GDG Islamabad in collaboration with Women Techmakers Islamabad is thrilled to announce this year’s International Women’s Day 2023 Conference, with the theme “Dare to be”. Join us on 11th March as we come together to celebrate women, and challenge them to embrace their aspirations, ambitions, dreams, and share them with others. This years’ theme is all about encouraging each other to be our authentic selves, to break stereotypes, and to dare to follow our goals. 

The agenda has been intricately designed to provide a platform to the next generation of female leaders, from keynotes, to lightning talks, technical and non-technical workshops to a stellar panel, the legendary networking brunch, and a musical session to top it off, the event aims to provide its audience an experience unlike any other.

Lighting Talks

Get ready for an unforgettable experience as we bring you some of the most incredible speakers, Ali Ilyas (Psychotherapist and Consumer Psychology Consultant), Rashda Riaz (Business Owner – Resin by Rashida), and Kashif Alvi (Pakistan’s Youngest Deaf Author) who will take you on a journey through their life experiences. Our speakers are trailblazers in their fields, and are excited to share their insights and lessons learned with our audience. Through captivating talks you will gain valuable insights into overcoming challenges, gathering courage, and daring to be.

A technical workshop on Google Cloud Essentialspaint

A technical workshop that can help you develop the skills to get the most out of Google Cloud technologies and thrive in a cloud-first workplace.

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Panel Discussion| #DareToBe 

The #DareToBe panel discussion is designed to inspire and motivate individuals to break barriers and challenge themselves to achieve their full potential. Through an interactive dialogue, the incredible panelists; Aisha Sarwari (Director Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Company), Hira Zainab (Project Director at Asia Pacific ICT Alliance), and Samia Qamar (Director and Country lead Pakistan at S&P Global), will encourage attendees to embrace their unique talents and perspectives, cultivate resilience, and pursue their dreams fearlessly. The #DareToBe panel discussion promises to be a truly empowering and inspiring event for all.

Bridging the Digital Gender Gap Workshop

Empowerment, innovation, and a drive to change the world for the better are universal aspirations. That’s why the conference welcomes all genders to come forward to embrace and celebrate themselves. 

We are proud to host this session in collaboration with Digital Inclusive Pakistan. Digital Inclusive Pakistan is a non-profit organization focused on promoting digital empowerment with a special focus on women, girls, transgender, and people with different abilities in Pakistan. 

This workshop is focused on diversity, inclusion, and the transgender community; presented by Umar Nazir (Google Developer Groups). This is an important and often overlooked aspect of the tech industry, and we’re committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone. They will also gain valuable perception into the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities in the field, and discover how to leverage their unique talents and perspectives to succeed in the digital world. By attending this workshop, participants can take the first step towards a more diverse and inclusive digital community.

#IamRemarkable Workshop

#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. 

Through interactive workshops and discussions, #IamRemarkable helps participants recognize their unique strengths and contributions, combat self-doubt and imposter syndrome, and build a strong professional network. By promoting self-affirmation and advocacy, #IamRemarkable is helping to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace for all.

Networking Brunch

No event is complete without food, and we’re excited to host the audience for our famous networking brunch. Learn to give an “elevator pitch” (speech) to introduce yourself to new people and to highlight your key qualities.

At the heart of our event is a belief in the power of community. We believe that by coming together, we can achieve great things, both individually and collectively. We’re thrilled to have the support our sponsors and partners, who share our vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and make a difference. 

Our event is for anyone and everyone who wants to be part of a community that’s committed to empowerment, innovation, and positive change. We hope that you’ll join us, learn from our inspiring speakers, participate in our diverse sessions, connect with others who share your goals and aspirations, and experience an electrifying musical finale to celebrate empowerment! Together, we can make a difference and create a better world for all.


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