Archives for November 2018

26th November 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT Leadership Intensive: Watch out for our new events in 2019!

Written by Shruti Kuber (EIT Digital Alumna) and Giulia Marzetti (EIT Climate-KIC Alumna)

Women@EIT was started with the passion to work towards a common goal: ‘Bringing the  female community of the EIT together and creating a sense of belonging’. After receiving a great response in Stockholm and Berlin, it was time for us to expand across Europe.

From our experiences, we found that while there is a lot of enthusiasm around such communities, very few want to lead. We realised a potential in these shortcomings and decided to organize a workshop to impart the necessary leadership skills.

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Thus was born the idea of the ‘Leadership Intensive’, an annual workshop aimed at empowering women from across the EIT Alumni Community who are eager to take the initiative of Women@EIT forward.

The first edition of our leadership intensive took place from the 9th to the 11th of November, 2018 at the EIT Digital CLC, London. Special thanks to CLC manger Justina Senkus for supporting us and offering the venue.

We had the privilege of hosting speakers like Gen Ashley: Director of Women Who Code London, Reemma Puredath: Co-Director of She++ and Catalina Butnaru: CITY.AI Ambassador for London.

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Our founders Dori Palfi and Maria Kanov conducted interesting discussion and team bonding sessions. Meanwhile, I talked about the aspects we need to touch upon as organizers. The participants were then provided with templates for event proposals. At the end of the event, the participants presented their event proposals and received valuable feedback from the organizers and other participants.

View the full event photo album here.

Read what Climate-KIC Alumna Giulia Marzetti has to say about the event:

"On 9th-11th November I was honored to take part in the first cohort of the Women @ EIT leadership intensive course. I was one of the 10 women alumni selected. The weekend brought together some amazing women with varied backgrounds, who have already contributed to building and supporting the EIT Alumni community. Almost all the Innovation Communities were represented, with attendees from EIT Climate-KIC, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Digital and Health joining us.

The Leadership Intensive weekend aimed at strengthening the community, fostering initiatives to promote women in STEM fields and increasing the visibility of the EIT among potential female applicants of the EIT’s education and business acceleration programmes.

During the 3-day event, we got introduced to leadership techniques to encompass the Women@EIT core values of Diversity, Professionalism, and Integration and we had the chance to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences among us.

During the weekend, we had the chance to submit event proposals for 2019 and discuss the future of Women@EIT. These ranged from talks with female leaders, coding boot-camps, hackathons aiming at solving real issues, and summers schools.

A major takeaway from the event was that I am finally part of a community of driven women who are passionate and committed to make the EIT thrive and to share their love for science and STEM. I felt empowered, part of a community, and I can tackle going out there and organize events and creating opportunities.

I am looking forward to organize events in my city, bringing female influencers on board and to organize the next Leadership Course and welcome attendees of all the Innovation communities.

Do you have any ideas of a good event to promote women and EIT? Feel free to get in touch."

13th November 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumna represents the Community at EIT Awareness Day in Malta

On 31 October, the EIT held an awareness day in Valetta, Malta to showcase the EIT Community, and help power Malta's innovators.

The EIT Alumni, as the direct link between the EIT and the young professionals and innovators of the EIT community, were invited to send a representative to sit on the afternoon panel discussion: 'Experiences and insights: What is it like being part of the EIT Community?'

Ayse Tolunay, EIT Health alumna and board member, was selected to attend on our behalf and present her journey in the EIT Community.

Read Ayse's story of the event below:

"I worked as a lecturer at a technical university for eight years. In 2017, I decided to change my career to work with refugees, which brought me back to being a student. Now I’m a Master's student at the University of Copenhagen, studying Migration.

My first experience with EIT Health was through a Global Health Case Challenge: Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrating Women. This challenge brought together students with different backgrounds. I, a migration studies student, was in a team with students of medicine and public health. The 24 hours we worked as a team proved what I have advocated for for many years: that we need more interdisciplinary work to address global issues.

Currently, I’m doing my internship with UNHCR. I work with the tertiary education team, trying to provide equitable tertiary education for all. Through the EIT Health Alumni Network, I was given the chance to participate in a training program on Micro Learning. This made it possible for me to get in touch with other disciplines and widened my horizons.

I believe through interdisciplinary work we can create a better world and the EIT Community seems to be the right place to do it!

One of the latest examples that confirms this belief was the EIT Awareness Day in Malta which I participated in last week.

Firstly, the warmth hit my face as soon as I got out of the plane. It made me think: it took 8 hours to get there, and it was totally worth it. Like many islands, Malta is not an easy place to get to, but once you do it gives you the full Mediterranean experience with open arms and heart.

I went straight to the get-together organized by EIT from the airport, and although I was perhaps a little under dressed I was warmly welcomed by the EIT Malta team. It was so nice to be in an amazing venue with a beautiful view, great food and surrounded by so many interesting and engaging people. The get-together was a very nice introduction to Malta and its relationship to the EIT.  For me, the talk about block-chain and how a musician uses it was particularly inspiring.

The day of the event was gainful. I had the opportunity to listen to interesting talks that also relate to what I do as an intern with UNHCR. For instance, there was a lot of emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also education in the morning sessions, especially in relation to Malta.

I took part in the panel discussion in the afternoon session. It was exciting to talk in front of everyone about my experience as an EIT alumna and how the EIT helped me to widen my horizons by providing cross-cutting opportunities: being a humanities “person” and having access to the EIT Health Alumni Network and partners provided me with a great network and the possibility to work on issues related to the health of people on the move. Even after this talk, people approached me and we discussed topics related to migration, education and health.

Although the Innovation Communities seem to stand on their own, the fact is that people who are part of the EIT Community are aware of the fact that cutting-edge solutions come out of cross-sectoral work, and the EIT Awareness Day in Malta was a proof of this approach."

You can read Ayse's full speech from the event here.

If you would like to get more involved in the EIT Community and represent the EIT Alumni at events, make sure to regularly check out opportunities page.

8th November 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT Leadership summit taking place this weekend in London

This Weekend, 9-11 November, the EIT Alumni Community are supporting Women@EIT in the organisation of their first Leadership Intensive event in London.

This three day event, which brings together female leaders from four out of five of the EIT Alumni Communities, is designed to scale up the Women@EIT initiative, open it up to new sectors, and expand their presence in Europe.

The goal is to empower a select group of local leaders who will submit a plan to organise their own women@EIT events in major European cities, and who will actively contribute to the development and expansion of the community.

With over 60 applications from eager women entrepreneurs in the EIT Community, co-founders Maria and Dori, had an extremely tough job selecting their first batch of women leaders to join them in London.

We look forward to hearing how the event goes, and are proud to be able to support Women@EIT in reaching their goal.

In case you missed it: Read our 2017 interview with Women@EIT Co-founders Maria an Dori below:

 

 

 

6th November 2018 - No Comments!

WeSpace, the first women focused co-working space in Switzerland

EIT Climate-KIC Alumna, and EIT Awards 2018 nominee, Estefania Tapias has recently launched the first-to-open women focused co-working space in Switzerland with her co-founder Laura Seifert.

The venture, named WeSpace, offers the renting of a co-working space for events and meeting in the heart of Zürich. Their slogan? - "co-working and community space designed by women, for women."
Their goal is to empower women by providing a platform to grow and become part of a larger community.

Earlier this month, their idea - Wespace - was featured in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading daily newspaper in Zurich.

The EIT Alumni got in touch with Estefania this week to learn more about her new initiative and to see how they plan to put it into practice. She said the following:

"Together we imagine a working world where feminine values and sensibilities are an asset rather than a liability. WeSpace is a co-working and community space designed by women for women. Our mission is to provide a space-based community to facilitate the leadership journey of more women across a variety of sectors within corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures. We provide an inspirational space to work, socialize and network as well as a community that empowers women."

Once they have developed a strong pool of members in Zürich, Estefania and Laura plan to expand all over Switzerland. Make sure to look out for them if you are in need of a co-working space in the future!

If you want to learn more about WeSpace, Estefania and Laura were recently interviewed by Startupticker about their intentions and ambitions. You can read the full interview here.