Harassment Not Tolerated at Philly Tech Week

High-profile incidents of sexism at other conferences lead to caution here.

NewsWorks reports that the organizers of Philly Tech Week are taking steps to prevent the harassment of women during events this year; some high-profile incidents at other conferences and in the broader tech community have led to the caution.

“We don’t have a way to enforce it necessarily but we want to make sure people know who want to come to the events that it should be a welcoming environment for anyone,” said Corinne Warnshuis, events coordinator for Technically Philly.

Other efforts are underway in the city to make tech less of a men’s game.

A group called LadyHacks holds an all-women coding event this weekend. Warnshuis says the hope is once they’re in the door of the tech world, they’ll stick around, possibly changing the culture.

Philly Tech Week starts April 4.