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Women in Tech WNY 2024: Registration live for 3rd annual event


Wed, Mar 20th 2024 04:40 pm

Third year of event launches to boost gender equity in technology

Be in Buffalo, TechBuffalo and 43North announced Women in Tech WNY 2024 will be held from 3-7 p.m. April 11 at Seneca One Tower. To register for the free event, visit the link here.

A press release stated, “This is the third year of the coalition’s free community event, growing in scope and attendance each subsequent year. The event hopes to inspire and empower women in and around Buffalo’s technology ecosystem.”

TechBuffalo President and CEO Sarah Tanbakuchi-Ripa said, "As we embark on the third year of Women in Tech WNY, we are proud to see the event's growth in both scope and impact. It's a testament to TechBuffalo's commitment to fostering a more inclusive and diverse technology ecosystem here in WNY. Together with our partners, we are dedicated to empowering women in technology and creating pathways for success within our community.”

The press release added, “Seasoned professionals, tech newbies, those in tech-adjacent roles, students, or simply allies of women are invited to further develop their tech and professional skills, connect with peers facing similar challenges, explore diverse career paths in tech, and toast to Buffalo's booming innovation economy. This year's revamped programming includes a deep dive into the region's federal tech hub designation, skill development workshops, a keynote panel, and a networking hour.”

Invest Buffalo Niagara (the home of Be in Buffalo) President and CEO Tom Kucharski said, “At Be in Buffalo, we are thrilled to continue elevating a region where you can be whatever you want to be, including through this event, which increases on-ramp and upward mobility opportunities for women interested in tech careers.”

Keynote panel speakers include Julie Elberfed, Women Who Code CEO; Holliday Sims, University at Buffalo computer science student and artificial intelligence thought leader; and Julie Samuels, Tech: NYC president and executive director.

A panel on upstate New York’s federal tech hub designation will feature speakers from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse – Dottie Gallagher, Buffalo Niagara Partnership president and CEO; Dr. Alexis Vogt, Monroe Community College professor of optics; and Nora Spillane, CenterState Vice president of economic development.

"At 43North, we're deeply honored to champion women in our startup ecosystem and beyond, paving the path for the next generation of female tech leaders,” President Colleen E. Heidinger said. “It's a privilege to witness the growth of this event in its third year, and we know this is only the beginning.”

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