A growing women’s technology conference will hold its fourth annual event Sunday, March 19, at Bitwise South Stadium in downtown Fresno.
The event is named International Women’s Day Celebration, even though that day officially falls on Wednesday.
The conference is hosted by local group Women Techmakers Fresno, which has ties to Google and was encouraged by the technology giant to host a women’s technology conference.
“Technology is very male dominated” says conference director Nancy Mohamed. “As a woman working in that industry it can be very isolating sometimes.”
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The event has doubled in size every year and organizers are hoping about 200 people will attend this year. It is geared toward both professionals in the technology field and people who are not as involved in it, she says.
Participants can choose from four tracks, each with several sessions, at the conference, including Tech Talk, which focuses on technology in all sorts of areas, including using it to communicate with special-need children.
The Maker Space track is a partnership with the nonprofit Ideaworks and participants will make something during the conference.
Two more tech-heavy tracks focus on UI/UX design and Google Cloud and the tools it provides for software developers.
Mohamed said she hopes to attract more participants this year who aren’t necessarily working in the technology.
“It’s for anyone who loves tech, whether they’re working in it or not,” she says.
The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 700 Van Ness Avenue. Tickets cost $15 and go up to $20 after March 5. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.