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