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Internet of Women — International Women’s Day — 8th March 2017

Internet of Women — International Women’s Day — 8th March 2017

Happy International Women’s Day!

Internet

I use the Internet almost 24/7. Every day from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed, I am online, connected via the Internet. These days, I am even online while I am asleep. The digital sounds of birds and the slow rising of the sun wakes me up in the morning. No, I am not living on a paradise island (yet)… It’s my smart alarm ;) I pick up my smart phone and browse the (social media) news and what my network is up to :) Then I get up and stand on my smart scale, which tells me my weight, fat, muscle and water percentage, heart rate, and overall condition. This data is stored on my app. After a shower, I put on my smart watch, which tracks my activity all day, how much I move, exercise, and stand. Then, I open op my laptop at home, the office, or a coffee place, and start working on my laptop…

The purpose of using all of these devices is to connect with family, friends, colleagues, and other people locally and globally. And the purpose of these connections are personal or professional. Ultimately, it is to have a happy, healthy, and successful life. The Internet truly empowers the people who have access to it and can make use of it.

The Internet is a channel to connect via the digital world with others. It also helps to connect with parts of yourself by becoming more aware through this digital channel. In this sense, the Internet truly empowers all of us by having access to others and also ourself… We are already connected, the Internet makes these connections visible in the digital sense. Humans have many senses. 1. sight (vision) 2. hearing (audio) 3. taste (gustation) 4. smell (olfaction) 5. touch (somatosensation) are the five traditionally recognised senses. There are more sensory modalities and I would like to add the digital sense to the list. Digital transformation is the process of using and developing these digital senses as a person, thing, or organisation. The more holistically we develop ourselves in all senses, the more empowered we are!

Neelie Kroes is the former European Commissioner for Digital Agenda (Feb 2010 — Nov 2014) and currently is in the Board of Salesforce and Uber.

Neelie Kroes is the former European Commissioner for Digital Agenda (Feb 2010 — Nov 2014) and currently is in the Board of Salesforce and Uber.

“RFID, the Internet of Things and related technologies will help shape our future. Strategic Governments will manage to invest in the deployment of these technologies whilst we collectively need to reflect on the ethical and other societal concerns that are implied, as well as the values that the Internet of Things enshrine.” — Neelie Kroes

Internet of Things

The Internet can also connect things. We call this the Internet of Things, IoT in short. This tech trend has been around for some time and is still hot and happening. There is huge potential for IoT and we are in the middle of the application and implementation. The next step we are taking is that we want to make existing devices smart. So not only laptops and tablets, which were already created smart from the start. Also smart TV’s, smart watches, or smart scales, which are recreated smart nowadays. Now making seemingly dumb objects like a table or chair smart by adding technology to it. By having smart chairs and tables, you might know if it is occupied or not. How often it is occupied and by who and for how long. The level of information can be more and more specific - The smartness level is which information you sense and what you do with this information. How you process it and what actions are taken. For example, a smart building would like to know what the occupancy level is at different times. If it is not used, then why bother occupying the space for this purpose? Perhaps it is better to use it for another purpose?

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since July 2011.

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since July 2011.

“We’ve heard a lot about the Internet of Things — I think we need an Internet of Women.” — Christine Lagarde

Internet of Women

The Internet connects and empowers WoMen all over the world. Female scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians worldwide are making historic contributions to their fields. The modern workforce is closer to gender-equal than it has ever been, and many efforts are in place to support further progress. The book “The Internet of Women” provides an exciting look at personal narratives and case studies of female leaders and cultural shifts around the globe that illustrate this promising trend. Today it is International Women’s Day. Let’s connect with all women and men around the world and share the passion and knowledge women have to set the roles for our children, both our daughters and sons. My role models have been powerful women, from my mother, sister, female teachers and coaches, to Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama… Who are your (female) role models?

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, writer, and former First Lady of the United States. She is married to the 44th and former President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, writer, and former First Lady of the United States. She is married to the 44th and former President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.

“When you share your passion, when you share your knowledge — that’s change.” — Michelle Obama

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GovTech is my Mission

“Number 26 in Global Top 100 Influencers & Brands List in less than 6 months”

“Nuray, why are you so passionate about GovTech?” This question is becoming more and more relevant in my life and career.

GovTech

GovTech is short for Government Technology, also referred to as Tech City, Smart City, Tech Nation, or Smart Nation. My latest initiative rated number 26 on the Global Top 100 Influencers & Brands in less than 6 months time! This has overwhelmed me with joy :D And also encouraged me to continue my mission in the Government Technology cosmos. Yes, I said cosmos, instead of universe, world, country, or city ;)

“You have to do, what you dream of doing, even while you’re afraid.” - Arianna Huffington

Education | Academics | Research

As a student in Business Information Systems and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to experience the academic lifestyle. Towards the end of my Master specialisation Intelligent Sensory Information Systems, I was writing my thesis Multimodal, Affective, and Intelligent Human-Computer Interaction. This research allowed me to join my professor at various IEEE conferences. Reading hundreds of articles and attending dozens of lectures, I was extremely inspired by the potential impact and value of technology. At the same time, I realised that this research was not yet applied in real life. And that specific technology could be adopted smoothly by one culture and easily rejected by another culture. And that implementation of these hard skills also required soft skills. Apparently culture and other aspects play a major role in implementing technology.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

International | Intercultural

Understanding that the successful implementation and adoption of technology required understanding culture and cultural differences, my next goal was to experience this myself. Born and raised in a Western culture in the Netherlands, and exposed to Eastern culture with Turkish parents, already gave me a valuable head start with a multicultural background. I had been context switching from birth :) Now it was time to add another dimension to give a more objective and neutral perspective! During my research, I discovered that Japan was global leader in high tech. At the same time, Japanese culture is highly traditional. I wanted to experience this apparent contradiction in person. Hence, my next destination was Tokyo, where I studied Japanese language and culture at Keio University. That year studying abroad as an exchange student has been a life changing and enriching experience :D

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” - Ginni Rometty

Private | Business

Understanding that successful implementation of technology was prepared in research and applied in business, I decided to start my professional career in the private sector. As a student I worked as a top talent Extreme Blue intern at IBM, an American B2B tech company. As a young professional, I worked as a Management Trainee IT at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a B2B and B2C company. The Air France KLM group consisted of 2 different companies, 2 languages, 2 cultures, 2 approaches, and the same goals. I have also worked for ABN AMRO, a Dutch B2B and B2C company. What I have learned from these experiences is that there are American, Dutch, French, B2B, B2C, tech, airline, and banking cultures. At the start and in the end, it’s about making profit and all the other goals are secondary. I felt that I had a higher purpose in life…

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa

Public | Government

Understanding that I wanted to contribute not only to making profit, but primarily to higher purposes, I decided to continue my professional career in the public sector. In varying roles at various departments and working with many partners in the Netherlands and Europe. I found inspiring challenges at the local government at the City of Amsterdam. What have I learned from these experiences is that there are Dutch, Amsterdam, and government cultures. At the start and in the end, it’s not about making profit and all the other goals are primary. The challenge is that there is a mixture of many goals. And the government has a multitude of products and services for society. Technology has huge potential for improvement for the external products and services, the internal organisation, and the cooperation with other governments, businesses, education, citizens, and society…

“There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” - Margaret Thatcher

Global Technology

Experiencing education, academics, and research; private and public; business and government; Amsterdam and Netherlands; Paris and France; Tokyo and Japan; Istanbul and Turkey; technology has the potential to connect everyone, everything, everywhere, every time in every way; technology is global and universal; we are already using technology to communicate, fly or make a payment from one city to another; we can also use technology to have access to clean air, water, sun, energy, and food in a sustainable way on a global scale; we can use technology for sustainable health, education, housing, transportation, you name it… These topics concern all of us and we need to co-operate and co-create by collaborating together using technology in a smart way ;)

"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch." - Ivern Ball

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FemTech in my DNA

European Robotics Week - Amsterdam 2016

“Nuray, how did you become so passionate about FemTech?” People have asked me this question many times.

FemTech

FemTech is short for Female Technology, also referred to as Women in Tech or Girls in Tech. I have told this story many times to different people in various countries. Now I will start to share my personal and professional stories with a broader audience on a regular basis. Perhaps you can recognise yourself or be inspired to tell your own story, who knows?

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” - Oprah Winfrey

1st Computer at Age 4

I remember my first encounter with a computer at age 4. This computer was a cash register. And I was playing with this cash register at home. For the people who can still remember, those big bold machines used in super markets. There were no other toys to play with, except for this big piece of hardware in our house. I remember how I excitingly hit the buttons with my fingers, and how I expectingly watch the numbers on the display and the print out on the paper. Making calculations on this machine empowered me for some reason. I felt important and powerful. This was my very first encounter as a little child with a computer and I loved it :D

1st Program at Age 10

And I remember writing my first program at age 10. There was a government program called “Girls in Tech”. This program encouraged girls at schools to participate at extra curricular activities such as programming. This programming workshop was in the evenings after school at the technology museum, which was in the same street I lived in. My parents allowed me to participate since it did not cost any money and it was close to our house. Learning and interacting with this computer using a floppy disk and writing code, watching the neon green letters on the black screen, and seeing the result of the program directly on the screen after hitting Enter… OMG I felt so powerful to be able to create this!

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” - Maya Angelou

Exact Sciences at High School

At high school, I enjoyed all subjects. When it was time to make a choice, I decided to choose the exact sciences. Mathematics, Physics, and Biology were my favourite topics. At these classes, I realised I was the only or one of the few girls amongst the boys. Other than just being aware of that it did not effect me or the others. I did get advanced classes from my Mathematics teacher because of my interest. Other than the subjects, the culture at this high school was very different than I was used to. It was a “white elite classical” environment. This was a culture shock and at the same time interesting to learn from this completely new environment.

Computer Science at University

At university, I started with Business Information Systems and after completing a year, I switched to Computer Science. Again, I was the only or one of the few girls amongst the boys. They were more hardcore though, because they loved to program day and night, weekdays and weekends. I did have to balance this all out by partying with my girl friends in the weekends. Again, the culture at this faculty was very different than I was used to. It was a “nerdy male tech” environment. Next to the culture shock, I enjoyed the novelty.

"A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman." — Melinda Gates

Encouragement by Parents

Looking back at my life and how my parents raised me, I can see very clearly that they have always encouraged me in a positive and empowering way. Both my parents and especially my mother have stressed on a daily basis the importance of education. They would always say “school first”, “education is top priority”, and they would walk their talk! My mother did not go to school and has felt pain because of this her whole life. My father was a teacher and knows the value of education. They both made clear that a good education and career was important to be independent of others. In the case of my mother and their culture, she would stress that it is especially important to be independent of men.

Encouragement by Government & Companies

Besides my parents, the government has also encouraged me in a positive and empowering way. The “Girls in Tech” programs throughout my childhood have helped and inspired me. By making these activities free and close to home, it makes them accessible to everyone. No matter from what culture or background, no matter which means you do or don’t have. I felt like I gained tools to participate in society. The importance of these programs and activities and also the locations in the neighbourhood houses have been huge for me. Alongside the government, some companies have also helped me. The “Women in Tech” programs throughout my student years have helped and inspired me what options there are as a career.

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” - Sheryl Sandberg

Change & Culture

When I started working full-time as Management Trainee IT, I realised that the IT projects were maybe 80% about tech and 20% about people and culture. Towards the end of my 2 year management traineeship, I realised that the IT projects were maybe 20% about tech and 80% about people and culture. Now, after working 10 years full time for the private and public sector (tech, airline, bank, local government), I realise that it is almost 100% about people and culture. The implementation of technology has to do with change management and cultural management. It is not only the technology which is experienced as powerful, but also the people advocating the use of technology are experienced as powerful. And how about a female person advocating the use of technology? This creates a whole different impact :) To be continued…

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