Yes, it’s true! Girls in Tech Romania has become reality starting Tuesday, November 6, when more than 100 people attended the official opening event. It was a magic evening marking a historical moment: the Romanian chapter of Girls in Tech is the third European chapter after UK and France that joins this incredible network and the very first from South-Eastern Europe. We started the launch event with a conference that brought together successful women from 2 continents. Catalina, Anca, and Irina, the team that made Girls in Tech reality held the opening word and talked about the role of women in technology, the reasons underlying the launch of Girls in Tech, as well as future steps that will be undertaken for building a strong community in Romania. The first keynote speech was that of Stephanie Kaiser, Head of Studio at Wooga, that offered the audience 12 tips and tricks for becoming successful as women in tech.
It was an honour to have with us Irina Anghel Enescu, Secretary General of the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and one of the most influential 100 women in technology in Europe according to Girls in Tech UK. Irina talked about the importance of role models, the successful women in business and technology that have to become more visibile and outspoken.
We went on with a panel on the role of women in tech and how they can be empowered. We were proud to have with us amazing panelists: Raylene Yung (Engineering Manager at Facebook), Jessica Gronski (Software Engineer at Facebook), Raluca Georgescu (Country Manager Allegro Group Romania), Maria Diaconu (Founder of Agile Works Romania and Mosaic Works), and Adelina Peltea (tech blogger). We discussed about the reasons of choosing a career in technology, advantages and disadvantages that women have in the field, as well as recommendation as advice for the ones that think about a career in tech.
All our panelists agreed that in reality women are in no way discriminated when choosing a career in technology and that more women should understand the benefits of such a career path and thus follow it wholeheartedly and without reserve. The conference part of the launch event ended up in rounds of applauses, and the discussions continued further on at the Drinks & Connect part, offered by Facebook, networking cocktail where the attendees had the chance to meet directly our amazing team, speakers, and panelists.
The club of Girls in Tech Romania is now officially open and events will follow shortly in order to connect women in technology and to offer them the tools, visibility, and support needed to succeed in the field. Special thanks to our network peers Roxanne Varza (Girls in Tech UK and France), Adriana Gascoigne (Founder of Girls in Tech), Kate Brodock and Ivo Lukas (Girls in Tech Global) for all their support. And last but not least, gratitude to all the good people that have helped us in organizing the launch event: Vodafone, Facebook, Mozaic Works, The Ark, Contemporist, Acqua Carpatica, Domeniile Samburesti, Bernschutz & Co, Enrose, Hippos.