Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes called for more women in the technology sector at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven on Tuesday.
She made this statement at the event Female Tech Heroes that was organised with the same aim: more women in the technical world which is now dominated by men. “It has to become a more balanced mix of men and women. It will lead to other ideas and nicer products”, organiser Hilde de Vocht said. “Research shows that a diverse team leads to better products”, co-organiser Ingelou Stol adds.
Network kick off
The Female Tech Heroes Network was also launched during the opening of the conference. This network already counts 1,500 members and is meant for creating more opportunities for women in technology, organise workshops and of course, network.
Handful of men
Almost only women could be found in the conference centre of the High Tech Campus yesterday. Here and there you saw a few men, usually talking to a woman. “The society exists about half of men and women. So it is healthy to pursue that in all sectors”, one of the men present said.
Lot of interest
“Today we could have filled the room five times with enthusiastic women who find this an important topic”, De Vocht said. It shows that the subject is alive, but that the transition to have more jobs filled by women is yet to be made.
Translated by: Bob