Women in Technology Activities and Debates as part of Robots and Avatars, May 2013, KIBLA, Slovenia.

As part of these activities, we asked different women from all over Europe involved in technology, new media and science to tell us about their experience, vision and recommendation on how to get more women to embrace tech careers!

This is an interview with Maja Smrekar (CIPKE Collective, Artist, Slovenia).

‘How do we ensure a feminine viewpoint will emerge in the next generations of arts, software development, web, social media and other digital businesses?’
The issue of equality problems for women in the European Union, their access and involvement into digital technologies has become an imperative and topical debate which has come up regularly throughout the Robots and Avatars activities (artworks selection process, learning activities and debates).
As we become more deeply engaged in the digital world of virtual physical communications, collaborations and connections across the EU, we found imperative to examine some of the issues for women and girls in relationship to digital access and creation.'

In Maribor from 9 to 11 May 2013, the Robots and Avatars co-organisers, associate partners and guests have discussed in depth these challenges looked for ways to encourage more girls and women across the EU these digital developments through an open debate, a vision workshop and a series of presentations and working groups.

Read the full report of the debates: robotsandavatars.net/documentation/writing/women-in-technology/

Robots and Avatars is psupported by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013), co-ordinated by lead organiser body>data>space (London, UK) with co-organisers KIBLA (Maribor/Slovenia) and AltArt (Cluj Napoca/Romania). UK partners are FACT – Liverpool (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) and National Theatre (London). Supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England.

Robots and Avatars is a programme of work which began in 2009. It was originally conceived and produced by body>data>space with partners NESTA and ResCen (Middlesex University).

Interview and filming by Marie Proffit
Editing by Michael Heap.

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