Video: Diversity in Tech Companies

Zalando co-hosted the tech event, ‘Innovation Upclose’ in Stockholm together with Swedish startups, Soundtrack Your Brand, Tobii Technology and Paradox Interactive. The after-work gathering featured a panel discussion on the topic of innovation and fostering tech culture. Zalando was represented by Stacia Carr, Head of Engineering, and the debate was moderated by Mark Scott, Chief Technology Correspondent at Politico. 

Stockholm has a strong startup community and is one of Europe's most concentrated pools of tech talent. We can learn a lot from the cultural climate here, and participating in an event like Innovation Upclose is a way for us to get an injection of inspiration and get to know the scene better.

Stacia Carr, Head of Engineering at Zalando
Zalando SE Stacia Carr Head of Engineering at Zalando

The evening drew an eclectic crowd from the Swedish tech scene, e-commerce industry, investors, institutions and interested media. The discussion was followed by an open Q&A session, where the panel participants answered questions spanning from how to hire the best talent and what to ask during an interview, to fair gender representation in tech heavy companies and how a diverse workforce fosters innovation at large.

Curious about the panel discussion? Watch the video here:

Innovation Upclose Stockholm

About the companies:

  • Soundtrack Your Brand is a Spotify-backed company on a mission to kill bad background music. Our state-of the-art music streaming platform and scientifically proven content curation model are crafted by connoisseurs and perfected with technology.
  • Since opening its doors in 2001, Tobii has gone from a small Swedish ‘garage’ startup to the world leader in eye tracking. Today, listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and employing some 700 great Tobiians, we have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go.
  • Paradox Interactive is a leading global publisher of strategy games for PC. The world-renowned strategy catalog stretches back to 1999, and the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe.
  • Politico is a global news and information company at the intersection of politics and policy. POLITICO has one of the most robust and rapidly expanding roster of journalists covering politics and policy in the world.