It was Maru’s first time in the States. Part of the Marketing Team at intive-FDV, she arrived at Silicon Valley with a destination in mind: the Google I/O event. But she attended more than just an event: it looked like a festival. As she told us about her experience there, she couldn’t stop smiling and feeling amazed.
People from all over the world got together in Mountain View to learn about the latest Google trends and hear the experts talk. From the Keynote to the networking moments, Maru participated in various meetups and saw progress in the effort towards closing the gender gap. “In every Session there would be both a man and a woman presenter”. Talking with other assistants, she noticed that everyone thought progress was visible, although not as fast as desired.
Even though the women quota was not met -in Maru’s view, almost 25% of 8,000 attendees were women-, there were certain spaces, like the one led by Women Techmakers, that promoted discussions on payment equality and same opportunities for women and men.
A Canadian developer told Maru that each time she approached a man, she felt she had to take a knowledge test. Even so, the efforts of Women Techmakers had a positive impact. Maru had the chance to share with the head of Google Programs Natalie Villalobos, and to meet women from all over the world with whom she was able to connect not only from a gender but also from a cultural perspective.
News back home
In addition to representing us in the World Ceremony as a Google Partner together with Bartosz Grobelny, Director of Business Development at intive-FDV, Maru brought news of the launch of Android P, of AI improvements in healthcare, of Google Assistant improvements (now you can add different voices for each member in the family), and of Waymo, the self-driving car that was available for public use as an alternative to Uber.
Being a Latin American in an international event is always a plus when it comes to meeting new people. Maru’s journey ended with a bike ride around Google campus with a Cuban girl and a Colombian guy. She was also surprised by Google Executives’ humility and the efforts to include in the event not only people from different nationalities and genders, but also disabled people, like Tania’s case.
-Were your expectations met?
-I was able to see the other side and appreciate the gender perspective. It was quite a show, a fascinating event to experience.