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Web Summit announce 'commitment to change' with free tickets for 10,000 women in 2016

Published 04/11/2015 | 10:21

Peggy Johnson from Microsoft on the Start Up University Summit Stage. Photo: Frank McGrath
Peggy Johnson from Microsoft on the Start Up University Summit Stage. Photo: Frank McGrath
Russian philanthropist Natalia Vodianova speaks at the summit
Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at the Web Summit at the RDS. Pic Steve Humphreys

The Web Summit has announced a new initiative entitled 'commitment to change' by offering free tickets for their four conferences to 10,000 women in 2016.

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Announcing the news on the Web Summit blog, Sinead Murphy wrote that she is "acutely aware that female participation in the tech sector has been and continues to be a significant issue".

She explains that in an effort to "even the gender ratio" at the Web Summit's four events - Web Summit, SURGE, Collision and RISE - they will be "giving 10,000 complimentary tickets to our events to women in the tech industry across the world".

"We hope that it will, in some small way, contribute to solving the problem".

The system works based on nominations - business people and entrepreneurs are asked to nominate "incredible female entrepreneurs" to receive an immediate free ticket, sent to their email. Those nominating can choose between the four gatherings for their nominee.

"It’s a tiny step in the right direction along a path that the tech industry as a whole needs to move down".

Applications to nominate opened today and you can nominate a female entrepreneur here.

Murphy has led production at the Web Summit since 2013.

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