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Women, Tech and the Global Good
Women, Tech and the Global Good

Women, Tech and the Global Good

Join us on Saturday 3 July 2021 (3pm-6.30pm BST) for ‘Women, Tech, and the Global Good’, the first ever annual conference brought to you by The Women in International Affairs Network, in collaboration with IBM and Seidea.

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03 Jul 2021, 15:00 – 18:30 BST



Join us on Saturday 3 July 2021 (3pm-6.30pm BST) for ‘Women, Tech and the Global Good’, a virtual conference brought to you by The Women in International Affairs Network in collaboration with IBM and Seidea.

Technology has become a crucial ally in international development and provides an opportunity for global development professionals to maximise their impact. Tech platforms can help tracking and analysing funding for the SDGs, with blockchain technology revolutionising the impact investing sector by converting non-financial value such as impact into digital tokens that can be tracked. Technological and innovative approaches to M&E, such as human centred design and real-time M&E can help to enhance the system efficiency and accuracy of programme evaluations.

The event will combine a series of presentations with speakers from tech and innovation sectors who are seeking to achieve global change, with interactive workshops in areas such as human centred design, coding, and cybersecurity. The event will also explore how careers in technology and innovation are linked to global development and are essential for achieving the SDGs.

Through this event, we at the Women in International Affairs Network aim to enhance the technological skills and acumen of our community of aspiring female development professionals, and encourage them to upskill for their career growth, to maximise their social impact and to gain financial benefit.

Guests will also have the opportunity to enter our raffle, with winners getting a one-to-one follow-up career session with a selected speaker. You will have this time to ask any of your career questions, advice on personal and professional development, or simply learn more from their personal experiences and career journey.

Join us for a series of speaker presentations and workshops where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with digital and social innovators,
  • Upskill by sampling tech and innovation courses
  • Learn about the most in-demand tech skills to thrive in your international career and maximize your global impact.

Confirmed Speakers

So far, we have confirmed speakers from several organizations, including, but not limited to:

  • Atsuko Okuda (Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, International Telecommunication Union (ITU))
  • Ivana Bartoletti (Technical Director, Deloitte & Founder of Women Leading in AI Network)
  • Phila Phungula (Z Developer Advocate and Scrum Master for Students at IBM).

Further speaker announcements will be made on WIAN's social media in the weeks leading up to the event. 

Ticket Discounts

We are offering a 40% discount off of 'Comprehensive' tickets for registered WIAN members and full-time students. To redeem the discount code, students will need to show proof of their student ID and institution and write to

We are also offering a limited number of free 'Comprehensive' tickets to those under vulnerable and mitigating circumstances including women who are unemployed, hold refugee status, are from a developing country and/or a lower income household. 

For more information on redeeming a free ticket, please write to outlining your extenuating circumstance.

Additional Information

Anyone who purchases a 'Comprehensive' ticket will have the opportunity to win a one-to-one follow up session with a speaker, to discuss all things career, technology and innovation and international affairs. Once you purchase a ticket, you will be given a code to the Zoom conference room closer to the event time.

DISCLAIMER: By buying a ticket for this event, you consent to your email address being added to our Events mailing list. This is how you will receive the code to access the Zoom event. You will only ever be contacted in relation to WIAN events (both physical and virtual), and your details will not be shared with any third parties.


  • 15 minutes

    Introduction & Opening Remarks

    Main Stage

  • 50 minutes

    Career Panel & Q&A: Careers in Technology for Global Change

    Main Stage
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  • Comprehensive

    This ticket includes access to the full programme, and the workshop of your choice on the day. You'll also receive the full recordings of all three workshops, and will be entered into a prize-draw for a free career chat with a woman working in tech and development.

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  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

    This ticket includes entry to the career presentations and the 'Introduction to Cybersecurity' workshop delivered by Seidea. The introductory workshop will cover what is cybersecurity, how to navigate global threats and the international careers in this space.

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  • Coding Careers and Skills

    This ticket includes entry into the career presentations and the 'Coding Careers and Skills' workshop delivered by IBM. The introductory workshop will equip attendees with knowledge and skills on coding to build a website on the cloud for their social and global enterprises.

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  • Design Thinking and Innovation

    This ticket includes entry to the career presentations and the workshop 'Human Centred Approaches to Innovation' delivered by IBM. Participants will learn the process of design thinking from the ideation stage to product testing, to develop innovations that address global challenges and gain the skills to apply to IBM’s Call for Code Global Challenge.

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  • Tech for the People

    This ticket includes entry to the career presentations and the workshop 'Tech for the People: Inclusive Design, Development and Human Rights' delivered by The Engine Room. Participants will learn about the intersection of social justice and technology and how a background in international affairs, development and human rights is critical to developing technology that is both responsive and responsible.

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