On the 8th of February in 2i's Edinburgh HQ, we collaborated with Scotland Women In Tech (SWiT) and SmartSTEMs to host a women's empowerment event.

Who are SWiT and SmartSTEMs?

SWiT, spearheaded by the visionary Silka Patel, is on a mission to promote gender equity in the technology sector. Their focus lies in celebrating, championing, and investing in women to create a diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem. 

SmartSTEMs operates through cost-effective collaborations between industry and education, aiming to inspire, engage, and challenge young minds to pursue careers in STEM. Their commitment to equity of access and opportunity aligns seamlessly with SWiT's mission, creating a powerful synergy for the event.

The Event

Karen Adams (Murray) and Heather Donnelly introduced SmartSTEMs, an organisation dedicated to inspiring the next generation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM). Following that, Silka presented the impactful story behind SWiT, shedding light on the importance of diversity in the tech industry.

2i's brand new Edinburgh office played a pivotal role in creating an atmosphere conducive to meaningful discussions and connections. A special thank you was extended to the hosts and the attendees from #Team2i, highlighting their role in making the event truly memorable.

The event was not just a celebration of achievements but a catalyst for future endeavours - especially with #Team2i's Women's Empowerment Guild now in full swing! SmartSTEMs' hashtag #CollabIsKey echoed the sentiment that collaboration is essential for driving positive change in the tech industry. 

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As the night concluded, a promise was made for more exciting events in the future. The collaboration between SWiT, SmartSTEMs, and 2i showcased the power of unity in advancing gender equity and inspiring the next generation in STEM. Stay tuned for more empowering collaborations and transformative events on the horizon!


2i's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

2i is an organisation where people trust each other and employees are able to reach their full human potential, no matter who they are or what they do. Some notable factors supporting this are us winning "SME Employer of the Year" at the SWiT awards 2023 and being named one of 2023's a Great Place to Work UK.