Diversity in Tech Lab – Border Sessions
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Diversity in Tech Lab

Technology is increasingly pervasive in our lives. The robots are coming. Artificial Intelligence will be entwined with our daily behaviour. While the gender gap is slowly shrinking, technology is heavily dominated by gender, race and background and the mainstream media focuses on key male players. In order to be representative of the people we’re impacting, we need a diverse views of people, people who will build our robots, to enter technology and engineering.

This Diversity in Tech Lab strives to make exclusion visible, to exchange knowledge and start a dialogue on diversity. Want to be in our journey to accelerate change? Do you think we need a diverse group of people to enter technology, business and engineering environments where gender-neutrality, collaboration, equality and a balanced future are key? Join us in a narrative, a story, a movement. Inaction is not an option.

09:30-10:00 Walk-in and speed networking
10:00-12:00 Diversity in Tech morning sessions
12:00-13:00 Panel discussion
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Diversity in Tech workshop
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 Continuation Diversity in Tech workshop
16:15-16:30 Wrap-up
17:00-end Border Sessions drinks at Nutshuis


Elles Achterhof is an energetic, creative spirit, an idealist with a ‘high level of initiative’. She is the COO of the SDR® Academy, which is a multidisciplinary group of experienced professionals that understand the big picture of public security, while having a nuanced understanding of the various concerns, requirements, obstacles and opportunities toward ensuring a safer environment.

Nicole van Haelst is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on fostering connections. She currently is the founder/director of the International Community Platform and Check-NL. In 2015 Nicole together with Robbert Dijkstra founded Lift– an app that recommends career opportunities based on your passion, purpose, and potential. Previously Nicole was a program manager at ING Bank, Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Global Program manager at KPN. Her mission: enabling growth for people and business in the context of globalization and technological developments.

Josefien is a 23-year-old enthusiastic and ambitious change maker who is determined to improve the world, by enterprising and innovation, when it comes to sustainability and social equality. She has a passion for technology, yet, she is primarily interested in innovative technology that contributes to a better world. She believes that technology can only generate value for a society with the help of enterprising and innovation, for which an interdisciplinary approach is needed, that integrates the technology, systems engineering and management aspects, to bring innovations to life.

Josefien is currently doing her Master in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management (SEPAM) at the TU Delft, which enables her to operate at the intersection of technology, organisation and governance. She is also extremely entrepreneurial: together with her sister, Josefien found YogaChicks that sold yoga leggings made from recycled plastic bottles.

In August 2017, Josefien found Qlayers with her two co-founders, Amber and Ruben. Qlayers is a young, passionate startup that develops a new revolutionary coating head that can apply functional coatings on large surfaces. At this moment, Qlayers is the only one that can print functional microstructures worldwide.

At the age of 23, Kristel Groenenboom took over her father’s company, Container Service C. Groenenboom. The company, located in Oosterhout, manufactures and repairs containers and employs around thirty employees. Groenenboom was trained as a commercial engineer at the University of Antwerp. She writes columns for the business website MT. In November last year she published her book: May I speak to Mr Kristel, please?

As a general manager, with a business development and financial background, Richard has created stable environments within a number of companies in order to successfully initiate and execute change processes. He always seeks to understand the background behind circumstances and is committed to his cause. Richard’s motto is: ‘nothing is impossible’. His management style is: ‘empowering and directive’.


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