Celebrating Europe’s Most Impressive Women Students in Computer Science & Engineering

Milan

October 5-8, 2023

WHAT IS FIRST ASCENT: WOMEN IN TECH?

First Ascent: Women in Tech is an exclusive, four-day, all-expenses-paid retreat for twenty impressive women Computer Science & Engineering students who are studying in Europe.

Get to know plenty of other super talented women, visualize your future career in tech, and have a whole lot of fun from start to finish.

WHO ORGANIZES FIRST ASCENT: WOMEN IN TECH?

Bending Spoons, the fast-growing European tech company with over half a billion app downloads, organizes and hosts First Ascent: Women in Tech in Milan—Italy’s epicenter of innovation.

The event is completely free. All expenses, including travel, accommodation, and activities, are covered by Bending Spoons.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN FIRST ASCENT?

Network with the best

Collaborate with other incredibly talented women. Forge lifelong friendships and share your passions with like-minded peers.

Exercise your curiosity

Learn what to expect from a career in tech. Experienced, senior software engineers from Bending Spoons are on hand every step of the way to answer questions and provide insight.

Stimulate your mind

Search for creative solutions in a collaborative environment. Unleash your problem-solving skills through team challenges that fire up your imagination and help you grow professionally.

Experience a stunning city

Discover Milan, Italy’s tech capital. With its medieval structures and jaw-dropping skyscrapers, past and future stand side by side in a city that’s home to a thriving startup scene.
(The food, sport, and nightlife are rather special too!)

All expenses paid

Travel, accommodation, food, drinks, activities—it’s all paid for by Bending Spoons, sponsor and organizer of First Ascent: Women in Tech.

”We were promised a fun event, but reality surpassed any expectation.”
First ascent participant
”The event was fun and stimulating. My favourite moments were the great dinner with both Spooners and Ascenders and the conversations on topics like entrepreneurship and the latest innovation trends.”
First ascent participant
”Had lots of fun, was stimulated, had very interesting conversations, nice event overall.”
First ascent participant
”I found everything I expected. The opportunity to meet extraordinary people with whom to share doubts, curiosity and experiences. Two days of great value.”
First ascent participant
”Overall a great experience, with amazing people.”
First ascent participant
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Twenty applicants make the cut. We value an excellent academic track record, but you also score big by pursuing cool, tech-related or entrepreneurial side projects.

Here’s a full list of what it takes to become an Ascender:

  • You’re currently studying Computer Science, Information Technology, or Software Engineering, or you graduated in one of those fields in 2022 or 2023. Alternatively, you can demonstrate an impressive track record in programming outside of academia.
  • You identify as a woman.
  • You’re either European or you attend a European university and are eligible for travel to Italy.
  • You love creative problem solving and are eager to meet equally passionate, motivated people.
  • You speak and understand English well, as that’s the language of the event.
WHAT’S THE SELECTION PROCESS?

The whole process takes place online. We’ll announce the successful applicants in June 2023.

A thorough selection process ensures the exceptional level of all First Ascent participants. We’ve designed each step to shine a light on your talent.

  • CV, cover letter, and university transcript
  • Applied logic problems
  • Online interview
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