On Friday 7 May 2024, WeAreTechWomen hosted their annual WeAreTech Festival at Etc Venues, St Paul’s in London.

The WeAreTech Festival welcomed 250 guests through its doors with several hundred joining virtually, for an action-packed day lined with inspiring speakers who provided wisdom through keynotes, panels and interactive workshops. Focussed solely on the career development of women in tech in the UK, the WeAreTech Festival was sponsored by Nationwide, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, FTI Consulting, BAE Systems and Dentsu. Key topics included: why the tech industry needs women; highlights from the recent Tech Talent Charter report; the benefits of coaches; mentors and sponsors; negotiation skills; and how to navigate a squiggly career.

In the afternoon, we covered how to raise your profile, banishing your inner imposter, women’s health and several panels including navigating your career your way, senior leaders sharing their top tips and how to showcase your true potential.

Over the course of the day, guests also benefited from access to job opportunities and access to on-site coaches to help shape their careers. There were several speed networking and mentoring interactions led by the Founder of WeAreTechWomen, Vanessa Vallely OBE, leading to over 1,000 connections being made.

Throughout the day, our attendees were polled via Slido. On the one hand, 55% of our audiences felt supported in their careers, 74% had access to either mentoring or sponsorship programmes, and 50% had negotiated their own pay successfully. On the other, 81% did not feel that pathways to progression were clear in their organisations and 65% stated they felt uncomfortable raising their own profiles at work.

Our second WeAreTech Festival was a resounding success, with attendees citing it was the ‘best conference for women in tech’ they had ever attended.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the companies who funded places for their women in tech, our volunteers, our exhibitors, our host Julia Streets and to our amazing speakers: Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Laura Moore (Sky), Laura Hill (Morgan Stanley), Rachel Fray (Dentsu), Kellie Kwarteng (Elevate Women in Tech), Jane Mustoe (Tesco), Zehra Chatoo (Meta), Sheree Atcheson (Valtech), Natalie Reynolds (Accenture), Nadia Edwards-Dashti (Harrington Star), Lopa Patel MBA, Siobhan Bermingham (Scotwork UK), Flavilla Fongang (Black Rise, GTA Black Women in Tech), Caroline Graham, (PwC), Amanda Newman (Accenture), Birgit Neu, Susie Ramropp, Preeti Shingadia (Bank of America), Jill Hitchen (EY), Evie Mackay (FTI Consulting), Yota Trom, Hena Naranbhai, Dr Laura David, Shilpa Shah (Deloitte), Vanessa Sanyauke (The Hill App and Girls Talk Corporation), Kasia Wojciechowska and Donna Herdsman.

Did you enjoy attending our WeAreTech Festival or wish you had attended? Join our other events this year: Women in Tech Week on 7-11 October and Level Up Summit in Q4 of 2024.

Festival Polls

There were several polls running throughout the day which gained valuable insights to how women in tech feel in terms of their career progression.

Audience Polls
Felt that they are receiving the support needed at work in order to progress their career 55%
Have access to mentoring or sponsorship programmes within the workplace 74%
Those that have negotiated their pay successfully 50%
Those that felt there are no pathways for progression/promotion within their organisation 81%
Those that felt uncomfortable raising their own profile 65%
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