In March we are continuing our "tour of local partners". Together with our partner Accso, we are inviting all women, non-binaries, and their male allies to join us for a special IWD event.
We'll be networking with other women in the tech industry to hear their stories, learn how to conquer imposter syndrome, and present our ideas in an impactful way.
0. Intro & Welcome
1. Nicole was not the imposter - about worries and fears when starting a career - Nicole Heinze, Accso
At the latest when you've played the game "Among us", you know how it feels to be an "Imposter". But many people also feel like "imposters" in their working lives. Self-doubt and constant questioning of one's own competencies - people who struggle with Imposter Syndrome often live and work under a great deal of pressure and in fear of being exposed. This is particularly hard in situations that are new, such as starting a new job, a switching the company, or when starting a new project. Nicole often felt this way in her past, but over time, she learned to be more relaxed about it. Now, as she interviews candidates herself, she knows that she is not alone with these fears and would like to try to take away your worries about the "what if..." in her session.
2. The power of effective visualisation, or, why you should never use a pie-chart - Michelle Kuttel, UCT
Visualisation is the graphical representation of data, an increasing important aspect of Data Science, as it is focused on communication and understanding. I have developed expertise in visualisation over several years, drawing from texts by visualisation experts
Colin Ware and Tamar Munzner, as well as my research experience in both scientific visualisation for diverse audiences and 10+ years of oil painting. In this short talk, I will explain how an understanding of the process of human perception can enable effective data visualisations that enable viewers to rapidly absorb information.
3. Be brave (even when it scares the sh*t out of you) - Catherine Lückhoff, 20fifty
4. Networking & Social
This is a joint event with Accso ❤️
Co-founder & CEO
Nicole Heinze grew up in Flensburg, Germany, where she studied Applied Computer Science for her Bachelor's degree. During her studies, she learned to love coding and therefore also did a master's degree in technical computer science at the Technical University of Cologne. Since joining Accso GmbH in 2017, a lot has happened. She now works as a managing consultant and, in addition to her duties as a developer, also supports young professionals in their first years of work.
I am a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UCT. I teach a variety of undergraduate and post graduate courses. My primary research focus is computational chemistry: the use of molecular modelling to predict the conformation and interactions of molecular that play key roles in infection, in order to inform the development of anti-microbial vaccines. I also have expertise in high performance computing, research programming; and scientific visualisation.
Catherine Lückhoff is the co-founder and CEO of 20fifty. Specialising in modern application development, serverless cloud computing and AI powered solutions, 20fifty prides itself on working with smart, interesting people and companies who value problem solving and innovation as a way to meaningfully contribute to the collective future. Working across industry sectors, 20fifty delivers innovative solutions that range from NLP enabled voice and text bots; to image recognition tools for facial, object or event detection; to personalised recommendation engines that drive customer acquisition and retention; to enterprise level data lakes that help drive businesses forward.
In her career Catherine has gained extensive experience in founding and leading companies, raising investment, identifying new opportunities and solving problems. She has been named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans; was recognised for Topco's Top Women in Business and Government; awarded the Most Innovative Woman in Cloud in 2019; included in Destiny Magazine’s Power of 40 under 40; and named as one of SA Women Making It Big In Tech by Fin24. In 2019 she completed the MIT Sloane School of Business Management Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy course and in 2022 she spent 90 days in Finland as part of the #90DayFinn programme. She is forever curious.
I am a female Java software developer currently working at Accso CPT.
I am passionate about empowering women and students in the tech industry and do this through volunteer mentoring. I am a keen learner with a passion for creating a positive impact. I have been described as contributing to the overall positive vibe, taking pride in delivering quality software with a keen eye for detail, and leaving things better than what they were before.
University of the Western Cape