Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2019
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Women entrepreneurs

Technology is omnipresent in everyone’s daily life, and women are entering a world that was previously dominated by men more boldly. Creating technological innovations requires specialist competences and skills, which are becoming highly sought after on the labour market. That is why, as a bank, we engage in initiatives supporting women’s entrepreneurship and the development of their technological skills. We are striving to reduce gender inequalities which are still high in the IT world (to the disadvantage of women).

At Santander Bank Polska we support the development of women both inside and outside the organisation. You can read about our diversity and gender equality projects here.

Women in Tech Summit 2019 – women encode the future

It was great to participate in an event where women are in the foreground as experts with their skills and experience. The workshops and panels were informative and interesting, touching on important aspects of our industry: cyber security, artificial intelligence, supporting diversity. Of great value was the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions with people who have many achievements in the technology industry

Ewelina Piochowiak
Test Engineer, IT Area Payments Building Block, Santander Bank Polska

The Women In Tech Summit was a place of exchange of international trends and experiences and for me personally it was a great inspiration for future development and pursuit of the goal. I was very proud of Santander’s stand – it just looked its best and served the best coffee.

Monika Sikorska
Dev Engineer, Tribe Content Management & Process Automation, Santander Bank Polska

It was the largest event for women in technology and science in Europe organized by the Educational Perspectives Foundation. Our bank was the official partner of this initiative, which aims to show the strength of women in modern technologies. Cybersecurity was one of the key topics addressed in 2019. For more information about cyber security programmes go to here.

The meeting is an opportunity to exchange experiences, inspire and meet the most outstanding women working in the technology sector all over the world – programmers, female scientists, as well as students of IT and Engineering. Among the participants of the conference there were students of technology universities, science majors from Polish universities and a group of students from Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Belarus), Central Asia (Uzbekistan) and Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia).

The event was attended by three female bank employees who received free tickets to the conference as part of a competition organized during Women’s Tech Week.

Women in Tech Summit 2019:
  • Workshops and lectures on 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Big Data.
  • The special guest was Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, a 26-year-old physicist from Harvard, considered one of the most eminent minds of the young generation, called the „new Einstein”.
  • One of the main speakers was Elżbieta Solińska, Chief Operations Officer at Santander Bank Polska, who talked about many dimensions of modern banking – including the digital revolution and security, the role of related employee competences and the talent sought after on the market.
  • The organizers made available to the participants the legendary German encryption machine called the Enigma.

"Women in Tech 2019" in numbers:

  • 2

    days of meetings, lectures and workshops

  • 6,350

    participants from 52 countries worldwide

  • 2,977

    student grants for free participation in the conference

  • 52

    country representatives at the event

  • 150

    speakers and lecturers

  • 80

    technology workshops on career and soft skills

  • 154

    mentoring sessions

Women’s Tech Week

A week dedicated to women who actively participate in the transformation of our bank in the area of new technologies.

As part of the event:
  • We discussed examples of professions that transform our bank;
  • We presented the stories of women in Santander Bank Polska – experts in the selected fields – who work on the development of processes, products and services and guard our security in cyberspace;
  • We organized a contest – every day in the publications issued as part of Women’s Tech Week we asked a question about a specific competence of the future. The winners received free tickets to the Women in Tech Summit 2019 conference.