Does diversity really matter?


method_archi Methodology & Architecture

Room 8

Thursday from 12:20 til 12:40

This will be a visual journey through a controversial topic: gender diversity in technology. Based on our personal experiences working as rara avis software engineers we will be discussing well-known myths and spread cliches - both good and bad - that we had to deal with.

Why is it so hard to have diverse teams, especially in tech and innovation? Is it because we are not able to improve diversity? Or because we don’t know how to improve it? Or maybe, nobody wants to improve it at all?

We will analyze these questions and propose some actions to foster greater diversity, because we think, it does matter!

Sombra González Sombra González

I'm a multidisciplinar software engineer based in Switzerland mostly working with Java technologies at Puzzle ITC. Since achieving diverse teams is still a pending issue for most companies and organisation in IT I became early interested in gender diversity and how to create suitable work environments for all.

Brigitte Hulliger Brigitte Hulliger

I’m a former software engineer and now passionate requirements engineer and visual facilitator within my own newly founded company Break the Box GmbH, based in Switzerland. Being part of a mostly men-dominated field in IT I am very interested in (gender) diversity that’s why I started the Berne chapter of We Shape Tech. I feel fortunate to have experienced both good and bad examples of diversity and would like to share that with others and hopefully become some sort of a role model some day.