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Patron Program: Women in Tech

New Faces of Asian Entrepreneurship
"Elemoon" is the world's first smart accessory. (Jing Zhou/Elemoon)

This program is open to Asia Society Patrons only. For more information, please contact our Membership Office at 212-327-9302 or email [email protected].

Private reception to follow

Only 3% of tech start-ups are founded by women. And yet, studies show that female-founded tech companies are more efficient and profitable than the 97% founded by men.

Join Asia Society for a conversation with two inspiring female entrepreneurs from China and Pakistan as we explore the secret to success in the competitive tech start-up sphere. These young women will share stories about their professional journeys as they leverage the best of American and Asian innovation and manufacturing in unique ways to reach new audiences.

Jing Zhou, a native of China, is a reporter-turned-entrepreneur based in NYC. She is the founder of Elemoon, a fashion wearable startup that bridges art and technology. Its initial product, the Elemoon bracelet, is the world's first smart accessory that lets you change its designs to match every outfit or occasion, get custom alerts, helps you find your phone and more. Zhou's team spans the globe — from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai and Shenzhen — and encourages female leadership and creativity. In 2010, she co-founded the China Chapter of Girls in Tech and spoke at the UN about how to build an ecosystem that supports female innovation.

Shaan Kandawalla, a native of Pakistan, is the founder of PlayDate Digital, which makes educational apps for kids. PlayDate Digital apps feature Hasbro brands like Play-Doh, My Little Pony, and Transformers. Her experiences breaking gender norms began in 1996 when she was barred from competing in the Olympics by Pakistani officials who objected to women wearing bathing suits in public. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Business School and served on the board of Women in Toys.

For a New York Times article about Zhou's work, click here.


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Phone: 212-327-9302

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Event Details

Tue 9 Dec 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm

725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street), New York, NY