Vivianne Bendermacher is a well-known tech expert hailing from the Netherlands. She is the founder of Techionista; an on- and offline platform that focuses on empowering women via technology. She...
Vivianne Bendermacher is a well-known tech expert hailing from the Netherlands. She is the founder of Techionista; an on- and offline platform that focuses on empowering women via technology. She believes the world needs more female role models when it comes to tech, in order to inspire women to embrace technology.Thanks to her frequent presence in media - shes a tech expert on national television, writes tech columns for a variety of well-known brands, and talks about tech and science on national radio - she became a role model herself.
Bendermachers genuine wonderment around innovation is rather infectious. Whether its a complicated topic or an issue that seems ever so simple: she explains and interprets technological developments in a highly entertaining way. As a speaker shes not satisfied until the attendees feel, as she puts it: Future Euphoria. Bendermacher was only 26 years old when she became the editor in chief of one of the oldest popular science magazines in the Netherlands: KIJK. A few years later she launched a second popular science brand: Know How.
In 2014 she decided to leave the two brands to become the editor in chief of VIVA: one of the biggest female focused media brands in the Netherlands.Now, shes scaling her start-up Techionista. One of the main goals is to educate women with coding skills. She organizes free coding classes and is developing a coding course with a job guarantee. In the Netherlands only 10 percent of the programmers are female. Bendermacher: Within a few years everything - from sports to fashion - will be tech. If women don't want to miss out, we should focus on programming right now."