OPEN TO ALL GENDERS
International Women’s Day (IWD) occurs on March 8th every year. It marks a moment to celebrate and provide visibility for the incredible contributions of women around the world and is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
IWD is Women Techmakers annual event campaign where our community hosts events all around the world during the months of March and April in celebration of this moment. From big summits to smaller, intimate gatherings, IWD is a time to host events that create connections, educate and inspire, and recognize that we still have a ways to go to close the gender gap.
Last year our #CouragetoCreate IWD campaign reached 110k+ attendees worldwide!!
This year our theme celebrates all kinds of progress - big or small - and the strength we demonstrate when we don’t let fear hold us back from following our dreams.
So often we hold ourselves to impossibly high standards and feel disappointed when we can’t reach them - or worse, we don’t even try. When we let the idea of being perfect go, we allow ourselves the space and freedom to try new things, to make mistakes and to learn. We see that all of our experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly - have made us who we are today. Instead of striving for perfection, we can strive for growth and discovery. Instead of being fixated on the destination, we enjoy the journey, wherever it takes us.
Our paths aren’t always linear, and we may come across seemingly impossible challenges, but when we celebrate #ProgressNotPerfection, we are celebrating all we’ve accomplished - big and small - and our inner strength and resilience that allowed us to get here.
Women Techmakers Ambassador & Data Scientist
Irum is a Data Scientist currently working with a multinational company The Entertainer and has been working in industry for more than 4 years. During her past experiences she worked closely with tech startup Anzen and led the team responsible for developing Artificial Intelligence-based surveillance solutions. Throughout her career she has worked in diverse environments from start-up ecosystems to SMEs to multinational corporate. She loves to work on initiatives that allow her to empower and inspire others so she co-founded Islamabad.AI in a hope to minimize the gap between academia and industry and to train students accordingly. Irum is leading Pakistan's first Google Developers Group (GDG) CLOUD in Islamabad and also serving as a Google's Women Techmakers Ambassador. Recently she was selected in the silver tier #IamRemarkable facilitators which means she is in the top 200 out of 5000+ facilitators globally. She believes in advocating for true gender diversity, equity and inclusion.
Technical enthusiasm aside, Irum is very passionate and eager about adventure and travelling the world to get acquainted with different cultures in different areas of the world and now she has become a Level 8 Google Local Guide.