International Women's Day (#ProgressNotPerfection) & WTM Berlin 8th Birthday

International Women's Day (#ProgressNotPerfection) & WTM Berlin 8th Birthday

Mar 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Key Themes

Career DevelopmentDesignInternational Women's DayMachine LearningNetworkingWomen Techmakers

About this event

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.  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.

Between International Women's Day and The Equinox Day - let's get together for a celebration with inspirational talks and awesome participants!


11:00-11:10 Welcome

11:10-11:35 Helping Techmakers land their dream careers - by Sandrika Chetty

11:35-11:40 Break

11:40-12:05 Honey, I shrunk the Gophers! - by Donia Chaiehloudj

12:05-12:20 Break

Community highlight

How to Confidently Negotiate for what you want by Yasmine Guerin

12:20-12:45 Voice Development with modern AI Tools - by Jochen Emig

12:45-12:50 Break

12:50-13:05 Overview of Scalable Distributed Systems - by Dhanya Krishnan

13:10-13:25 How to get abroad job opportunities without any masters degree by Nivetha Maran

13:25-13:30 Break

13:30-13:55 Confronting the imposter: Positioning yourself for Organizational influence - by Ibukun Itimi

13:55-14:00 Closing Words


★ Sandrika Chetty

Sandrika is a University of Cape Town Psychology graduate, who has followed her passion of uplifting people and society. She started her career as a Project Coordinator at the Reach For A Dream Foundation, where she helped children with life-threatening illnesses live out their dreams. She then joined OfferZen as a Talent Advisor, where she coaches, advises and supports tech talent to find their dream job. Outside of the office you can find Sandrika on her yoga mat, meditating and practicing yoga, or running on the promenade.

★ Donia Chaiehloudj

Donia is a backend engineer at Powder developing a social gaming app. She has 5 years of experience working with Go and is a cloud-native enthusiast. Donia found at the intersection of people and tech: community so she just opened a new chapter GDG Sophia-Antipolis. Striving for diversity, she is actively engaged with an organisation promoting women in tech.

★ Ibukun Itimi

Ibukun is a DevOps Engineer with 6+ years of experience. She has spent most of her career working with Engineering and Product teams to gain visibility into system performance and reliability while building and scaling teams and being an advocate for prioritising the DevOps and Observability culture in the organisations she has worked with. She currently leads the Observability team at Paystack and is passionate about finding opportunities to share her work and experiences in tech.

★ Jochen Emig

Jochen Emig is the Founder and CEO of ONSEI GmbH, a Startup in Berlin that designs, builds and maintains conversational interfaces for companies and their brands. Jochen has spent more than 15 years in Software Development. He has held several engineering leadership positions at large corporations & tech companies in Japan, Singapore, and the US. He holds degrees from Western Michigan & Harvard. Today Jochen is one of the leading expert in the Voice Industry and a Google Developer Expert for the Google Assistant sharing his knowledge regularly on conferences around the world.

★ Nivetha Maran

Nivetha Maran is a Software Engineer at Delivery Hero . She has almost 4.5 years of industry experience . Passionate by people and tech . She was running GDG Chapter Chennai back in India and recently moved to Berlin . And have delivered multiple technical topics around frontend technologies . Striving for diversity , she is actively involved in local women in tech communities .

★ Dhanya Renuka Krishnan

Dhanya Krishnan is a Senior Engineering Manager in Choreograph GmBH. Her interests in large scale systems led her to pursue Masters in Distributed Systems Engineering, followed by publishing her thesis in the World Wide Web Consortium, exactly where the original Google search engine paper was published! 

Dhanya has hands on experience with building up Hadoop Datalake and optimising data processing architectures. Currently she works with scalable microservices enabling customers to optimize their marketing campaigns. She loves to spend her free time hiking and gardening


We have been encouraging diversity in tech in Berlin since 2015. Get visibility, networking & resources to make Berlin's tech community more diverse & inclusive! Whether a WTM member, or a complete newbie - join us! Our Meetups are always open & inclusive to people of all backgrounds - everyone is welcome ❤






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    Independent Consultant

    GDG Organizer

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