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.

Cracking the Confidence Gap – where confidence wears more than one skirt.

_GEB0086by Catherine Ebneter

Last Wednesday We Shape Tech hosted a work-shop style event aimed at cracking the Confidence Gap. Over 79 participants joined together to tackle the challenging topic, exchange life hacks and learn new strategies to boost their self-confidence.

The event kicked off with a delicious welcome apéro hosted by Ginetta and a brief introduction of what the Confidence Gap is by Janine Fuchs and Marike Carstens of the WST team. Ginetta researcher, Simone Reichlin, dug deeper into the topic by explaining attachment theory – how self-confidence develops in childhood. As children mature, data reveals that a gap in confidence between boys and girls becomes evident, one that often carries on into adulthood.

According to research presented in The Confidence Code, “men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both, [but] their performances do not differ in quality.” A lack of self-confidence is often why women do not speak up in meetings, feel unworthy of positions they are qualified for and overestimate risks while underestimating rewards. Read more about the Confidence Gap between men and women here.

_GEB0176In preparation for the work-shop part of the event, participants were asked to complete the Nice Girls Self-Assessment found in the best-selling book Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, by executive coach, Lois P. Frankel. The assessment identifies seven areas where low self-confidence can affect how we behave in our professional lives, for example, how we play the game, how we act and how we think. Participants joined one of the discussion groups based on their self-assessment.

_GEB0164Each group was given the task of identifying how low-self esteem can shape one’s behavior at work – how does low-self esteem affect the way we think? Conversations were buzzing with personal examples of dilemmas group members had faced. One participant, for instance, shared that customers often challenge her expertise, and she fears that when she responds assertively she appears rude.

_GEB0149Groups were then asked to brainstorm life hacks to help overcome these types of obstacles. As the workshop ended, a spokesperson from each group took the floor to share their group’s findings and the life hacks they had assembled.


How You Brand Yourself

  • If you are looking for a job make a video of yourself as it will distinguish you from other candidates
  • Be proud of who you are and do not be afraid to take credit for your work

How You Play the Game

  • Discover the unwritten rules of the company by talking to as many co-workers as possible
  • Remember you are not a victim of the game, you are an equal player

How You Think

  • Do not be afraid to communicate your misgivings about a project or a deadline to your boss
  • Trust your gut and expertise

How You Respond

  • Place yourself purposely in situations that stretch your boundaries to practice meaningful responses
  • If you think of something you should have communicated, follow-up with an email

How You Sound

  • Take pauses while speaking to allow others time to reflect
  • Think of conversations as mini-speeches to help structure your communication

How You Act

  • Practice Power Posing
  • Block the perception that people are rating you


WST was also fortunate to receive personal life hacks via skype from role models who have strived to overcome the Confidence Gap! Please take a moment to appreciate their messages.

Undoubtedly, the battle of boosting self-confidence is shared by many, but possible to overcome especially when we join together. Stay posted for our next activities and Save the Date on October 18 for our Master21 & WST Codeweek Event at EWZ Selnau. Looking forward to seeing you there!






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WE SHAPE TECH Christmas Dinner


…and before you can realize, it’s almost Christmas time again. Have you planned your holidays already? Do you already know which gifts you will give to whom? And frankly speaking, didn’t you promise yourself that that next year, you want to enjoy the pre-Christmas time more deeply? Anyhow. Here is your chance to detach from the Christmas hazzle, lean back and meet other inspiring ladies such as yourself!
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Recruiting, Retaining and Leading Diverse Teams

The fourth We Shape Tech event in Zurich was dedicated to recruit, retain and lead diverse teams. This was our first event that was explicitly open for a diverse audience, so everyone was very pleased that the number of male participants on this evening was correspondingly high. We listened to representatives from Siroop, Southpole and Google Switzerland who shared fruitful insights with us. The event was hosted by Google Switzerland and moderated by Daniel Frei.
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HEALTHINAR presents the code girls and <>


Sunjoy from HEALTHINAR – digital healthcare specialists with extensive experience in hospitals, health insurance, communication & marketing – and me met over twitter, in fact we met for the second time in our lives. Thirteen years ago we already got to know each other, offline and through mutual friends. The event by HEALTHINAR with the code girls and their booklet <>, which I read and loved, brought us back in contact.
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