Mar 6th, 2017

Time for tech industry to end its bro-culture

8 Marie Stafford

The European director for J Walter Thompson's The Innovation Group highlights the lack of diversity at Mobile World Congress.

There’s an inside joke in Silicon Valley called the "Dave rule": if your team has as many women as it does men called Dave, then gender balance has been achieved.

At Mobile World Congress this year, diversity was no joke: just 23 percent of this year’s attendees were women.

Inclusion is clearly top of mind for organizers; this year the GSMA also hosted the Women4Tech Summit, a one-day program of panels, speakers and presentations aiming to promote gender diversity in telecoms and tech.

The wider technology sector has been wrestling with this issue for years. Despite being avid users of tech, women are dramatically underrepresented in the industry.

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