What is GSMA Mobile World Congress?
GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile tech industry, uniting the entire mobile tech industry on a global scale. At this year's GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWCS18), there were more than 550 exhibitors who show-cased their innovative products and over 60,000 attendees, of which 27% were women. It is great to see a platform of this magnitude set the tone for uplifting women in the mobile tech space, which they're fulfilling through their Women4Tech platform.
What is Women4Tech?
Women4Tech is a program developed by GSMA that is making an international impact on the mobile tech scene, championing change in the area of diversity, set in tone with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5 (SDG5). This year, Women4Tech offered MWCS18 attendees, strategic sessions with a focus on improving gender equality and empowering women in the mobile tech ecosystem.
Women4Tech＆Ladies Who Tech
非常荣幸Ladies Who Tech在今年的MWCS18 Women4Tech峰会可以作为GSMA的合作伙伴。通过这次伙伴关系，我们能够推动我们共同的愿景向前 - 激励更多的女性从事STEM相关职业，并鼓励STEM行业更多公司雇用更多女性。这次对60,000多名与会者开放的富有洞察力的战略会议，旨在推动移动技术行业的多样化不断向前发展，这也是它们所做到的。这次会议使得男性和女性高管及企业能够更好地以持续多样化方式为移动技术行业的女性提供支持。
It was an honor for Ladies Who Tech to serve as partners alongside GSMA at this year's MWCS18 Women4Tech Summit. Through this partnership, we were able to steer our common vision forward – inspire more women and girls to take up STEM related careers and to encourage more corporations to hire more women in STEM industries. The insightful strategic sessions available to the 60,000 plus attendees were designed to drive diversity in the mobile techindustry, towards a progressive direction, and they did exactly that. The sessions were geared to enable both men and women executives and businesses, to better empower, and support women in the mobile tech industry in a way that paves the way for continued diversity.
MWCS18 Women4Tech 峰会亮点和见解
We need women
Only 1 in 8 women occupy board seats. Across every pillar of diversity, Asia is behind. This means there is much work that still needs to be done, and we as Ladies Who Tech hope to continue playing our part to promote change in this area.
Get mentorship ASAP
It is important to be mentored early in your tech career, by learning from those who've gone before you; you will better navigate your career and growth.
Horizontal ‘ladder’ of success
Moving “across” a company, instead of upwards, has the benefit of gaining experience and skills from different departments and varying teams, making you well rounded & multi-skilled.
Show up and speak out. At every appraisal, ask for a pay raise, you've earned it. The gender pay gap is not a rumor, it's still the reality that women have to navigate. If you want a raise, ask for it.
Women for women
The most critical connections for women are other women. We should be networking and supporting each other; jumping at every chance to do so.
Your voice, your experience, and your skills can take you far; own them and be confident whilst also encouraging others to do the same.
Invest in others
Investing in someone outside of yourself or your business is taking a risk, but it's also giving someone a chance that they might not get without your contribution.
When powerhouses merge to make a difference, the world has no choice but to listen and heed. GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018 was indeed one for the books and we’re delighted to have been linked to its impact through our partnership with Women4Tech.