‘Change the Future’: Conference promoting girls in tech


Group photo of the participants. Photo: Women Techmakers Georgia
Group photo of the participants. Photo: Women Techmakers Georgia

For UN Women, one of the priority areas of focus is to engage girls in innovations and technologies by supporting initiatives that enable and motivate them to do so. With this purpose, UN Women in Georgia cooperates with the private sector and various associations and supports events aimed at enhancing the participation of girls in the ICT field.

This was the purpose of the technology conference ‘Change the Future’, held as part of the International Women’s Day celebration and organized by the ambassadors of Google’s Women Techmakers programme. The event once again showcased the women who are successful in tech and inspire other girls with their impressive stories.

The one-day tech conference became a joint venue for educational talks and meaningful activities for building useful networks. The guests had an opportunity to hear motivational speeches by women in tech and talk to them in person. The main topics of the event included artificial intelligence, web applications, and scientific and technological innovations.

“I have been working as a [software] tester for six months,” said Tsira Durglishvili, one of the guests of the conference. “I came into tech from sales, then I had a child and did not work for three years. I am attending the conference today for the first time. I heard about it from my colleagues, and I like it very much. I learned a lot of information about my specialization and the entire field, and once again I was able to see how strong we women are in this sector, and that we can have our important say in technology.”

Google’s Women Techmakers event was held in Georgia for the sixth time. Its goal is to tackle the challenges of gender equality in technology, support girls in the field, share the most recent knowledge and engage in meaningful networking.

The partnership for the tech conference was carried out as part of the Women’s Economic Empowerment component of the UN Women project “Good Governance for Gender Equality in Georgia” (GG4GEG), implemented with the generous support of the Norwegian Government.