The convention, talking place at Andaz (Xintiandi) starts at 8.30am with registration and networking and continues until closing remarks at 4.45pm. The agenda is packed with like a dozen keynotes and panels on topics from the "Importance of Allies in Gender Diversity" (9.55am, moderated by Rosa Lee, Executive VP at Bosch China) and "My Journey To Becoming a Data Scientist (11.45am, with speaker Sophie Tan, Data Scientist at eBay Search Science) to "Redefining Plastics - Making the most of Technology to Protect the Environment" (2.44, with speaker Chang Dong, CTO at EcoPackers). You can see the full agenda right here.
One of the speakers is Lucy Lou, a data engineer at IKEA China's digital hub, who helped to build the company's data & analytics platform, who's presenting a panel ("Understanding People and Things through Data," 2.30pm) on how important data analysis is for the retail industry. IKEA, as you might expect from such a squeaky clean family-friendly Nordic company, is one of the good examples of an integrated work space. According to Lucy, their data team has nearly a 1:1 ratio of men and women, and D&I (diversity & inclusivity) is an important feature. "I never feel uncomfortable while working in IKEA as a female engineer."
Lucy heard about Ladies Who Tech from her colleague around two years ago. She actually started out in tech almost by accident (her software engineering major was selected for her), but she says the she has had supportive role models throughout her career path, and she'd like to pass that encouragement along.
"I was lucky that I met a female professor who said something that really encouraged me and I’d like to share with the others. She said 'computing is too important to be left for men alone.' So do not be afraid, at least have a try; maybe you'll find that you can do even better than the others."
Ladies Who Tech is taking place at Andaz (Xintiandi), starting at 8.30am. Unfortunately, the convention is full, but you can watch the livestream of the panels here.