Fostering diversity & talent
in the API community
Organisations need APIs, and APIs need people to bring them to life. At apidays, just like in the wider technology industry, we recognise the importance of diversity. Diversity that meets the challenges of today’s technology environment: ethical API strategies and business models; the best engineered API solutions; and teams where everyone feels included and where their contribution is valued.
Despite our best efforts, at apidays we share diversity challenges common in the technology industry. Participation falls short of reflecting the broader population, let alone the potential users of our solutions. We are committed to changing this, with our Women In APIs program. We see a huge community of people in APIs beyond those who design, code, and maintain APIs. People who manage projects, design business strategies, help customers succeed, found or lead businesses, direct marketplaces, run DevRel, market or evangelise APIs. People who lobby, write laws or influence public policy. From this wide population, we want to reach out to more people: to give them opportunities and encouragement to showcase their work and be more widely appreciated for their talent and contribution.
Members of our community are as diverse and as widely spread around the world as the nature of the API activities and industries they work in. Register here for free membership which gives you access to our programs, professional networking events and others in our community. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting you!
Connecting with our community gets you an invitation to our slack channel, the opportunity to get to know other members and advance notice of Women In API activities and events.
Registering as one of our experienced API and industry/technology professionals as a coach / mentor provides the opportunity for others to learn from you as well as giving you the opportunity to broaden your own personal network in other industries, API domains and/or geographies.
Registering for one of our volunteer-led programs helps you build skills and grow your network in and around APIs.
The Women In APIs initiative continues to grow from strength to strength and there are always ways in which people can help. If you'd like to get involved with planning and executing events, designing and delivering new programs, or contributing your skills in other ways; please get in touch at email@example.com
The overarching goal of the GET /Speaking initiative is to broaden the number of talented API professionals with experience, credibility and confidence to share more of their experiences and stories.
The program is run across four activities:
Women In APIs virtual networking meetup to strengthen connections across the global community.
Our Women In APIs community represents a global group of people who are passionate and committed about growing the visibility and impact of people in and around APIs. We help people build confidence with talking and writing in public domains such as technical conferences.
Click the REGISTER HERE button on your right for more details.
Director at APIsFirst and Co-lead of Women In APIs
I make strategy happen: a translator of goals and aspirations into technology change that sticks. Galvanising teams and individuals around the big picture; getting traction with short-term priorities for customers and stakeholders; while making tangible progress towards longer-term transformational outcomes. My best work is at the busy intersection of transformation, scaled agile delivery, systems and platforms overhaul, business architecture, digital innovation, and cultural change. Comfortable with high degrees of ambiguity, I'm about getting cut through quickly and forging buy-in to ways forward at the coalface of delivery; while maintaining a deep respect for people as humans and recognising the impact of decisions and action on impacted individuals and groups. I’m a systems thinker with wide-ranging experience leading technology, project and consulting teams in industries such as financial services and acute healthcare, across Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. I believe diversity of thought and input is fundamental to challenging cultural norms and ingrained behaviours constructively. Collaborative and pragmatic in my approach, results come through planning and execution discipline, infectious energy and care for the individual. As an active champion for women in technology and global lead of Women In APIs, I am regularly sought out to mentor and coach women at different stages in their lives and careers. I have conceived and delivered multiple programs that have made a tangible difference for balance and inclusion targeted at groups such as female high school students looking at university and job choices; women returning to IT work after a career break; and non-native English speakers gaining confidence with better writing and communication skills.
Innovation Strategy & Program Management at Amadeus
Innovation Strategy & Program Manager, responsible for leading the strategy of Amadeus for Developers. The open platform connects thousands of customers worldwide - including startups and leading brands - to Amadeus technology. I have overseen all the different phases of the open API program, from the definition of the objectives, to product design, development, testing, and go-to-market strategy.
Curious by nature and passionate about innovation, I'm always looking for new challenges where business and technology meet.
Senior Director of Research at SlashData
Christina Voskoglou is passionate about bridging the chasm of understanding between companies and customers - be it consumers or developers - through data and research, making the world a slightly better place in the process. Christina has a long track record of designing customer intelligence initiatives from business problem definition, to infrastructure and processes specification, to building analytics teams and defining a targeted customer outreach strategy based on data insights.
Documentation Manager at Privacera
Ilona is Technical Documentation Manager and part of Twitch's Developer Relations team. She enables people from all backgrounds and disciplines to be more effective through documentation that is crystal clear, actionable, and inclusive. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, she has pioneered and driven the highest standards in technical documentation quality during her 20+ year career. She is involved with API Days Women in APIs initiative as a mentor and a leader of our new "4 Steps to Speaking" program. Through her volunteer work, she is Communications Lead on the TechWomen Alumnae Council, and is actively engaged in encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers and supporting women in the tech space.
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At Twilio, we strive to build equity, equality, and belonging into the overall strategy of the company. Diversity is best measured in actions, not words. Our goal is to create a space for underrepresented communities by removing barriers to access, going where others don’t, and building bridges to make tech more representative. This is why we are partnering with Women in APIs, to help empower the current and future generation of women in tech, and support the voices and actions of all women in the API community. We’re excited about what can be achieved through this partnership.
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