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EqualiTech 2021: Tech, Equality and the Nordics

EqualiTech 2021 is an online seminar inspired by diversity and inclusion in the technical fields with a Nordic twist. The National Council of Women of Finland is co-organizing the seminar with Vaasa Entrepreneurship Society and a variety of partners.

The event is aimed at professionals with an interest in tech and the importance of ensuring diversity in the field. The event includes fascinating speeches from a variety of experts with topics related to innovation, technology, and gender equality. The seminar also includes multiple workshops related to current themes in the field.

How to participate?

Please join the Facebook event here. To ensure the best experience, we also ask you to pre-register with this form: https://bit.ly/3mz2KEv

Based on your registration you will receive a calendar invite with the detailed schedule and take part in a raffle for a 100€ gift card to Verkkokauppa.com!

The event will be live-streamed on Youtube.


9.00 Welcome words from the organizer – Liisa Ketolainen, National Council of Women of Finland
9.15 Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality
9.30 Saara Kujala, GM in Business Development, Wärtsilä
9.50 Simo Säynevirta, Head of Digital Business Development, ABB
10.10 Sofia Elamson, Nordic Energy Research & NEEN Secretary
10.30 Zydrune Vitaite, Women Go Tech


11.00 Tim Wallin, CEO, Gambit, the equality company of the year in Ostrobothnia
11:20 Taina Myöhänen, President, We in Games Finland
11:40 Tomas Häyry, mayor of Vaasa
12.00 Closing Words by our host, futurist Elina Hiltunen

13.00-15.30 Parallel workshops with pre-registration


The event afternoon will include multiple interesting workshops to choose from. These workshops are held online and have English as the main language. By participating you will have a chance to network, share experiences and hear some best practices from the industry.

Please sign up soon, as there are only a limited number of spots for each session. You can find the workshop details and registration links below. Hope to see you there!

1. Developing an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem in the Nordic and Baltic Regions by Women Go Tech

22.4: 13.00-15:30

“Women go Tech” and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Lithuania are pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop that is a part of a project which aims to enlarge the Nordic-Baltic women in technology network and cooperation of organisations, individuals and companies working in the field of Tech in these regions. We are offering you the opportunity to participate in developing an actionable, long term agenda for change, discover common ground with your colleagues and build new relationships.

We kindly invite you to participate in a solution-oriented discussion that focuses on sharing the good practices applied in Finland as well as identifying the actions necessary to heighten the profile of women in technology across the Nordic and Baltic regions while addressing the barriers that interfere with their success.

Policy makers, Universities, Schools, Organizations, Enterprises, Women-founded Start-ups or anyone interested in the topic — all parties are welcome to participate in this workshop to discuss the solutions and make a real difference in the region.

Please pre-register for the workshop here: https://forms.gle/trMQ8UYAsZyvhY1DA

2. Nordic female entrepreneurship – Moderated by Petra Berg (NEEN & VEBIC) and Energy Vaasa

22.4 13.00-15:30

NEEN invites you to join our discussion room where female energy entrepreneurs from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark will share their business stories and insights.

We are happy to answer your questions regarding the theme and provide a relaxed event for exchange of ideas and a little bit of networking!

Please pre-register for the workshop here: https://bit.ly/3dawVP8

3. Dear equality, why am I irritated? by Wanda O Rly a.k.a. Valtteri Lahti

The atmosphere of the workplace and the realization of equality trace down to individuals and their attitudes. How can an employer make meaningful initiatives to drive equality without compromising the employees’ right to privacy and their own opinions?

To come true, equality is a goal that everyone must make their own. However, the heavy politicization of the topic and the provocative Internet discussions can repel us and make the whole subject feel uninteresting.

There’s a careful and prejudiced side to us all. It is very human and admitting it is important. In this workshop we learn to recognize and deal with some of the personal difficulties we may have pursuing equality. We also learn principles and safe practices for engaging in and facilitating challenging discussions.

The work communities in the technical field are often subject-centric. So it is natural that the social norms of the community may not be of particular interest for its members.

The goal of this workshop is to also equip participants with new tools for making fresh initiatives and shaking the old customs of their communities in a constructive way.

The workshop consists of a lecture and a discussion to which participants can engage in both by speaking and answering multiple choice polls.

The workshop will be run in English or Finnish depending on the participants. Please pre-register to secure your spot! :https://bit.ly/32jXAD0   

Wanda O Rly a.k.a. Valtteri Lahti is a game industry professional, performer and educator with years of experience of team building, workplace culture development and human diversity as a part of it. They work full-time as the COO of Psyon Games. https://wandaorly.com/

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