Event Info

Join us Jan 29-Feb 2- 2018 for the inaugural Women in Tech Regatta Week.

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 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:

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.

Port Tracks: During the week we’re hosting over 20 breakout sessions across the city. Sessions are grouped thematically and each session will be hosted at 1 of  5 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 Progressive Celebration: Think Pub Crawl, but better! Our pop in events will include yoga by candlelight, karaoke dance party and a tech fashion show. Stay tuned for more details!

“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 Founder and Producer

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:

 Code for Change    BC Tech   Anita Borg Institute       SCWIST   Lean In   WWEST      Tech Ladies   The RAISE Collective      Women in Tech World   She’s Coding       Techbridge    Launch Code       iUrbanTeen       Women in Bio Reboot    Year Up       Girls Without Limits    TAF        Chick Tech     App Camp for Girls


  • PORT #1 – Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech)
    The Cube 329 Railway St #500, Vancouver
    The Story of Bleeding-Edge Technologies
    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.
    Deciphering Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
    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.
    Keeping your Skills Sharp
    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.
    A Discourse on Ethics, Data & Technology
    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.
  • PORT #2 – Inclusive Culture (Allyship)
    Microsoft 725 Granville Street, Suite 700 Vancouver
    Cynthia Tee - ADA Academy
    Wanted: Men, Executives, and People in Power
    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.
    Martina Welkhoff - Founder ConveneVR
    The Right Crew: Secrets to a Successful Ally/Mentee Partnership
    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.
    Recruiting: Hack The Inclusion
    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.
    In Their Own Words: Stories of Underrepresented Voices in Tech
    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
    It Can Be Lonely Up Top: How to Avoid CEO Isolation
    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.
    Leading From Every Chair: Multi-dimensional Leadership
    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.
    Take Your Seat At The Table: Building Credibility
    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.
  • PORT #4 – All about YOU (Build your story)
    Expedia 900 - 1066 West Hastings Street Vancouver
    Toxic Tech: Mindful Strategies to Build Resilience
    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.
    Be Flawsome!: Turn Flaws Into Awesome
    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.
    The Side Hustle: Interactive!
    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.
    Embracing Your Inner Wonder Woman
    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.
    Integrating Career and Parenthood – The Tension, Balance, and Love
    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
    Jump Ship: How to Successfully Changing Careers Mid-stream
    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.
    Hands-On Resume Party: Tips & Tricks Plus Live Resume Review
    Bring your resume and be ready to party! Learn to leverage the JD, how to highlight your superpower and find out why multiple resumes are necessary. Bonus! Get feedback on your resume.
    Captaining Your Own MentorSHIP
    Hear from a cross-generational panel of Women Tech leaders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s about navigating the world of mentoring.
    Tell It Like It Is: The Art of Storytelling In Business
    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.