The MACH Alliance continues to reinforce its position as a forward-thinking organization in the composable space. While technology is at the heart of its mission, people and experiences represent the soul – and that was illustrated in the publishing of a first-of-its-kind “Women in MACH Manifesto for Gender Equality.”
Collectively developed by over 100 women in tech (and a select few male allies), the MACH Manifesto was developed by an international contingent of attendees at the inaugural Women in MACH event and awards ceremony, organized by Mindcurv.
The event, which was held 22nd and 23rd of September in Madrid, brought together advocates for gender equality from across the MACH technology community to network and deliver inspiring sessions about technology, leadership, and diversity & inclusion (D&I).
Advocating for Equality through the MACH Movement
The manifesto is a document that calls on technology companies to take further steps to advance equal opportunities for everyone. Businesses are invited to sign the document, signaling their commitment to taking action toward this goal. Some of the topics included equal pay, equality in hiring, promotions based on merit, culture, representation in leadership, and more.
One sobering data point: a live poll at the conference found that an overwhelming majority of attendees – 90% – said they had felt discriminated against at some point in their careers due to their gender.
“MACH is a modern category, and the companies we work for are driving forward a new era in enterprise technology,” said Holly Hall, Managing Director at the MACH Alliance. “In parallel, we feel obligated to urge companies in our ecosystem to do more when it comes to nurturing the success of women. We want to help the sector become more active contributors on the subject of gender equality not simply because we know it’s right, but because we know women already play a crucial role at many of these enterprises. Our goal is to elevate their contributions and pave the way for others to succeed in this space.”
Supporting Meaningful Outcomes by Signing the Manifesto
According to the MACH Alliance, all companies are welcome to sign the manifesto, and participants will receive a badge to promote their commitment to the vision. By signing, an organization is also agreeing to take steps outlined in the manifesto to create meaningful space for women in MACH.
In addition to providing ongoing resources that align with the manifesto’s mission, the Alliance will publish bi-annual reports to chronicle how participating organizations are moving the needle on D&I metrics and other measurable data points related to women in MACH.
“Our Women in MACH event showed the strength of female leadership in what is still a male dominated industry,” said Markus Tillman, EVP at Mindcurv. “By coming together we can help advance each other, the workplace for current and future generations, the MACH category and the tech sector as a whole. We want the manifesto to become a guiding star for everyone who is active in the rapidly growing MACH community, with the goal to carry the manifesto into the world to drive change.”
Mindcurv, the company that hosted the event, is a system integrator headquartered in Germany. The company is a member of MACH Alliance, the group of independent tech companies dedicated to advocating for open, best-of-breed technology ecosystems.
About the MACH Alliance
The MACH Alliance is a [501(c)(6)] non-profit organization, governed by an independent board and does not endorse specific vendors, members or otherwise. The Alliance was formed in June 2020 to help enterprise organizations navigate the complex modern technology landscape. It aims to guide and show the business advantage of open tech ecosystems that are Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS and Headless. All MACH Alliance members meet certification principles that are published on the website. The MACH Alliance welcomes technology companies and individual industry experts who share the same vision for the future. Learn more at machalliance.org, read here about MACH certification and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.