Rebel Stories – We Shape Tech Bern


Everyone has a story to tell.

Everybody can draw.

Under these assumptions we shaped our last community event in Bern. Located at the inspiring office of Nothing Interactive we enjoyed an inspiring evening full with stories, drawing and portraits.

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Our starting point for these Rebel Stories has been the highly recommended book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”, a compilation of hundred bedtime stories about the life of extraordinary women from the past and the present. Since we do believe there is a rebel inside everyone, we encourage the attendees to draw their own portraits as superheroes to show their superpowers, strengths and weaknesses.

Lara Portmann shared with us her own story about gender diversity at Nothing Interactive. Five years ago Lara was the only woman on board, nowadays women are almost forty percent of the employees. But how did they manage to improve their women quota?  As Lara explained to us, everything started just talking about the issue and given the problem some visibility within the company.


As we said, everyone can draw but not all of us know how.

Visualization techniques are powerful tools to make information understandable. Monica Ray Scott introduced us how we can effectively communicate through visualizing and why we should take advantage of it during meetings and project’s development. She was supported by Andrea Berset who did the live graphic recording from her tips and suggestions .


Following Andrea made us a quick introduction about drawing from characters and how to use basic forms into our portraits. As she said – “Visualizing can be learnt”. And so we did. Learning by doing.


Time for drawing: we all tried our best to set down our capabilities, superpowers and challenges on paper. With the resulting portraits we built a stunning wall gallery packed with brave and rebel stories.



And after a short plenum where some of the portraits were presented by their authors was time for our networking Apéro. This time we could enjoy the vegan treats from co-kitchen, simply delicious!!


Thank you all for the inspiring evening and especially to those who helped us during the event and to our sponsor Nothing Interactive. We hope to see you soon in some of our future events. Stay tuned joining our newsletter or following us in Facebook and Twitter. And most importantly: keep on being rebel.

You can check all photos from this event in our gallery.

One for all – all for one


Sadly, our board member Marike Carsten who supported us for more than 1.5 years is leaving by the end of this year. Marike, your open mind was always a delight and your ability to tackle and get things done was and is pretty amazing – thank you for the time you spent with us and thank you for your good-bye blogpost with the wonderful title «one for all – all for one».

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Monika Blaser kommt zu WST Bern


Sie wollte immer Floristin werden. Doch kurz vor dem Unterzeichnen des Lehrvertrages wurde bei ihr eine Pollenallergie festgestellt – zum Glück, wie man heute sagen kann, sonst wäre sie nie in der spannenden IT-Welt gelandet. Nach der KV-Lehre gelang der Direkteinstieg in den EDV-Support in der Nahrungs- und Genussmittelindustrie. Über diverse Weiterbildungen führte ihr Weg von der Applikations- und Systembetreuerin beim Kanton zu den Datenbanken im Energiesektor. Im Team wie auch an Ausbildungen war sie meistens die einzige Frau, was sie nie störte. Im Gegenteil – die Männer schätzten ihre Ansichten und als Teamleiterin wurde sie respektiert. Über Diversität und Frauen in der Technik hat sie sich nie gross Gedanken gemacht. Bis zum Tag, als nach einer Reorganisation einer ihrer Mitarbeiter kündigte, mit der Begründung, dass er keine Frau als Chefin akzeptieren könne. Da lernte sie WeShapeTech kennen. Besonders das Netzwerk sowie die kleinen konkreten Beispiele, die man für Alltagssituationen lernt, schätzt sie sehr. Als Wirtschaftsinformatikerin FH und mit 15 Jahren Informatik Erfahrung, arbeitet sie aktuell bei einem Finanzdienstleister im Innovationsteam. Um erfolgreich neue, innovative Geschäftsideen zu generieren, sind verschiedene Meinungen, Charaktere und Erfahrungen enorm wertvoll. Deshalb haben alle vom Team einen unterschiedlichen Background. In ihrer Freizeit ist sie Tauchlehrerin und reist leidenschaftlich gern.

Monika Blaser hat We Shape Tech bei der Organisation vom Event «Lebenswege» unterstützt und wird sich zukünftig als Vorstandsmitglied von We Shape Tech Bern weiter für das Netzwerk engagieren! Wir freuen uns sehr darüber und heissen Monika herzlich willkommen in unserem Vorstand!

Alice Baumann


Every month we ask one individual in our network a few questions about their way into tech, their motivation and their lessons learned.

Let’s start from the beginning: tell us about where you’re from!

I was born in Schaffhausen. My father is Swiss, my mother Danish. This multicultural mixture made me very open-minded, creative and cosmopolitan.

What valuable advice did you get from your parents?

Never give up – always follow your dream! As photographers, journalists and authors, they were perfect role models: They met a lot of interesting people, travelled a lot, wrote thousands of articles and published many books. And even though they are in their 80ties by now they still follow their passion: Their new book about the lovely aspects of Schaffhausen will be celebrated in November. Creativity keeps them young. I share their fire, their courage and their hope to make the world a better place.

How did you become interested in tech?

For many years I worked as a journalist, coach and community manager. After my two studies in Communication and Social Media Management I enjoyed a study travel to the Silicon Valley. To discover new trends like Augmented Reality blew my head off: I returned as a tech fan and became a director of strategic marketing and innovation at Losinger Marazzi. We develop Smart Cities and offer our clients the entire life cycle of buildings.

What aspects of your work are you proudest of?

Thanks to several studies and my long and broad experience in the working field, I happen to inspire and motivate many people in our company, from top management to employees. We define Human Smart Cities and many other subjects.

What drives you at work?

As an Innovation Manager, I am at least two years ahead with my research. That makes me lead the was for our constructing experts. My vision of buildings as well as of new strategies and methods makes me an inspiring leader and coach for the top management as well as for our teams at the front.

What has been your toughest challenge you faced while working in tech?

I am a woman. I am a Swiss-German speaking Swiss-Danish woman with a long history of studies and diverse professional experiences, including freelance jobs, and I was not socialised in real estate. The majority of the management board are male (78 out of 80), french speaking engineers or lawyers, some of them with no other professional background than the multinational group Bouygues, which Losinger Marazzi is part of. I am the provocative and sometimes hurting stone in their shoes, as they say.

What advice would you give other women in tech?

Never give up. Follow your dream. The stone in your own show can change into a crystal. But: Never give yourself up. If your managing job hurts too much change the horse and ride away towards the rising sun. There is always another dream to be followed. Don’t suffer – enjoy life!