Twelve years ago Adriana Gascoigne started Girls In Tech in San Fransisco to promote and improve gender equality within the tech and startup industries. Prompted by her own personal experience working as the only woman in a startup of 30 workers, Gascoigne has exponentially grown the non-profit beyond the US, with a total of 43 chapters in 32 countries and over 62,000 members today.
Suffice to say, Gascoigne has inspired a lot of people all over the world, including in Indonesia.
In 2011, less than 20% of participants in the Indonesian tech industry was women. Troubled by this fact, Aulia Halimatussadiah and Anantya van Bronckhorst, both longtime industry professionals, took their lead from Girls In Tech to set up its Indonesian chapter that same year.
For more than 12 years, Bronckhorst has led Think.Web, an end-to-end creative digital agency whose list of clients include Huawei and Acer. Halimatussadiah, meanwhile, began her career as a blogger before co-founding Storial.co and NulisBuku.com, both online writing platforms