Women in the Manufacturing Industry
Women are playing a growing role in the manufacturing industry, traditionally dominated by men. They now hold leadership positions, do engineering work and are involved in advanced technology developments. This shift toward greater diversity highlights women’s potential for valuable contributions to technological advancement and industrial growth. Organizations recognize this importance and are implementing measures such as mentoring programs and inclusive work environments to promote equal opportunity. Striving for equal representation of men and women is crucial to leveraging diverse perspectives, ideas and innovations, benefiting both companies and the industry as a whole.
During ESEF Maakindustrie, the “Women in the Manufacturing Industry” event will be organized on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. In the Future Arena, women working in the manufacturing industry will talk about their experiences and engage in a panel discussion. The event will end with a networking lunch.
Program - Maakindustrie Future Arena
Choosing a career in tech – and why female role models are so important
Speaker: Eline van Uden – Freelance filmmaker and copywriter in tech
Role models play an important role in attracting (much needed) new talent. By having women tell their stories, you can ensure that tech comes alive among young girls and women. Conversely, inspiring stories role models can also inspire the industry itself to invest more in creating inclusive work environments.
Time: 11:45 – 12:00
Blossoming a startup into a full-fledged tech company in ten years
Speaker: Nina Hoff – CEO of ByFlow 3D Food Printing
Nina candidly talks about what it is like to lead a technology startup that has grown into a successful company for almost a decade. In 2016, the company launched the first food printer that lets you choose the shape, texture and taste of a dish. But the mission of byFlow goes beyond a unique taste experience: as a knowledge and development partner of several multinational companies, they work on innovative solutions that produce food on a large scale and in a sustainable way.
Time: 12:00 – 12:15
Let nothing stop you from following your ambitions
Speaker: Aniek Averesch – director at Brink Steel Construction – Circular Steel
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Time: 12:15- 12:30 p.m.
Welcome to our engaging panel discussion during ESEF Maakindustrie, where we will shine the spotlight on a crucial and often underexposed aspect of manufacturing: women in the industry. Our expert panel, composed of prominent professionals and visionary leaders, will engage in an in-depth conversation about the role of women in the manufacturing industry, the challenges they face and the inspiring successes they have achieved. This discussion offers unique insight into women’s diverse contributions to innovation, technology and advancement within the manufacturing industry. Let’s engage in dialogue together, break down barriers and strive for a more inclusive future for the manufacturing industry.
Time: 12:30 – 13.00
A networking lunch focused on women in the manufacturing industry provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the strength and diversity of women professionals in this sector. This gathering allows women from different facets of the manufacturing industry to come together to share experiences, exchange ideas and inspire each other. The informal setting of the luncheon provides a relaxed atmosphere where participants can network, make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. Sharing successes, challenges and insights can not only strengthen mutual bonds, but also contribute to increasing the visibility of women professionals in the manufacturing industry. This networking lunch thus contributes to promoting equality and empowerment within this exciting industry.
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Information about the speakers
Eline van Uden
Freelance filmmaker and copywriter in tech
Eline worked for years in the High Tech industry but decided two years ago to focus on making videos and texts for technological companies and institutes. She is currently working on a documentary about women in tech together with documentary filmmaker D2D Media (commissioned by Eindhoven University of Technology).
CEO of ByFlow
Nina has been CEO of the Eindhoven-based company byFlow since 2015. An entrepreneur at heart, she won the Tech Entrepreneur of the Year title from the Techionista awards in 2018. ByFlow develops 3D printing technology that allows people to make – and experience – food in a new way.
Director of Brink Steel Construction – Circular Steel
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