There is a definitely a magic feeling when more than 5,000 people come together in one place: the 27-29 September 2010 at Brussels Expo.
The flagship biannual ICT event of the European Commission 'ICT 2010 : Digitally Driven ' was opened by EU Vice- President, Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, EU Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan -Quinn , the Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme and the head of Agfa- Gevaert , Christian Reinaudo .
The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) had for the first time an own stand presenting ‘eGEN – Women on Board in ICT, Technology and Innovation’ – showing the work of the ECWT: excellence and the added value of the gender dimension in robotics, information management, nanotechnology as realized by prominent members of the ECWT: SAP; Institute for Information Management in Engineering - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), VISENSO GmbH Stuttgart, Scuola di Robotica, Italy; Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics (CEG), European Commission DG INFSO, European Schoolnet, PROMIS@Service, Luxembourg, TéT Foundation, Hungary; Alinari 24 ORE.Italy; dimeb – TZI Technical University of Bremen and Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany.
The ECWT booth was a great success:
Silvana Koch - Mehrin, the Vice President of the European Parliament and a group of EU-Parliamentarians visited the ECWT stand
A constant flow of visitors asked for demonstration of the Cyberclass 3D and the work of Scuola di Robotica. Here the a group of students and Kristy Lundström, Head of the Scandinavian School in Brussels visiting the ECWT stand
Broad multi-stakeholder representation at the ECWT networking session
On the 28th of September 16: 00 -17:30 ECWT organized also a networking session for a fully crowded audience room penetrating deeper on the subject of the added value of the gender dimension of ICT, Technology and Innovation with experiences shared by:
Dr. Rosalie Zobel, Chair of the High-level Advisory Committee of the ECWT and former Director of Components and Systems, DG INFSO, European Commission
Nancy Pascall, Gender Diversity Expert, DG INFSO, Directorate C: Lisbon Strategy and Policies for the Information Society, C 1 Lisbon Strategy and i2010, DG INFSO, European Commission
Henrike Paetz, Communication Director SAP Research
Dr. Mary Lynn Realff, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Professor Dr. Jivka Ovtcharova, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Information Management Institution
Fiorella Operto, Director Scuola di Robotica, Italy
Thank you to all of you who contributed to the success of ECWT at ICT 2010!
The process towards gender-mainstreaming ICT, technology and innovation has now started - Welcome to engage and make your voice heard in the preparations for the EU Parliamentary hearing in 2011!