Women Who Code Announces ATL We RISE Conference

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06.20.2017

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Event Unites Thought Leaders and Professionals to Celebrate Accomplishments and Inspire Tech Industry Success

Atlanta, GA - June 20, 2017Women Who Code (WWCode), an international nonprofit that develops programs to help tech professionals become leaders and innovators, announces the We RISE conference, which is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia June 23rd - 24th. This event will feature keynote talks, panel discussions and hands-on workshops on industry topics including leadership and career development, emerging tech, social responsibility, development tools, product UX and UI, web, and mobile.

The We RISE conference is being held at the Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta, and is being hosted by Women Who Code ATL under the guidance of Directors Alicia Carr, Beth Laing and Erica Stanley. Support is also being provided by other local Networks including WWCode Tampa, and WWCode Birmingham.

Over 70 industry experts and leaders are scheduled to host inspirational, educational, and action-provoking sessions at the We RISE Conference. Featured speakers and keynotes include Tiffany King, Director of Inclusion and Diversity Programs at Apple, Jen Bonnett, General Manager at ATDC, Kunbi Tinuoye, Founder of UrbanGeekz, Estelle Weyl, Open Web Evangelist at Instart Logic, and Women Who Code CEO Alaina Percival.

WWCode Atlanta’s founding Director Erica Stanley spoke about the event saying, “Atlanta has been increasingly recognized as a startup and tech hub, and has been identified by Forbes as one of the top 5 growing tech cities in the United States. Women, minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities — everyone has to be a part of that growth. Diversity and inclusion have to be a part of the conversation.“

WWCode Atlanta Director, Beth Laing, spoke about her aspirations for the conference, “We wanted to create a landmark event to highlight the achievements of women in technology and create a space for newer voices to be heard while keeping the spirit of inclusion for everyone - speakers, attendees, and sponsors - at the forefront. The We RISE conference will highlight women and allies doing amazing work in the tech community, right here in Atlanta, along with renowned thought leaders from across the country.“

We RISE is the third in a series of global Women Who Code conferences that have taken place this year. Others include CONNECT India which happened in March at the offices of VMWare in Bangalore, India, and Women Who Code CONNECT SF, which took place at Twitter HQ in San Francisco this April.

WWCode ATL Director Alicia Carr described her goals for the event, “With the We RISE Tech conference, we are making a point. There are going to be so many talented and skilled women there that we're going to just bam, drop the mic, and inspire others to make it happen in technology.“

We RISE is being supported by sponsor organizations including SalesLoft, Salesforce, Aaron’s, Microsoft, Turner, Mozilla, fullstory, Macy’s Technology, UserTesting, Zapier, Cardinal, Instrument, and Mailchimp.

Alaina Percival, the CEO and Board Chair of Women Who Code, said, “Our conference series has shown that engineers around the world hold the same core beliefs that we do, and they want to support one another in being and becoming the leaders of the tech industry. With We RISE we are shining a spotlight on the south, and showing the incredible range of talented engineers that live, work and innovate there.“

About Women Who Code
Women Who Code is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Our goal is to empower women with the skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments for networking and mentorship. The organization has executed more than 5,000 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 100,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help us to empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting our #WWCode networks. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.

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