#BCTECH celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is focused on empowering women and girls to fulfill their potential and contribute their best to society. A number of initiatives in the BC tech community are celebrating the role of women – and encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in tech.


Vinetta Showcase, Vancouver: The pitch and panel features rising startups led by women. Hosted by BCIC’s own Tarah Ferguson, the panel on March 8 will feature:

–       Sarah Applebaum, Pangaea Ventures

–       Janice Cheam, Neurio Technology

–       Brenda Irwin, Relentless Pursuit Partners

–       Kristine Steuart, Allocadia

Wonder Women in Science, Vancouver: The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) is hosting a networking event for women in STEM. This scientific social at Science World is open to both students and professionals.

Influential Women in Business Awards, Vancouver: This event recognizes some of the top women in business, both in the private and public sectors. The 2016 winners will be honoured on March 8 in Vancouver.

VanWIT Launch, Vancouver: Vancouver Women in Technology (VanWIT) is launching on March 8. The new organization will support women through mentorship and networking. The non-profit is hosting a launch and networking event, open to STEM students and professionals alike.

Real Women, Real Success 2016, Victoria: The Bridges for Women Society is hosting a luncheon and networking opportunity. The Bridges for Women Society seeks to empower women economically through training and support programs.

Be the Change – International Women’s Day Event, Prince George: This event features speakers from businesses and non-profit organizations, discussing women and entrepreneurship. Young women ages 15–21 get in for free.   


App Camp for Girls: Do you know a young girl who loves apps and all things computer science? App Camp for Girls is filling the gender gap one tween at a time. During the week-long camp, girls form teams and create their own app, with the hope of sparking a lifelong interest. The Vancouver camp, taking place July 18-22 is accepting applications for campers in Grades 8-9 and mentors.

Ladies Learning Code: This organization, with locations throughout Canada, endeavours to teach women and youth to code. Over 3,000 mentors teach in 23 cities, with 17,000+ adult learners and 6,000+ youth learners. Whether you’re a lady, girl or kid, there’s a program for you.

Make Possible: For women in STEM, Make Possible is a valuable resource. It’s a mentoring network that helps individuals make connections and advance their careers.

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