women in Tech Forum. Microsoft believes in the transformative power of diversity and inclusion, and the company is driven by a mission that is inherently inclusive: empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To meet its mission, Microsoft defines diversity broadly to include all dimensions of its culture, actively engaging different strengths, experiences, and perspectives to challenge ways of thinking.

Schneider Electric‘s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. Our mission is to be a digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

With over 128 000 colleagues in +100 countries, we create an inclusive environment and welcome people from all walks of life. We want to be the most diverse, inclusive, and equitable company globally. We believe in equal opportunities for everyone, everywhere.

We are excited in partnering with WiT Forum 2022.

Tietoevry creates purposeful technology that reinvents the world for good. We are a leading technology company with a strong Nordic heritage and global capabilities. Based on our core values of openness, trust and diversity, we work with our customers to develop digital futures where businesses, societies, and humanity thrive. Our 24 000 experts globally specialize in cloud, data, and software, serving thousands of enterprise and public-sector customers in more than 90 countries.

Diversity and equality are one of our core values. We are joining Women in Tech Forum 2022 to drive the change in the tech industry where women are still underrepresented. We believe an improvement can only be achieved through determination and concrete actions.

partners

AFRY is an international engineering, design and advisory company, working within the fields of infrastructure, industry, energy and digitalization. With our 17,000 employees based in more than 40 countries around the globe, we create sustainable solutions for generations to come. In Finland, AFRY employs 2,800 experts in 29 cities, from Hanko to Kittilä.

The world is complex, and we need to see the bigger picture when we create solutions for a sustainable society. In order to reach our vision Making Future, we need the best brains to work for us – regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation or background.

We want to be an active player in increasing the attractiveness of tech field in the eyes of anyone who hasn’t thought about tech as an option. That’s why inclusion and diversity are so important, and why we take part in WiT Forum 2022.

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton’s 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 85,000 employees. 

Our culture is built on a strong commitment to practicing our core values and supporting our employees with the tools they need to succeed. We pledge to always foster a diverse and inclusive environment, including inclusion resource groups that bring together employees who share a common purpose, interest or background. In the past year, our company has received top employment recognition by the Human Rights Campaign and almost fifty percent of our Board of Directors represented diverse groups. When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.

For over 60 years, Ensto, a growth-oriented and international family business, has been dedicated to electricity with a long-term and human-centric approach. We offer smart and reliable electrical solutions and expertise for electricity distribution system operators and help them to succeed and create a more sustainable tomorrow.

To succeed, we know that greater well-being, diversity, and inclusion will empower our people to thrive. We encourage women and other gender to join us in the tech industry, as we need diverse people and human touch to reshape the world for the better.

Currently Ensto has a total of 900 employees in 17 countries in Europe and Asia. We are all bound by our common purpose: making life better with electricity. Sustainably.

We are happy members of Women in Tech Finland community from its beginning and thrilled to take part also this year’s Women in Tech Forum, which is all about women power and embracing multiplicity. We would love to see you there as well!

Gofore Plc is a digital transformation consultancy with over 1,000 impact-driven employees across Finland, Germany, Spain, and Estonia – top experts in our industry who are our company’s heart, brain, and hands.

We use our holistic service offering – consulting, coding, design and verification – as tools to incite positive change. We care for our people, our customers, and the surrounding world. Our values guide our business: Gofore is a great workplace that thrives on customer success.

We want digital world to be more inclusive and safer for girls and women, giving them a voice in the digital world, and increasing the diversity in IT field.

At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people’s journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2021, KONE had annual sales of EUR 10.5 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in the KONE culture and values. We believe that when people are valued as their authentic selves, innovation can flourish and work communities will thrive. By partnering with WiT Forum, KONE aims to contribute to building a more inclusive technology industry. We want to promote tech industry and KONE as a great place to work for women.

Sogeti Finland is a trusted quality assurance partner that provides high-quality IT services to the Finnish market.​ Our offering focuses on software testing, quality assurance and automation, AI, and analytics services.  

Globally, Sogeti employs around 28,000 consultants in 15 countries: Belgium, Spain, Holland, India, Ireland, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Norway, France, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and the United States. Sogeti is part of the global Capgemini group, which operates in almost 50 different countries, employing over 325,000 employees. In Finland, we are part of Capgemini Finland. 

As a global technology and consulting leader, Capgemini has long held the belief that a vibrant, diverse workforce and an inclusive culture are fundamental to our identity and success, bringing more creativity and distinctive ideas to the table. That is why we are partnering WIT Forum 2022 – to be closer to achieving gender equality and inclusion in tech.

Solita is a fast-growing digital transformation company driven by tech, data, and human insight. Our services range from strategic consulting to service design, digital development, data, AI & Analytics, and managed cloud services. Founded in 1996, Solita now employs over 1,500 digital business specialists in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium to help businesses and societies reinvent themselves with the impact that lasts.

We are committed to actively promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity of all kinds is our strength; be it skills, background, nationality, beliefs, age, gender, or sexual orientation. It’s embedded in our culture and core values. We want to boost diversity, equity and inclusion in the IT sector, because it is just simply the right and humane thing to do – that’s why we are partnering with WiT FORUM 2022.

Sweco is Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy. We plan and design the built environment and industry. The results of our work are sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to electricity and clean water.

In Finland we have 3 000 people working in 27 locations and in Europe we employ 18 000 people in 14 countries.

Sweco is an international workplace with a supportive culture rooted in collaboration. We view diversity and inclusion as essential to creating an innovative and inspiring working environment, and actively promote equal rights and opportunities in the workplace.

TEK is the largest organisation for academic engineers and architects in Finland, with a professional community of over 77,000 members. We at TEK wish to be the builders of a better working life for everyone.

We work actively in promoting the advancement of education and ensuring that professionals in Finland are equipped with the best skills and competencies. We also work in strengthening the role of technology in the Finnish market through working with our partners both in the market and in government.

TEK also does research on multiple themes, including diversity, equality and inclusion. The goal of our research is to provide high-quality insights about the work life and studies in the field of technology.

Vincit is a team of world-class talent, united by the passion to reshape digital. A no-nonsense, hype-free zone. An agency that delivers digital and commercial excellence in smooth customer experiences. A maker of happy customers. We are not just another digital company, and it should never suck to come to work – even on Mondays. We are a growing bunch of 850 experts working in Finland, USA, Sweden and Poland. In Finland we won the Great Place to Work award again in 2022.

We are excited to join the  Women in Tech Forum 2022 in the joint effort to encourage more women to find career paths in the tech and software industry. We want more women to join the ride also at Vincit to reshape the digital world in inspiring career opportunities in Finland and abroad.

Main Partners

ABB
Accenture
Microsoft
Schneider Electric
Tietoevry

Partners

AFRY
Eaton
Ensto
Gofore
KONE

Partners

Sogeti
Solita
Sweco
TEK
Vincit