Simply Inspired. Amazed.

From all of us on the founding team, we felt like we really did soar. We hoped that we helped all of you to soar too. For myself, in moderating the event, a few words kept coming to mind. That I was simply inspired by all the great women and our male allies in the room. I was amazed at how this not only came together but by all of you in the room – from our speakers, sponsors, champions, volunteers, and participants. It may have taken all of us a few days to really take it in; it did for me.

What few words would you use to describe your experience?

If you couldn’t make the Summit or want to relive it again, check out some great highlights from Geek Wireand the wonderful summary from Jeff Shuey, a community blogger. Or We also captured as many great photos as we could. Browse through our library but also send us your own photos too and we can share them out.

We Want Your Feedback.

Without it, it’s harder to learn, grow and make changes for the better. If you attended the event, make your voice heard and take just a few minutes to complete our survey to give us some feedback. It’s not anonymous on purpose – make your voice heard. All of us at Women in Cloud take feedback with an open mind and welcoming spirit – just as you experienced during the Summit.

What’s Next?

More than one event, Women in Cloud is the start of an initiative and some call it a movement. We are living true to our core mission of driving Female Tech Entrepreneurship to access customers and investments through enterprise distribution channels to grow their business. Moreover, it is our deep intent to drive broad learning, partnerships and mentoring for women in cloud computing.

We have unique programs for each of you to participate in and contribute to, whether you came to the Summit or not. We want you, and as many women as possible, to take the 100 Cloud Commitment Pledge. Create a tribe to help women in cloud computing.

Here are opportunities that we discussed at the Summit to help get you started and share with your colleagues:

  • The Cloud Accelerator – We are open.  If you are an entrepreneur who needs access to Microsoft and HPE distribution engines to grow your business, please consider applying to the Accelerator. If you want to be a mentor to help women-led business in the Accelerator, express your interest here and we will follow up with you. 
  • Opportunity Circles – We heard you. There is a need for mentorship circles that advance opportunities and learning moments for women personally, for the career, technical, and business advancement. Please consider and in conjunction with some great community partners, we will launch the circles shortly. In the meantime, sign up our to keep up to date on all the news and events. 
  • Investor/Sponsor Opportunities – We need you.  Whether you are an Angel, VC, or individual investor. Consider helping sponsor women-led businesses in cloud computing. We will be soon providing details on the Sybilla Masters Fund and are working with local funding organizations to bring more opportunities. You can also look to directly sponsor, partner or host Women in Cloud programs and upcoming events.


Many of you already have your own ideas about great opportunities – share them with us. We want to help you realize them as best as we can. Thank you to you and to everyone who helped make this initiative and the inaugural Summit possible. We will leave you with this, which were among the best phrases we heard that morning:

“Make your voice heard, claim your space and act.”

Every story has a beginning, here’s ours.


The IgniteWA team has been tracking along with the entire industry the Top Tech Issues to address in 2018. But we like to see these as tremendous opportunities that hide behind every perceived issue. It’s about having the right perspective and letting that lens focus on the solution.

  1. CYBERSECURITY: From WannaCry to Breaches to a Digital Geneva Convention, businesses of all sizes need to become super vigilant to update continuity plans, look at DR and make security policies part of everyday business life. How do you get educated and engage with the right partners to be secure and focus less on threats and more on your business? For security vendors/partners how can you grow your offering and push your IP into new needed areas to help better serve to exist and attract new customers?
  2. IMMIGRATION: From the travel ban, DACA and the green card backlog, having access to the pool of global talent your business needs to sustain, and grow is paramount. How are you supporting your current global workforce right here in the US and what your employee continuity plan is part of this?
  3. TECHNOLOGY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES: Ensuring a fair shot for everyone and serving under-connected communities opens new doors of business and partnership.
  4. DIVERSITY AND TECH: A watershed year for women and minorities in business. You need to ensure your business thrives from a diverse workforce and that pushes your thinking and approach.
  5. PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE: Understanding how your business adapts to changing regulations and how to best provide for your customer’s protection is no longer a nice to have it’s a must do.
  6. AI AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIETY: The future of technology
  7. SUSTAINABILITY AND THE PARIS ACCORD: The U.S. government pulled out, but the tech sector stayed in. Plan on how your business will contribute to protecting the environment and benefit from greener and more eco-friendly business opportunities.
  8. NET NEUTRALITY: It’s not over yet and what is your plan to assure you can reach all your intended customers both current and future – how will your business go forward.
  9. CODING IN SCHOOLS: A decisive year in a decade-long movement and yet we as a nation have a deficiency in science, technology, and innovation. Identify what your business brings to bear to take advantage of these gaps and support cloud and technology acceleration.
  10. GLOBALIZATION OF THE IT SECTOR: It’s a new world

As we advance in 2018, IgniteWA will focus are focused on 4 core areas to advance digital equity and inclusion:

  • TECHNOLOGY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES: Collaborating with all strategic partners to drive digital imperative bill and innovative solutions to provide digital access to all WA rural communities. #digitalimperative
  • DIVERSITY AND TECH: Launching #WomenInCloud initiative to advance women leaders and entrepreneurship in cloud computing
  • AI AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIETY: In collaboration with our strategic partners, we will develop and launch AI focused education and readiness programs for WA business owners.
  • NET NEUTRALITY: Creating groundswell movement to bring all communities together to provide collective voice and solutions to address Net Neutrality challenges.
  • PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Develop digital ready programs via public-private partnerships to advance digital inclusion.

Interested to tackle these opportunities with us? Then become part of the IgniteWA community, start here.