Who we are
Connecting Women in Technology was founded by Accenture, Dell and Microsoft in 2009, and has grown to become a network of over twenty Irish based technology companies with a shared mission to attract, retain and promote women in the technology sector. CWiT member companies collaborate to ensure a more diverse and inclusive STEM industry, both now and into the future, through a variety of programmes, initiatives and events.
What We Do
Driven by the CWiT mission and directed by our yearly strategy, CWiT volunteers from member companies actively participate across a number of pillars. These volunteers give their time to initiatives within the pillars of: Attract, Retain, Promote, Events And Networking and Communications.
Supported by CWiT
Our collaborative network shows the power of strength in partnerships and we are proud and willing as a network to support many initiatives led by partners or CWiT companies.
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).
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.
Find out more about Teen Turn.
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.
Connect with Digital Futures on social media.
Tech We Can is a PWC initiative which is aimed at primary school pupils between 9 and 13 years. These sessions will be delivered both virtually and in person by CWiT volunteers and aim to inspire these pupils about technology.
All the latest news and updates from the Connecting Women in Technology community.
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CWiT at the Women in STEM Summit
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Join I Wish virtual event
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Ireland’s Top Tech Companies are committed to building an inclusive tech sector
Mediaplanet Launches Women in STEM campaign
Meet CWiT Talent: Kayla Martell
STEM Teacher Internship Programme – Inspiring Future Generations, Building the STEM Pipeline
Meet CWiT Talent: Daisy Muyldermans
Meet CWiT Talent: Annette Sohor
CWiT Fireside Chat with Lucy Lu
Our member companies are always looking for talented professionals to join their teams. Learn more about each company and click to check out the many career opportunities available.
Eleonore McKinney (Née Roy)
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.
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.