The one-day global conference, a first of its kind sponsored by SAP Next-Gen, inaugurated the collaboration of UN Women, an entity established by the United Nations to advance the goal of gender equality, and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software. The partnership aims to accelerate industry-wide change and remove the barriers to the advancement of women and girls in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. SAP has a proven track record on advancing women in technology and leadership as the first multinational technology company to achieve Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certification. In addition, two of its eight Executive Board members are women.
While the main event was held in New York, numerous satellite conferences were held on the same day in SAP locations around the world and joined into New York in near real-time through live-streaming. The global conversation continued on Twitter at #sheinnovates. The event brought together UN representatives, business executives, social entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders to share their ideas on advancing women and girls’ participation in technology.