Expat IT girls go global with support group

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Here come the girls – 10,000 of them who have signed up for a professional ex pat network for women working across the world in IT.

Singapore is the latest city to fall to a charm offensive by Girls in Tech, following the relocation of founder Adriana Gascoigne from San Francisco.

She launched the group as a not-for-profit organisation in 2007 and has seen membership soar as ‘chapters’ opened in 38 cities, including London, Tokyo, Dubai and Shanghai.

Members cover the whole range of working in IT – from self-employed contractors, IT start-ups and students to tech companies like Microsoft and Google.

“I was curious why there weren’t more women in the tech industry and so I started GIT for women to find out how to get along with older male employees, share best practices and ask for help,” said Gascoigne.

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“People are willing to take more risks in a sector that they don’t know much about. There is a lot of potential in Singapore and I would love to play a role in planting the Silicon Valley seed here.”

Women in Singapore are IT-savvy with one of the world’s highest penetrations for computer-ownership and internet usage, explained Gascoigne.

“Already hundreds of women have joined the group, a mix of ex pats and Singaporeans working in the IT sector,” she said.

Many female ex pats working in IT have to tackle adjusting to a new culture while working in a traditionally male-dominated workplace.

Girls in Tech offers mentorship, help finding jobs, courses and business collaboration.

Singapore is sinking investment in to developing as a technology hub with financial support for internet start-ups.

Gascoigne hopes support from Girls in Tech will help more women develop their skills and businesses by providing personal and professional support.

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