We’re building a world where all women can thrive in tech.

Google’s Women Techmakers program provides visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

Women Techmaker Scholarships

Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program - formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program - Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the tech industry by encouraging women to excel as active participants and leaders in the field.

Indigenous reconciliation acknowledgement

Being based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, we acknowledge that we virtually meet on the ancestral lands on Treaty One Territory which is the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories and acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward with open dialogues and partnerships with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

Who we are

We are women in tech who share passion for Google and a goal of diversity and gender equality in technology.

Erica Georgia Silva

Co-Founder & Ambassador

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-georgia-silva-9500ba6/

Erica is a Technology professional who has been working in Tech for the past 20 years. She has played different roles such as Project Manager, System Analyst and Software Developer.
She is a big fan of knowledge sharing, passionate about technology, and loves volunteering and helping her community. Currently, Erica is the Winnipeg organizer of Women Techmakers (WTM) and Google Developer Group (GDG). She also helps the Brazilian community. She is the President of the Brazilian Citizenship Council in Winnipeg (CCBW) and Board Member Director of the Brazilian Association in Winnipeg (BRASIW).

Josiane Kroll

Co-Founder & Ambassador

https://www.linkedin.com/in/josiane-kroll-85b9199/

Josiane holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and works as a Solutions Developer. She's an expert in software engineering process, models, and methods. Josi loves to work on innovative technologies, research, and teaching. She believes in the importance of education to make a difference in people’s lives, expectations, and achievements. For her, programming is exciting and challenging. Her tech experience includes Java, CSS, HTML, WordPress, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Josi is also Google Developers Group Organizer.

Lysandra Lima

Co-Founder & Ambassador

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lysandra-lima-7bb66b6/

Lysandra holds a Bachelor degree in Administration majoring in Business and postgraduate in System Analysis. She has formal training and experience in project management, quality assurance, process improvement and business analysis, in the areas of health care, tourism, finance and technology. She's proficient, highly motivated, and loves challenges & teamwork. In addition, she has a high level of commitment with the results. She an organizer and member of the Brazil Citizenship Council in Winnipeg as well as a Google Developers Group Winnipeg Organizer. Currently, Lysandra is a Project Analyst/Policy at Manitoba Health where she works with several provincial projects and initiatives. Lysandra's hobbies are jogging, playing volleyball, and watching movies. Moreover, she loves spending time with her family and friends; and learning & sharing knowledge and experiences.

Teena Lee

Co-Founder & Ambassador

https://www.linkedin.com/in/teenalee3000/

Teena is an Marketing, Graphic Design, and Operations professional with 20 years experience working with Winnipeg based niche companies from 1 person start-ups to 2500 employees. She has a demonstrated history of working in the information technology, manufacturing, non-profit, retail, education, and service industries. Teena thrives in ever changing tech based environments specifically coming up with new ideas, helping with process improvement, and change management. Thinking differently about a company's current processes and needs, then transforming them into something that disrupts their competitors, is what drive's her excitement in technology. She also uses her human connecting skills to bring everyone together to share a common goal of an inclusive and diverse business environment. Teena is also a Google Developer Group Winnipeg Lead and a Manitoba Women in Tech Ambassador. Outside of work, landscape photography, creating rustic pottery, and baking make her heart sing.

Joao Vitor Squillace

Co-founder

https://www.linkedin.com/in/squillace91/

Joao is a full stack developer with CS degree and a desire to make the difference in the community. He works mainly with React and Java. He has worked in the past with neural networks and neuroscience. Joao moved west across the mountains onto his next opportunity, but keeps in contact with both GDG and WTM Winnipeg.

WTM Winnipeg was created when Joao saw that no women were attending GDG Winnipeg Meetups. He learned that Google helmed Women Techmakers in 2012 by former Google[x] Vice President Megan Smith; it was driven by the belief that a diversity of perspectives leads to better decision-making and more relevant products. Joao put a call out on LinkedIn to see if any women would be interested in starting this group with him - and the rest is history. Thank you for everything Joao!

FAQ

Who can join and how do you join to our events?

Everyone is welcome! We want women to become more comfortable in tech and a great way to do this is by having everyone of every gender identity, not only women, join and learn about the hurdles and roadblocks that are encountered and how to help remove them.

Our events can easily be found through Meetup .

Can I join as a volunteer?

For sure! We'd love to have you as a part of our team. Please, contact us using the contact information form below or through our social media.

Sponsors

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities suitable for organizations of all sizes. Sponsors of WTM gain visibility for their companies, contribute to the success of our events, and inspire inclusivity.

What is the mission of WTM Winnipeg?

Our mission is to inspire passionate, creative women through discussions with thought leaders, technical workshops, design sprints, and networking opportunities. Women have always been interested and passionate about the sciences, and technology is no exception.

What WTM's short and long term goals?

In the short-term, we will host at least four events annually that will aim to support and empower women. The events will promote an environment of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Additionally, we'll work hard to increase awareness about WTM Winnipeg. It's our belief that the more people who know about us, the greater the opportunity for gender diversity in the tech industry will flourish.

For our long term goal, we'll challenge ourselves to host more than five events annually. One of these events will be an International Women's Day Tech event where we hope to host at least one hundred women in Tech as well as those aspiring to be in Tech. To fulfill these goals we will continue to dream big and believe that we have the courage to pursue them.



My wish for all women, girls, and others in my circle to blaze that trail, creating a light on the path for all to walk through carrying our unique selves.
-- Ann Divine

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