Attending conferences can be a great way for professionals to grow their networks, gain new skills, and stay up-to-date on industry trends.
However, in the very male-dominated world of technology, being the lone woman attending many of the tech-oriented events can be frustrating. A female colleague of mine just returned from an employer-sponsored tech conference where she was one of eleven women in attendance (over 600 attendees in total). She said there was more gender equality in a college frat house than at the conference.
Focusing on female-friendly tech conferences, I put together a list of well-reputed events that prioritize gender parity both in speaker line-up and attendees. A few of the listed conferences are all female, others include both genders but have a reputation for being inclusionary (not too bro fest-like).
Here are 13 female-friendly tech conferences that you may want to add to your calendar:
Social Media Marketing World
San Diego – February 28 – March 2, 2018
If you’re in the digital marketing space (and who isn’t these days?), the Social Media Marketing World is the conference for you. Get the inside scoop on social media trends and connect with a rich network of digital influencers. Learn more: https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/register/ .
Austin, TX – March 9-18, 2018
The King of conferences is arguably SXSW Conference and Festivals. With its incredible line-up of culture, innovation, and technology speakers and exhibits, SXSW is a must-attend for most new age professionals. Learn more: https://www.sxsw.com/ .
Udacity Intersect 2018
Mountain View, CA – March 27, 2018
Udacity Intersect 2018 offers great speakers, educational workshops, and the opportunity to connect with many of Udacity’s hiring partners, such as: Google, IBM, BMW, NVIDIA, and many more! Learn more at: https://www.udacity.com/intersect .
Women in Tech Summit
Washington, DC – March 23, 2018
- Philadelphia, PA – April 13-14, 2018
Chicago, IL- May 19, 2018
The Women in Tech Summit offers hands-on tech workshops, careers in tech panels, and networking opportunities with female tech professionals across the country. Check out the multiple conference dates and locations: https://womenintechsummit.net/ .
San Francisco, CA – April 17-18, 2018
Pittsburg, PA – April 17-19, 2018
The RailsConf is the world’s largest and longest-running gathering of Ruby on Rails enthusiasts, practitioners, and companies. Catch up on the future status of Rails development is from leading tech professionals: https://railsconf.com/ .
Cleveland, OH – May 9-17, 2018
Calling all Python pros (and enthusiasts)! PyCon 2018 conference is the largest annual gathering for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language. Register online today: https://us.pycon.org/2018/about/ .
Women in Technology Summit
San Jose, CA – June 10-12, 2018
The Women in Technology Summit is another female-focused tech conference providing world-class instruction and extensive networking opportunities for today’s technology professionals. Learn more: https://www.witi.com/regforms/conference_registration_form.php?id=3839 .
Grace Hopper Celebration
Houston, TX – September 26-28, 2018
Like it’s pioneer namesake, The Grace Hopper Celebration is beyond amazing. Melinda Gates, Dr. Ayanna Howard, Dr. Fei-Fie Li, and Mary Spio are just a few of the amazing tech leaders that are on the 2018 docket. Register: https://ghc.anitab.org/ .
2018 Wonder Women Tech Conference
Long Beach, CA – Oct 5-6th, 2018
The Wonder Women Tech Conference explores the intersection between tech, entertainment, the arts, and interactive technology, career development, leadership and all things STEAM. Learn more: https://wonderwomentech.com/conferences/long-beach-2018/ .
Denver Startup Week
Denver, CO – Sept 24-28
Denver Startup Week is about innovation for founders, developers, product managers, designers, marketers, sales teams, and makers. If your work has anything to do with entrepreneurship and technology, consider attending the Denver Startup Week: https://www.denverstartupweek.org/ .