Snow halts W-Tech women in IT event

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Snow halts W-Tech women in IT event

Antony Savvas

A major event to help promote women in IT has been postponed because of the severe weather conditions in the South East.

More than 1,000 women had registered for W-Tech 2009 in London, The free IT recruitment and career development event was being jointly hosted by the British Computer Society (BCS) and recruitment portal womenintechnology.co.uk.

The percentage of women computing professionals working in the IT and telecoms industry is just 18% out of a total workforce of more than one million, according to the ONS Labour Force Survey.

Aimed at women who want to get into or get on in IT, the Microsoft-backed W-Tech 2009 on 3 February was offering workshops on technical and soft skills, plus a large-scale evening networking event and panel discussion.

Speaking before the event was cancelled, Jan Peters, manager of the BCS Women's Forum, said, "When we started planning W-Tech last summer we had no idea just how popular it was going to turn out to be. Numbers have grown as the economic downturn has gained momentum.

"The number of sign-ups shows that people are on the look-out for high-quality information, to enliven their careers, and to make connections with large IT companies."

The organisers say the event will now take place at a later date, to be confirmed.


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