The woman, the sky is regarded as a rising star at Google, was not interested in dolls as a kid for Barbie. It is Petra Ehmanns father, a physicist and mathematician who woke early on her fascination for the Sciences was. “My father had a special gift to delight us children of technology – the laws of nature about engine technology and energy power plants up to a Computer and the Internet,” says the 34-year-old German, who grew up in Bolivia and is fluent in four world languages.

After graduating from high school in Germany, she studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. Here you could develop. With colleagues, she has developed, for example, a soccer kick robot. Mentioned how she felt as a woman in the minority among so many male colleagues, says Ehmann: “The high proportion of women is increasing, especially in the first few weeks true, but after several years of study simply to normality.”

Even larger steps

As he studied the ETH engineer, worked for Bosch in Mexico, and for Hilti in China. With her subsequent Master studies at the prestigious Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley Ehmann of the technology industry came closer. After the Master’s degree led to her next career step in Management of Internet Start-ups in Brazil.

six years Ago, hired Ehmann at the Tech giant, Google, to where they are today, the Zurich-the global business development of Augmented Reality (engl. for augmented reality) is in charge.

it is Noticed not only by their professional skills, but also with their use, more women for Tech-inspire Jobs. “Successful Tech-women need to be visible, to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps and to take even bigger steps,” stresses Ehmann.

you have Demonstrated that, for example, as four dozen Google engineers in front of the Zurich office for the Twitter action #ilooklikeanengineer gathered. Or on the national future day they brought several dozen girls the world of it is one day closer.

a Large example

For your use it has scientific reasons. They cited a Harvard study at 20’000 students: “a one-hour interaction with female scientists can increase the registration rates for scientific study of these students by up to 30 percent.”

As a Board member of the network We Shape Tech Ehmann drives with other women Initiative, the Tech women offers a stage – models, in order to achieve a better mixing of the sexes.

Ehmann hopes that in the future more women will be represented in Tech Jobs. Useful networks had. She herself was recently included in the international squad network Generation CEO.

performance

it is not enough compared To young women with career ambitions in the Tech industry, she stresses: “first and foremost, an excellent performance that counts.” This guarantee, but no success. “So that power can lead to success, must have heard of the achievements, and acknowledged to be seen,” she said.

The Switzerland-resident Tech-Insider finds: women should be interested in besides the good job prospects for Tech professionals, because there you will find a modern, flexible work culture and extensive influence. “Just a few lines of Code can affect the lives of millions of users and the world in a sustainable way to improve – be it for finding information, carries out interaction with people or the progress of science,” she said.

According to Ehmann, there needs to be a rethinking of culture and education, in order to promote in the long term, the Tech Junior. You don’t see why a girl should continue with dolls and boys playing with cars. Ehmann rejects any clichés and is a flagship example of how an early confrontation with technology and the natural Sciences to a girl the ground for a steep career in the technology industry can allow.

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Since 2017 is conducted annually, a national Digitaltag under the auspices of digital Switzerland. The goal is to make the digitalisation of the Swiss population experience, as well as opportunities and challenges to demonstrate. On 3. September 2019, the event will take place for the third Time. At twelve locations, there are around 300 free activities such as stage shows and exhibitions – all within the theme of “lifelong learning”. VIEW reports on women who assert themselves in the world of Tech professions. Federal President Ueli Maurer (68) will open the day of action in Bern officially. The Digitaltag, incidentally, is a Swiss invention, the Initiator Marc Walder (54), chief of BLICK publisher Ringier is.

Since 2017 is conducted annually, a national Digitaltag under the auspices of digital Switzerland. The goal is to make the digitalisation of the Swiss population experience, as well as opportunities and challenges to demonstrate. On 3. September 2019, the event will take place for the third Time.

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