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Women in Tech: The Gender Algorithm

April 12, 2023 | 16:00 19:30 UTC+1

Ambassade de France and Institut Français de Prague, RICAIP Centre together with CIIRC CTU and La French Tech Prague jointly invite you to “Women in Tech – The gender algorithm” event.

On-site (registration from 16:00, start at 16:30) and online (the direct streaming will start at 16:30 on our webpage) 

Digital technologies are one of the most powerful drivers of structural changes in the economy and society. The health crisis has reinforced their role and made it more obvious that Europe in general has a lot of catching up to do. However, the place of women in these key technologies for the future of our societies remains very low. 

The gender gap in the job market is glaring, especially in the European Union. Worse, the proportion of women in digital jobs is not increasing and remains below 20% in Europe (17% in France; 10% in the Czech Republic). The ratio of investment in start-ups also remains largely at the expense of women start-up project leaders (90/10). 

However, everyone agrees that greater diversity is necessary, for social and economic reasons, but also to allow the sector to benefit from a richness of approach and creativity born from the diversity of profiles. 

Why are women so poorly represented in the sector? Their supposedly lack of interest in scientific disciplines is regularly pointed out, particularly in mathematics and computer science. At school and then in higher education, the figures are particularly frightful, especially in France. In fact, young girls suffer from the prejudices surrounding these disciplines, which are considered masculine, as well as from the lack of role models in the economic and academic world. 

We would like to contribute to the discussion on these topics

  • To continue to raise public awareness on the subject, particularly by highlighting existing and developing good practices;
  • To set up concrete actions to contribute to the evolution of the situation, especially for the youngest girls.


Language of the event is English

16:00 – 16:30
Arrival of participants, registration

16:30 – 16:45
Welcome – French Embassy, CIIRC CTU & RICAIP Centre

16:45 – 18:00

Pannel I: Schoolgirls’ Education
Choice of Pathways to University | Research Careers

Aleš Vlk, experienced consultant in R&D and Science policy, Vice dean for external relations UK FTVS (tbc)

Karima Boudaoud, Professor of Informatics at the University Côte d’Azur, Member of the Board of Femmes et Science, Member of the Board of EUGAIN

Barbora Bühnová, Professor at the Faculty of informatics, Masaryk University, co-founder of Czechitas

Isabelle Collet, Professor of Education at the University of Geneva, specialist in the inclusion of women in the digital world

Marta Musilová, Policy analyst at Dept of Gender Equality, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

18:00 – 18:15
Coffee Break


Pannel II: Situation in the Industrial Sector
HR Policy, Inclusive Financing of Companies/ Start-ups | Good Practices

Cédric Maloux, CEO StartupYard, Co-chairman La French Tech Prague

Daria Hvížďalová, Board Member of Prague42

Klara Losert, Co-founder and CEO at Talk Base

Jana Pattynová, Partner at Pierstone

Markéta Přenosilová, Director Startup Department at CzechInvest

Magdaléna Radová, Impact & Investment Manager, Tilia Impact Venture

19:30 – 20:30
Networking & Refreshments