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Girls in Tech is here! We’re opening the Romanian Chapter and you are kindly invited to celebrate it with us! And also, connect with and get tons of inspiration from some of the amazing women in tech from Romania, Europe and US.

With no further delay we are pleased to announce that the launch event is going to take place on November 6th, 2012, from 6pm – 10pm, as part of Bucharest Tech Feast, at The Ark.

Thanks to our kind sponsors, Vodafone and Facebook, and supported by our amazing partners (which you can see on the side bar), we have been able to line up a list of inspiring speakers and put together a fabulous event, which is free btw, and which you most probably wouldn’t like to miss.

After France and UK, Romania is the third European country to embrace the global network of currently over 8,500 members across the globe. This network we’re talking about, so warmly called Girls in Tech, was started in 2007 in San Francisco by Adriana Gascoigne. Today there are chapters all over the world – in countries like France, Greece, Singapore, China, Taiwan, the US and more.

Girls in Tech exists to empower women in technology and make visible their innovative and entrepreneurial achievement in tech. And also to inspire girls in high school and college to embrace tech related jobs and projects.

More about what is to come after this beginning will be spoken at the event itself! Until then, here’s how we are planning the network’s launch in Romania:

We’ll get together at a cozy 4 hours event, which will be composed of an inspiring conference where we’ll have as speakers women from 2 continents, covering pretty much all professional areas in our beloved tech industry + a Drinks & Connect part, kindly offered by Facebook, where you’ll have the possibility to connect and have a glass of wine with other girls in technology, but also with boys really delighted to see more of them in an industry traditionally considered male dominated.

That being said, please meet the speakers of Girls in Tech Romania Launch Event:

Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Kaiser is Head of Studio at Wooga, 3rd largest developer of social games worldwide and the leading developer based in Europe. Stephanie designed and developed the Facebook title Monster World. Since its launch in April 2010, the team has organically grown the game to now 2m daily active users, making it the biggest monster game on Facebook.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniekaiser

Irina Anghel-Enescu. More than 10 years ago, while working as legal project manager for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Irina decided to follow her entrepreneurial calling and founded a law firm specialized in advising both funds and entrepreneurs. The law firm provided legal advice on many of the leading private equity transactions, and was involved in pioneering projects (including a landmark IPO of an entrepreneurial venture on the Bucharest Stock Exchange).

Alongside her activities in the field of law Irina followed her passion of supporting entrepreneurs to raise finance for their businesses.
Irina spent a year at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on the role of venture capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation and on policy measures aimed at creating a venture capital ecosystem leading to economic growth.
During the past 10 years Irina has been a speaker in numerous international conferences and congresses all around the world. She he teaches at both a Law School and a Business School in Bucharest.

Irina Anghel was elected as one of the Top 100 women in tech in Europe by Girls in Tech UK.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/irinaanghel

Panel Members

Raylene Yung is an engineering manager at Facebook, where she leads the Privacy and Tagging product engineering team.  Prior to working on privacy, she was an engineer working on products such as News Feed and Timeline. Raylene holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/raylene-yung/58/bab/754

Jessica Gronski is a software engineer on the Groups team at Facebook where she works on the Communities product. Previously, she worked on the Ads team on the Sponsored Stories Product and Data Pipelines. Jessica holds a BS in Computer Science from University of Michigan and an MS in Computer Science from UCSC.
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-gronski/a/958/17

Raluca Georgescu is the Country Manager of Allegro Group (the top e-commerce player in Europe) in Romania and also an entrepreneur and supporter of technology startups. She is one of the co-founders of How To Web, the most important Central and Eastern European technology and entrepreneurship conferences and also the founder of Raluk.ro, a Romanian going-out and coolhunting website. During her career as an employee, Raluca managed different online business teams on their way to success and achieving top results. She holds a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Business Administration.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ralucageorgescu

Adelina Peltea is a player and supporter of European entrepreneurship. Romanian by origin, she worked, lived in and traveled to many European cities in search of entrepreneurship inspiration. The network she developed starting with age of 21, when she was Head of Communications for a multinational organization fostering entrepreneurship and her blog on tech entrepreneurship opened many doors to big European conferences and important players. At the moment she is also doing a research on startups that will be presented in a book, Customer Seduction, that will hit digital shelves by the end of 2012. But she is not just an observer: she launched her first startup at the age of 23 and she is now preparing for a better second one.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/adelinapeltea

Maria Diaconu

Maria is founder and coordinator of the Romanian Agile Lean community Agile Works Romania, owner of Mosaic Works, a company offering hands-on consultancy, coaching and training services in IT software, and involved in Geekcelerator

With more than 15 years experience, from Software Developer to Agile Lean Practitioner & Coach, Maria is supporting quality software, software craftsmanship and people passionate about their craft. In the last 7 years she is working with technical teams to achieve high quality software and increase their productivity, with Product Owners to build successful products and with owners & managers to better organize their companies. She is also an active promoter of the Software Craftsmanship movement in Romania. 

 Maria happily helps startups with training and coaching in areas as initiation in agile and lean thinking, product roadmap – building products in an agile manner, team organization and lean management.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariadiaconu

Want to join us?

Inspiration, food and drinks, it’s all on us, and open to geekish women and men alike! We just ask that you sign up and introduce yourself following this link and let us know why you’d like to join.

See you at the event!

P.S. We reserve the right to decline some of the sign-ups. In case you are declined right after the registration, don’t be mad at us, we just want to keep the audience relevant.