CfP: Create a 'Fe:male Digital Footprint'!

We’re extending the Call for Participation for 'Fe:male Digital Footprint' topic until 31 January 2018!

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental elements of our value set. We already achieved a lot, but there is still a lot to do. To all female techmakers, to all tech pioneers, to all the coders out there: It’s time for women in tech to change the status quo and enlarge the female digital footprint. On which projects are you currently working? At which interfaces do you shift boundaries? Surprise us with your submissions, share your courage and convictions and help inspire others. Take part in the Call for Participation 'Female Digital Footprint'!

Fe:male Empowerment

The male, mostly less social, genius is a well-known archetype throughout the history of computers – it is a well known cliché, that continues to be persistent. In fact, computing in it’s early days seems to have been a male domain. If women are ever present in the collective memory, they have to take on secondary roles in digital historiography. Shouldn’t we therefore be speaking about female re-empowerment instead? And how can fixed role models be taken or expanded?

Divers & Digital: The 'Fe:male Digital Footprint'

The ‘Gender and Coding’ topic is still in its infancy. In the digital economy, both binary code and executive positions are mostly in male hands. Is the prestige of men in the tech industry threatening to make digital innovations too one-sided? Do women and the non-binary think technological progress, digital entrepreneurship, app development etc. differently? We want to strengthen the position of women and the non-binary, and are therefore calling on these digital and tech industry experts to give their ideas and initiatives a stage at re:publica 2018.
Because we believe: “Digital” isn’t just hard and software, it’s also a mind-set and a competence. What is needed for an individual to be successful in the digital world? What allows them to help shape the digital shift?

Our call isn’t just aimed at women, but is an open invitation to all: Dear lesbian, gay, bi, trans, inter, queer, and all other non-heteronormative identifying persons, you are all cordially invited! With ‘Fe:male’, we expressly aim to set an example for more inclusion and create actual, not just symbolic, open spaces for all voices to be heard.

The #rp18 topic “Fe:male Digital Footprint” is supported by the Otto Group.