Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers about Women in Agile Europe 2019 (WIAEUROPE2019)
Women in Agile Europe 2019 is the first Women in Agile conference organized in Europe. This first conference will we in the Netherlands on the 7th of November 2019.
We strive to have a gathering which is safe for all genders to network, meet your future colleague, share knowledge and show your awesomeness.
In a passion charged event, where personal safety is a core element. No mansplaining, gaslighting or tone police.
With this event we would like to start a European community of Women in Agile.
In the IT labour market the participation of women is a mere 10-12 %. In all other market (in Europe) 45%. We thought that % participation of women in Agile would be greater because of the sought-for-competencies are largely attributed to women. Still it is stuck on 10-12%. Of the 100 women that graduate in STEM, only 8 work in (i)technical jobs. So there is something going wrong….
It is important to include women (and all other ‘minorities’) in IT to solve the demographic crisis. And gain the proven benefits for organizations that have a balanced (gender) diversity.
And there are some more issues we wish that could be solved too: gender pay gap, all male organizing boards, all male executive boards, etc. Maybe we can think of something that would help us, the companies we work for and the labour market.
This conference is about inclusiveness, everyone is welcome to join us. We are celebrating “Women in Agile”, why don’t you join us in our celebration? If you feel left out, let us know, together we can find a way to make you feel included.
Many times we find that the voices of women are not heard, ignored or their power reduced. You can help them by countering the behaviour that leads to this.
When you hear women voice their opinion, giving talks, lecturing, show your support. Share their posts, tweets, imagery; counter negative comments that are based in sexism, and sometimes take a step back to let women speak so they can be heard.
An exercise in this can be to use your imagination, “how would I feel if someone said this to me?”. Our society is silently accepting behaviour that leads to women not being heard. Even women often accept it as “normal”. Yet is it not. This is one of the main reasons why we need allies.
If you need any examples of the kind of comments women have to face you could read The Nine Types of Reply guy. Because we know you would never comment like this 🙂
The organisation team consists of Dutch people, we decided to organize the first edition of Women in Agile Europe in the Netherlands, but want to see if we can (help to) organize the next one in another European country.
This is a non profit conference.
Although this is a non-profit event we ask participants for a small fee for a day with lots of fun, knowledge, networking and practice. Except for our three keynote speakers, we do not pay fees, hotel costs or travel costs. Selected (CFP) speakers and volunteers earn free access to this event.
Any money that is left after the conference will be used to organize next year’s conference in Europe.
All Women in Agile Europe 2019 attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Organizers will enforce this code throughout Women in Agile Europe events and operations. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Women In Agile Europe 2019 follows the Women In Agile Code of Conduct, please take a few minutes to read it over.
To report any concerns, harassing behavior, suspicious or disruptive activity, contact event organizers or volunteers, or email us at email@example.com
Women in Agile Europe 2019 reserves the right to refuse admittance to or remove any person from an activity at its sole discretion, and discontinue their affiliation with the organization or individual. This includes event attendees, organizers, sponsors, partners and volunteers.
The event is open to all interested in joining the conversation for the low cost of Euro 125 (Early Bird) or Euro 150. We have three amazing keynote speakers: Lyssa Adkins, Jutta Eckstein and Carla Clarissa van Stralen and a program packed with sessions.
- Early Bird Ticket: 50 special priced tickets are available for a limited period for anyone who would like to attend WIAEUROPE2019
- Regular Ticket: Available to anyone who would like to attend WIAEUROPE2019
- Member Ticket: Available to individual members of organizations sponsoring WIAEUROPE2019.
You can buy one of the above tickets using a promotion code.
- Help Me Out Ticket: You cannot afford a ticket. You feel you need to be at the conference. Contact us directly and we’ll see how we can make it happen.
See Tickets for details.
We have a limited number of “Help me out” tickets
When you really cannot afford the ticket price and feel you need to be at the conference, use the contact form to contact us.
We’ll see how we can make it happen. We do however not pay hotel costs or travel costs.
The cost of the conference covers all sessions, food* and drinks, as well as conference, and swagsponsor giveaways. Hotel and Travel are not included and are the responsibility of the attendee to book.
*Food provided includes:
- Morning Break
- Afternoon Break
**Drinks provided includes:
We organize a pre-conference event on November 6th where participants can network and meet the keynote presenters.
The event includes a dinner (buffet style with drinks included) and meet and greet in the bar. Drinks at the bar are free in the first hour and at your own costs afterwards.
The costs of the pre-conference event are 40 Euro. You can buy your pre-conference event ticket at EventBrite
All cancellations must be received by email by November 1, 2019 at 5:00pm Amsterdam TIME (CET). There may be a processing fee for any cancellation to cover Eventbrite costs (to be determined).
No refund of any kind, for any reason (including medical emergencies) will be given for cancellation requests received after November 1, 2019.
No-shows are liable for the entire conference fee.
Call for Presentations
We invite both experienced and inexperienced speakers.
If you feel that you have a story to tell, to inspire other women in agile, but are not sure you are ballsy enough to share it on stage, please give it a try.
We offer mentoring / coaching for those willing to share their stories, in order for you to shine on stage.
In the process of filling in the CFP you can indicate you would welcome some help.
We do not pay fees, hotel costs or travel costs for speakers. However, selected (CFP) speakers earn free access to this event.
In case you already bought a ticket, you will get refunded.
Each speaker can propose a maximum of two sessions.
Sessions are in English.
Session types are:
- Talk (30-45 minutes)
- Talk (longer than 45 minutes, indicate duration in proposal)
- Workshop (30-45 minutes)
- Workshop (longer than 45 minutes, indicate duration in proposal)
When we receive many proposals we may reduce the number of longer session slots to accomodate more speakers.
(You could enter you proposal twice, with different session lengths)
The conference will be on the first floor, accessible by stairs and two elevators.
We will have a central room, three breakout rooms (and possibly a smaller fourth room), hallway and a room for breaks where we serve coffee and tea.
The central room has place for some 200 attendants and will be used for opening, keynotes and closing. Could be used when one of the other talks is very popular.
The breakout rooms can accommodate some 75 attendants. Room setup will be decided upon after selection of talks. It may be conference style, circle, etc.
All rooms have a beamer, flip-over, markers and stickies. Only central room will use microphones.
We appreciate you wanting to help us make this conference a success 😉
We have several sponsoring opportunities, take a look at our Sponsoring Portfolio on the website and are open to other suggestions.
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- Located on Schipholweg 275 in Badhoevedorp.
- A central location close to Amsterdam’s main business districts, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam city center.
- By car or the complimentary hotel shuttle service, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can be reached within 7 minutes.
- Amsterdam Zuidas business district and Amsterdam city center can both be reached within a 15-minute drive.
- Paid parking places available. We are in the process of discussing parking discounts for participants of the conference.