Reasons to attend the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas Edition
By Lauren Kim (Events Coordinator, Women 2.0)
Remember the days when a Tweet could still be mistaken for the sound a bird makes? Or when the sharing economy was something spoken of only by Anthropology students? In the frenetic world of Silicon Valley-propelled technology, it’s sometimes hard to remember how different a world we lived in just seven years ago in 2006.
The same year that Jack Dorsey founded and launched Twitter, much more quietly, a group of women in technology started to gather. They gathered to get to know one another, to help each other, to learn from one another, and to inspire one another. The same year way back in the pre-Getaround, pre-Coursera, pre-Rent The Runway age of 2006, these women started a small conference called the PITCH Conference, a place for them all to commune with one another – a community.
Today – a whole 7 years later, that small community has grown to encompass 19 different cities and impact over 100,000 women in technology around the globe. Yet, at the heart of it all, still remains the foundational pillars upon which Women 2.0 was built upon – education, inspiration, and community. While staying true to these original principles, we created something totally unique. When is the last time you looked around at a technology networking event or conference and saw 80% women?
Since 2006, the PITCH conference has grown to 2 yearly Women 2.0 conferences – our flagship conference in San Francisco, and a travelling conference later in the year. Last February at the “Women 2.0 Conference 2013 San Francisco – The Next Billion,” attendees reaffirmed the core tenets of Women 2.0 Conferences: education, connection, and inspiration. Attendees came from countries as far and wide as Israel, Germany, Spain, China, Vietnam, and Mexico – and not to mention places as foreign to Silicon Valley as Southern California, New Hampshire, and New Jersey ;). Read on for some testimonials from our last conference, the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 San Francisco – The Next Billion, and don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas Edition!
Lauren Jisoo Kim is an events coordinator at Women 2.0. She holds a BA in Development Studies with concentrations in East Asia and Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and women’s issues. In her spare time, she attends hackathons. Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenJisoo.