Codess Dublin – Ignite the Future, an event to promote networking and career building among more than 130 women in the IT sector, was hosted by Microsoft Ireland in the Morrison Hotel in Dublin.

Codess is a community for females in technology roles initiated by Microsoft to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field.

Attendees heard from a series of influential speakers on themes relevant to those progressing their careers in the IT industry and also had the opportunity to network amongst peer women who are creating and coding the future. Attendees shared insights on the work/life balance, and heard from a diverse range of speakers – from the MD of a female-led start-up through to one of Microsoft’s women engineers.

Speakers included Santina Doherty, Managing Director of a start-up called Unravel Analytics, who spoke about her own experience and highlighted ways coders and designers could meet her needs for the future using technology; Johanna Fullerton, Managing Director at SEVEN, Psychology at Work, who spoke about the benefits of using a career coach; and Andrew MacAdam, Technology Evangelist at Microsoft Ireland, who spoke about the company’s approach to innovation and growth hacking.

Fiona Carney, Director EMEA Dynamics Operations, and Gender Diversity Lead for Microsoft Ireland, said the event was a great opportunity for women in the technology sector to broaden their contact base while receiving cogent advice that would stand to them over the course of a career:

“By looking at the topic of females in technology roles through the prism of a number of different perspectives – from the career coach to the engineer, and from women working in STEM in large multinationals through to a female entrepreneur – we are able to piece together an accurate picture of the current situation. By sharing knowledge, participants can look to adapt their situation to best suit them, and a future with a much greater participation of women in STEM roles can be anticipated and planned for.”

More information is available at Codess.net, #CodessDUB and @MicrosoftIrl.

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