International Non-Profit Dedicated to Supporting Tech Professionals Announces Global Membership of 100,000 During Premier Conference Event
San Francisco - May 4th, 2017 — Women Who Code (WWCode), the world’s largest career aged diversity in tech non-profit, recently held CONNECT 2017, a conference that brought together tech professionals, leaders, and mentors from across the industry to support one another in the advancement of their professional pursuits. During this event Women Who Code made the formal announcement that their global membership had reached 100,000.
Women Who Code CONNECT took place April 29th at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, CA and was attended by 700 people. Presenters included Mary Ann Davidson Chief Security Officer at Oracle, Jennifer Fraser, Director of Data Engineering at Twitter, Merline Saintil, Head of Operations, Product, and Technology at Intuit, Dr. Amy Gershoff, Chief Data Officer at Ancestry, Cynthia Maxwell, Director of Engineering at Slack, and Dr. Mona-Lisa Pinkney, Senior Director, Governance, Risk, Compliance & Engagement and Management at Nike, as well as many others distinguished leaders in the industry.
The announcement that Women Who Code had reached 100,000 members and over 5,000 free technical events was a highlight of the CONNECT 2017 Conference. This represents a 20% increase from August of last year in the size of the international non-profit, which has local Networks operating in 60 cities and 20 countries. The organization also unveiled its new profile program, which allows users to create online profiles in order to join the global community and gain access to custom programs and resources.
The CONNECT 2017 Conference was made possible through the support of sponsor companies including Twitter, Capital One, VMWare, Accenture Technology, Atlassian, Sumo Logic, and TIBCO. Additional support was provided by Autodesk, AirBNB, Galvanize, Google, Groupon, Hulu, Luna, Lyft, Mozilla, Plex, Sky High, Nike, Women Techmakers, and Yelp.
“WWCode CONNECT is an exceptional technical conference that featured some of the most talented and innovative people working in technology today,” said Alaina Percival, CEO and Board Chair of Women Who Code. “The conference was a larger scale event for our community that puts on 1,500 events annually, but still maintained the technical quality and feeling of community that we experience every week at our events.”
CONNECT 2017 is the flagship event in the Women Who Code CONNECT series, which consists of a series of technical conferences being held around the world this year. The first of these took place in March at the offices of VMWare in Bangalore India and it will continue with the WWCode We Rise Women in Tech Conference taking place June 23rd - 24th in Atlanta, GA.
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 60 cities and 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.