An international event that will bring together all the IT sector top players. Thus the capital of the Kingdom will host, from March 7th to 9th, the 6th edition of the international conference of Arab women in the field of computing, the event’s organisers said on wednesday.
This sixth edition that will be held at the Mohammedia School of Engineers in Rabat confirms and crowns the efforts made by women in a discipline sometimes considered a male specialty, the organisers said in a statement adding that the conference will mobilise nearly 200 persons of whom the majority are women from information technology sector.
Prominent international and Moroccan personalities are expected at this event that celebrates the Arab computer scientist woman, including many personalities who have distinguished themselves in the world of science internationally.
Enable women to gain visibility
The conference is initiated by Mohammed V University of Rabat, Mohammadia School of Engineers and ArabWIC organisation in partnership with the delegated ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs, international organisations and Moroccan professional associations.
According to the organisers, this is about creating links with the global technology ecosystem, contributing to improve cooperation and networking at national, regional (MENA) and international levels, developing ideas and innovative projects and discussing the involvement of women in these projects both in industry and in research and development.
The event aims to enable women working in the IT field to gain more visibility, to discuss the role of women in information technology entrepreneurship, to support and celebrate women in computer science in the Arab world.
The conference program includes, among others, round tables, workshops, research project presentations, and a half-day dedicated to “Women in Data Science”.
Founded in 2012, by Pr Sana Odeh, ArabWIC, ArabWomen In Computing, is an international group (composed of 17 sections including the Moroccan one) that aims to support and improve the visibility of Arab women computer scientists. It brings together more than 2,500 Arab women – from different parts of the world – active in the Information Technology sector (academics, entrepreneurs, industry professionals, etc.).
ArabWic Morocco, chaired by Pr Dalila Chiadmi, is the Moroccan section of the ArabWic group. Created in 2015, it already has several events to its credit such as “Women In Data Science”, “University-Business Networking”, “Girls Code”, “Speed Mentoring”, technological conferences and of personal development.