The end of February and the rise of March is upon us,
Which generally indicates the coming of Spring.
But, in Barcelona it can only mean one thing;
It’s time for the mystical Mobile World Congress.
My name is Karolina and I am a petite 19 year-old blonde sorority girl from SoCal. Although my genetic predisposition basically scores me an audition for the Real House Wives of Beverly Hills in 15 years, I will be taking the road less traveled by making a name for myself in the tech world.
If your initial reaction to my existence and interest in technology is one of confusion and doubt, then I’m on the right track.
I’m a huge believer in history repeating itself, and if I have done my research properly, the most notable men and women in the world such as MLK, Einstein, Rosa Parks, etc. started their journeys with the odds against them.
So by definition of my fabricated philosophy, I am The Chosen One.
I realized this fate when I began my tech journey as a social media and content editor for a start-up in Sweden. With the company, I have been fortunate enough to attend tech events around the world and now will be taking Mobile World Congress by storm.
The MWC is the event of the year bringing 85 thousand brilliant minds together in sunny and ever-beautiful Barcelona. Much like the other events, it is a tech paradise showcasing bright ideas and products that share a goal to bring the world together.
The irony of this goal is that the tech events themselves, on a demographic level, are more like my own personal gender specific paradises that provide me with thousands of delicious, international men to choose from.
Forget the Congress. As a female, I am essentially attending the Tinder Olympics and I am the gold medalist performing a perfect double backflip dive into a sea of men. But the reason I’m winning this competition isn’t because of my long Olympian legs; it’s because I have no competitors since I’ll basically be the only female setting foot into the Gran Fira this week.
As much as I enjoy relishing over the endless supply of men I have at my disposal, it does feel sad and wrong to play in Dickneyland all on my own. Technology is an industry dominated by men and I believe having more female perspectives and flair could really get the ball rolling to truly bring the world together through technology as well as in real life.
There’s nothing wrong with having a business heavily run by men. This isn’t an anti-feminist group that excommunicates women from the industry; it’s just that the interest simply isn’t there.
Stereotypically, when you think of techies, you think of nerdy guys with pocket protectors and acne, which isn’t necessarily a club that many people will willingly sign up for.
But, tech is cool. And so are pocket protectors. They just need some re-branding.
I hope you will join me in my efforts to integrate men and women in technology. It is going to be a long journey, but it will be an incredible one!
I look forward to attending MWC and plotting the female domination of MWC 2016!