IoD supports launch of the 2021 Women and Data Hackathon

The Institute of Directors is proud to be supporting TrueCue’s Women + Data Hackathon, which is now in its second instalment following a highly successful event last year.

The technology industry, although a hub for innovation and creativity, lags behind when it comes to the diversity of its workforce. Not only is this detrimental to women, who are missing out on the rewarding work available to them, but also to the industry itself.

As part of their campaign to provide information, advice and up-skilling opportunities to encourage women to seek careers in this exciting industry, TrueCue’s Women + Data Hackathon is an event in which participants team up to solve challenging problems with limited time. Participants will have the opportunity to improve their analytics capabilities and presentation skills, as well as speak to women working in the Tech industry.

The IoD is working with TrueCue to encouraging its members, and their connections, to participate in this event. Applications will open for participants and facilitators on Wednesday 6th October, with the Hackathon kicking-off on Thursday 11th November.

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James Don-Carolis, Managing Director, TrueCue, said:

“Following the success of last years’ Women + Data Hackathon we are delighted to announce the second instalment this year! Improving female participation in the data and analytics industry is something we are passionate about at TrueCue. The 2020 event exceeded our expectations, not only in terms of the level of interest (over 300 participants from 41 countries), but also in terms of the commitment shown by the teams, the quality of work they produced, and the fun that was had along the way. We are excited to be back with our 2021 hackathon, and hope to see you there!”

Jonathan Geldart, Director General, Institute of Directors, said:

“Diverse organisations are more effective and creative and, as a result, more likely to be successful. While women’s representation in the tech sector has improved, it very much remains a work in progress. For this reason, we are delighted to be supporting this year’s hackathon, which promises to be a fun yet challenging event, building on the success of last year.”

Sophie Decelle, Consulting Manager and Data Science Lead, TrueCue, further commented:

“Across many industries diversity and inclusion have become priorities, yet they remain a challenge. The tech industry is no different and has some way to go in terms of diversity of its workforce. One way to make tech more diverse is to empower more women to join, participate and grow the tech and data analytics communities.

“This vision was delivered last year in a 2-week global event with amazing reach and outcomes for everyone involved. This year we are partnering with the Institute of Directors and other organisations and institutions to carry the momentum into 2021 and 2022. We’re also adding an enhanced careers’ panel and how-to sessions. Looking forward to re-launch!”

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