Gender inequality is a huge problem in the automotive industry
There are a very small handful of female engineers at companies all over our industry, the imbalance is still very noticeable. We are one of many organisations and employers that feels this is detrimental to the marketplace, not least because of the many talented scientists, technologists and engineers employed in the market place.
Whether the logic or solution is sound is not for us to judge, however, if age and seniority influences whether it’s cost effective for someone to attend AutoSens (most often senior engineers, where the gender bias is at its worst) we hope that creating a low-cost ticket that is gender focussed will enable women in the industry to take advantage of the event.
We know that our events are useful learning experiences, with networking, conference sessions, exhibitions and opportunities to connect with other experienced professionals. It might just be the opportunity some bright sparks need to step their career up a notch, and show the industry what women really have to offer.
“Women in Engineering” Tickets start at £179 each for the first 10
What can we do about it as a company? We have added a number of “Women in Engineering” tickets for AutoSens. We want more women to be involved in AutoSens, shaping the future of vehicle perception technology. The first 10 are £179 the next 10 are priced at £229, then a further 10 at £279. Once all 30 tickets have sold, the price will go to 50% off the current AutoSensLEARN ticket price.
What women thought of AutoSens
We caught up with Margaret Belska formerly at NVIDIA at AutoSens Detroit last May.
“I’m pleasantly surprised at how many women there are attending [AutoSens], also very happy to see several women speakers – I’m sure that’s even harder than just getting attendees. Its fantastic to have that representation. We are here, we work in this field, there’s not a lot of us but the more of us [that can be seen here], is going to inspire more women to come into the field and contribute. … Women are a really big part of this industry, and being able to contribute to the development of these technologies is really important. You need that different perspective.”
We also spoke to Buyue Zhang, Engineer at Intel
“[The discounted Women in Engineering tickets are] absolutely essential to bringing female engineers to the conference. They are a great help! [The gender imbalance] is actually not improving quite honestly. There are simply not enough women in this field. It is not a solvable problem at this level – there are so few women in engineering. It needs to be solved earlier in pipeline. Young engineers need encouragement to pursue their path and not give up.”
Just 10 available at this low price in each pricing band! Purchase your “Women in Engineering” Tickets for AutoSens above.