Google Women Techmakers, Google Developer Groups and Women in Tech Caribbean along with regional partners in the STEAM industry will be hosting the third instalment of the IWD Caribbean Tech Summit - an annual event targeting the diversity and inclusion space for the Caribbean and its diaspora. Executed by a growing network of allies and women leaders - BY US. FOR US.
Apr 28, 2023, 8:30 PM – May 4, 2023, 11:00 PM
Career DevelopmentCommunity BuildingInclusionInternational Women's DayNetworkingWomen Techmakers
About this event
How can we ensure that the solutions, practices and development growing in the regional Tech industry is inclusive of our Caribbean Identity and experience?
This year #IWDTechSummit2023 will celebrate and explore the theme #DareToBeCaribbean, and explore where we came from, how far the community has come, and where we will go in our Caribbean context in the STEAM space.
This year, we take on the challenge of hosting dialogue exploring the status of the Caribbean Identity and Experience in the Tech Industry, how entrepreneurs and founders are launching breakthrough solutions for regional communities and what steps must be taken to ensure that the Caribbean experience is INCLUDED.
We will also examine the impact of recent programmes and initiatives for DEI in Technology and what systems are needed to amplify Research and Data Collection that is needed for sustainable impact.
We will examine not only the experiences and challenges of our current landscape, but deep dive into the imagination, tools and systems needed to foster the growth of the Caribbean footprint and experience in the global network of technology.
[April 28th] DAY 1: Dare To Be - Stories of Techmakers who led breakthrough products or projects for the Caribbean
[April 29th] DAY 2: Climate Action, Sustainability and Technology
[April 30th] DAY 3: Current Caribbean Content Trends & New Creative Markets
[May 1st] DAY 4: Navigating Opportunities : Mentorship, Networking, Internships, Continued Learning
[May 2nd] DAY 5: Fintech and Financial Inclusion Programmes and Solutions
[May 3rd] DAY 6: Data Science/ AI – DEI and Gender Equality Data Science and Research Initiatives
[May 4th] DAY 7: TAKE THE LEAD| ECOSYSTEM : Current and Upcoming Caribbean-based professionals, companies, projects & Initiatives expanding Caribbean digital ecosystems and/or OUR global digital footprint.
Kelise Williams - The importance of Launching your community
In this session, we will discuss the importance of launching a tech startup in a community. As a tech founder, building a community can be one of the most important aspects of launching a successful startup. A community helps to validate your startup and provides a support system, anchor, moral compass, and an incubator for fragile ideas.
The session will be led by a successful tech founder , Kelise Williams, who founded a paid community named Ah Village, which has connected over 511 Caribbean immigrants for networking and growth. This community has been crucial to the development of her company UpRow.
Kelise will share her journey of building a community from an idea to a thriving network of individuals who are passionate about supporting each other. They will discuss how the community has taken on a life of its own and has the potential to impact many lives.
The session will also cover the benefits of launching a tech startup in a community, including the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain valuable feedback and insights, and build a strong support system. The speaker will share their experiences of hosting a meetup for their community, including networking, brainstorming, strategizing, problem-solving, and encouraging each other.
Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of the importance of launching a tech startup in a community, and the benefits of building a strong network of support. They will also gain insights on how to create and grow their own community to support their startup.
Nicole Joseph-Chin - Impact Led Partnerships Beyond Borders
When two Woman Founders from across the world feel passionately about change agency, they find diverse ways to align their goals to collaborate for good.
Anuskha Varsha Sonai - Creating Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles: A Journey of a Caribbean Woman in Tech
Join us for an inspiring keynote by Anuskha Sonai, President of Creative Tech Hub Caribbean, as she shares her journey as a Caribbean woman in the tech industry. Anuskha will discuss the challenges she faced and how she overcame obstacles to create opportunities for herself and others in the Caribbean tech community. Through her experiences, she will shed light on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and the critical role of mentorship and networking in fostering success. Anuskha's journey highlights the power of perseverance, innovation, and the transformative impact that can be made when we dare to pursue our dreams. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and empowered by Anuskha's story and learn how you too can create opportunities and overcome obstacles in your journey towards success in the tech industry.
Global Program Lead, Women Techmakers
Anuskha Varsha Sonai
Creative Tech Hub Caribbean
President & Founder
Generative AI Policy Lead
Kanoo Trinidad and Tobago Limited
CEO & Group CTO
Draper Startup House
Trinbagonian Art Director, Curator and Writer
ASCO Logistics Limited
Pascal's Bakery Ltd
Maria Divina O'Brien
Archivus Data Solutions
Danii Mc Letchie
CEO and Co-founder
Innovation Association of Trinidad and Tobago
Amanda Christine Ramdass
The University of the West Indies
Google Women Techmakers
Manager, Enterprise IT Risk & Security
Caribeart and The Epicentrum
Founder & Digital Marketing Strategist
Unqueue Distributors Limited
Head of Product
Instructional Designer & Client Services Manager
Manager, Enterprise Risk & Security
Program Manager, Women Techmakers
Rodrigo Akira Hirooka
LATAM Regional Lead
Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted
Director, Nutrition, Health and Food Security Impact Area Platform, CGIAR