Samantha Perry the co-founder of Women in Tech ZA. Photo: Supllied

DURBAN - Useful & Beautiful and Women in Tech ZA announced the inaugural Women in Tech & Digital Conference - to be held on 12 June.

The conference will be held at the Belmont Square Conference Centre in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Featuring an all-female speaker line-up, the event is targeted at men and women already active in the technology and digital spaces and seeking to master the skills they have. 

Useful & Beautiful founder and Chief Executive Lynette Hundermark said, "Tech and digital marketing are often seen as discrete sectors and part of what the event aims to do is bring them closer together - in discussion and in practise thereafter. We also want to touch on more complex topics like how to retain women in the sector and creative ways we can accommodate their responsibilities and roles outside the workplace, that often cause them to drop out of tech once they get married or have children, for example". 

The event will showcase a range of topics including Entrepreneurship at any age, Demystifying AI and other tech trends, Creating purposeful solutions, Advanced digital marketing and Self-care. 

"This event is tailored to showcase the high degree of skills and expertise we have in the tech sector, and specifically among women in tech, who are very under-represented at events as speakers and delegates. That said, and while the name and content are tailored to women delegates, we want to make it clear the conference is for everyone," said Women in Tech ZA co-founder Samantha Perry. 

She added, "Bridging the gender divide in tech requires an inclusive approach and a joint effort from everyone in the sector". 

The speaker lineup so far includes:

Anna Collard - Popcorn Training founder and MD

Aisha Pandor - SweepSouth co-founder and Chief Executive

Birgitta Cederstrom - Frost & Sullivan Global Commercial Director, Growth, Innovation and Leadership

Barbara Mallinson - Obami founder and Chief Executive

Jacqui Mackway-Wilson - Go Social SA founder

Lorraine Steyn - KRS founder and Chief Executive

Lynette Hundermark - U&B co-founder

Samantha Perry - Women in Tech ZA co-founder

As part of U&B and Women in Tech ZA’s commitment to giving back, the event beneficiary will be Sisters Incorporated, a safe house for abused women and children. All delegates will be asked to bring a donation of a toy, item of clothing, or a handbag to the event and will have a chance to hear more about the organisation.

Hundermark says plans are in place to bring the event to Johannesburg later in the year. Tickets for the Cape Town event are on sale now at an early-bird rate of R1750 (full rate R2000).