The Tekla Festival’s second international event was held in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, 17 – 18 September 2019.
In collaboration with the Swedish Institute and Sweden’s Brazilian embassy, the Tekla Festival’s second international port of call was Brasilia. In the first part of the festival, Heidi Harman, one of the founders of geekgirlmeetup.com , assembled 30 girls from municipal schools for a one-day workshop. Here, as at many Tekla Festivals in Sweden, the participants learned, amongst other things, how to: build dancing robots; code; and, explore technology in various ways.
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In the second part of the festival, Tekla Dialogue, Rosana Hermann, physicist, producer and author, moderated the debate on female underrepresentation in technological fields and how the roles of women could be strengthened. The panel featured several influential people such as: Paula Bellizia, CEO of Microsoft Brazil; Paula Paschoal, general director of PayPal; Iana Chan, founder of PrograMaria; Claudia Valenzuela, head of UNOPS in Brazil; and, Taynaah Reis, founder and CEO of Moeda. KTH Royal Institute of Technology was represented by professor Semida Silveira .