I can’t complain about this month. It is full of interesting events for Internalia Group Ireland.
Last week, I was in the Dublin Tech Summit. And to be honest, I was impressed about everything: the quantity and quality of the talks and workshops, the organisation, the positive energy in the environment, the willingness of people to meet, talk and share knowledge!
It’s probably this last point which I most enjoy in this kind of events: the networking experience. Face to face communication is still the king in business. I know that it can sound contradictory to talk about face to face in an event about technology, but I truly believe that technology has to help us to communicate, but never replace real world conversation.
In a networking space like the one in the Dublin Tech Summit ground floor you can find anything: your potential customers or partners, your competitors, business related to your area or business that are not related to your area, but that can amaze you or inspire you. Maybe you find the key person you are looking for, maybe just a good chat.
But the experience of being free of talking, meeting and discovering other people and companies is not comparable to being isolated in your desk!
That’s why I’m counting the days to fly to Barcelona and participate in the 4YFN at Mobile World Congress.
There I’ll be in good company, I’ll be in the Telefonica´s corner and I hope to talk to hundreds of people during four days: the 27th February to the 2nd March.
See you in Barcelona! 🙂
It is a fact that women have a very small presence in the technology sector. In Ireland, the proportion of women employed in science, research, engineering and technology is less than 25 per cent, according to the Central Statistics Office. The percentage of those who reach the top – founders, chief executives and chief technology officers – is even lower.
The problem starts in the education system. For some reason girls seem to be less interested in science options than boys. No just in Ireland, in every single country.
Is it culture or is it nature? Recent studies affirm that in this type of matters is all about culture. It all starts when we are very small creatures, when we have just one year or even just a few months. It’s all about roles. As a small children, we observe our parents behaving in their roles: daddy is in charge of fixing everything in the house, mummy is in charge of cooking, daddy speaks about technical staff with his friends, and mummy speaks about feelings and relations with her friends…
Then we grow up and we go to secondary school and we have plenty of roles and stereotypes. The stereotype of IT student is very clear: young white male, with poor social skills and of course plastic frames. Needless to say that this stereotypes are very powerful during the adolescence.
When some brave women decide to study technology, achieve to get a job in the sector and develop a career on it, they find out that they are a very small minority.
We think that is important to combat gender stereotypes and impulse the insertion of women in the sector.
In fact, we are going to participate the Dublin Tech Summit this year which is trying to impulse the presence of women: the tickets for women are 50 % off!!!
We really hope to share knowledge and new ideas in this big event and meet a lot of awesome tech women!
It is a fact that thanks to the Smartphones, WhatsApp, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder, Skype and a very long etcetera our way to communicate with others is quite different.
The dilemma is quite clear. Are this applications helping us in our personal and professional relationships or the opposite?
In the personal life, they can help a lot for example in situations of long distance friendships or relationships, for example by using Skype, which is quite similar to communicate face to face, not totally the same, though. The social networks can help as well to recover old friendships from our school or keep in touch with people who is abroad in other city or country.
The problem arises when the necessity of being on line interrupts our face to face communication. Almost everyone has experienced the feeling of being talking to a friend and none being listened because the friend is checking something on his/her phone. That´s the sort of thing we should try to avoid, basically because it can really damage the quality of relations we have in real life: with our friends, family and colleagues.
About the use of technology at work. It is proved that the use of internal chats and Smart Business Applications in order to make the communication more fluent and effective is key for any kind of business. However, we have the same issue. There is a good and bad use of technology at work. It can be a magnificent channel of communication, but it can’t be a total substitute of face to face communication.
If you have employees working outside the office, on the road, is good to organize meetings with them time to time. If you have staff working abroad, in other country or even other continent, is key to use Skype time to time for having at least some face to face communication.
At Internalia Group Ireland we believe in both forms of communication: through technology and face to face. And how they can work together to make our lives and relationships more successful! 🙂
The TIC Forum has begun in El Salvador. Our colleague Maria Jose Gonzalez Lopez was there introducing Working Day Suite. She was giving a talk about how our applications work for any kind of companies around the world thanks to their flexibility, innovation and security.
Basically, explaining how a company can have greater control and information of what´s going on outside the office, improving internal communication and saving time, all thanks to our Working Day Suite.
The talk was a complete success. Once Maria Jose finished up her talk, she had to answer many questions of potential partners and clients.
Thanks to our Telefonica Business Solutions colleagues for being there with us!