Inspiring women in (big) data, at Sirris too!

Our society today is diverse. This implies that the data generated, processed through algorithms and put to use should be diverse too. This is why the teams working with the data are diverse as well. In big data, women hold an important place and this is something we know all about, in Belgium and at Sirris!

Our society is becoming increasingly data-driven. Data is gaining value for companies and is the driving force behind innovative emerging services and applications. Data is also the new raw material of tomorrow's economy and an important asset to improve one's competitive position.

The data that is being generated and collected, is processed and manipulated by algorithms. In the next decade, we will experience on a daily basis how algorithms will increasingly influence our lives and thus society. It is therefore important that neither the algorithm nor the data are biased. One way to avoid this pitfall is to work with diverse teams. A diverse organisation reflects the society and environment in which it thrives and which it depends on. Therefore, it is not only logical but also necessary that our services, products, algorithms and data are created and designed by diverse teams. And so, data is everybody’s business and the same goes for diversity, equality and inclusion.

This is also the idea behind Women in Big Data, with its mission to inspire and connect women working in the field of big data. This originally American organisation has grown into a juggernaut with over 17,000 members spread across 37 local chapters in six continents.

Women in Big Data Brussels Kick-Off

Brussels is also writing a brand new chapter in this success story under the leadership of Valerie Zapico, founder and CEO of data-tech company Valkuren and also elected as InspiringFifty female leader.

On 7 September, she will be marking the Brussels launch with the Women in Big Data Brussels Kick-Off: "The Data Governance Challenge in Big Data". Together with other pioneers in data:

Tina Rosario (Chief Data Officer bij SAP France), 
Elena Tsiporkova (Head of EluciData Lab bij Sirris) 
Rima Farhat (Managing Director Accenture & ICT Women of the Year 2021) 

During the kick-off you will learn how your company can get started working with big data and what a successful data strategy looks like. You can find further information here!

Are you curious which other strong Women in Data are active in our country? Get to know them all on Agoria’s website!