GDG Islamabad organizes Women Techmakers conference in Islamabad

Nuaman Ishfaq Mughal,

Islamabad: To celebrate International Women’s Day and to highlight the expertise of women in technology, Google Developers Group (GDG) Islamabad organized the International Women’s Day Women Techmakers (IWD WTM) conference. The event was held at the Telenor Pakistan 345 Campus and was attended by a large number of executives, entrepreneurs and students. The event was themed ‘Balance For Better’ with the belief that gender equality is the key to a truly diverse, inclusive future with equal opportunities for all.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Bin Masood, Manager of GDG Islamabad said, “We have built this community with a vision to empower developers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, technologists and change makers from the twin cities to really put a dent into the technical technological ecosystem.

During his keynote, Sardar Abubakr, Chief Digital & Strategy Officer, Telenor Pakistan, highlighted the importance of women’s participation in the tech world, Abubakr said, “We now live in a world where technology at our fingertips, if used wisely, has the power to change lives for the better.

Saif Arshad, Director – Centre for Automation, Robotics and Extraction (CARE) – Chief Data Office at S&P Global also took the stage and briefed the audience about the importance of emerging technologies on market intelligence and about S&P Global’s current initiative. He said “S&P Global’s latest initiative is ChangePays, which aims to use the data that firms collected to work towards inclusion of women in the workforce. We believe that an investment in women is an investment in us all”.

This was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion with an amazing lineup of panellists, which included Sana Khan, Director Digital Applications and Software Development, Telenor Pakistan, Humna Raza, Influencer & Blogger, Anum Akram, Associate Director, S&P Global, and Sadia Khurram, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Jazz. The panel was moderated by Makkiya Jawed, from Sehat Kahani. The discussion focused on ‘women empowerment’ and how the digital age can help achieve the balance required for both men and women.

The day concluded with an engaging musical session by Abuzar Mir and Sarim Bukhari. Madiha Parvez, Manager Corporate Innovation, Telenor Pakistan thanked all the participants and congratulated the GDG Islamabad team for making the event a tremendous success with one of the largest turn out of women.

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