Working within a professional network
Creating networks, advanced training, discovering new technologies
The professional network is vital to women working in new technologies, to learn from each other and to manage their careers. ADA seeks to identify and bring together the women working in IT - there are 10,000 of them in Belgium after all –to help them get to know each other and increase their impact, and to become involved in mentor schemes with their juniors. Indeed there is a great shortage of models for young women in these jobs.
Perfecto : advanced training for trainers
A number of different subjects have been tackled in the Saturday academies since they first began, and the subject of the 2006/2007 academy is open software. Women who have no job security and have no guaranteed access to technologies or training need free, open tools that allow them to learn in a collective environment and outside the formal environments. We must have command – or at least be given the opportunity to have command - of these tools and therefore of the standards that define our work with technological tools. The sphere of open software is no different from any other ; women are poorly represented in it.