About the Conference: Women Transforming Technology (WT2) is a consortium of companies and organizations in industry, academia, and non-profit sectors committed to building a community and tackling issues that are top of mind for women in technology. Our goals are to inspire, support, and connect women in all areas and levels of technology in Silicon Valley and beyond.
The theme of this year’s conference is "Elevate Joy". The challenges of the past two years have impacted everyone in our community. The theme of the 2022 Women Transforming Technology Conference is “Elevate Joy.” Striving for joy is not about ignoring the difficulties of life but instead reflects our determination to move from surviving to thriving. We ask our speakers to share their stories, experiences and hacks in tech, their careers and personal lives. Let us find the excitement again for our work and our careers together.
Our program this year will focus on:
New technologies that are creating the greatest positive impact and excitement in the world today.
Ways we are overcoming challenges and creating greater positive opportunities and experiences for ourselves and our communities, both personally and professionally.
Over 5,000 attendees will range from students to executives from industry, academia and nonprofit organizations around the globe.
About your submission: The Organizing Committee will review all submissions to the Conference on the basis of a set of criteria including:
Quality of the submission
Diversity and expertise of the speakers/panelists
Its relevance to the conference theme
Scope of the subject matter
We will not accept submissions that are incomplete and/or do not have all speakers confirmed and details included
We will be accepting individual speakers, panels from diverse backgrounds and organizations (panelists all from the same organization will not be considered), and small workshops with a proven track record of success in this type of venue. Please specify the speaking/presenting time needed in the Conference Template: a TEDx-Style Talk (15 minutes) through a complete workshop (2 hours with a 30 minute break in the middle).
Please note selected speakers are not paid speaking fees. Travel and lodging are not included as this is a virtual event.
Each submission will be categorized by the following tracks:
Emerging Leadership – Aimed for the early stage professional who would like to focus on developing their personal brand and gaining insight into their individual leadership style. There is an opportunity to discuss strategies to advance as a woman in the workplace, learning how to find your voice, tactics on building a network, and/or executive presence.
Senior Leadership – For the more seasoned professional who is already in the managerial track and wanting to advance to the next leadership level. They are confident in their own role and want to focus their learning on how to influence and create impact on a company-wide level. Topics for this breakout can include how to be an inclusive leader, people management styles, leveraging networking as a power tool, navigating workplace politics, creating greater influence in large organizations, etc. Leadership development in this track should be inclusive of technical women pursuing a PE track as well. Technical – Aimed for the technical audience, this breakout will be a ‘TED Talk style’ with 15 minutes of presentation and followed by Q&A. The goal is to create a sense of community for female technical professionals and arm them with tools to advance their careers. There is an opportunity to do a deep dive on emerging technology, general open source code, cloud native, or the future of Tech. Another opportunity could include a case study topic around social innovation with a technical component.
Career Exploration Day – Due to its success in 2021 Women Transforming Technology will again host a Career Exploration Day. The goal of this program is to showcase speakers, panels and workshops focused on exploring career opportunities in tech. Sessions on how to research, apply, interview and negotiate new positions across all levels and areas of technology companies are requested. In addition sessions focused on successful career strategies and practices for elevating joy and success in all aspects of your career are encouraged. Submissions can focus on any roles within technical companies including engineering, marketing, DEI, Finance, etc.
Timeline: Submissions are due: Thursday, November 4, 2021 (This date will not be extended) Submission site link: We use EasyChair for submissions. All submissions must be submitted here Committee Review: through December 16, 2021 Notifications go out: Tuesday December 22, 2021 Conference date: Monday & Tuesday, April 11-12 2022 (Please mark your calendar in the event you are accepted)