On October 11, Debbie Forster, one of the most influential women in UK tech, will take the RIGA COMM Women in Tech Conference stage at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre to inspire Latvian women by sharing her experience and knowledge. Here are Debbie’s top 5 useful tips for building up a successful career in the technology industry!

 Stop being perfect!

Women often lack confidence; they do not even try to apply for vacancies in the technology sector. Debbie recommends that you dare to apply for different vacancies, even if you are not a good candidate meeting the criteria set by a potential employer.

Explore the vast world of technology!

For many women, only huge and impersonal organisations or small start-ups with bearded men come to mind when thinking about the technology industry. In fact, the technology sector is very diverse. Tech people are needed in different companies and every industry – from the creative industry and charity to financial organisations and engineering.

Find your mentor!

Do not be afraid to seek advice and support inside or outside your workplace. The experience of other women, a view from outside, the challenges of going out of your comfort zone or simply sharing ideas will allow you to build your career and achieve your goals. Look for women with similar values and goals not only around you but also in social networks.

Inspire other women to choose a career in the tech industry!

As valuable as it is to receive support, it is also important to encourage other women. There cannot be too many women in the technology sector, so don’t be shy about sharing your experience from the first steps of your career in the tech world. If you are a middle-level manager, support your female colleagues who have just started their careers. If it is your first year in the industry, inspire women who are considering their future career or a career change.

Be curious!

Technology allows you to do exciting, creative and interesting things both inside and outside of work. Keep on learning! Do not be afraid to ask questions about things that interest you. If someone does what excites you, be brave and ask for advice – how it works and how to do it better. Do not expect opportunities and offers from outside, be active, show your interest and curiosity.

Debbie Forster is a prominent person in the field of technology, innovation, diversity and education. She is the founder and CEO of Tech Talent Charter and her goal is to achieve greater gender diversity in the UK tech jobs market. Since 2013, she has regularly featured in the 25 Most Influential Women in IT list by Computer Weekly, and in 2018, Debbie ranked third. She started as an English teacher and worked her way up to headmistress. She recognised the potential of technology early on and worked to make it more accessible to young people, since it allows children to be creative and opens up so many career options.

To encourage more women to join the technology industry and draw attention to women who have built a successful career in this sector, the Women in Tech Conference will be held at the Business Technology Event RIGA COMM 2019 on October 11. Women will share their success stories and encourage other women to engage in the business and technology creation process. Working language – English. The conference is held in cooperation with Riga TechGirls, a community dedicated to educating and inspiring girls and women about technology.

RIGA COMM is an annual business technology fair and conference where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation.

RIGA COMM is held by the International Exhibition Company BT 1.

Venue and opening hours:

Kipsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Riga)

October 10, 10.00-18.00

October 11, 10.00-17.00

Tickets are available online as well as in the box office during the event days. As the event approaches, tickets will become more expensive.

The 8th Baltic Business Technology Fair and Conference RIGA COMM to be held at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, October 10–11, will offer an extensive conference programme and a technology-rich showcase section attended by more than 5000 executives and professionals of different levels. The two-day event will present more than 100 speakers at 10 events on 5 stages and expositions by 100 companies from at least 8 countries.

 To make it easier for visitors and participants to meet, communicate and negotiate successfully, a special app and meeting area will be available at RIGA COMM this year.

The women-only stage!

To encourage more women to join the technology industry and draw attention to women who have built a successful career in this sector, the Women in Tech conference will be held for the first time this year. Women will share their success stories and encourage other women to engage in the business and technology creation process. Among the participants there will be one of Norway’s most high-profile female executives Berit Svendsen, currently a vice president of the financial technology company Vipps., Inspiring Fifty ranked Berit among the Europe’s top 50 women tech entrepreneurs in 2016. The “Women in Tech” conference is held in cooperation with Riga TechGirls. The conference will be held in English.

From teaching assistant to prediction tools in business

The way we work is increasingly changing, decisions need to be taken more quickly and areas of responsibility are expanding. How smart machines and algorithms can help us at work or training will be told by the representatives from Emergn, SAP, Microsoft, Accenture, C.T.Co, Scandic Fusion and others at the Human + Intelligent Machine Conference, which is a follow-up to the Machine Learning Conference of previous years. The conference is organised in collaboration with Intelligent Machines Riga. Working language:  English.

Internet of Things news

The annual Internet of Things Conference will provide information on IoT solutions and their use in business processes, public and urban environment management. Conference speakers – Aleksander Poniewierski, Global IoT Leader at Ernst & Young and Martin Woolley, Senior Developer Relations Manager, EMEA at Bluetooth SIG. Working language: English.

Technologies for more convenient and secure financial services

Financial technologies have great potential to provide faster and better financial services. Discover advanced financial technologies and tools for companies and organisations at the FinTech conference – digital transformation of banks, secure and convenient authorisation, technology entry into insurance, as well as discussions of Latvian financial experts.

Digital tools for effective customer engagement

Two days on the RIGA COMM TVNET Digital Marketing Stage experts will discuss how the daily use of digital sales and marketing tools can increase the profitability of e-commerce companies and successful export. From user experience, GDPR and multichannel marketing to content marketing and smartphone potential – international and Baltic experience. Working languages: Latvian and English.

Technologies for attracting, engaging and retaining staff

The need for smart technology solutions in Human Resources (HR) Management is increasing, especially in large companies. At the Smart HR Conference, learn about smart HR technologies for workforce management, planning, engagement, training, wellbeing and internal communication, polling, bonus management, recruitment and analysis. The conference is held in collaboration with Smart HR Latvia Team. Working language: English.

The role of humans in the future work environment

Concerns that robots and machines will replace humans have never been bigger. Every day someone points out that in a world of automation and artificial intelligence, employees will become redundant. On the Cognizant Future of Work Stage, world-class speakers will discuss not only future work and lifelong learning but also the changes in the organisational culture, a data-based approach to improving an individual’s performance, why freelance is a future form of work and how to build a successful team. Working language: English. Held in cooperation with Cognizant.

ALSO Latvia, the largest IT wholesaler in Latvia, will present in their exposition area the most recent electronic products for sale in Latvia, as well as the company will discuss future trends on the ALSO Stage on October 11.

During both RIGA COMM days, the latest innovations from institutes, laboratories, hackathons and developer communities will be showcased in the Innovation Booth.

RIGA COMM is the only annual business and IT industry fair in the Baltics where developers and suppliers of enterprise resource management, document management, HRM and security systems, suppliers of cloud services, internet and digital marketing services, web solutions and mobile application developers, and ICT product manufacturers offer ready-to-use and tailored solutions for companies in different industries and of different sizes, municipal authorities and organisations to facilitate efficient operation. Each visitor will receive consultation and recommendations on the most appropriate solutions.

Organisers: International Exhibition Company BT 1 in collaboration with ALSO Latvia, Cognizant, TVNET, Intelligent Machines Riga, Riga TechGirls, SmartHR Latvija, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Forbes Latvija, Mailigen, Finance Latvia Association, Krassky and other partners.

Tickets are available online, or at the box office. Ticket price will increase as the event approaches.

Venue and opening hours:

Kipsala International Exhibition Centre (Ķīpsalas iela 8, Riga)

Conference Programme