Global Networking pass

WeAreTechWomen are excited to release tickets to join us on our virtual networking platform – 11-13 May

Global Networking pass

ONE TECH WORLD  |  11- 13 MAY 2021

If you cannot make this year’s conference, you don’t have to miss out on the networking. 

If you already have a conference ticket, access to our virtual world is free.

We are opening up our virtual networking platform to individuals who are not attending our flagship conference.  You can join us 6.00am – 7.00am (BST) if you are coming in from a global time zone or 6pm – 7 pm (BST).

Join us in our virtual world and explore areas such as our virtual alpine bar, library, rooftop lounge, cyber world lounge, AI world lounge and our jobseekers’ lounge. Whilst on the platform, you will also have the opportunity to meet our conference sponsors and make those important networking connections.

One Tech World virtual networkingHow the platform works

You can access the platform via your Edge or Chrome browsers.  Once inside the platform, you will become an avatar.  By using the direction keys on your computer you can move your avatar around our various lounges and chill out spaces.  As you walk towards other avatars on the platform, zoom windows appear that enable you to chat with others.  It’s a super cool way to network!  You can join other conversations on the platform wherever you see other avatars.  No personal information is shown other than the name you input when you log in to the platform.

One Tech World virtual networking


We hope you will join us to expand your network and make fantastic global connections.


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Inspirational Woman: Nyala Noë | Data Scientist, Empirisys

Nyala NoeMy name is Nyala Noë and I am a data scientist. I am Dutch, but was born in Germany and grew up in France.

I completed my Masters in Social Psychology at the VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2014 and my PhD in Computer Science and Informatics from Cardiff University (Wales) in 2018. Since 2018, I have been working as a data scientist, first at Centrica, then as a founding employee of Empirisys, since January 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I have been working in STEM-related fields since 2014 and before that graduated with a psychology degree. I have lived and worked in six different countries and speak four languages. I recently took the biggest plunge of my career by becoming a founding employee of Empirisys, a new tech startup focused on culture and safety. Empirisys is geared towards high hazard industries (oil& gas, manufacturing, constructions, chemicals, etc), but any workplace can benefit from a strong safety culture.

During my masters in social psychology at the VU Amsterdam, I developed a particular interest in human relationships and culture. I mostly learned how difficult it is to influence human behaviour, especially in such large groups as a workplace, but that is why I took up the challenge with Empirisys. What I did learn is that there are many different ways of measuring behaviour and attitudes, both directly through surveys, and indirectly, through observations. The environment or nature of the work often traps humans in committing errors they otherwise would not have made. Identifying these human error traps is the first step towards addressing them. Safety is also not just physical, it is also the psychological safety to being able to speak up and point out problems with an asset or being able to stop working when an employee perceives there is a safety risk. It’s this interplay between physical and psychological safety that fascinates me most, with one influencing the other in a continuous feedback loop.

But before joining Empirisys, I truly started my career as a data scientist 3 years ago at Centrica, where I was part of a large team of data scientists, supporting the business with business insights, process improvements, and even fraud detection. However, I soon realised that I wanted a different challenge, and more importantly I wanted to work for myself. This is how I came to work for Empirisys who fulfilled all those criteria: a small team involved at all levels of the business with a goal I could fully get behind. I learned to program during my PhD in Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University, which I finished as I had already started working for Centrica full-time. It is during my PhD that I learned to program for the first time, unlocking a new way of manipulating and analysing large amounts of data I had not come across before. It is in my time in industry that I learned how to effectively apply these techniques, in ways that can actually make a difference to people.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

My career in data science was mostly accidental. I had always thought that I would stay in academia and become a researcher. My ambition at first was to become a professor in social psychology. However, I wanted to give industry a shot, because I didn’t want to rule out something I had not tried before. As I was finishing my PhD and no longer benefited from PhD funding, I started looking for a job and was lucky to get accepted to Centrica as a data scientist. At the beginning, I thought I would do this for a year or so, and then return to academia. Working as a data scientist really suited me, I enjoyed working in a team (which was a big change after mostly working alone on my PhD!) and the structure given by agile and being part of a development team. During my time at Centrica, I got a mentor who guided me in thinking about my career and where I wanted to end up. Also talking to my peers and my managers helped me formulate bit by bit what I wanted to get out of my career.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

When I first joined industry, I had to adjust to the way the corporate world worked. There was no room for perfectionism in the environment I worked in. Everything I did had to be useful to the business in some way, so I had to learn to work quickly and efficiently to deliver. I set myself really high standards, not wanting to compromise the quality of my work or my time spent researching what the best technique would be. However, I quickly learned that this was not sustainable. As data scientists, we each have our specialities, whether that is a stronger background in statistics, stronger software engineering skills, or expertise in specific algorithms, such as neural networks. I learned that I did not have to be the expert in each of these domains, and that I could rely on my team members for support where needed. In return, I was able to help them in the domains they were less confident about. It’s thanks to our complementary strengths and weaknesses that we were able to address many different challenges as a data science team.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

One of my biggest achievements to date is getting my PhD in Computer Science, despite having come from a background in psychology and only having a very rudimentary understanding of programming before becoming a PhD candidate.

More recently, I was part of the 4-member founding team of Empirisys. I would have never thought that I would be part of setting up my own business, and to be able to do this so soon after launching my career in data science feels like a great achievement.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I am adaptable, which has helped me switch career paths from psychology to computer science, despite having no idea about computers or knowing any programming languages. I never saw obstacles, but rather new things I needed to learn in order to achieve my goals. It has also helped me feel comfortable moving around for my studies, which has been a very valuable experience. When it came time to look for a PhD, it was very easy to make the decision to come to Cardiff, as I had no doubt that I would be able to adapt to a new country rapidly. As a data scientist, it has helped me throughout my career as I learned to work in a larger team, after having worked mostly on my own during my PhD.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

I think your ability to learn and your ability to adapt are the two skills that are most important in a career in technology. The field is moving so fast, that it is essential that you learn to quickly switch gears when something is not working, and that you stay on top of the latest trends. It is also important here to be able to distinguish between what is a genuinely useful new technique or programming language, and what is just a fad. This will come with experience, but also talk to your peers. Join meetups or networks or have regular get togethers with the other tech members of your company to discuss new things you learnt and share this with your colleagues.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

I have been lucky enough to not have experienced direct barriers so far in my career. I have noticed a lack of women in leading positions, so I wonder how I will feel about this question once my career progresses. I was lucky to have a very driven female mentor, who helped me be aggressive about my career. This has helped me be more pro-active about what I want, but also understanding what I value and want to get out of my career.

I think things are moving in the right direction, but there are still unique challenges such as maternity interrupting women’s careers and unconscious bias that might be barriers to hiring and promotion.

What do you think companies can do to support to progress the careers of women working in technology?

I think that the culture of the company is important in making sure that everyone in the company is listened to and taken seriously by all levels of the organisation. An open and inclusive culture can help with this. However, it’s a concerted effort to change the workplace’s culture from all people involved. I think especially peers are important to set examples and rectify unwanted behaviours, such as discrimination or lack of respect for employees. I also think there is a responsibility for recruiters to consider whether the values and soft skills of the people they are employing match the culture they want to develop at the company. A sense of responsibility from everyone to make the workplace a pleasant and productive environment, where diversity of experiences is valued.

There is currently only 17 per cent of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

Having recently been involved in recruiting for our new startup, I noticed that we had much less women apply to our positions than men. This already narrows the pool down. So there definitely is some work to be done on the pipeline of talent coming through. One important aspect is to demystify a career in technology and make it seen as accessible to everyone. I think there might still be a bias where some people think: “Oh no I would never be able to do that”. In high school, maths was one of the subjects I struggled with most and I felt like it was just not the subject for me. However, thanks to my very supportive family, I was able to overcome this mentality, and gradually improved in the subject and passed my final year exams very comfortably. I will never be a maths genius, but I have learned that I can achieve things by working hard and staying dedicated. It’s this mentality that I want to foster in students in high school or university who are thinking about their future careers.

In the same vein, I want people to consider a switch to a career in tech as an exciting challenge. I was part of a panel for university students where 5 speakers, all women, explained how they had turned their careers and gotten into tech without having gone through the more traditional pathways. I think the panel was a great inspiration for everyone present that a career switch is not only possible, but also often an enjoyable experience where we get to discover a whole new set of skills, but also apply all the things we have learned from our previous roles.

At the end of the day, I just want everyone to be encouraged in going down the path they want to, whether that is a career in tech or not. I don’t want to be a women in tech, I want to be in tech.

WeAreTechWomen has a back catalogue of thousands of Inspirational Woman interviews, including Professor Sue Black OBE, Debbie Forster MBE, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and many more. You can read about all our amazing women here

20/04/2021: Diversity in Tech | WeAreTechNetworks Q2 Meeting

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Join us for our second WeAreTechNetworks meeting, where we’ll be discussing diversity in tech.

We will be joined by special guests, Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter & Mark Martin MBE, Computer Science Lead, South Bank Engineering UTC aka Urban Teacher – UK Black Tech.

WeAreTechNetworks is a collaborative networking forum for individuals who are leading their organisations Women in Tech networks.

WeAreTechNetworks welcomes the chairs, co-chairs and D&I leads from a broad range of industries and sectors; and allow them to share best practice and collaborate. Founding members of WeAreTechNetworks are PwC, Visa, HSBC, Barclays, Oliver Wyman, Credit Suisse and KPMG.

About Debbie Forster MBE:

Debbie Forster MBE is an award-winning figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education. She is a portfolio consultant and is co-founder and CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater inclusion and diversity in the UK tech workforce.   Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016 and she was awarded an MBE in 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and in 2018 Women in IT named her Diversity Leader of the Year.  More recently, WeAreTechWomen awarded Debbie their Editor’s Choice Award for 2019  and Computer Weekly named her Most Influential Woman in UK IT for 2019.   Debbie is a trustee for the British Council, serves on the Institute of Coding’s Diversity Board and serves on the government’s Digital Economy Council and its Money and Pensions Service advisory board.

About Mark Martin MBE:

Mark Martin aka @Urban_Teacher is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Education and Computer Science. Mark is a thought leader in #EdTech and a hugely popular speaker, sharing his expertise and insights to educators around the world. He is a teacher/advisor for the major global tech brands and continues to advocate for home-grown talent, digital skills and education equity. In February 2019, he was awarded the London Business Award for Paying It Forward. A few months later, he was awarded an MBE for services to education, technology and diversity in UK technology.


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23/03/2021: WeAreVirtual: AI and the Gender & Ethnicity Pay Gaps | Maya Welford

WeAreVirtual, Maya Welford AI

Maya completed dissertation research for her Master's degree in September 2020, which explored perceptions of AI and how it may help or hinder progress towards closing gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

This included an extensive literature review, a survey completed by members of the general public, and a series of interviews with AI professionals and AI ethicists. During this engaging session, Maya will share her research findings and cover important topics including pay gaps, cognitive bias, and bias within AI.


About Maya:

Maya WelfordAfter graduating from King’s College London in 2018 with a First Class BSc Psychology degree, where she received the Desmond Tutu Award for her commitment towards serving society, Maya joined Barclays on their Human Resources Graduate programme. Maya has made a positive impact both through her day role at Barclays as well as through extra-curricular endeavours. Within her first 6 months at Barclays, Maya received a Barclays Values Recognition Award in recognition of her commitment to the Barclays values. In September 2020, Maya was promoted to Global Wellbeing Manager at Barclays.

Beyond her day role and as part of her engagement with Win, Barclays’ Gender Network, Maya founded the Charity Mentoring Programme, which connects Win members with staff at charities aligned to driving the cause of gender equality. From 43 mentor/mentee matches in 2019 to over 200 in 2020, and from partnering with 6 charities in 2019 to 20 in 2020, the programme has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, Maya completed a mental health placement in Sri Lanka where she supported individuals with mental health issues in clinical and community based settings. Maya currently volunteers for non-profit, Like Minded Females, and leads their Social Mobility efforts. Furthermore, she recently joined The Early Careers Foundation as an Advisory Group member. Maya additionally mentors young individuals to raise their aspirations.

Alongside employment and given her hunger for continuous self-development, Maya recently completed a Master’s degree in Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Birkbeck, University of London, for which she achieved a Distinction. Maya’s dissertation research investigated bias within AI and the opportunities and threats of AI within the gender and ethnicity pay gap space, using qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Watch and learn in your own time from our previously live recorded virtual events. New recordings available weekly. Discover our webinar playbacks here

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08/03/2021: International Women’s Day #choosetochallenge - What’s yours? | Danny Wicks & Vanessa Vallely OBE

International Women’s Day, Vanessa Vallely & Danny Wicks event

Join Vanessa Vallely OBE and Danny Wicks for International Women’s Day.

We will cover the barriers for women in the workplace, male allies, pay gap, women on boards & the importance of women’s networks. #choosetochallenge


About Danny:

Danny WicksDanny spent the vast majority of his career as a mergers & acquisitions and business restructuring specialist.

In recent years, Danny has been pivotal in the restructuring of the UK’s largest bank and also leading the strategic change for one of the UK’s largest property companies.

He is a qualified Executive Coach and with his tenacious approach he specialises in guiding leaders at pace through the strategic change of their business.

Danny has a passion to get the best out of people and enable them to reach their own personal and professional goals.

About Vanessa:

Vanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent. Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.

At the height of her successful 25 year career in the financial services, Vanessa launched the award winning in 2008 as a vehicle to help women progress in their careers. now has over 120,000 members and provides resources/conferences/awards/jobs to women across the UK. Vanessa is the also the -founder of UK wide diversity forum Gender Networks. Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks) brings together diversity leaders from 85 cross sector firms to share best practice on a quarterly basis.

Vanessa is also the author of the book “Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World” which tracks her career and shares 13 chapters of tips to succeed in the workplace.

Over the past ten years, she has been named Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally & Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs. In 2015 Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners. Vanessa is a regular guest on TV and radio and also sits on the Government Digital Services advisory board.

Vanessa is also the Pearly Queen of The City of London, a tradition that has been in her family for over 100 years. She is an avid charity worker and sits on the board for for Cancer Research UK as one of its Women of Influence. Vanessa also sits on the Cententary Action Group founded by Dr Helen Pankhurst.

Keynotes and workshops include The Power of Profile, The Power of Mentoring, Speed Networking, Speed Mentoring, plus her Excel your Career workshop. Vanessa is also available as a panelist, facilitator and leadership development programme host. All talks can be tailored towards specific audiences.

Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 

07/03/2021: WiBT Celebrates International Womens Day - Blockchain Speed Networking

Women in Blockchain Talks International Women's Day eventThe theme of International Women's Day in 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge.

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

In this 90 Minute Speed Networking Event, we will be hosting a number of round tables with empowering, inspirational women from around the world.

Everybody is welcome, as always - every gender - to allow us to gain a proper perspective of opinions, thoughts, challenges and developments being made in all areas of blockchain.

Meet some incredible new people and see how blockchain was developed, like Women in Blockchain Talks, with diversity at its core.

Bring questions, bring enthusiasm and bring your own thoughts!

See you there!

The Women in Blockchain Talks Team


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 

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11/03/2021: Women4.0 for #IWD2021 | Barclays Eagle Lab - Bournemouth

Barclays Eagle Lab IWD event

To celebrate international Women's Day 2021, we're celebrating the women making waves in emerging technologies and their achievements.

The event is open to all and will celebrate the role models who are actively encouraging more girls into STEM careers and supporting women already working in STEM by challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions and generally celebrating women’s achievements to help create a gender-equal world.

We're delighted to welcome a fabulous panel of speakers representing different parts of the fourth industrial revolution.

#ChooseToChallenge #Women4IR #IWD2021

Event Timings

18:00 Ekaterina Savosina, VR artist and footwear designer

18.20 Networking breakouts

18:30 Panel discussion

19:00 Networking breakouts

19:10 Dr Jan Peters, founder, Katalytik and co founder Discover Science Christchurch

19:25 Closing remarks


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 

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02/03/2021: SUSE Women in Tech | In Conversation With Suzie Imber & April Moh

SUSE LogoDo you believe in aliens? Future astronaut, Suzie Imber is joining me for our first International Women’s Day, “In Conversations With” series on Tuesday, March 2.

Hear her views on aliens, plans to go to space, what she has chosen to challenge throughout her career, and what her journey has looked like leading to where she is today.

Suzie Imber:

Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. She specializes in studying space weather, understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetized planets, in particular the Earth and Mercury. She is currently preparing for the arrival of the European/Japanese BepiColombo mission at the planet Mercury, scheduled for December 2025.

April Moh:

April Moh is SUSE’s first-ever Chief Communications Officer and is responsible for SUSE’s integrated communications team spanning public relations, internal and executive communications, brand, events, and customer marketing. She is also the executive sponsor of SUSE’s Women in Technology employee network. Prior to SUSE, April was VP and Global Head of Communications for SAP, and she has also managed communications for Microsoft and Concur. April began her career in the start-up world, helping daring upstarts gain market share, launch their companies, secure funding, and successfully get acquired.


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online.

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 

08/03/2021: F&F + Plus X present: Trailblazing Women | Innovating For Good

Plus X Innovating For Good IWD event

Join us for an inspirational lunchtime panel with three incredible women who are on a mission to create positive change

To mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Found + Flourish has partnered with Plus X to curate a month-long series of events. Trailblazing Women celebrates the women in our business community that are innovating for social, environmental, and political good – in Brighton and beyond. Part of Spring Forward Festival 2021.

In this lunchtime panel discussion, we'll hear from three women that are blazing a trail within the innovation and technology space – sharing their own experiences of challenging the norm, how they came to work in their chosen fields, and what advice they would give to fellow women aspiring to innovate or create for the benefit of both people & planet.


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars. 

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08/03/2021: Women in Data International Women's Day

Women in Data International Women's Day event

Celebrating women all over the world! By coming together in regions we can increase our reach and impact #strongertogether.

Join us as we celebrate women from all over the world! We have 3 networking events hosted in different time zones so the party never stops!


Looking for more events or networking opportunities? WeAreTechWomen has a dedicated events calendar with thousands of different events to help broaden your network and learn new skills. We have also launched WeAreVirtual - a series of free webinars to help expand your learning online. 

Don’t forget, you can also sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with our upcoming events and webinars.