The event took place on the 4th of June 2013 from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the European Parliament, room PHS P4001 and aimed at encouraging women to go into technology related jobs, as well as promoting female entrepreneurship in ICT; still today, women continue to be underrepresented in technological education and employment. Promoting successful female role models in ICT is a way to improve women’s interest and performance in pursuing jobs in this field.
The debate showed that women can achieve success in IT jobs, be founders of new platforms and bring innovation and creative ideas. The launch of the website VoteMyLink is a concrete example of successful female entrepreneurship and will generate a discussion about some of the current problems experienced on the Internet, when it comes to sharing content and being heard by the right people. This platform presents itself as a fresh, new alternative and adds to the democratisation of the Internet. It empowered a voice to those unheard in a very loud web.
The event was hosted by MEP Phil Bennion (ALDE) and EU40 Board Member MEP Emma McClarkin (ECR), with MEP Adriana Ticau (S&D) and MEP Athea McIntyre (ECR) on the panel together with Erika Mann, former Member of the European Parliament and Managing Director Public Policy Facebook, Saskia Van Uffelen, CEO Bull, as well as Co-founders of VoteMyLink platform.