What are the challenges for women in the IT industry? – The problem is the stereotype that IT is a male – dominated field. We need to change that. Women have a different perspective that is essential for innovation. IT is no longer just about coding but a wide range of possibilities where women can play a key role, said Artur Kurasiński in an interview with Future Collars during the 5th international edition of Women in IT Day (15.11). His words shed light on the need to break stereotypes and open doors for diversity in the world of technology.
Future Collars: How do you assess the pace of technological development today?
Artur Kurasiński: It’s like Formula 1 – we are racing forward. We live in times where technology incredibly influences our lives, but at the same time, it can be destructive. We need to be aware of both these aspects.
FC: You talk about the destructive impact of technology. Can you elaborate on that?
AK: Many corporations focus on revenues, losing the human aspect. We need to fight against this phenomenon. Fake news, for example, can be a weapon of mass destruction. We need to regulate technology to protect values such as democracy and peace.
FC: What are the challenges for women in the IT industry?
AK: The problem is the stereotype that IT is a male-dominated domain. We need to change that. Women have a different perspective that is essential for innovation. IT is no longer just coding but a wide range of possibilities where women can play a key role.
FC: How can we encourage more women to enter the IT industry?
AK: First and foremost, we need to stop treating IT as something unattainable. Technology is our life. Women can be excellent project managers, experts in QA teams, and much more. IT is diversity and innovation, and women are an integral part of it.
FC: How do you evaluate today’s Women in IT Day event?
AK: It’s important that we organize such events. They send a signal to women: you are not alone; technology is also your place. We show that technology is not just coding but also the human aspect, psychology, sociology. It’s a space for everyone.
Vision of the future of IT and the role of women
During Women in IT Day, Artur Kurasiński, a creator, entrepreneur, and investor, focused on megatrends in IT in his inspiring speech, emphasizing the significant role of women in shaping the future of this industry.
Software possesses immense power that literally ‘eats’ the world. What was once a tool for making money is now becoming a global challenge. Software and algorithms are no longer just tools but an integral part of our lives. Every day we use them, checking the weather or planning our days.
It’s worth noting that many professions we know today did not exist in the 1940s. The development of software and technology, especially artificial intelligence, will have a tremendous impact on the job market, including the roles and perception of women in the industry. If AI suggests career paths to young people based on outdated stereotypes, we risk perpetuating a patriarchal employment model and excluding women from traditionally ‘male’ professions. Let’s remember that women played a significant role in the success of the Apollo space program.
Therefore, we must actively shape the future of technology to avoid repeating past mistakes. Our world is not as straightforward as the use of artificial intelligence might suggest. We need truth and facts in technology. Let’s not passively wait for the next revolution and the challenges that come with it. It’s time to actively create a future that is fair and inclusive for everyone, regardless of gender.
The fifth edition of “Women in IT Day 2023” held under the theme “Technology is changing the world before our eyes – be part of this breakthrough!” organized by Future Collars, in cooperation with EWA European Women’s Association and DIGITALEUROPE as part of the Erasmus+ project.
“Women in IT Day 2023” is a free online conference dedicated to women who want to consciously shape their IT career path. It offers eight hours of intensive programming, including lectures, debates, meetings with potential employers, workshops, speed mentoring sessions, and a rich dose of knowledge and inspiration.
The main goal of the event is to support women in the technology sector through education, building relationships, and mentorship. Leaders and experts from the Polish and European IT industry participate, sharing their knowledge and experience.
Future Collars, the main organizer, is an online programming and digital skills school that offers unique teaching methods. It is aimed at both individuals looking to change career paths and enter the IT world and companies seeking effective development programs for their employees.
WOMEN IN IT DAY 2023: THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US:
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