We are pleased to invite you to the 2nd international Meet-up for students and industry professionals that will be held to celebrate International Girls in ICT day.
The event will take place on April 27th, from 15:00 in "Birojnīcā", Riga, Dzirnavu street 84 k-2.
During the event:
- Ivars Austers, Latvian University Professor of Social Psychology, will talk about the stereotypes that play significant role when it comes to choosing future profession;
- Ilze Dimanta, doctor of microbiology and UNESCO L'Oreal scholarships "Women in Science" winner, will share her thoughts on science and the availability of opportunities for women in IT;
- Laurel Freyja, Riga TechGirls co-founder and manager, will share her personal experience on the IT knowledge and the need of it in everyday life;
- Alina Karpelceva, Riga TechGirls co-founder and head of programming workshops, will share inspiring female programmers everyday stories;
- Amanda Kļaviņa, Latvian University of Agriculture, Faculty of Information Technology, the second year student and the world's first programmer, Lady Ada Lovelace Award winner - will share with you her personal story about studies in IT and what everyone can achieve with dedication and persistence.
14:40 – 15:00
Presentations from guest speakers
15:00 – 16:30
Networking and snacks
16:30 – 18:00
Event is free of charge. Event language - English.
Ivars Austers started his career in social psychology by studying social groups. He was also interested in human ability of perspective-taking, namely, under what conditions people are good enough in guessing what other people have in their minds. By doing this research Ivars earned his doctoral degree from Stockholm University as well as a job position at University of Latvia where he currently holds the position of Professor of Social Psychology. His research interests are in social identity, perspective-taking, human decision-making, and traffic psychology
Ilze was awarded with L’Oreal - UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship in Latvia for providing a new way to extract sustainable energy from bacterial fermentation. She strongly believes that science is not only for the chosen ones and encourages girls to explore scientific paths, because she believes that children shouldn't be gendered.
Laurel Freyja is an American entrepreneur who is passionate about women’s rights and next generation education. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Riga TechGirls, Latvia’s first women in tech organization and is the Founder of Code A Story, an educational program that teaches children programming through storytelling. Before following her interest in technology, Freyja worked in the luxury diamond and fashion industries on New York City and London
Amanda is currently a second-year student at the Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Information Technologies, study programme “Information Technologies for Sustainable Development”. She started programming 1.5 years ago and programming has become a part of Amanda’s everyday life ever since. Although upon her admission to the university Amanda had a rather vague notion of codes and their application, the diligent student has proved that anyone can master programming and achieve a lot by persistence. Last year, Amanda created a prototype of a microclimate measuring system and received recognition for her work: she received the prestigious Ada Lovelace Prize named after the first computer programmer.
Alina tried coding for the first time in 9th grade. Since then she got degree in Computer Science, worked in a few small IT companies as a full-stack dev, been part of international teams and got passionate about front end. Currently, she is working as front end developer at 4finance. Alina’s team is responsible for providing top quality user interface and user experience for the company products using cutting edge technologies.
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