On 27 November the eyes of the tech world will focus on Warsaw, which will host an international congress for women in technology, the “Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit.” The biggest event in Europe intended for women in the IT and TECH industry will be the meeting place of over 1000 most talented women in the tech industry, including some of the highest-ranking representatives of global corporations and institutions.

IEEE is a technical co-sponsor in this huge event. We reached out for Anna Elżbieta Burek  the IEEE Poland Section WIE Chair and Chair of IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit 2017 Krakow, in order to help us better understand what this event is.

Anna Elżbieta BurekAnna is the first Women in Engineering Poland Section Chair and PhD candidate in the field of Robotics and Automation. She also works in a fast-growing start-up in Silicon Valley and starting the new Women in Engineering Affinity Group in San Francisco.

So here it goes.

Tell us more about Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit

This November, all sorts of amazing women in technology – from students and professionals to CEOs of some of the most innovative global technology companies – are meeting in Warsaw to discuss the future of technology, develop networks, explore career opportunities, and learn from and inspire each other.

“The technologies are the areas where visions of the future world are created and today’s issues are solved. In the times of global digitization, the IT technologies have a special role to play. The ambition of the” Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit” is to show the potential of women in IT and Big Engineering.” said Bianka Siwinska – CEO Perspektywy.

The goal of the Perspektywy Summit is to create the space for meeting the female technology talents from the CEE & CA region, which is developing dynamically from the IT and new technologies point of view, as well as to promote Poland as the place to obtain excellent education. The participants will have the opportunity to listen speeches by the managers of the biggest global technology companies, to update their scientific and technical knowledge, and to gain the tools for development of their own professional careers. A technology career fair will be held for students, with offers from the top technology companies which place special emphasis on supporting and employing women, as they see the business and social advantages to be gained in building a diversity culture in their organisations. Universities and IT faculties will be able to present their achievements and establish contacts with high tech businesses.

Talented students and young IT engineers from beyond our Eastern borders were able to apply for a grant enabling them to participate in this event.

The Special Guest of the event will be Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. 100 speakers in total will appear in Warsawon 27-28 November, there will be 100 plenary sessions and workshops, as well as several side events, including a debate on IT competencies in the future job market, a meeting of European and Asian women rectors (EWORA), and welcome events for the participants organised by the world’s biggest Technology companies. Please join us in November! Opportunity knocks by once, do not miss your chance!


Why did you decide to support Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit?

There were a few turning points in my IEEE life that made me see more opportunities than problems, that made me feel comfortable with uncomfortable, and finally helped me gain confidence and made me believe in everything I do.  In 2016 I had a chance to volunteer for the Women in Engineering Leadership Conference in San Jose, California. I was amazed by stories I heard and people I met – brave women who helped me strive for more success in my life. In the same time I noticed how many women in my country do not have the possibility to travel the whole world to participate in world class event like Women in Engineering Leadership Conference.  This is why I decided to organized the first Women in Engineering Leadership Summit in Region 8 in September 2017 in Kraków, Poland. My idea was to gather all passionate and talented women from the world of science and industry, to get them a chance to exchange knowledge and experience, learn new things during workshops and have fun during ‘technology of dance”.  Based on this success this year we decided to support the Biggest Event in Europe Middle East, Africa and Central Asia – Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit


You can find more information about the Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit and registration info here