In collaboration with Oracle Women’s Leadership and Wtech—Association for Women in Technology, Oracle Academy collaborated to organize the Information Age & Emerging Technologies Conference, which brought together 60 university students, faculty, women leaders in technology and Oracle executives in Istanbul on February 4, 2020.
The next wave of digital transformation is changing the traditional ways of doing business and employment in all industries. Therefore, it is important to provide students with the necessary digital skills, support them in keeping up with technological advancements, and create a gender-balanced qualified workforce. Supporting women to pursue STEM-related careers and empowering them to reach their leadership potential is at the heart of Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL)'s mission.
Recognizing the importance of creating a digitally skilled and gender balanced future, this conference aims to support university students and faculty in learning the latest developments in emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, DevOps and IoT. Attendees also had the opportunity to explore Oracle Academy computing education resources, including free access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier and Autonomous Database through the new Oracle Academy Cloud Program.
During the keynote speeches, Oracle VP of Advanced Customer Services, EECIS Leader Bircan Arslan, emphasized the importance of women's participation in technology, as it is important for creating an economically and socio-culturally more livable world, she noted.
She also stated that we contribute to students’ professional development by supporting them with necessary digital skills to keep up with technological advancements in their future workplaces. Digital transformation, she said, is becoming the most important agenda of every sector, and therefore creating a qualified and gender-balanced workforce has become vital.
As part of the conference, a “Leading Women in Technology” panel presented, moderated by Board Chair of the Association for Women in Technology Zehra Oney. Inspirational women leaders in technology who participated included Oracle Cloud Solutions VP, EMEA, Pınar Rua Aksu, TUBISAD – Chairman of the Board, TFI – CTO Erman Karaca, and Garanti Bank BBVA Technology Executive Vice President Sebnem İpekci. They shared their inspirational career stories, tips for success, and the importance of adapting to change via constant personal learning and development. They also shared encouraging and motivating insights on the future of women in technology.
Oracle Academy also organized a small contest on technology topics presented during the conference, which involved five students who gave the correct answers to technical questions receiving the award of mentoring support by Oracle executives.
Special thanks to all participants, Oracle Women’s Leadership in Turkey, Wtech Turkey, our inspirational women panelists, and Oracle Solution Engineers who delivered extensive presentations on emerging technologies at the conference. Oracle Academy could not be a success in helping students become future technology innovators and leaders without our collaborations with like-minded partners and our dedicated volunteers willing to share their valuable knowledge and expertise.