Its a fact that in tech industries women make up the least of the workforce, an example is Microsoft itself, according to their diversity reports, only 16.9% of their tech workforce are women. Microsoft’s ‘Hack for Her’ summit aims at addressing diversity problem.
The conference was hosted by Microsoft, it included people from other companies and also panels from academics. The general agreement been; tech needs to understand women if it wants to make the best possible design choices.
Raising awareness of the opportunity and benefits of building experiences that treat women as first-class customers is the first step toward building a large and inclusive community. We have more impact when we work together across businesses, universities, cities, and other organizations to provide education and tools to support people in creating female-friendly experiences globally.
As Klaus Schroeder rightly said at the summit, “Why develop for and with women? Because it’s a game-changer for business and innovation.” It’s about gender inclusiveness for the benefit of everyone. Applying a female lens to the experiences we deliver is a big opportunity for improvement in many industries and organizations, not just at Microsoft.
“Building products for everyone starts with gender-inclusive design,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft, and executive sponsor of Hack for Her. “The biggest emerging market today isn’t China or India; it’s women, who have $18 trillion of spending power.”
This would be an encouraging news, especially for women who are interested in technology and its applications, though for years technology has been a largely male sector, Hack for Her is a great move towards including both genders into the field.
Microsoft Corporation, founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4th 1975, is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services. It is the world’s largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world’s most valuable companies.