appear.in CEO voted 1 of 50 leading women in tech!

For the second year in a row, Abelia and ODA announce Norway's 50 leading women in Tech – to showcase talented women in the sector. Ingrid Ødegaard, appear.in Founder & CEO, is listed among these 50. In addition, she is 1 of 10 other female tech leaders who are also founders in the IT industry.

 Ingrid joined by fellow female leaders that were awarded today, that all are part of or have been part of telenor Norway.

Ingrid joined by fellow female leaders that were awarded today, that all are part of or have been part of telenor Norway.

In Norway, as in many other countries, a significantly higher proportion of men work within technology. Women account for only 26 percent of the employees, and 17 percent of senior executives in the IT industry.

On the International Women's Day, it's extra fun working in a company that's modern in every way!

After talking to appear.in colleagues and industry acquaintances with female executives, it's clear that we share the inspiration, motivation and importance of both working for and representing a company with a female leader in the tech industry. Not only is Ingrid in the 17 percent category of women executives in the IT industry. Our CEO is also a female leader in a tech Startup, representing a small group of only 1% female tech founders in Norway, according to recent studies.

Being an influencer

As Ingrid said when being asked by the host at the award seminar, she never expected she would "end up" in the tech business. However, she does think it might have been a meaningful inspiration that her dad brought home a computer that she got to play with when she was just 13 years old.

"I had to learn how to code a little at a very young age when my dad brought a computer back home. I guess I knew it was possible to learn IT already back then, and subconsciously followed the tech path"

– Ingrid Ødegaard, Founder & CEO

Subconsciously or not, Ingrid is a role model in the industry, and so was her dad. It is important to emphasize that a leader will always be a role model and influencer regardless of gender. The actions and leadership style you choose will affect how attractive the IT industry is for both women and men.

In the "Founder/Entrepreneur Section" of the ranking, Ingrid Ødegaard is joined by 9 other female leaders;

 After the breakfast seminar celebrating female tech leaders, Ingrid and the 49 others were presented a diploma 

After the breakfast seminar celebrating female tech leaders, Ingrid and the 49 others were presented a diploma 

  • Laila Danielsen, Elliptic Labs

  • Karen Dolva, NoIsolation

  • Åste Einn, Payr

  • Kristil Erla Håland, JodaCare AS

  • Kathrine Molvik, FeC AS

  • Sigrid Petersson Nedkvitne, Friskus AS

  • Marianne Bratt Ricketts, Vibbio

  • Christine Spiten, BluEye Robotics

  • Anne Lise Waal, Attensi

  • Ingrid Oline Skeide Ødegaard, appear.in


Abelia is, with their 2100 members, the NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) Association for Knowledge and Technology. 

ODA is the leading meeting place for women in tech in the Nordics with more than 8000 members and more than 30 strategic partners across various industries.

You can read more about the awards here (in Norwegian).

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Meri Sorgaard, Product Marketing Manager

Meri is our Social Media and Marketing wizard with endless enthusiasm for Norwegian nature, travelling and cooking. She thinks like a digital native and has at least two smartphones, a tablet and a laptop on her at all times. She has a degree in educational theory and uses that as her approach to marketing, communication and PR. As one of the youngsters in the team Meri already has half a decade within digital marketing in her hiking backpack, and knows who to poke when we have cool updates and stories to share. You never have to ask her what she did over the weekend, as it’s a safe bet it involved an outdoorsy activity (or you saw her always updated Snapchat-story).