Who we are

Connecting Women in Technology is a network of Irish based technology companies who all share a common goal to support the development of women in the technology industry. Founded by Accenture, Dell and Microsoft in 2011, the network today spans 20 leading multinational technology companies, who all collaborate to attract, promote and encourage women in STEM careers. 

What We Do

Through our Education and Early Career pillars we support and run a number of programmes aimed at encouraging young females to understand what a career in a technology company looks like and the many opportunities available to them by studying a STEM subject.

Our Programmes

Find out more about our educational and early career programmes aimed at encouraging more young females into STEM courses and careers. 

Digital Futures is a program developed to raise students’ awareness of the diverse nature of career opportunities in the technology sector and promote STEM careers throughout Ireland. The program consists of an interactive presentation designed to be delivered in secondary schools and is ideally suited for Transition year students (Age 15-18), before they choose their Leaving Cert subjects. However, it may also be of interest to 5th and 6th year students who are considering their CAO choices. A number of CWIT member companies and partners deliver this program across Ireland, reaching in excess of 4,000 students each year.

CWIT has partnered with Teen-Turn, an organisation that works with girls from DEIS schools and disadvantaged communities, to identify girls with academic promise, placing them in ‘Teen-Turnships’ so they can picture themselves in Tech careers. Teen-Turn aims to influence course decision-making processes, inform participants on education and career options and combat stereotypes by strategically changing how girls identify with technology career environments through work placements and after school activities. As learning in the presence of female role models has been shown to impact girl’s self-image and confidence, encouraging girls to see themselves in new ways and stimulate new interests, female company representatives mentor Teen-Turn participants, perpetuating interest and enthusiasm. More girls exploring and gaining an interest in technology will lead to more women earning technology qualifications, thus meeting a demand for skills that is currently outpacing supply.

Tech Starter is a panel discussion style event organised by CWIT and delivered in universities to STEM students. The panel consists of members of the Early Careers committee who speak to students about their own personal experiences of working in STEM, what it’s like to work for a technology company and making the transition from university to the workplace. The aim of Tech Starter is reduce the numbers of female dropouts from STEM degrees and increase the number of students who enter STEM/technology roles after graduation.

Piloted by Accenture, DCU and 30% club in 2016, this programme has now extended to a number of companies that members of CWIT and/or 30%Club. The objective of the programme is to provide pre-service teachers with first-hand experience of working in technology sector, dispel any misconception they may have about what type of people work in the sector and expose them to sheer variety of roles that exist and career paths that people take. Teachers are one of the biggest influencers for young people making subject and career choices and as these teachers with exposure to the industry embark on their pedagogical career they will be able to bring some of the transferrable skills like problem solving, brainstorming, design thinking skills they acquire from their internship to their classroom, and draw on their own experience and personal links to the industry to guide their pupils, particularly female students, towards pursuit of education and career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

our members

News & Events

All the latest news and updates from the Connecting Women in Technology community. 

Careers

Our member companies are always looking for talented professionals to join their teams. Learn more about each company and check out the many career opportunities available. 

Accenture
Accenture
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Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.
BT
BT
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BT is one of Ireland’s leading communication providers serving multinationals, major indigenous and public sector organisations. Our purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. To do this, we bring together the best networks, technology and people to make connections, drive innovation and create new possibilities.
HPE
HPE
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Hewlett Packard Enteprise is the global edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions, with a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, to help customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.
Intel
Intel
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Intel Ireland began operations in Ireland in 1989. Since then, Intel has invested $15 billion in turning the 360-acre former stud farm into one of the most technologically advanced manufacturing locations in Europe. This is the largest private investment ever made in the history of the Irish State. Today, more than 4,500 people work at the campus in Leixlip.
eir
eir
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eir is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecoms services in Ireland; and the largest telecoms infrastructure investor in the country. Our network reaches every community across Ireland and our vision is to be at the centre of the digital world.
Microsoft
Microsoft
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Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Ericsson
Ericsson
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Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt, and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world.
Dropbox
Dropbox
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Dropbox is the world's first smart workspace that helps people and teams focus on the work that matters. With more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries, we're on a mission to design a more enlightened way of working. Learn more at https://www.dropbox.com/smart-workspace
Xilinx
Xilinx
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At Xilinx, we are leading the industry transformation to build an adaptable, intelligent world. From self-driving cars, to world-record genome processing, to AI and big data, to the world's first 5G networks, we empower the world's builders and visionaries whose ideas solve every day problems and enhance people's lives.
IBM
IBM
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IBM is one of Ireland's leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company using technologies like AI, blockchain and IoT to help our clients transform their industries.
Salesforce
Salesforce
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Salesforce is the #1 CRM, bringing companies and customers together in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, blockchain, voice, and artificial intelligence—to connect to their customers in a whole new way. Salesforce is committed to a set of core values--trust, customer success, innovation, and equality of every human being. Salesforce is one of the leaders on Fortune’s World's Best Workplaces list, and Forbes has ranked the company one of the world's most innovative companies for nine years in a row.
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Our Team

CWIT is managed on a day to day basis by a team of professionals from member companies who oversee all aspects of the network from strategy, integration, communications, memberships and our education and early careers pillars.  

Steering Committee

The CWIT steering committee is comprised of senior leaders who provide insight and advice on the CWIT strategy. They also act as advocates for the network and help to build and grow connections.

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