Google Women Techmakers, Google Developer Groups and Women in Tech Caribbean along with regional partners in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) industry will be hosting the second installment of the International Women’s Day Caribbean Tech Summit 2022, an annual event targeting the Diversity and Inclusion space for the Caribbean and its Diaspora.
#IWDTechSummit2022 will celebrate and explore the theme #ProgressNotPerfection, and what progress means in our Caribbean context in the STEAM space; with the aim to foster an ecosystem of Caribbean empowerment and action that will contribute to greater representation of a diverse and inclusive Caribbean. It will be executed by a growing network of allies and women leaders; BY US, FOR US.
This year, the partners hail from 9 Caribbean countries including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guadeloupe, the Bahamas, Suriname and Haiti. Organizing partners include Google Women Techmakers, Google Developer Groups, Animae Caribe, Caribbean Girls Hack, Trinidad and Tobago Animation Network, Gaming Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean InTransit, Workii, Island Sitters, Ramdin Consultancy and Design Change.
What does Progress in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) look like in the Caribbean Tech Space? What did it take to get us this far? And how much further do we have to go?
The #IWDTechSummit2022 will be connecting INTENTION with SUSTAINABILITY & ACTION as the participants will be interfaced with industry experts, best practices, knowledge sharing, core DEI Training and some of the region’s boldest and most innovative projects & companies.
“We will examine not only the experiences and challenges of our current landscape, but deep dive into the imagination, tools and systems needed to foster the growth of the Caribbean footprint and experience in the global network of technology,” shared by the Organizing Committee of this #IWDTechSummit2022.
Expert Led Discussions
Keynote Speaker for this year, Camille Selvon, pioneer of the STEAM industry in the Caribbean, will be making a featured address, alongside Global Leads from Google, Sha Hurley - Global Innovation Culture Lead and Dr. Lundon Jackson, Global Head of EDU Content at Youtube.
The speaker roster for this year includes dynamic movers and shakers in the wellness, creative and tech ecosystem such as Kadia Francis - Digital Jamaica; Carina Cockburn and Kayla Grant - Inter American Development Bank; Amanda Spann - Tech Beach Retreat; Dr. Safeeya Mohammed - CEO, SISU Global Wellness; Dr. Marielle Barrow - Caribbean InTransit, and Anya Ayoung Chee; Wyld Flwr LLC and many more across the week of the Summit.
There will also be feature talks and panel discussions on the following topics:
• ↓The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Career Challenges, Successes, Failures
• ↓PIVOTS/Non-Traditional Roles in Technology
• ↓Climate Action, Sustainability and Technology
• ↓Current, Creative, Trends & New Markets
• ↓Navigating Opportunities in the Ecosystem
• ↓YOUTH LEADERSHIP in Caribbean Tech Day
• Mental Health & Resilience
• ↓Navigating our Toxic Workplace Culture
• ↓TAKE THE LEAD: Current and Upcoming Caribbean-based professionals, companies, projects & Initiatives
Breaking Barriers in the Tech Ecosystem
Google Women Techmakers and Women In Tech Caribbean have brought together influencers, industry leaders and pioneers who have broken barriers and spend their time pursuing projects and initiatives that #BreaktheBias. These partners are bringing the Caribbean into the digital forum to compete, meanwhile fostering ecosystems to facilitate greater expansion of their efforts and investment.
Special Focus on Youth in Diversity
This year there will be a special focus on Youth in the Diversity and Inclusion space, with a special Youth in Tech Day - 24th April, 2022, which will feature youth ideas, dialogue and talks designed and created by our first ever IWD Tech Summit Youth Delegates, a new mentorship initiative intended to empower youth dialogue and organizers.
“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace.”
— Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from 1997 to 2006
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DATE: APRIL 19-24, 2022