Female Tech Heroes

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Female Tech Heroes is an initiative (supported by High Tech Campus Eindhoven) to inspire women to work in tech, and to give women who already work in this area the tools to grow in their career. Our ultimate goal is to create more diversity in the tech world.

Female Tech Heroes is a platform that brings women together, creates awareness in the media (for example by putting female and male role models in the spotlight) and exerts a positive influence on, for example, the diversity policy of companies. 

Almost 2000 women and men already joined the Female Tech Heroes movement to create more diversity in the tech world. We will make sure to bring our members together for at least twice a year. Join us and never miss an update! 

Why Female Tech Heroes?
Founders Ingelou Stol & Hilde de Vocht: At High Tech Campus Eindhoven more than 12.000 smart people are working on the world of tomorrow in more than 220 high tech companies. That’s also why we call this place ‘the smartest square kilometer in Europe’. Companies that are located here for example: Philips, ASML, NXP, Intel, IBM, TomTom and also a lot of startups. 

Through many conversations with the tech companies at our Campus, we’ve discovered that creating diversity in the tech world can be quite a struggle for companies. When we look at the number of women in the tech world, you can see we are underrepresented. The figures differ, but in summary, less than 20 percent of tech employees are women. 

Let's create diversity together
It’s not just about women. We focus on creating more diversity in tech. Research shows that teams with different gender, backgrounds and work experiences lead to the best innovations. Thanks to our ambassador Neelie Kroes (former EU commissioner) Female Tech Heroes had a flying start. Almost 2000 ambassadors already joined our network. Not only women, but also men. Because we need to create diversity together! 

Female Tech Heroes Conference 2020

The Female Tech Heroes Conference was planned in June, but due to corona measures we will postpone the event to December 1 & 2. We will keep you posted! 

Female Tech Heroes Dinner, October 2019

During the Dutch Design Week we hosted a special Tech & Design dinner. The atmosphere was so authentic and open. At the end of the evening people were spontaneously pitching on stage, although they weren't planning on doing so. 

During the dinner we talked about the future of the movement. How to make it grow and keep the quality high, how to make our role models more visible and how to attract more men into the conversation. Also we welcomed two great speakers: Claudia Lieshout of Philips Design and bio tech artist and Dutch Design Week ambassador Jalila Essaidi.

Thank you for an amazing evening. For the pictures, click here

Female Tech Heroes Conference, May 2019

What an amazing start of the Female Tech Heroes Network on May 21st, 2019 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. 500 women, inspiring keynotes, workshops and a lot of networking. A big thank you to all our ambassadors! Have you seen the pictures yet?

Check our recap:

Or listen to the podcast by Radio4Brainport

Neelie Kroes, ambassador Female Tech Heroes, why we need more women in tech

Carmen van Vilsteren, Director Strategic Area Health at TU/e

Inge Lekkerkerker, Managing Director Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture

Panel discussion 
Natasa Jovanovic, Senior Product Manager, TomTom
Moyra Mc Manus, Director ASML Technology Development Center Europe at IMEC
Bilim Atli-Veltin, Research Scientist, Excellent Researcher of the year, TNO
Lisa Zijm, Project manager and team lead in IT, NXP
Yolanda van Dinther, Director Software Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tessie Hartjes, scale-up Lightyear

Interview with Martine de Visscher, Product Lead - Plugin & Partnerships, Adyen

Hinke Malda, Head of Innovation Strategy, Philips

Janneke Niessen, co-founder CapitalT & VCVolt

Anique Soetermeer, co-founder startup accelerator HighTechXL

In the Female Tech Heroes Network we will make sure to bring our members together for at least twice a year. And we will keep you updated about news regarding women in technology. You can also send us your news, so we can share it with the community.

More information about Female Tech Heroes? Contact

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