The Women in Tech Summit (WITS), the only tech conference with all women and non-binary speakers, provides education, inspiration, and connection to women-identifying and non-binary individuals and their allies in tech, in every field, in technical and non-technical roles, at every level of their careers.
Working in tech is not just about coding. It’s about all aspects of your career, no matter what role you hold in tech or how you work with tech. WITS paves the way with discussions about trending topics in tech, hands-on tech workshops, and information on thriving through your tech career.
What you get when you attend:
A wide variety of discussions about trends in technology
Talks on how to thrive through tech career phases
Lasting connections with others working in business and technical roles in technology
Hands-on technical and career development workshops
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Women in Tech Summits (WITS) events. You are submitting for the Spring 2024 Summit, however your submission may also be considered for one of the other 2024 events.
We have provided important information about WITS and our selection process below. Please read all of this information prior to submitting your speaking proposal. In addition to this application form, all speakers will be required to submit a link to 1 minute video outlining their talk, including the key audience takeaways. Submissions without this video will not be considered.
We are looking for volunteers to deliver a solo talk, participate on a panel, or lead a workshop that falls into one of the following agenda tracks: (1) Innovate Yourself, (2) Trends in Technology, and (3) Hands-on Workshops. Descriptions of the tracks are below. You will need to select the type of session you plan to lead when you submit your application.
Speakers/Panels should be prepared to lead a 45 minute session (including Q&A). Hands-on workshop leaders should be prepared to lead a 2-hour project based workshop that includes hands-on activities. We encourage speakers to develop sessions that include interaction with the audience via Q&A or chat in a virtual session.
While every submission will be evaluated on its own merits, preference will be given to women-identifying or non-binary individuals currently in or formerly working in technology. Preference will also be given to speakers who have active work experience in their particular topic.
Prior to submitting a proposal for the Women in Tech Summit (WITS), we recommend reviewing sessions/topics from prior summits. More information on prior topics can be found on the past events section at womenintechsummit.com
The Audience -
Our attendees are women-identifying and non-binary individuals and their allies working on both the technical and business sides of technology. They range from students to CEOs with the majority of attendees being mid-career. They are interested in hearing from other women-identifying and non-binary individuals in the industry on topics that will help them grow their skills, expand their knowledge, and advance their careers.
Submission deadlines for specific events will be announced via the WITS email list.
Submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a rotating basis. Speakers will have 10 days to respond to notices of acceptance. Failure to respond within 10 days will result in a revocation of the invitation to speak.
Approved speakers are eligible for a complimentary registration to the event. We are unable to provide speakers with a stipend.
Speakers, as well as all attendees and sponsors, will be expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the Women in Tech Summit. The code can be viewed here - http://womenintechsummit.com/about/
We welcome your expertise and look forward to receiving your submission!
Track and Session info -
Sessions in all tracks at WITS should be grounded in three basic concepts
- Positive, forward-looking viewpoints
- Actionable messages that help attendees grow skills, networks, and careers
- Demonstrating that working in tech is writing code and much more
Trends in Technology Track -
The Trends in Technology track provides audience members an opportunity to learn more about a specific technology topic. These sessions should focus on some of the new things happening in and with technology. Attendees should come away from these sessions with an understanding of these trends, their applicability and the terminology related to this trend. Generally, these sessions will be 45 minutes long including Q&A.
Hands-on Workshops -
The hands-on workshops provide audience members with practical experience in a given topic. Workshops should be exercise and/or project based and should provide either an elementary overview or a deep-dive into a particular technology topic. Speakers are encouraged to submit either programming workshop topics or workshops that demonstrate that working in tech is programming and more. Please note that the hands-on workshop sessions will be 2 hours.
Innovate Yourself Track -
The Innovate Yourself track at the WITS provides audience members an opportunity to develop skills and learn from the experience and expertise of other women-identifying and non-binary individuals working in tech. Innovate Yourself sessions focus on topics useful for career growth on both the technical and business sides of technology. Generally, these sessions will be 45 minutes long including Q&A.