Developing a broader team for better results

Wednesday 18 September, 2013

To continue the success of our Codess events in Tallinn and Prague, come join us for our first ever CODESS in Stockholm - an engineering forum for women in Scandinavia, sponsored by Skype.

Gender diversity in the field of engineering continues to draw international attention.  For a long time, engineering has been perceived as a male dominated area, with women active in these areas often treated as exceptions. We feel women need a voice too.

What? Through meeting with other women in engineering you will get a chance to network and exchange experiences of being a woman in a male dominated environment. We will also have three talks from our speakers and later will have a chance to socialise over drinks and nibbles.

Why? CODESS supports the increase of diversity in the engineering field. We feel it is important to have a forum for women to share their personal experiences in climbing the engineering career ladder, giving advice on what knowledge they have gained with the opportunity to share and learn from one another. You will walk away from CODESS with useful suggestions to improve yourself and fast track your career within engineering.

If you enjoy the feeling of sparking neurons and would like to spend the evening with like-minded women, then we’d love to see you on Wednesday 18th September at 6pm at Skype Stockholm.  Expect refreshments, giveaways, networking and discussions presented from handpicked engineers as well as some surprise activities. 


Iris Classon

Software Developer - Evry

Iris Classon is an appreciated speaker, writer, blogger and Microsoft C# MVP with a tremendously passion for programming. She has had a remarkable career path that proves that nothing is impossible- as a licensed and registered clinical dietician she decided in 2011 that she wanted to learn programming and rapidly went from 0 to 100. Within her first year, she earned MCSD, MCPD and MCTS certifications and was invited to join MEET – Microsoft Extended Experts Team, in addition to landing a fulltime developer job after just six months and a position as a Technical Evangelist for the renowned international company Telerik as well as earning a Microsoft MVP award for her contribution to the dev community.

She has been featured in several newspaper articles, online articles and podcasts such as Hanselminutes, Computer Sweden and Developer Magazine. As an appreciated and frequent speaker at conferences such as TechDays, Scandinavian Developer Conference and various user groups she is known for her unique, creative and uplifting presentation style. On her spare time she does pro-bono work and is very engaged in the developer community, she also enjoys extreme sports such as barefoot running, mountain biking, weightlifting and scuba diving- and of course traveling.

Her motto is, if you think you can or can’t- you are most likely right.

Felicity Herst

Product Manager - Skype on Xbox One, MS UK

I’m Felicity Herst, a Program Manager at Skype London, pretty busy right now trying to ship Skype on Xbox One for Holiday 2013 launch! I grew up in Vancouver, Canada where I studied both English and Computer Science, and was hired by Electronic Arts while I was still at uni to kick off my career in game development. Games have always been close to my heart as they represent the intersection between a few things I love – storytelling, art, communication and code. But after 6 years in game dev, I’m excited to explore a different side of things in making Skype the communications scenario for the Xbox gaming platform and the living room.

Before joining Skype, I worked in studios of all sizes – from a tiny 3-person mobile game start-up to a giant Japanese social game platform – first as a software engineer and more recently as a product person (PM in Microsoft terms). In true Agile fashion, I’ve been learning and “waking up smarter” all the way. PM is an engineering discipline I never learned about at school, and I’d love to share this lesser known career path with fellow women in tech. If I had any free time, I would probably spend it going to gigs, designing indie role-playing games for mobile and drinking craft beer.

Eva Fors

Director of Marketing & Operations - MS Sweden

My name is Eva Fors and I work as director of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Sweden. In my organization I have the Central Marketing Organization as well as three business groups – Server & Tools, Microsoft Office Division and Windows Client – reporting in to me.

I have worked at Microsoft for 18 years, both within marketing and sales. Prior to the role of Director of Marketing & Operations I was European Sales Manager for Incubation Sales, our organization for emerging technologies. I have studied business administration at the University of Uppsala.I am passionate about innovation and I am member of the board for the non-profit organization Connect Öst which coach entrepreneurs and also provide a market place where venture capitalists can meet with the entrepreneurs.

I am also member of the jury for Venture Cup, a business plan competition for entrepreneurs. Me and my family love to travel the world, and we often bring friends with us on the trips to the sun as well as the snow.

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Time Event
18:00 - 18:45 Networking / Refreshments / Welcome
Jan Plasberg – Principal Test Manager & Site Lead, Real-time Media, Skype
18:45 - 19:00 Icebreaker game
19:00 - 19:30 Iris Classon
Software Developer, Evry
19:30 - 19:50 Felicity Herst
Product Manager, Skype for XboxOne, Microsoft UK
19:50 - 20:20 Eva Fors
Director of Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Sweden
20:20 - 20:40 Panel Q&A
20:40 - 21:30 Socialize and drinks
Back to Stockholm