Event Info

What a week we had at our inaugural Vancouver Women in Tech event.  So many highlights and cool environments. 101 speakers, 100 volunteers, 29 supporting orgs and over 500 incredible people involved! COMMUNITY ACHIEVED! Pics here

Join us next year Jan 28-Feb 1- 2019 for our Second Annual WiT Regatta 

Stay tuned for more details as the year unfolds.  We will be hosting pop-up events throughout the year too.  In the mean time check out what the Georgia Straight had to say and a Reportback: Women in Tech Regatta from one of our attendees.

 

Our January 2018 event info below:

The Regatta is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is.

The WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of your area(s) of expertise, all genders and career levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

This week is about tapping into our dynamic, talented community.  The Regatta has been organized in collaboration with BC’s Women in Tech Coalition: theplatform.tech that includes 30 local and provincial women in tech groups. We’ll come together to amplify careers, actualize goals, define the future of tech and blow our own minds.

Vancouver is now joining this international event series with Seattle and Amsterdam.

      

Our 2018 agenda includes:

To see full detailed schedule: https://witregatta2018.sched.com

Monday Kick off opening party– Resource reception featuring over 30 orgs from our vibrant city that support women and girls in tech- all during one night, under one roof (at the fabulous Science World! ) Connect with industry leaders who can help you find new opportunities, provide you with valuable networking and powerful insights to push your career to the next level.

  Opening notes by Jill Tipping (CEO of the BC Tech Association) at 6:15 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm

Port Tracks: During the week we’re hosting 22 breakout sessions across the city (see venue map below).  Sessions are grouped thematically and each session will be hosted at one of five ports.  Attend all, or create a personalized itinerary aligned to your specific interests.

  • Port 1: Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech)  We’ll be talking about everything from AI, to Crypto-Currency, to growing as a coder.
  • Port 2: Inclusive Culture (Allyship)  The focus here is on ending gender bias in the workplace & building stronger, more diverse teams.
  • Port 3: Leadership (CEO’s & Startups)  We’ll hear from a diverse group of CEO’s and startup leaders who will discuss multi-dimensional leadership, building credibility and avoiding isolation.
  • Port 4: All about YOU (Build your story)  This is all about you- being bold, intentional and building resilience.  Pump up your side hustle and put some mojo into your personal brand.
  • Port 5: Career Acumen (Building relationships) Learn about how storytelling, mentorship, and meaningful connections will help you meet your career goals and win the race.

Closing Celebration:  Enjoy the last day of our WiT Regatta Week at the fabulous new Leisure Center. Our pop in events will include meditation by candlelight, get a new linked in photo in our photo booth, meet new friends in our connection cafe and lots more.

          

“We at The WiT Regatta passionately believe in the power of community and strive to build new connections in our ever-growing ecosystem. We will provide a powerful week brimming with opportunities to build your tribe and buoy your spirit, no oars required. Our goal is for everyone to be seen, heard and to walk away from this week with new ideas and relationships.”

-Melody Biringer, Connection Engineer | WiT Regatta Creator

 

To see full detailed schedule: https://witregatta2018.sched.com

Connect with over 30 different organizations, elite mentors, and hands on workshop opportunities that will help you find new opportunities to plug into the community, provide you with valuable networking, and powerful insight to push your career to the next level.  People of all genders are welcome to attend. Participating organizations:

 The Minerva Foundation / BC Tech   / SCWIST  /   WWEST  / Tech Ladies  / The RAISE Collective  / Women in Tech World  /  WomeninFilm   / The VRARA    /   WCTBC    /   BC Jobs / Girls in Tech  / Lighthouse Labs  /      Morgane Oger /  Spark Creations  /   The Graduate Women’s Council (SFU)    /  The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc.  / Unbounce   /BCWIT  /  e@UBC  /  VanWIT  /  FWE  / YWIB

  • PORT #1 – Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech)
    The Cube 329 Railway St #500, Vancouver
    Wednesday Jan 31st 12pm - 2pm
    A Discourse on Ethics, Data & Technology
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    Join our debate: Is the discussion around ethics keeping up to the pace of technological advancements? Should ethics shape what we develop and what are the trade-offs? Topics that will be explored include: - Security and privacy and data: a shared responsibility and the important role that the tech sector, customers, companies and governments play in protecting and defending the internet -- and ourselves from data breaches. - AI and machine learning: How do we as developers and consumers deal with AIs being developed for usages we might not perceive as ethical.
    Wednesday Jan 31st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Deciphering Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
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    The explosive growth of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies has fostered a new marketplace and created new foundations and trends for our global economic and social systems. While these tech platforms remain largely cryptic concepts for most people, they are arguably becoming mainstream. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are experiencing increasing uptake from regular businesses including Whole Food and Expedia, and Blockchain is being piloted by dozens of governments. Join our discussion to learn about where are we heading with these platforms and what you can do to prepare yourself to use them in your day to day. Will they stick around to become mainstream, remain a high-risk 'fad' for a niche market, or fade away as quickly as they emerged? Should the average person even care? Educate yourself.
    Thursday Feb 1st 12pm - 2pm
    Keeping your Skills Sharp
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    New programming languages, stacks, server and cloud technologies, and new devices and platforms are arriving at a faster pace than ever before, making it even more crucial and sometimes challenging for today's talent to keep up. Career success and growth depends on one's ability to learn and adapt quickly, and to apply critical thinking and other transferable skills. Join us to hear from educators, developers and others, and to learn how to continuously develop your skills and discover strategies to help target the most relevant technologies. Whether you are already working in the tech sector or interested in joining a tech company, this is session will leave you fascinated with all the learning opportunities around you.
    Thursday Feb 1st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    The Story of Bleeding-Edge Technologies
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    Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Robotics and Quantum Computing. Bleeding-edge technologies like these can creatively solve key company-wide challenges and drive business ROI. However many companies still experience fear around its adoption. Join us to explore these trends, real-life applications and innovative technology solutions across industries. Learn how you leverage them to drive transformation and ROI within your respective companies and industries. It's not a matter of IF these technologies will be adopted, it's a matter of WHEN. Stay ahead of the curve and be a champion for change.
  • PORT #2 – Inclusive Culture (Allyship)
    Microsoft 725 Granville Street, Suite 700 Vancouver
    Tuesday Jan 30th 12pm - 2pm
    Wanted: Men, Executives, and People in Power
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    This session is designed for those in positions of power (men, executives, leaders, business owners, decision-makers) who want to help end bias in the workplace but don’t know how. This will be a safe space for you to learn practical strategies, skills, and tactics to support and champion the underrepresented - women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, parents, caregivers and people of all ages.
    Tuesday Jan 30th 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Diversity by Design: Co-creating Inclusive organizations for Immigrants and Newcomers to Canada
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    In this interactive workshop participants will explore the experiences of immigrants, newcomers to Canada and people of cultural backgrounds​ ​as they navigate the rapid currents of the tech industry.​ ​The underlying goal of this training session is to help create safe environments where everyone can thrive, and that are based on the cultural influences that impact the individuals of cultural backgrounds and the type of support they need. Participants will co-create a set of diversity practices for organization’s stakeholders, including teammates, managers, HR Manager and leadership, while taking into account the immigrants’ challenges and needs in a fast-paced tech industry. "
    Tuesday Jan 30th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Recruiting: Hack The Inclusion
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    Learn from diversity experts and get tips and tricks to improve your recruiting efforts and cultivate a more diverse and successful workforce. Discover how unconscious bias may be impeding your efforts to attract, interview, retain, and promote diverse candidates. You will walk away with specific strategies and clear action items to proactively improve the diversity of your workforce.
    Martina Welkhoff - Founder ConveneVR
    Thursday Feb 1st 12pm - 2pm
    The Right Crew: Secrets to a Successful Ally/Mentee Partnership
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    We all have blind spots when navigating through our careers. Through proactive ally/mentee relationships these blind spots can be addressed. Get the inside scoop from our panel of successful ally/mentee teams. You’ll hear how their partnerships started, how they supported each other and the positive impact they had on each other. Learn what helped make these ally/mentee relationships thrive and how you can apply them in your own ally/mentee relationship.
    Thursday Feb 1st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    In Their Own Words: Stories of Underrepresented Voices in Tech
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    Speakers from an array of diverse backgrounds answering the question "What does inclusivity mean to you?" We'll explore themes such as unconscious bias and hear from speakers firsthand about defining moments in their careers, their day to day experiences, and what could make the workplace a more inclusive place.
  • PORT #3 – Leadership (CEO’s & Startups)
    finn.ai 300-970 Homer Street Vancouver
    Tuesday Jan 30th 12pm - 2pm
    Take Your Seat At The Table: Building Credibility
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    To grow your career you need to be part of the conversation and have a seat at the table. But how do you get the seat? During this session learn the importance of building personal and professional credibility and presenting your most confident and authentic self. Learn to read the invisible ways that you and others are sabotaging your credibility
    Tuesday Jan 30th 5:30 - 7:30pm
    Birds Eye View from the Top: How to Avoid Leadership Isolation
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    Being the leader is a powerful responsibility...and it can be very lonely. Hear how CEOs keep up with with their teams, encourage truth-telling and how you can better support your leaders and become a better leader yourself.
    Wednesday Jan 31st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Leading From Every Chair: Multi-dimensional Leadership
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    Join this session to hear from conventional and unconventional leaders with vastly different leadership styles. Learn how they navigate rough waters, let out the sails to capture momentum and drop anchor when necessary. Bonus: Learn why you are already a leader, even if you don’t currently recognize it.
  • PORT #4 – All about YOU (Build your story)
    Expedia 900 - 1066 West Hastings Street Vancouver
    Tuesday Jan 30th 12pm - 2pm
    Toxic Tech: Mindful Strategies to Build Resilience
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    As the demands on your time and energy increase, what choices will you make? How will you stay strong when the inevitable storms hit? Discover simple and powerful methods to navigate and stay your course, no matter what comes your way.
    Tuesday Jan 30th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    The Side Hustle: Interactive!
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    Learn what it takes to be a successful Side Hustler, inside or outside your company. Bonus! Five audience members will pitch their ideas and get feedback from the audience.
    Wednesday Jan 31st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Embracing Your Inner Wonder Woman
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    Join SCWIST for a roundtable discussion about navigating through you careers, stepping up to new opportunities, and how to be a "Wonder Woman" who has it all. We'll hear authentic stories from some Wonder Women of Tech.
    Thursday Feb 1st 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Be Flawsome!: Turn Flaws Into Awesome
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    Nobody wins when you play small. During this session you’ll hear from people who have overcome tidal waves by making intentional choices to be bold, stand out, make mistakes, and still show up. Learn how they sailed into a world without limitations, embraced their greatness and decided to say #notsorry.
    Friday Feb 2nd 12pm - 2pm
    Integrating Career and Parenthood – The Tension, Balance, and Love
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    Learn and discuss different stages of parenthood, staying true to your career and passions, nurturing and growing families. Parenthood has evolved with gender balance dramatically over the past 40 years. Workplaces are trying to keep up. During this session hear from working parents who have learned how to leverage flexible work schedules, remote working, setting boundaries, and to manage their commitments while staying true to themselves.
  • PORT #5 – Career Acumen (Building relationships)
    SAP 910 Mainland St, Vancouver
    Tuesday Jan 30th 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Leading with Vision is Vital!
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    As a Leader, a well-articulated Vision is vital to all that we do. And having that Vision come from you and your team is critical to create a sense of belonging and alignment. Join Siraj Sirajuddin and Susan Gibson in this 2-hour workshop where we’ll explore past influences and clean our slate of all that baggage that’s been sabotaging us, so that we can get to the good stuff! Articulating our personal visions and creating an action plan to put that vision into motion.
    Tuesday Jan 30th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Hands-On Resume Party: Tips & Tricks Plus Live Resume Review
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    Bring your resume and be ready to party! Learn to hack the technology recruiters use when reviewing your resume, the importance of Linkedin and networking, and creating the business case for the dream job. Bonus: get feedback on your resume.
    Wednesday Jan 31st 12pm - 2pm
    Tell It Like It Is: The Art of Storytelling In Business
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    Controlling the narrative is the key to a successful outcome. Learn how to make a story memorable, why context is key and how to leave them wanting more.
    Thursday Feb 1st 12pm - 2pm
    Jump Ship: How to Successfully Change Careers Mid-stream
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    What floated your boat early in your career may give you a sinking feeling now. Seasoned professionals will discuss how they navigated a successful career change and the impact it has had on their professional and personal lives.
    Friday Feb 2nd 12pm - 2pm
    Captaining Your Own MentorSHIP
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    Hear from a cross-generational panel of Women Tech leaders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s about navigating the world of mentoring.
  • Closing Celebration
    Leisure Center - 950 Homer Street
    Friday Feb. 2 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Celebrate with us -Enjoy the last day of our WiT Regatta Week at the fabulous new Leisure Center. Our pop in events will include DJ lounge music, Connection Cafe, Pop in Meditation, Head Shot lounge, Innovation Playground and a Speakers Lounge.
    Lounge Music by DJs Terence Mazon and Marisa Maclver
    Terence Mazon Terence has traveled the world DJing in countries as far as Oman. He has won many prestigious awards and is currently spearheading a startup name Sonic Dream Factory that provides sound design services that bring the audio of video games to life! Marisa MacIver Besides being a pillar in the tech community as a business analyst, Marisa also loves to entertain crowds with her eclectic taste in music for lounges. Juggling between being an entrepreneur and an awesome mom, she currently studies as a DJ under Terence and will soon be the sound of Canada's art scene.
    Connection Cafe (6:30 - 8:30pm)
    Meet new friends in our connection cafe - Speed networking style
    Pop in Meditation w/ Selena Sandhu
    6:30pm-6:50pm Happy Body Scan 7:30pm-7:50pm Calm "the mini vacation" 8:20pm-8:40pm Focus Luminous Light Take a moment with Selena Sandhu, teacher trainee from Moment Meditation on a journey to more calm, focus, and happiness. From working in fashion sales, and business development to learning the practice of mindfulness, Selena’s mission is for global citizens, passionate leaders and changemakers to make meditation and time for self a priority in their lives.
    Head Shots by Sombilon Studios (from 6 - 9 pm)
    Stop by our Photo lounge and get a new head shot with Ron Somblilon
    Head Shot Makeup artist w/ Tianna Tran (from 6 - 9 pm)
    Tianna Tran is a professional makeup artist based in Vancouver, BC. She is accredited to numerous publications, brands and shows in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. She is also the owner and founder of Rollin’ Beauty, BC first Mobile Beauty Studio.
    Innovation Playground - Showcasing the future (from 6 - 9 pm)
    SAP At the WIT closing party, SAP d-shop - a maker space that showcases technology trends, the latest gadgets, and promotes innovation & creativity - will showcase 3-d printing in action, an IoT project, will play music from a piece of paper, and show how to go beyond programming and build on a robot, attach sensors, electronics and other cool things. VIRTRO Virtro Entertainment develops and publishes VR and AR games and experiences. At the WiT closing party Virtro will playtest some games, just like their first VR title, Run Dorothy Run - an immersive Endless Runner and Rhythm Virtual Reality console game, with a cheeky take on the literary classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Zombie Donuts, their first mobile VR game uses a Marshmallow blaster to knock down the zombie donuts and in the candy wonderland. Virtro is a creative company building the foundation to take a dominate position in VR & AR games.
    Speakers Lounge: Mindfulness in action with David Gomes
    What is mindfulness and how can it benefit us in our daily lives, not as an obscure concept, but as something that improves our personal and professional lives and creates a contented mind. Mindfulness practice is about becoming lighter, it’s about not letting anything stick to you and become a concept. Come to talk about how mindfulness practice is about facts, not fiction.
    Speakers Lounge: Find Your Zen - Connect with Others with Scott Orth
    Everyday we experience a myriad of conversations and opportunities to connect. These range from difficult conversations we stress over, to the mundane interactions we are hardly present for. Too often we are stressed, frazzled or distracted and miss the opportunity each conversation presents. What if there were three simple steps that could help you bring down your stress and create more calm, presence and openness, allowing you to meaningfully connect with whoever you are talking to?
    Speakers Lounge: Make Your Own Damn Rules with Deidre Sirianni
    The only thing holding you back from living a life that you love and finding success in your business is YOU. Here's a question, what rules are you living by that may be preventing you from having exactly what it is that you want? In this talk we’ll dive into what RULES are, where they come from and how you always have the choice to create a new standard in your life.

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