Dublin Tech Summit is on this week in the Convention Centre and one of the first events to take place was organised by Harvey Nash and Girls in Tech in the snazzy new Innovation Centre in KBC's HQ.

The event was held to launch a brand new mentorship programme, namely Stepping Up.

MD of Harvey Nash Ireland, Sonya Curley and Girls in Tech Dublin MD Coral Movasseli opened the event explaining the goals of the movement and their plans for the future.

Explaining more about the movement, Sonya told me: "Stepping Up is for women in technology, its a mentorship programme.

"Its a voluntary networking movement with the aim of connecting as many mentors and mentees as we can support and inspire and help each other in our careers in technology."

I had the honour of hosting a panel discussion where Maeve MacEnri, Director of HR at KBC Bank Ireland, Dr Andrew Power, VP for Equality and Diversity & Registrar at IADT and Claire Bauden, VP Product Design at Global Payments discussed mentoring - sharing their own experiences, the benefits and the challenges. 

We recorded the event as part of The Hourglass Series which will be aired on a special programme on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and on The LifeStyle Show podcast.

Tomorrow there are a number of exciting events taking place on the final day of Dublin Tech Summit including the panels below taking place on the Innovation/Tech stages, which I'll be moderating and we'll have more updates and interviews from those afterwards.

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Representation, Role Models and Real World Success Stories: Redefining "Women in Tech".

11:55 AM - 12:35 PM

Building the Future in the Age of Automation and Disruption.

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