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About the Women in Tech Festival

Five years strong – and we’re far from being done.
Welcome to the Fifth Anniversary of Silicon Valley Forum’s annual Women in Tech Festival!

Silicon Valley Forum’s Women in Tech Festival celebrates women in tech, STEM, and business careers who work to inspire, engage, and empower other women. Since the inaugural event in 2015, the Women in Tech Festival has encouraged women – and men who support the advancement of women – to join together for two full days of inspiring talks, startup pitches, thought-provoking discussions, and educational workshops. At the Women in Tech Festival, you’ll create lasting connections and exchange ideas in a welcoming, supportive and fun environment. Get my ticket

Two Great Ways to Take the Stage

The Women in Tech Festival isn’t just a networking event – it’s the story of our incredible community, both here in Silicon Valley and around the world. We’ve got two great ways to get involved:

Apply to pitch! We have just ten spots available for female-founded tech startups to pitch at Day One of the Festival – apply now to pitch!

Apply to speak or lead a workshop! The tech women network often runs on the strength of its hidden figures – if you’re a leader in your field, a powerful mentor, or you have an amazing story to tell, we want to meet you! Introduce yourself here.

#SVFWIT19: Fifth Anniversary


Video Talks

Watch all the talks from #SVFWIT18 under 'Videos'

Tanya Soman – The Importance of the Female Investor Perspective

Tanya Soman, Venture Partner at 500 Startups provides insights on what it means to be a female investor and why it is important to have more female investors.

Power Talk – Why Cultural Intelligence is Critical to Next-Gen Leadership

Yingying Li, Founder of Yingfluence is giving a power talk on ‘Why Cultural Intelligence is Critical to Next-Gen Leadership’ and what cultural

Female Founder Pitch – Caroline Lepron, Cookitoo

Caroline Lepron, Cofounder of Cookitoo. Cookitoo is an online marketplace where food professionals can list, search and book unused kitchen space in their area.

The Importance of Male Allies to Advance & Retain Women in Tech

Men play a significant role in improving conditions for women in technology, so enlisting men’s participation is vital for change efforts. This panel will

Female Founder Pitch – SunHee An, Lilly Cover

SunHee An, CEO & Founder of Lilly Cover. Lillycover is a healthcare platform that develops skincare device that help diagnose your skin.

Power Talk – Launch Your Business Through Equity Crowdfunding

Caroline Hofmann, COO, Republic is giving a power talk on ‘Launching Your Business Through Equity Crowdfunding’.

Female Founder Pitch – Megan Mokri, Byte Foods

Megan Mokri, CEO and Founder of Byte Foods. Byte is reinventing workplace eating through connected refrigerators, RFID technology and deliciously

Power Talk – The Changing Face of Venture Capital

Megan Holston-Alexander, Senior Associate at Unusual Ventures is giving a power talk on ‘The Changing Face of Venture Capital’

2019 Speakers

many more to be announced!

Purnima Kochikar

Purnima Kochikar Director, Google Play, Apps and Games

Purnima has over 20 years of experience leading application development, marketing and technical-engineering management for startups and leading mobile companies.

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

Denyse drives the goals and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, with continued growth into international markets and innovation. She has coached hundreds of startups through the SVF pitch nights and programs.

Kara Goldin

Kara Goldin Founder and CEO, hint

Iyore N. Olaye

Iyore N. Olaye Product Manager and Engineer, Walker and Co

Cack Wilhelm

Cack Wilhelm Partner, Accomplice

Felicia Curcuru

Felicia Curcuru Founder and CEO, Binti

Bá Minuzzi

Bá Minuzzi Co-Founder & GP, Babel Ventures

Shauntel Garvey

Shauntel Garvey General Partner, Reach Capital

Sam de Brouwer

Sam de Brouwer Cofounder and CEO,

Tracy Young

Tracy Young CEO and Founder, PlanGrid

Alyson DeNardo

Alyson DeNardo Partner, M Ventures

Mauria Finley

Mauria Finley Founder and CEO, Allume

Kristi Bradford

Kristi Bradford Senior Space Architect, The Aerospace Corporation

Liv Erickson

Liv Erickson Engineering Team Lead, High Fidelity

Maria Soloveychik

Maria Soloveychik Co-Founder and CEO of SyntheX

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

Y-Vonne Hutchinson CoFounder of Project Include; CEO, ReadySet

2019 Agenda

subject to change

Day One – May 23rd, 2019

12:15 – 1:00 pm
Registration and networking

1:00 – 1:10 pm
Welcoming Remarks
Denyse Cardozo, CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

1:10 – 1:30 pm
Opening Keynote

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Fireside Chat

2:00 – 2:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Capital Gains – The Female Funders
Meet four fierce investors who are committed to changing the ratio and setting the example for the rest of the industry.

Panelists to be announced

2:40 – 2:45 pm
Introduction of Startup Judges

2:45 – 3:35 pm
Pitch Session #1 –  5 Female-Founded Startups
Startups to be announced – make sure to apply!

3:35 – 4:00 pm
Short Break

4:00 – 4:50 pm
Pitch Session #2 –  5 Female-Founded Startups
Startups to be announced – make sure to apply!

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Panel Discussion: She Started It – The Female Founders
Hear the stories of four women-led companies whose innovative products are shaking up the tech world!

Panelists to be announced

5:30 – 5:45 pm
Power Talk and Announcement of Winning Company

5:45 – 6:00 pm
Closing Keynote

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Networking & Cocktail Hour

8:00 pm
Conclusion – see you tomorrow!

Day Two – May 24th, 2019

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
Opening Remarks:  Denyse Cardozo, CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Keynote – speaker to be announced

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Panel Discussion:  Breaking Bad: The Bro-conomy and taking our seat at the table
About: Despite positive gains in the conversation around equality, the reality is still pretty grim: tech companies are still struggling to meet diversity initiatives, and the pay gap is stuck; California recently signed into law a requirement for public Boards to have at least one (yes, just one!) woman representative–proof-positive that high-level female representation is falling short. Our expert panelists will discuss the current state of women’s seat at the table, and the work still to be done to bring us even closer to a truly equal future.

Panelists to be announced

10:40 AM – 11:35 AM
Power Talk Block—speakers announced soon

11:35 AM – 12:15 PM
Panel Discussion: The Next-Factor: Millennial Women in Tech
About: Millennial women are leading the charge into the next generation of female tech representation, with a sharp eye on inclusivity, social good, and the inherent value of creativity–while eschewing traditional roles and expectations. Our panelists will disclose the ups and downs and in-betweens of life as a new leader in tech, and their predictions for the years to come.

Panelists to be announced

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch, Workshops, Demo Hall, Brella Networking

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Power Talk Block—speakers announced soon

3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Panel Discussion: The Big Bang: Women Changing the World
: Huge breakthroughs in science, tech, and business development are on the crest of wide-scale implementation–during this panel, you’ll meet the four incredible women who are building the powerful engines that are already changing our world.

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM
Power Talk Block—speakers announced soon

5:10 PM – 5:30 PM
Closing Keynote – speaker to be announced

5:30 PM
That’s a Wrap!


2019 VENUE

It all happens at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA!


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2019 Sponsorship Packages

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