London Tech Week

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London Tech Week

London Tech Week is a global connection of tech uniting the most innovative thinkers and talent of tomorrow.

Showcasing how tech is transforming both business and society, London Tech Week drives the conversations around transformation, diversity and innovation and gives the tech eco-system a platform to come together with decision makers, industry leaders, striving entrepreneurs and influencers to drive change. This year, the festival will feature six content streams, including:

Leaders & Innovation

Bringing together global leaders and innovators to challenge, create and champion the resilience and brilliance of the Tech Sector revolutions. From R&D and policy to Big Tech and industry.

Global Impact

The Global Impact Stream is a portfolio of events including Founders Forum HealthTech Summit and Founders Forum Climate Summit, not only tackling era defining questions but also highlighting and accelerating the positive impact technology can have on the global ecosystem.

Digital Enterprise

Highlights how traditional business practice is being put to the test through the adoption of digital strategies to help organisations meet the ever-changing demands of the consumer. From retail, marketing, financial services, transport and more, events in this stream will delve into how industries are transforming in the face of innovation and disruption

Knowledge & Skills

Creating a digital nation of significance through upskilling opportunities and exploring the Future of Work to the Future of Education.

Investment

Exploring the entire ecosystem of Funding & Investment in Technology from under 30 Founders of the Future through to Elevating Founders the flagship startup programme to the world’s biggest Tech Festivals. Matching the region’s top business ready startups with investors, vendors and customers to supercharge growth and discover the next Tech unicorn.

Diversity & Inclusion

Addressing underrepresentation in the technology industry and creating positive movements to change, through gender, BAME, social mobility and assistive tech. Ensuring the UK Tech Sector has equity, the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, whilst striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation to date.

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Morgan Stanley

Recommended Event: 31/03/2022: Women Who Lead - Building Influence & Impact | Morgan Stanley

Morgan StanleyAre you ready to take your career to the next level? Building self-confidence, the importance of authenticity and developing leadership skills are just some of the topics which we will discuss at our ‘Women Who Lead | Building Influence & Impact’ event.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, join us on March 31st,  for this empowering and informative panel discussion. Here you will have the opportunity to hear from inspirational female leaders and allies from within the firm, as they share first-hand experiences and actionable advice on how you can elevate your career with influence and impact.

Hosted in partnership with Morgan Stanley’s Women’s Business Alliance, our team will address these topics, and more. They will share personal career stories and will offer insights on how you can strengthen your profile in an authentic way to make the most meaningful impact.

Don’t miss out, register today to:

  • Learn how to develop key leadership qualities, and the importance of leading with influence
  • Discover how to overcome setbacks, build self-confidence and combat imposter syndrome
  • Find out the impact you can have by being a strong ally and get a behind-the-scenes look into the unique culture at Morgan Stanley and how it empowers women to thrive both personally and professionally

Event Date: Thursday, 31st March, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST

Please note this event will be hosted via Zoom Webinar; attendee details will remain confidential and will not be visible to other attendees.

For questions, please email: [email protected]

Attendees will be sent the joining details by Wednesday, 30th March, via the email address indicated on your registration.

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International Women's Day: Driving gender equality within STEM roles

Article provided by Vaishali Phatak, Technical Learning Service Head & Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Tech Mahindra

The rapid ascension of the global technology sector is one of the biggest success stories of the century.

McKinsey estimates that the sector is expected to top $300bn within five years as service providers break new ground in cybersecurity, AI and enterprise tech for an ever-expanding global audience. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for everyone in the sector.

It brings me great pleasure and a sense of personal pride that this success has been driven with women at the helm in leading roles. The gender gap in the global IT firms is closing quickly; as per Deloitte Global, the large global technology firms will reach nearly 33% overall female representation in their workforces in 2022. At Tech, Mahindra, we’ve improved the gender diversity ratio by 5% in the last two quarters.

We know that optimising the capabilities and leveraging the strengths of a diverse workforce – including by gender – will serve as a strategic differentiator. Look no further than MarketPsych’s study; companies that embraced diversity grew almost 3% faster than those that did not. Equally, a study by Built found that diverse companies generate 19% more revenue, are 15% more likely to exceed median industry profits.

As Tech Mahindra’s Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, I am developing and implementing long-term D&I roadmaps that focus on gender, generations, sexual orientation, abilities, cultural diversity, and nationalities. Our comprehensive learning and development platform ensures all our employees have an inclusive working environment, and access to safe and secure working environments. We believe that Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at the workplace is an instrument for growth. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of every individual by fostering an environment of inclusion and empowerment. Our policies and practices are gender-agnostic and disability confident.

Making a global impact on International Women’s Day

In 2022 we envisage following a ‘GLOCAL’ strategy across EMEA, acknowledging the vast and unique differences in culture between every country. Our plan is to build more awareness around our Diversity & Inclusion policy and reiterate our message of zero tolerance to any harassment at work.

We’ve also launched our WLP program, designed to help women in individual contributor roles to get started on leadership roles in project, program or people management. This is a 6-7 month learning and development plus career opportunity program. To date we’ve been overwhelmed with the nominations received and the interest shown by our Young Women leaders to participate in this program but are always looking for ways to improve further. For this reason, we’re looking to extend the number of participants beyond 30 in the near future.

Finally, our D&I Gender Diversity Council will continue to act as our central body across EMEA to support, develop, and drive initiatives.

Maintaining momentum post COVID-19

Upheavals such as COVID-19 and the ensuing economic squeeze risk causing a ‘backwards slide’ for women in STEM, according to Princess Anne. Couple this with the flatlining of the proportion of tech roles filled by women in the UK (remaining at 16% since 2009), and the scale of the challenge ahead becomes clear.

There are proven ways in which to retain and nurture/ groom women in STEM, however, with commitments to pay equity, sponsorship programs, anti-bias training and leadership development programs for women among the most effective. And for companies which have a hard time attract women into STEM fields, eliminating bias in the hiring process and making public, long term investments in gender equality. By stating goals and timeframes accountability will be raised.

It’s paramount that we continue to upskill women in the workplace. While we’ve repeatedly seen women prove themselves across STEM roles, the focus must now be on progressing outstanding individuals into techno managerial, leadership and board level roles. I’ve seen a growing number of female software engineers, but few in top-level architecture, solution consultant, data scientists roles. This must change, and the onus is on businesses to consider how to fully utilize strengths and provide them with challenges and opportunities to grow.

As I reflect on gender diversity on International Women’s Day, I can’t help but feel that despite the flatlining of women in tech roles, we’ve made significant progress as a society. While it may have been patchy and uneven, there’s no doubt that diversity and representation is an issue which has risen to the top priorities of many boardrooms around the world.

The desire for women to fill STEM roles has never been greater; now we must work together to empower, inspire, and support one another to ensure possibilities are limitless for anybody in the workplace.

Vaishali PhatakAbout the author

Vaishali Phatak is the Technical Learning Service Head, and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Tech Mahindra. In her current role, Vaishali leads the Global Technical Learning Function for the organisation where she has redefined the objectives in order to create a future-ready workforce that enables business growth. In her time at Tech Mahindra, she has helped to conceptualise and implement learning programs like fresher training, role based learning journeys and higher education for the underserved  in collaboration with Universities.

She was also the former Chairperson of POSH at Work, an organisation which highlights the issue of sexual harrassment and provides employers with a policy against sexual harassment in the workplace. Under her tenure, she helped to create sustainable diversity and inclusion practises focusing on Gender, Generations, PwD, LGBTQ+ etc. She has built rigour in D&I practises with a 3-year roadmap for tracking improvement as well as creating new policies and initiatives in this area.

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As part of our #WeAreBreakingTheBias campaign, we will be sharing the thoughts of over 100 leaders who are calling for societal change for women. We hope you will join us so we can amplify why we should all #BreakTheBias for gender equity.

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Five ways a tech business can champion women in the workplace

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International Women’s Day (8 March) provides the ideal opportunity for employers in the healthtech sector to reassess gender diversity, according to Siilo CEO, Joost Bruggeman and COO, Esther Van Der Meer. Here both share their perspectives…

Esther Van Der Meer:

Any business which wants to fully meet the needs of its customers or end users needs to do everything possible to understand them – who they are, how they work and what they need. To achieve this, you simply must have a diverse employee base. It is essential for us to live up to this principal at Siilo – our objective is to support safer and faster communications and knowledge-sharing among medical professionals, and it makes a huge difference to our product when we feel fully engaged with the way doctors and nurses work, regardless of gender, race, age or culture.

In the short time since I joined Siilo in 2021, I made it a priority to retain a high level of diversity across our organisation. Not only are we on target for setting the male-female ratio within Siilo to 52/48 or better yet, 50/50, I’m also strongly focused on ensuring this balance exists in leadership positions. We know from both research and experience that diversity serves all of us and brings our organisation forward.

​I am strongly in favour of a women’s quota as a temporary means to speed up this process and would urge other businesses to consider this if they are serious about ‘levelling up’ and ensuring equal opportunities for all. This push is important because established patterns and the ​‘old boys network’ always end up slowing down an organisation’s innovation process. Importantly, I think it’s vital the industry as a whole actively promotes the fact that tech and health-tech are wonderful areas to study and work in.

I believe it is important to ‘champion’ women in the workplace – here at Siilo we’re very proactive in doing this, in both the healthcare and health-tech sectors. If you look at our communication channels, you’ll see that we interview and promote the work of both genders equally. Internally, we organise chat sessions with female role models. We still have some work to do, since it’s not always understood that when you organise something with women, men are also welcome to join in and engage. These patterns of thinking need to be addressed and improved.

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Joost Bruggeman:

While gender diversity is important in every industry, female representation within the healthtech sector still remains way below par. Studies have highlighted how the number of women employed within the tech industry in the UK has barely improved since 2009, hovering at an unimpressive 17%. Frustratingly, a mere 10% of women are employed in leadership roles within the industry today.

As CEO and co-founder of one of Europe’s largest medical messaging app, these statistics make for depressing reading. I firmly believe our company’s success has been a result of ensuring gender diversity is a priority. With a male-female ratio currently at about 56/44%, we are on target to improve this to 52/48, once all open positions are filled. The reasons for doing this are clear.

Research and experience has shown how diversity serves all of us and brings our organisation forward. From a general point-of-view, it should make complete sense that any workforce is representative of society as a whole, but for our business in particular, it’s crucial we reflect our users – healthcare professionals who are, of course, as much women as they are men, and when we talk about GPs and nurses, a vast majority are female.

Experience has taught me that women are generally more involved in creating a ‘safe’ working environment for all people working within a company. I vividly recall my mentor Dr. Hermien Schreurs – a female role model who was both influential and important during my training as a surgeon – who, among other things, impressed upon me the need to fight for the patient in a safe educational climate. This was still unheard of at that time in healthcare. Women like her are pioneers that build on trust. I recognised that early on, and also that I wanted the same, safe environment for my colleagues at Siilo.

From a personal perspective, I have found women tend to bring a varied outlook to the table, without the gender bias. For example, I have found that when you put ten men in a room, you’ll likely get some competition and probably the kind that is potentially harmful to either people or strategy. Put an additional ten women in the room and the whole atmosphere evens out. I believe it’s key for the sector to promote and cultivate that.

Worryingly, in the last five years, I’ve not especially noticed an increase of women in the health-tech sector and, sadly, old-fashioned attitudes still persist. Yes, women are getting involved in healthtech-related fields, such as communications and knowledge exchange surrounding eHealth, but there needs to a greater push for their involvement in ‘hard-tech’. The sector needs to encourage more women to opt for more university studies in this field. We need to be able to engage with them earlier and generally be on their radar as they make key decisions around their future career path.

To help mark this month’s International Women’s Day, both Joost and Esther are encouraging employers within the health-tech industry to recognise and help ensure gender diversity is high on its agenda, and to consider the following steps to help encourage real progress and change as we move forward in 2022: 

  1. Hire more women in key positions and increase opportunities for promotion to help balance out the uneven employee status within the organisation. Incorporate a dedicated ‘women’s quota’ if needed as a temporary means to speed up this process.
  2. Be sure to look for complementary so called ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills in both women and men and cultivate the importance of diversity among them. So much work still needs to be done in breaking down unconscious patterns, biases and attitudes.
  3. Promote your organisation among female students and those newly graduated. Make sure they feel welcome to apply for an internship or a job.
  4. Have a 0-tolerance policy towards sexism and misogyny in your organisation. Talking big about gender equality doesn’t mean a thing if you’re not willing to deal with it in real life.
  5. Implement a mentoring programme or ‘buddy’ system of support from the outset and ensure it becomes an intrinsic part of company policy.


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International Women's Day: Progress toward parity in STEM

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Article provided by Nicola Buckley, EVP, Global Service Delivery, Park Place Technologies

In the spirit of March, with International Women’s Day coming up on the 8th March, we want to take a moment to celebrate the strides made by women to increase gender diversity in STEM.

In recent years, there has been an amplification of important dialogue around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives calling on companies to do their part when it comes to equitable hiring practices, retention and increasing access to STEM resources among underrepresented communities.

A 2018 Women’s Engineering Society UK report showed great gender disparity in the engineering and tech fields.

OF ALL ENGINEERS ARE WOMEN IN THE UK

WOMEN WORK IN THE ENGINEERING SECTOR (INCL. ENGINEERS)

OF STUDENTS STARTING A-LEVEL PHYSICS IN 2018 WERE FEMALE

Park Place Technologies, in partnership with I Wish, a community committed to showcasing the power of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to teenage girls, has been working for several years to introduce young girls to careers in STEM by providing access to both education and technology. We participated in the TechForGood campaign, facilitated by I Wish, which aimed to facilitate zero-waste laptop recycling by donating refurbished laptops to female students in Ireland who have limited or no access to technology. Last month, we also helped promote I Wish’s fourth Women in STEM event dedicated to introducing young girls to opportunities in these fields. Through our global network of 21,500 customers and our channel partners, we helped reach more than 15,000 viewers in 19 countries around the world.

There is no quick fix to the lack of diversity in STEM; it requires industry-wide commitment to solving the challenge together. Political, economic and social events have also impacted hiring and retention, namely the pandemic and “The Great Resignation.”

RETAINING TALENT AND THE GREAT RESIGNATION

One in three women globally considered quitting their job last year, according to the National Women’s Law Center in the US. Since February 2020, the workforce participation rate for women hit its lowest point in 30+ years. In promoting diversity, retaining talent is just as important as recruiting new employees, and a great method of doing so is through training, mentoring and promoting within your organisation.

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EQUITABLE HIRING STRATEGIES

High resignation rates call for innovative hiring strategies. Now more than ever, companies are competing for a very limited pool of technical talent. New job opportunities in STEM are popping up faster than candidates are able to fill them, and this trend is not expected to slow down. Increasing representation in STEM among any minority group requires proactive, deliberate action. According to Indeed, job postings on the site in diversity, inclusion and belonging (DI&B) rose 123% between May and September 2020.

There is specific data that shows an earnings gap in Europe. The European Union “Women’s Situation in the Labour Market” survey reports that “The gender pay gap in the EU stands at 14.1% and has only changed minimally over the last decade. It means that women earn 14.1% on average less per hour than men.”

The real end goal should be to establish a community among all STEM industries where our experts are representative of the people that we serve. Greater diversity has been linked to business outperformance as well. A global McKinsey study showed that the top quartile of organizations based on gender diversity exceeded the bottom quartile’s financial performance by 25%. When ranked based on ethnic diversity, companies in the top quartile financially outperformed the bottom quartile by more than 36%. Another McKinsey report, Women in the Workplace, predicted that narrowing the gender gap by 2025 could translate to $12 trillion in additional GDP.

In order to effectively increase diversity in STEM, leaders in their respective fields must work deliberately to build awareness among underrepresented groups; train, mentor and promote employees; and retain diverse talent. In 2022, as pandemic restrictions start to ease globally, we are setting two goals aimed at empowering even more young girls to explore careers in STEM this year.

For one, we are expanding our office footprint in Cork, Ireland in an ongoing effort to bring more tech sector jobs to the region.

We also hope to revisit our international externship program with I Wish, which invites two college students from Ireland to take part in a fully funded internship at Park Place’s Global Headquarters and Global EOC in the US. During this program, interns learn about different career paths in international technology and gain hands-on experience in the process.


10/03/2022: Women in Tech Showcase | Now You're Talking Team

Women in Tech Showcase, Now You're Talking event

Now You’re Talking Network Women in Tech Showcase 2022 bringing together women in tech and those that aspire to work in the industry.

Interested in switching into tech or a tech-adjacent role, but not sure how?

Working in tech already and want to network with other women in the space?

Want to know what it it really takes to succeed in tech?

Join our Now You’re Talking Network Women in Tech Showcase bringing together talks from a range of women in tech.

Expect:

  • TED Talk style speeches from a range of women in tech speakers
  • Women in tech raffle
  • Practical advice for attendees about getting into and succeeding in Tech

This event will take place during the week of International Women’s Day 2022 and this year’s theme is Break The Bias.

Secure your ticket today and spread the word!

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#WeAreBreakingTheBias: WeAreTechWomen speaks to inspiring individuals on how to #BreaktheBias

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Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being held in 1911.

Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias – which looks actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it.

Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can break the bias in our communities. We can break the bias in our workplaces. We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities. Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

Throughout March, we will be sharing the thoughts of over 100 leaders who are calling for societal change for women. We hope you will join us so we can amplify why we should all #BreakTheBias for gender equity.

Please share our quotes, and contribute by adding your own to your socials and tagging us in @watc_updates or @watc_wearetechwomen; Insta: Watc_HQ and by using the hashtag, #WeAreBreakingTheBias.

Hear from some of our inspiring leaders in tech

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12/03/2022: Stemettes International Women's Day Hack @ MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Stemettes International Women's Day Hack

This March, MI5, MI6, GCHQ and Stemettes invite you to a STEMtastic virtual hackathon in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD)! 

Stemettes IWD Hack @ MI5, MI6 and GCHQ is an online one-day event that will tap into your creativity and equip you with the skills to imagine a better future.

We’ll be focusing on intelligence, security and cyber and how we hone in on skills across STEM to create a smarter and safer world.

You’ll work in teams with your peers to identify an issue in relation to intelligence, security and cyber and design a product or business solution for it.

Throughout the day, you’ll be able to interact with STEM role models from MI5,MI6 and GCHQ and learn about their knowledge and expertise. The role models will be there to inspire your approach to the ideas you will develop during the hack.

We will kick off the morning together then work in smaller groups on some STEMtastic business and product ideas. We will take a break for lunch and finish the day off with a special Stemettes showcase, during which you will present your ideas to a panel of judges. We will be giving away some exciting prizes to the winning groups and goodie bags to all participants!

Grab your free ticket and start getting your snacks and creativity ready for a day full of STEMtastic energy!

This event is aimed at young women and non-binary people aged 12-21.

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Recommended Event: 07/03/2022 - 11/03/2022: Digital City Festival 2022

Digital City Festival

Bringing the global digital sector together for a week of events across Greater Manchester.

Digital City Festival 2022 will gather thought-leaders from around the world to address the key challenges facing people, businesses and governments as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Key topics include digital infrastructure, skills and talent, digital transformation, bridging the digital divide, growth and productivity, culture and more.

Featuring Digital City Expo, the Digital City Awards, live music and cultural events, and much more.

Digital City Expo:

A two-day showcase of everything the digital sector has to offer ambitious and high-growth businesses.

Digital City Expo is the annual meeting place for tech, ecommerce, marketing and media companies.

The event brings thousands of delegates together from across the North of England and beyond for an exhibition of the latest in digital, inspiring talks across eight stages, with opportunities to network at the bar and meeting areas.


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Recommended Event: 02/03/2022-03/03/2022: Big Data & AI World

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A mainstage keynote speaker line-up like never before.

Meet the tech minds who have innovated against the pandemic backdrop: who have raised the bar when we needed it most, who have not only helped business survive, but thrive.

We’ve gathered the leaders who have dug deep and found new levels of creativity, innovation, and resource. And who have transformed already agile processes to ensure even more ground-breaking levels of problem solving.

Technology for business, government, the third sector and the health service are more vital than ever before. And so, we thought we’d make our latest line-up of expert keynote speakers is more unmissable than ever before.

Join us and hear from the global thinkers and practitioners. Be inspired by stories of ongoing challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the skills shortage, finding and training the next generation, cyber security, preventing bias, and working with AI.

Listen to the big questions being answered. Learn how to move your strategy forward leaps and bounds. And think more expansively about your data and its impact on the world.

Not bad for just a day or two out of the office.

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