A 24 hours virtual conference for women in technology

"Women Taking Up Space": a 24 hour virtual conference for women in technology; including the launch of Women in Tech South Africa Chapter!


Women in Tech - Global Movement is hosting the world’s first 24 hour virtual conference for women in technology, on May 28th, 2020 and will be launching that same day, the South Africa Chapter at 3pm (SA time).

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The theme, "Women Taking Up Space", celebrates women across the globe taking up the space they need to thrive in their professional and private lives.

Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder of Women in Tech - Global Movement, said:

“We are living through unprecedented times, where our physical space is being challenged and confined, regardless of gender, age or nationality. We aim to encourage a conversation on how humanity can take up space on earth and beyond, in a more sustainable and inclusive manner for our future”.

Kicking off at 7pm in NYC (27th), (1am on the 28th SA time), the conference presents nonstop programming for 24 hours live across the world. Over 150 speakers from all over the world, including South Africa’s Adriana Marais, Founder of Proudly Human and Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU, whom will present keynotes, panels, interviews, and workshops.


Big news for South Africa! A space gathering Women in Tech all over the country

Launching the South African Chapter is Ayumi Aoki, CEO of Women in Tech, Melissa Slaymaker (a senior consultant of Networkers’ Cape Town office), who will be Chapter Ambassador and Board members Erika Reeves (Director of Networkers’ Cape Town office) and Hwalani Mabaso (GM of ABSA South Africa).


South Africa will kick off its chapter with Speakers including:

Baratang Miaya, CEO of GirlHype, Prathna Singh, MD of Accenture and Lauren Dallas, Co-Founder of Future Females. The panel will be moderated by Hwalani Mabaso.


Some of our Keynote Speakers:

Dr Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA, the Honorary President of Women in Tech, will be leading the Space panel and presenting the closing keynote.

Other confirmed speakers include Galit Ariel, named one of tech’s most influential women, and Bryony Cole, the world’s leading entrepreneur on Sextech, a $30 billion industry.

Conference attendees will include world leaders, role models, and women in tech championing their industries from AI to Blockchain, FemTech, Climate Change, HealthTech, Diversity and Inclusion.


About Women in Tech

With 12 thousand members across the globe and growing rapidly, Women in Tech is an international organisation with a double mission: to close the gender gap and to help women embrace technology. Gender equality is at the centre of our mission, where we aim to empower women and girls with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in STEM career fields. Through our purpose-led, performance-driven mission that is closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we focus on executing our strategy by driving progress and outcomes on four main pillars: Education, Entrepreneurialism, Social Inclusion, and Science and Innovation.


Women in Tech South Africa Chapter

The South Africa Chapter has been created in April 2020, designed to be apolitical organisation in collaboration with local groups regardless of gender, age or culture to develop sustainable programs aiming to empower women and girls with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in STEM career fields in South Africa. The chapter is led by Melissa Slaymaker, Chapter Ambassador, Erika Reeves, and Hwalani Mabaso, Chapter Boardmembers.. Three women with similar values and passion for diversity and inclusion and empowerment for women and girls.


Media enquiries

South Africa – Melissa Slaymaker +27 796432854

Europe - Ayumi Moore Aoki (Founder) +33 621385234

North America - Joanna Carson (Event Manager) +1 416 455 6956

Australia - Peace Mitchell (Australian Ambassador) +61 0431 615 107



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