Women4Tech is a new GSMA programme being introduced at Mobile World Congress 2017 and 4YFN 2017. Focused on successfully addressing and reducing the gender gap, Women4Tech will tackle gender inequality and gender diversity issues in the global tech startup community during 4YFN.

Join in on the interactive workshops, attend the Women4Tech diversity panel or prepare to be blown away by the Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge finalists who have some extraordinary solutions that will be pitched to the audience on stage.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to address and reduce the gender gap in the growing global tech startup community! Join us and help us in creating a new diverse world in tech.




Title: Women4Tech: Scaling growth: through diversity, leadership and management skills

Type: Workshop

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Where: DOME 1



This workshop is designed to help founders develop an understanding of the importance of building a diverse and inclusive organisation as they scale. It will show why inclusive leadership and diverse teams encourage the search for new information and perspectives, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving…and ultimately driving better results.

Other topics up for discussion during the session, are:

  • why does diversity matter?
  • top reasons why building diverse teams isn’t optional, but necessary
  • top excuses by companies who are not bothered with diversity and why they are not valid
  • simple steps on how to scale your startup incorporating a diversity mindset
  • from onboarding to management: why inclusive leadership is key to building a successful business



Kim Arazi, IN3

Lu Li, Blooming Founders




Title: Women4Tech: Reducing the gender diversity gap in the startup ecosystem

Type: Panel session

Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Where: Nestlé Stage



Around the world, businesses are recognising the favourable impact that gender diversity has on innovation and valuation. However, despite the clear benefits, the tech industry is still suffering from a low representation of women across the board: developers, executives, entrepreneurs and investors. In this session, opinion leaders representing driving forces in the innovation eco-system, will address questions such as: What best practices can startups adopt in order to attract and maintain a diverse team? Why are women-led startups struggling to raise funds and how can this be changed? How will gender balance impact the startup landscape 4 years from now?



Kimberly King, Board of Advisors, Wonder Women Tech, CSO Global Tech



Sabeen Ali, Founder & CEO, AngelHack

Nimma Bakshi, Managing Director, Global Alliance, PWC LLP

Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Board of WITI, Managing Partner, DoubleNova Group



Title: Women4Tech: Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge Finale

Type: Competition (pitching sessions)

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Where: Nestlé Stage



The Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge reached out to startups and entrepreneurs from all over the world to get involved and submit their dynamic solutions that could help drive diversity forwards and equalise a gender balance from leaders to their employees within the tech industry.

In this session, the 6 startup finalists of the challenge will pitch in front of the jury and the audience to be selected as the winner of the global challenge. Meet the finalists:

  • Adalab (Spain) is a social startup that empowers young women to become leading professionals in the digital world.
  • Blunder (Spain) offers a solution to know the state of the business and to answer various needs of the employees.
  • Emerj (Israel) matches employees with internal mentors who are specifically relevant to the issue at hand and can offer immediate, relevant and discreet advice.
  • Fuelling (Netherlands) is an app for companies that encourages and rewards employees for their sportsmanship.
  • TeamEQ (Spain) is the first team analytics HR tool in real time. It has been designed to increase teams’ global performance and collective intelligence.
  • Work Wide Women (Italy) is a social network dedicated to the growth of female talent in technology.


More information can be found on the Hack D Gap Global Challenge here.



Title: Women4Tech: Diverse team? Discover, how lucky you are!

Type: Workshop

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Where: DOME 2



From being diverse to being successful and shaping together the future of your team.

This session will discuss how to create results that are beyond what a single person can do? Failure awaits for teams that do not accept their diversity and to those that do not explore or see their unfolded potentials. New people skills are needed. When teams read and value individual talents and energies they multiply their results.

In this interactive coaching and diversity show, you will experience new and exciting tools that reduce conflict and forge a new way of cooperation within a high energy team. Gain confidence to use your professional voice in any setting. Join this exciting interactive workshop with 4 attractive diverse role models. Be curious.



Burga Neckermann, Burga Neckermann Female-Male Empowerment in Leadership

Meike Nittel, Meike Nittel Coaching

Katja Rossel, Projects from the Heart

Xochi Wild, Projects from the heart




Title: Women4Tech: Talent capture for startups: How diversity attracts the best minds

Date: Workshop

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Where: DOME 2



Nathalie Kho, Startup Manager, German Entrepreneurship Gmbh

These sessions are part of the GSMA initiative: Women4Tech, focused on successfully addressing and reducing the gender gap in the mobile industry. For further information, please click here.

4YFN 2017 takes place in Barcelona, from 27 February – 1 March 2017. If you would like to attend, you can buy your ticket here.