Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 09:56 am

What Does Progress in the Tech Space Look Like?

What Does Progress in the Tech Space Look Like?

Google Women Techmakers, Google Developer Groups, and Women in Tech Caribbean along with regional partners in the 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; 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 the 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 – on 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.