In celebration of Womenโ€™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 DOSTโ€™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.

โ€œWeโ€™re proud of womenโ€™s contributions in a field that is generally thought to be dominated by men. โ€œThere are many Filipino womenโ€”like Reinabelle Reyes who proved Einsteinโ€™s Theory of General Relativity on a cosmic scale at the age of 26โ€”who are actively contributing to our progress in science and technology,โ€ 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.โ€

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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