Global Technology Symposium: the future must consider women as the untapped potential
For Russian tech companies, Silicon Valley is the center of the world for innovation, entrepreneurial investment opportunities and technological progress. President of Russia, Mr. Medvedev, is eager to develop Russia’s impact in technology for growth in its economy. His previous visit to Stanford in the summer of 2010, clearly indicates the necessity of collaboration between Russian (Scolkovo based program) and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in the area of high-tech experience, management and planning in order to modernize Russia’s economy.
Mr.Sitnikov, Director of International Development at the Skolkovo Foundation, announced the launch of the Russian Innovation Center at the 8th Annual Global Technology Symposium. This is the leading investment conference on venture capital, technology, and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. “Russia as a Cradle for Innovation” was the theme for the first day of the conference (www.usrts.org).
President Obama has identified entrepreneurship as “an area…where America can share our experience as a society that empowers the inventor and the innovator.” I am glad that Global Technology Symposium brought together innovators from Russia and United States. However, I noticed that 95 percent of the participants were males. I hope next year we will see more women-entrepreneurs. Maybe Russia needs a program like Girls in Tech to support women in technology to advance Russia’s progress?