Booking.com is partnering the “Women in Tech” Track of Web Summit. As part of the initiative, Web Summit and Booking.com are teaming up to launch Women In Tech Mentor Programme,” – the first Women in Tech Track mentoring initiative at the event.
Web Summit brings together Fortune 500 companies, groundbreaking start-ups and world-class speakers to celebrate the latest advancements in technology.
The “Women In Tech Mentor Programme” is a new component of Web Summit’s Women in Tech initiative which was launched in 2015 and aims to encourage open discussion about gender diversity in the technology industry.
The on-site mentorship program will give attendees an opportunity to hear from some of the most inspiring women in the technology industry and get one-to-one mentoring sessions to help them on their journey to charting their own path in tech.
As part of this initiative, Web Summit has pledged to give away 14,000 free tickets to women interested in attending the 2017 event. Since the start of this program two years ago, the percentage of female attendees has risen to 42% which makes Web Summit one of the most gender balanced tech events globally.
Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com, commented:
“Diversity of all kinds has been core to Booking.com’s culture since the company was founded 20 years ago. Our workforce is truly global, it consists of 150 different nationalities, and more than half is made up by women.”
“We strongly believe that gender diversity is key to building a workforce that fosters innovation, collaboration and creativity and we are continuously working to make Booking.com one of the most gender-balanced companies in the world. We are committed to diversity inside and outside the walls of Booking.com and this is why we are sponsoring the Women in Tech track of Web Summit and the events first Women in Tech track mentoring programme.”
Tans, herself, will be a keynote speaker at the event.
And she’ll also join the team of high profile mentors at the event which includes Blake Irving, CEO of domain hosting company GoDaddy, Holly Liu, founder of the entertainment app start-up Kabam, Mada Seghete, co-founder of Branch, a mobile metrics company, and Princess Khaliya Aga Khan, an advocate for mental health and the use of neurotech innovation to tackle critical mental health issues.
For more, go to http://www.booking.com .