Google Honors Wonder Women in Tech





 

In celebration of Women’s Month, Google is honoring women techmakers through a series of events all around the world, including the Philippines, with an aim to increase visibility, resources and a sense of community for women in the industry.

This year, Google launched a series of global Women Techmakers events to give technical women greater visibility, a wider community and more resources.

Women Techmakers: Manila (Engineering the Future), held on March 8, featured talks and panel discussions by female technology leaders such as Reinabelle Reyes, Research Scientist at the Manila Observatory, and Jen Alconis, Chief Science Research Specialist of DOST’s Project NOAH. The event, organized by Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines, also had hands-on career-planning workshops and networking opportunities.

Google believes that focusing on women-inclusion in technology is a step towards fostering diversity in all types of work around the globe, providing a better opportunity for women and other minorities alike.

“We’re proud of women’s contributions in a field that is generally thought to be dominated by men. “There are many Filipino women—like Reinabelle Reyes who proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity on a cosmic scale at the age of 26—who are actively contributing to our progress in science and technology,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Country Communications Manager. Through activities like these, we seek to inspire women and change the way they think about their role in science, technology and innovation.”

Another Women Techmakers event was also held on the same day in Sagada. The Philippines will have one more Women Techmakers event this month in Cebu on March 22.

Google believes that focusing on women-inclusion in technology is a step towards fostering diversity in all types of work around the globe, providing a better opportunity for women and other minorities alike.

Women Techmakers Manila - March 8 2014

Women techmakers: Ivygail Ong, Outreach Lead, Open Data Philippines; Reinabelle Reyes, Research Scientist, Manila Observatory; Christine Songco-Lau, Program Manager, Open Source and Social Impact at Google; Anne Michelle Santos, Developer Relations Manager, Globe Labs; and Gail Tan, Country Communications Manager, Google Philippines.

For more information, visit http://womentechmakers.com/

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.