Google is one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Therefore, they are often shapers of perception and public opinion on many things, and representation is one of them. Enter Women Techmakers.
Women Techmakers is Google’s rallying call program for women to get into tech and shift the perception of tech simply being a field for the ‘boys.’ Former Google Vice President, Megan Smith, started the program in 2012, and in the 11 years since Women Techmakers has grown into a global mentorship program that celebrates women and encourages them to pursue and excel in technological fields.
“Our goal is to inspire passionate, creative women through discussions with thought leaders, technical workshops, design sprints, and networking opportunities,” said Natalie Villalobos, Google’s Head of Developer Inspiration and Inclusion and an advocate, said in 2021.
Women Techmakers Impact
Since its inception, Women Techmakers has developed a network of more than 81,000 members, with over 1,000 of them being program ambassadors. They have held over 600 events world,wide with millions of women reached.
The program often caters to the communities in which their summits take place and is open to women across all levels in their careers. Whether you are a CEO, a founder, a developer, or even a beginner in any technology-related field, you are welcome to join Women Techmakers. The organization also always has a summit each International Women’s Day so that you can be on the lookout for those as well.
How to join
You can become part of Women Techmakers in two ways – as an ambassador or as a member.
As an ambassador, you need to be a lot more experienced in the industry because you will be in charge of engaging your community in leadership activities occasionally. You will also organize events to educate, connect and inspire other women in the tech community. In short, you are the mentor. Applications are now closed for this role, however.
To become a member, on the other hand, you can apply here. As a member, you have fewer responsibilities than an ambassador and, instead, join a network of other women who will help you grow in your career.