Stockholm boasts new network for women in tech

Sweden prioritizes gender equality - in all sectors. SheTec is a new Stockholm community aimed at inspiring, informing and empowering women in technology.

Stockholm boasts new network for women in tech

Sweden tops the global rankings when it comes to both gender equality and innovation. So it should come as no surprise that Stockholm has an entire conference devoted to Women in Techology, which took place in March earlier this year.

But now the city will also have a regular meetup specifically devoted to the topic.This week the new SheTec group in Stockholm held its first meeting.

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The event was a mingle with inspirational speakers, and was the kickoff event for the SheTec Spotlight series, where the organizers share stories of Women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries.  

The speakers at this event included Ana Alonso from Ericsson, Thea Demanuele Olsson from Skype at Microsoft, Jenny Dybedahl from Geek Women Unite, Mei Wen from Startup Sweden, and Anna Bongenhielm from King, the makers of Candy Crush. 

“SheTec brings together successful women in Technology to support each other, collaborate, learn, network, and, ideally, provide mentorship to other women in the community,” said the main organizer of the Stockholm network, Shaena Harris.

The group is open to professional women at all levels of their career whether they are in technology today or pursuing a technology role in the future.

The event was held at the King headquarters in Stockholm, and was a smashing success. 

“Bravo to the King team! Nice evening, inspiring speakers and invaluable networking,” said Golnaz.

Great event,” Zuzanna J agreed. “Wish we had more time to continue the panel discussion, which was excellent! Thank you to the panelists! The office tour was a pleasant surprise – thank you, King!”

The event focused on women's roles in tech, but was of course open to the public and attendess of all genders. Swedish comedian celebrities Johan Rheborg and Henrik Schyffert stopped by as well.

Anyone who is interested in joining future meetup events can join the group here



Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).