Spanish Satellite Communications Operator HISPASAT continues to develop actions to foster technical careers for women, sponsoring the 2017 TechWomen and Partners Summit, which will be held tomorrow, 27 April, coinciding with Girls in ICT Day. The event will be held at the Príncipe Pío Theatre in Madrid and at the Communications Faculty of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
The small percentage of female talent in the satellite industry has led HISPASAT to collaborate with the Women in Tech Association (Asociación Mujeres Tech) and thus encourage women to opt for technical university degrees. According to data from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, nowadays only 25% of students pursuing technical degrees are women, which is why the operator seeks to inspire girls and young women to express interest in science and technology with the aim of contributing to a greater presence of women on the IT job market in the future.
Participating in the event in Madrid will be Aurora Mourelle, System Definition and R&D Engineer at HISPASAT along with other representatives of the technology sector, who will be giving talks on their careers and professional experience with the aim of inspiring and encouraging attendees. HISPASAT will also be sponsoring one of the technology workshops on the Internet of Things (IoT), an area in which the company is working with the goal of providing solutions and applications via satellite.
This initiative, as part of HISPASAT’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy, confirms the company’s commitment to the development of people and the community, and, specifically, to promoting education and equality, areas that the company is particularly involved in through the different projects it is currently carrying out. Among these projects, and in line with promoting equality, HISPASAT is offering an annual scholarship for postgraduate studies aimed at women in aerospace engineering or telecommunications who would like to work in the aerospace sector. The application period is from 25 April to 26 May.