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16th May 2019 - No Comments!

Choose your coding path: a Women@EIT and WFW Community Collaboration

On the 26th of April, the Women@EIT Community teamed up with the WFW Community in Helsinki to hold the first of a series of workshops entitled 'Choose your coding path'.

Georgina Fogas was invited to be a speaker at the event. Read her personal take on the day below.

The WFW community was created to make it easier for women to share their skills and knowledge among their female friends. If you want to deepen your IT knowledge but feel too awkward/shy to ask the opposite gender for help, consider this group to be your starter-kit for the future. AWESOME DAYS are coming ahead!

Year 2019 started rolling and and so have things with the WFW community. The 26th of April marked the beginning of a fruitful coding journey dedicated to exploring the different emerging paths of IT and setting a personal goal depending on the subject that comes closest to one’s heart. Hence, this year’s series is called “Choose your coding path” and we just passed round 1 of it.

The topic of the first workshop was Algorithmic Thinking. The scope of this event was to give the participants an insight on how a computer works and the way the user should interact with it. And since the whole experience was gamified, the only materials needed to bring the concept to life were pen, paper, a whiteboard and great atmosphere (and there was plenty of it there).

The warm-up exercise consisted of one of the mentors acting as a computer that receives input for drawing a human face. In this part the whiteboard (in case you were wondering before what it was used for) came in very handy. This practical case was an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn how for solving a problem one needs to split the resolving stages from start until end in very small chunks that the computer can understand and afterwards perform, unlike the thinking process of humans for everyday tasks.

The second round was a bit more intense. Participants were split and distributed to several tables where together with a mentor they would solve programming exercises aimed at giving an understanding of what a variable is, what functions are and their scope, understanding the if statement and the for and while loops (to quote some of the tasks).

The last round was built around using the prior learned concepts of programming for the purpose of building a recommendation algorithm of a platform, such as Netflix or Spotify. Participants had to analyse how the streaming service of their choice works and build with pseudocode an algorithm that would learn what users like and might want to watch or hear.

And to cool down the minds and warm up the spirits, the end of the event was channeled around the motivational talk of Gina, who shared her story about changing careers and working on her break through to the Tech side. The speaker focused on sharing her own learning sources and alternatives for further development in IT( cause let’s be honest, nobody becomes a programmer from just one class or Youtube course).

Coming next…

Since this was just the beginning of a workshop series, of course, there is more to come. Plans were brought to life and things started taking shape in the following areas: app, game, software, front-end/ backend development and more. Dates were not defined yet but for now it’s a known fact that the events will take place once a month, so  participants have enough time to prepare themselves for the trainings to come.

Many thanks to Women@EIT and to the WFW team for their hard work to make this Workshop possible.

See you at the next rounds! 🙂

27th March 2019 - No Comments!

Do you have the XX Factor? Women@EIT pitching challenge kicks off the 2019 event series

This year we are supporting the Women@EIT network in the organisation of a series of events across Europe. From workshops in Helsinki, to inspirational talks in Stuttgart, we have a great series of events lined up, all united under the common goal of increasing the number of women in entrepreneurship.

The first of these events took place on the 8th of March in Eindhoven.

Read EIT Digital Master's student, Chandana Gopalakrishnan's take on the event:

In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating the International Women’s day on the 8th of March and introduced themes commemorating this day since 1996. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019  is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Pitch training by Nierika Hamaekers

Speaking of innovation, We celebrated women’s day this year with Women@EIT. Women@EIT conducts several workshops and events at various EIT Co-location Centres to inspire female entrepreneurs and innovators. In fact, one of the core values is Professionalism which revolves around conducting leadership and technical workshops to add value to the career skills of young and energetic professionals. To mark the Women’s day 2019,  Women@EIT held a pitching competition “The XX Factor Pitching Challenge 2019” open to all students in the Netherlands,  including the local EIT Alumni in Eindhoven.

The pitching competition was all about coming up with an innovative business solution to address current societal problems and presenting the ideas with an impressive pitch. To begin the event with, Erwin van Eijden, the Co-Location manager of the Eindhoven node gave a warm welcome address to the gathering. After which, we had some cool pitches from the participants, explaining some of their innovative ideas and business proposals. The local leader of Eindhoven node, Aishwarya Manjunath Shetty gave a quick insight on who we are and what we do at Women@EIT. Later, there was a fun filled pitch training session by the speaker Nierika Hamaekers, Sustainability consultant at The Terrace.

The training session was indeed very interactive and informative with various tips and techniques to deliver a good pitch. At the end of the event, there were some interesting prizes and goodies for the contestants and participants, not to forget the pizza party after the event 😀


Read what the Women@EIT Local Leader for Eindhoven, Aishwarya Manjunath Shetty has to say about the event:

An opportunity never knocks twice and I wanted to make the best out of the opportunity given to me to conduct an event on behalf of Women@EIT. With all the support from the Women@EIT board, EIT Alumni, EIT Digital CLC, Eindhoven and Volunteers from Eindhoven node, the event turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable one. I would like to specially thank the Jury – Erwin van Eijden, Raymond Opdenakker, Laena Nguyen and our speaker Nierika Hamaekers for their time and effort to judge the Pitching Challenge and give the Pitch training. I would also like to thank volunteers Chandana Gopalakrishnan and Sindhuja Prakash for helping out during the event. Last but not the least, hearty congratulations to the winner of the Pitching challenge – Chandana Gopalakrishnan and runners up Arun Kumar Ramachandran and Mahmoud Khodier.

5th March 2019 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ MCAA General Assembly 2019

"There is so much we can learn from each other. I wish I had a sign with me that said: "I am from EIT! Ask me!" 

On Saturday the 24th of February we sent Maria Kanov to the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) General Assembly as an ambassador of our community.

Maria, an alumna of EIT Digital, and co-founder of our Women@EIT Community, kindly agreed to represent us and immerse herself in a day of workshops, talks, and presentations held at the resplendent University of Vienna.

For the past few years, the MCAA and the EIT Alumni have often benefited from a close friendship. Indeed our structures are very similar, with both bringing together highly-skilled professionals and academics from a variety of sectors into a highly engaged, decentralised, European community.

It makes sense, therefore, that we seek to strengthen this bond, and establish a means for continued collaboration between our networks. This is exactly what we plan to do in 2019.

The MCAA event focused on the theme of "Research and Innovation beyond the Information Age" and offered a range of keynotes and training sessions aimed at addressing the evolving research environment - from how to write proposals for individual fellowships and European Research Council grants, to starting an entrepreneurship venture, and transitioning from academia to industry.

According to Maria's report, the EIT was mentioned by a number of the MCAA speakers. As a community of academics and researchers, an exciting next step for many of them is to look towards the world of business and entrepreneurship.

"I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to join the MCAA General Assembly in my home city of Vienna. An impressive crowd of about 700 researchers from various scientific fields came together to discuss, network and experience what it's like to be part of this community. The energy and enthusiasm I could feel at the event reminded me a lot of the EIT network. It was also striking that there was a lot of interest in the EIT from both speakers and participants, as it is an opportunity for bridging the gap between academia and business.
I wish I had a sign with me that said: "I am from EIT! Ask me!" There is so much we can learn from each other. Let's get this collaboration started!"
Maria Kanov, EIT Digital Alumni & Women@EIT

This is something we would very warmly welcome. Bolstering the growing number of EIT Community entrepreneurs by inviting MCAA Alumni to take part in EIT Business creation and Accelerator programmes would be be a valuable addition to the ever expanding EIT Alumni Community. Of course the MCAA also offers a lot of opportunities for our own members, and we look forward in working together more this year!

We would like to thank the MCAA once again for giving us the opportunity to take part in this event, and learn from their members.

We look forward to inviting you to EIT Alumni CONNECT 2019!

13th February 2019 - No Comments!

The XX Factor: Pitching Challenge

Where: EIT Digital CLC, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven
When: March 8th, 17:00
Who: This event is open to all EIT Alumni and students

Apply here!  - Application deadline: February 15 

More details about the event, organizers and the judges can be found on the EIT Women Facebook event. Food and beverages will be provided by the organizers 🙂