"Women in Tech" (WIT)

We (Gender Equality Officers) organize a "Women in Tech" event up to five times a year. The aim is to invite strong women - e.g. alumnae, PhD students or professors - from the field of computer science to give a lecture on their current (scientific) work and career. This is primarily intended to counteract the lack of female role models for identification. But of course the female perspectives are enriching for all students (keyword: "broadening horizons").

The "Women in Tech" series has much more to offer: Apart from creating role models and pointing out perspectives, the WIT talks also offer a space to get useful advice and talk about (supposedly) taboo topics. For example, things like doubts about studying, dropping out/changing your degree program, salaries and salary expectations or sexualized discrimination and violence can be discussed. In addition, many students find themselves in orientation phases throughout the course of their studies and are very interested to know what opportunities are open to them with their degree. Therefore, insights into personal decisions are particularly valuable. Topics such as experiences with gender aspects in the world of work are also addressed. The WIT talks are open to all interested parties; everyone is welcome, and this explicitly includes men ;)

You can always send us suggestions for female speakers via mail to gleichstellungsbeauftragtehpi.uni-potsdamde

Events in winter term 2021/22

"WIT meets..": Female Students share their stories about awards and scholarships

December 16, 2021 from 5 - 6.30 pm

Did you know that Google and also Palantir award scholarships specifically for "Women in Tech"? Other initiatives and companies also give out awards for bachelor theses, for example, which you can apply for. We want to give you a comprehensive overview of scholarships, awards and other support programs for "Women in Tech". We will also have former scholarship holders with us who will talk about their experiences and will be happy to answer your questions.

 

"Women in Tech" talk with Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun: Why women and AI are the future of digital medicine

January 6, 2022 from 5 - 6.30 pm

Sylvia Thun is many things - a doctor, an engineer and a professor. She is also the director of the eHealth and Interoperability Core Unit at the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité. She researches and teaches on information and communication technology in healthcare and co-founded the #SheHealth initiative, which aims to make women visible in digital medicine and for which she received the FTAfelicitas award 2021.

 

 

"WIT meets ..." with HPI-Alumnae Janett Baresel, Astrid Thomschke and Dr. Ivonne Scherfenberg

February 3, 2022 from 5 - 7 pm

Under the label "WIT meets HPI alumnae", former HPI female students from different career paths are brought together and interviewed by a moderator about their careers, experiences and opinions. Questions that are on the minds of the students in the audience are also welcome to be asked at any time.

Previous WIT events

Talks

In the meantime, various formats of WIT events have been established. We started with the "Women in Tech" talks, which are held according to the original idea of a presentation followed by a get-together.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karin Vosseberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karin Vosseberg

On June 6, 2019 the first speaker, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karin Vosseberg, spoke about her career and research work. She is currently working as a university lecturer and deputy rector.

Johanna Janiszewski

Johanna Janiszewski

On February 20, 2020 Johanna Janiszewski, founder and managing director of "Tiny Crocodile Studios" in Berlin, spoke about her career and her experiences with gender aspects at work.

Sabine Wieluch

Sabine Wieluch

On November 19, 2020, Sabine Wieluch spoke about her path to computer science and her academic focus in generative art.

Christine Regitz

Christine Regitz

On January 14, 2021, Christine Regitz presented her career and her responsibilities as head of the global Women in Tech @ SAP program.

Alumnae

A second format is the panel discussion with former HPI students. Under the label "WIT meets HPI Alumnae", former female HPI students from different career paths are brought together and interviewed about their career, experiences and opinions. Questions that are on the minds of the students in the audience can also be asked at any time.

Kristina Kirsten

Kristina Kirsten (MSc)

On July 25, 2019, we had three HPI alumnae as guests who talked about their careers after HPI. Kristina Kirsten is a PhD candidate at the Chair of Connected Health at the Digital Health Center.

Ann Katrin Kuessner

Ann Katrin Kuessner (BSc)

On July 25, 2019, we had three HPI alumnae as guests who talked about their careers after HPI. Ann Katrin Kuessner works as a product manager at Google Zurich in the Google Assistant Team.

Jennifer Stamm

Jennifer Stamm (MSc)

On July 25, 2019, we had three HPI alumnae as guests who talked about their careers after HPI. Jennifer Stamm works as a full-stack developer at the SAP Innovation Center.

Cindy Perscheid

Cindy Perscheid (MSc)

On July 2, 2020 we had four HPI alumnae as guests who talked about their careers after the HPI. Cindy Perscheid has been pursuing her PhD at the EPIC chair since 2013.

Workshops

We also organize workshops and hosted, for example, a Code Pub meet-up.

Maria Perchyk

Maria Perchyk

On November 28, 2019, CodePub hosted a workshop at HPI. One of the leaders was Maria Perchyk. She studied IT systems engineering at HPI before starting her career at Netlight.

Alina Ruf

Alina Ruf

In cooperation with Netlight, we offered a workshop on the topic "Find Your Path in Tech" on August 6, 2020. Alina Ruf works as a consultant at Netlight Munich.

Andrea Schüpfer

Andrea Schüpfer

In cooperation with Netlight, we offered a workshop on the topic "Find Your Path in Tech" on August 6, 2020. Andrea Schüpfer is a fullstack developer and consultant at Netlight Zurich.

More

 As part of the series of events, issue-specific film nights - e.g. Hidden Figures - and book presentations - e.g. Lean In - are also planned in the FQ Lounge @ HPI.