Shaping Tomorrow: Cape Town's Tech Women Leading the Way

Electrum, 16A Newmarket Street, Cape Town, 8001

Join 'Shaping Tomorrow: Cape Town's Tech Women Leading the Way,' an empowering International Women's Day event. Celebrating 2024's theme, 'Impact the Future,' this gathering highlights the role of women in shaping tech and society. Connect, learn, and be inspired by women pioneering in technology. A movement for progress and innovation, this event is a beacon for the future of women in tech.

Mar 19, 4:00 – 6:00 PM


Key Themes

AIInternational Women's DayWomen Techmakers

About this event

Join us for "Shaping Tomorrow: Cape Town's Tech Women Leading the Way," a dynamic event celebrating International Women's Day and the influence of Women Techmakers. As part of the global campaign, this event epitomises our mission to connect, educate, and inspire within the tech community.

The 2024 theme, "Impact the Future," is a powerful call to action for shaping the technological and societal landscape, particularly in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). This event focuses on harnessing our skills and creativity to drive positive change and inspire the next generation of women in tech.

Gather with us in Cape Town to celebrate the achievements and potential of women in technology. It's more than an event, it is a movement towards a future where women are leading innovators and creators in the tech world. Join us in this celebration of progress, learning, and future-forward thinking.


0. Intro & Welcome

Get to know the event organisers and sponsors, as well as understand the theme of the day.

1. Creating Strong Autonomous Teams - Chelsea Van Coller

Firstly, Chelsea will guide us through the crucial role of strong and autonomous teams in propelling growth and innovation within the tech industry. She'll explore the significance of individual leadership and the principles of being 'leaderful.' The discussion will further extend to the dynamics of team performance, focusing on practices that contribute to the success of high-performing teams. This journey will highlight the importance of both personal development and team strategies in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

2. "Unlikely" A Women Tech Leader's Perspective - Abigail Padiachy

In the second part of the event, Abigail will take us on a journey where she shares her journey before the age of AI, exploring her roots and the experiences that shaped her as a woman in tech. This session offers an inspiring look at her challenges, victories, and the unexpected path to her current position. It's more than just a talk—it's a story of resilience, innovation, and the vast opportunities available to women who venture into the tech world.

3. The third item on the agenda for the day will be a panel discussion on the theme of the event: "Impact the Future". Phindiwe Nqanqaru and Roche Witbooi will join Chelsea and Abigail to address the topic and answer questions arising.

4. And before we wrap for the day, we will conduct raffle draws to find two winners for two Free One-Year Personal Subscription 100% Discount Codes for any of the JetBrains IDE Software. These have been donated by JetBrains as part of their support for the GDG Cape Town events.

5. And then, last on our agenda, is Networking & Social. Drinks here, pizza there, we will make sure that every one enjoy these very responsibly 😁

We'd like to thank our sponsors Google, Anita B, JetBrains and Electrum for their oh-so-generous support in making this event happen. 🙏❤️



Tuesday, March 19, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


  • Chelsea van Coller


    Team Lead

  • Abigail Padiachy

    Global Executive Ops & Tech | CX Solutions Strategist


  • Phindiwe Nqanqaru


    Fullstack developer | Co-Founder and Director Of Operations

  • Roche Witbooi

    Final year Computer Science student at UCT


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Electrum logo

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  • Ugo M

    GDG Organizer

  • Siso Ngqolosi


    GDG Organizer

  • Onesmus Maenzanise

    APS Holdings

    GDG Organzier


    University of the Western Cape

    GDG Organizer

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