WeAreTechWomen Conference 2018: In Words

Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18
Images from the We Are Tech conference. Etc Venues. 26NOV18

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its third full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, St Paul’s, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Worldpay, saw over 400 attendees from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Amazon, BT, Credit Suisse, Dell, Dyson, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Sky, and Visa.

The conference was aimed at women in the tech sector who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

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WeAreTechWomen unveils next generation of female tech talent with TechWomen50 Awards winners

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WeAreTechWomen is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 TechWomen50 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcases remarkable women within the technology sector covering a wide range of roles such as software engineers, Java developers, security engineers, students and college lecturers.

The winners also include individuals from leading firms such as SONY, IBM, BAE Systems, O2, Mastercard and Amazon.

Alongside the individual TechWomen50 category, we are also pleased to announce the winners of the TechWomen50 Champions, Company of the Year and Network of the Year.

Recent statistics have revealed just how much more there is to do to encourage women into the UK technology sector.

Currently, only 17 per cent of employees in the UK technology sector are women; only one in six school leavers starting a degree in computer science in 2016 was female and the total number of girls taking either ICT or computer science at GCSE fell by 12 per cent in the same year.

Since September 2017, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. The TechWomen50 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

In its inaugural year, the awards were entered by over 500 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland and judged by a panel of 20 industry experts. Over 15,000 public votes of support were received for the 100 shortlisted nominees.

Speaking about the awards, Mark Kimber, Chief Information Officer, Worldpay said, “I have been working in technology for more than 20 years and I am pleased to say we have come a long way in building an inclusive working environment for women and men. I know we can do more and that’s why the WeAreTechWomen 50 awards is important.”

“They showcase great technologists working across our industry who are making a difference, building an environment for the future and shaping the way we build our tech community.”

Kayleigh Bateman, Head of WeAreTechWomen, added: “Over the course of my career, I have seen some truly talented and inspirational women who have been recognised by a multitude of awards. However, there is not one awards series that focuses on the next generation of female talent as a whole, or those who support these individuals.”

“Our hope is that by recognising not just our shortlist of 100, but also those that champion women in tech too, we can encourage more organisations to follow their lead.”

The TechWomen50 Awards were kindly supported by Worldpay, SAP, Verizon, Amazon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Capgemini, Deloitte, EY, Oliver Wyman, PwC, Santander and is partnered by IT Pro, Streets Consulting and Kaleidoscope.

We would personally like to thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our winners and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievement of all of our amazing nominees.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to everyone who supported the TechWomen50 Awards during 2017.

Click here for the full list of winners in alphabetical order 

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TechWomen50 Awards | In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the inaugural TechWomen50 awards last night, at a prestigious ceremony at CodeNode, London.

Over 180 winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity and sponsors, Tanya Channing, Worldpay.

You can read more about the award’s here.

The TechWomen50 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology sector covering a wide range of roles across a multitude of industries.

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WeAreTechWomen celebrate emerging talent at the TechWomen50 Awards

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WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of the inaugural TechWomen50 awards last night, at a prestigious ceremony at CodeNode, London.

Over 180 winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity and sponsors, Tanya Channing, Worldpay.

Channing used her to speech to sing the praises of the technology industry and how it is branching out. She said, “I’m proud to work in technology with so many inspiring women in the room.”

In her opening speech, Baroness Joanna Shields OBE delivered powerful comments on women’s rights to vote, confidence, internet safety and sexual harassment.

Speaking about the awards, she said, “Tonight we are here to celebrate 50 exceptional women. These are true leaders that are discovering, creating and building great technology in companies all across the UK.

“We recognise the hard fought journey it takes to get here and you are worthy of this special recognition.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards.

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls, and a former Rising Star winner, delivered the closing speech, which encouraged the winners to take opportunities and to pay it forward.

She left the audience with three pieces of advice. She said, “One is to acknowledge and appreciate what you have achieved.”

“The second thing is, and it sounds a little bit obvious, is to keep moving forwards.”

“The third is to not forget to take other people with you.”

Closing the awards, Vallely implored the audience to network with each other, make new connections and to enjoy the moment.

The TechWomen50 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for the future generations of tech talent.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology sector covering a wide range of roles across a multitude of industries.

In its inaugural year, the awards received over 500 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The awards were judged by a panel of 20 leading industry figures. Over 15,000 public votes of support were received for the 100 shortlisted nominees. In October, the shortlist was judged once more to help us identify our TechWomen50 winners.

Alongside the individual TechWomen50 winners, the winners of the TechWomen50 Champions, Company of the Year and Network of the Year were also announced.


WeAreTechWomen Conference 2017: In Words

30 Nov 2017. WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its second full-day conference for female technologists at Plexal, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by BP, saw over 300 attendees from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Santander, Barclays, Amazon, SAP, Verizon, Deloitte, PwC, Oliver Wyman, Bloomberg, BAE Systems, Worldpay, Excellion and EY.

The conference was aimed at women in the tech sector who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

Facilitator Kate Russell, BBC Click presenter, journalist and author, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. The opening address was delivered by our headline sponsor, Diana Kennedy VP, Strategy, Architecture and Planning, ITS&S, BP, who started the day with some inspiring thoughts for delegates to take away, saying, “Imagine what would be possible if there was equal representation with men and women in our industry.”

She concluded her keynote, saying, “If you’re offered a seat on the rocket ship – don’t ask what seat, just get on.”

The morning began with a number of keynotes from speakers such as Claire Cockerton, CEO, Founder of Plexal; Carole Layzell, Digital Eagle and Proactive Engagement Director, Barclays; and Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Founder of STEMettes.

Imafidon took the stage to talk about the future of coding and apps, and how STEMettes is helping to introduce STEM careers to young girls. She said, “Digital literacy is the ‘fourth literacy”, after reading, writing and maths and instilled that organisations need to have digital literacy at the front of the curriculum.

Concluding her talk, Imafidon said, “Digital is constantly changing, don’t be afraid – it’s an opportunity to keep learning.”

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Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Ayman Assaf, CIO, Compliance, Regulatory, Risk and Finance, BP Supply & Trading; Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting; Lauren Riley, Entrepreneur, Founder, The Link App; Jacqueline De Rojas, President, TechUK & Chair of the Digital Leaders board; Tunji Akintokun, Director, Cisco Systems and Ghela Boshela Boskovich, Head of Fintech Partnerships, Rainmaking.

There were also research spotlights from Deborah O’Neill, Partner at Oliver Wyman Labs, who spoke about Oliver Wyman’s Digital Families research, a new digital strategy framework.

There was also a spotlight from Malvina Josephidou, Software Engineer, Bloomberg who highlighted their research into machine learning in search.

Throughout the day, attendees heard about the digital future; the future of coding and apps; the uprise of Fintech; and cyber security. Attendees were also invited to put their questions to speakers during a number of Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from career advice, increasing diversity in tech, flexible working and how to handle gender discrimination.

Over lunch, delegates were treated to refreshments and had the chance to meet the conference’s very own robot, the Sanbot. Sanbot can read every gesture and pose, and guess people’s names, ages and genders with your fingerprint.

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The afternoon consisted of delegates attending their chosen elective sessions to partake in hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Big data, cloud computing, wearable tech, artificial intelligence, and Python coding were just some of the topics covered within the sessions.

Concluding the event, delegates and speakers alike took part in a speed mentoring session, opened by Melissa Di Donato, Chief Revenue Officer, S/4HANA Cloud, SAP, who instilled the importance of mentoring.

Speakers and senior individuals joined delegates for an hour of mentoring to discuss career goals and ask specific questions.

Delegates had the chance to enjoy drinks and network with sponsors, browse tables and stands of tech related products, as well as connect with a number of not-for-profit organisations including, Your Future, Your Ambition, STEMettes and Mums in Tech.

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Trans*Code International Transgender Day of Visibility Hackathon | In pictures

WeAreTechWomen in partnership with its allies Trans*Code, Capgemini UK, Gay Women’s Network (GWN) and Makers Academy, recently held an all-day hackathon to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV).

Friday 31 March was International Transgender Day of Visibility, which aims to celebrate transgender people and to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by the transgender community worldwide.

Participants from all skills levels were invited to join us for a topic focused hackday, hosted at Capgemini UK’s offices in central London.

Open to all trans and non-binary individuals, allies, coders, designers and visionaries of all sorts, the hackday focused on the needs of the transgender community.

Participants were welcomed from any background and skills levels, to work together to create prototypes around the themes of transgender issues and access to technology.

The event was supported by tech mentors from Oliver Wyman, Capgemini UK, GWN, Makers Academy, Aviva and FDM Group. Hosted in Capgemini UK’s Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE) the day of hacking ended with brief presentations from all projects.

You can read Capgemini’s blogs from the day here and here.


WeAreTheCity and Huddle event | Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Career Success | In pictures

WeAreTechWomen recently partnered with technology firm Huddle for an event called Overcoming Obstacles and Finding Career Success, aimed at the women in technology community.

The joint career success event took place on August 25 at Huddle’s offices in Aldgate Tower.

A panel of experts utilised the evening to share their own experiences, of working within the technology sector, and shared their own words of wisdom for attendees.

The panel featured:

  • Antonella Vecchio, VP Online, Land & Sea, SABRE
  • Christina Bowe, Regional VP EMEA FP Sales, Lexmark Software
  • Sarah Winmill, IT Director (Professional Services), University College London
  • Ana Agoretta, Database Manager, Trace Isys
  • Rob Bravo, Talking Talent

The panel shared their own stories of how they overcame obstacles to achieve their goals and revealed advice that they would give their younger-selves.

The event marked the second time that WeAreTheCity and Huddle have partnered for an event to encourage and support more women in technology, with the first event focusing on How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome.


WeAreTechWomen and Made In Tech event: Unlock the power of social media | In pictures

WeAreTechWomen recently partnered with Made In Tech to hold an event called Unlock the power of social media.

Made in Tech - Unlock social media event - WeAreTechnology IT Event(2)The event, on social media, was kindly hosted by Capco in East London and was supported by HostMedia.

Given the rise in the number of social media platforms, you might think it necessary to market your business everywhere. All social media platforms have a different purpose and audience.

In this meetup, speakers shared their expertise on how to use social media and discover the key to driving word-of-mouth marketing and brand awareness. When it comes to running a startup, spreading your brand awareness should be your primary goal.

Made In Tech is a non-profit community committed to creating and supporting ALL diversity within tech startup ecosystem. We meet every other month in Central London with high-profile speakers to support our cause and inspire Tech founders.

Speakers at the event included Christina Richardson, Co-Founder at Openr and Laurie Wang, Digital Marketing Strategist.

Richardson said when she started her business she “only had the power of word of mouth marketing.”

She advised those considering launching a startup: “You are only confined by the walls you build yourself” and to “build a tribe”.

According to Richardson social media is important to a startup as “target audience is the hardest thing to build.”

She advised: “Things will always go wrong. It’s your reaction that defines you.”

Wang said that it important to keep you company’s social media channel’s up to date: “People can create negative perceptions of your business if things haven’t been updated for several days.”

“You should have two to three social media accounts, to start with, and think of your target audience. Where do they hang out? What’s their age? Do they prefer visual content or articles?”

Wang advised: “Partner with influencers and share the social media coverage.” She noted that this could be an influencer, with a large following, who could upload a video using your product.


BCS Women and WeAreTechWomen discuss emerging technologies

BCS Women, together with WeAreTheCity, to discuss emerging technologies and automation with women from across the technology sector.

After arriving to reception drinks and initial networking, guests were introduced to the discussion by Sarah Burnett, Deputy Chair of BCS Women and Vice President at Everest Group.

Opening the night, Burnett said, “The sector is struggling to hire new talent and with new recruits, they are about more than bits and bytes.”

“From personal experience, there is a lot of very capable girls at university that had no idea what technology could offer.”

“The face of tech is not being talked about enough and we still refer to it in very techy ways.”

Introducing Automation

Continuing, Burnett said, “Emerging technologies are creating new jobs, but some of these still sound very technical. They are becoming more humanised though and user interface has become better and better. We all use iPhones, Galaxys and the like.”

“Automation is creating more interaction between the two sectors – tech and business. This might appeal to more women who are looking for more than bits and bytes.”

Joined by keynote speakers from robot automation companies, BluePrism and Thoughtonomy, the panel spoke of the benefits of automation.

Alex and Mandy, BCS Women event

Alex Bentley and Mandy Downham, from BluePrism told the audience about how companies were introducing robots to their teams more and more. Using the example of Xchanging’s embracement of automation, they argued the benefits of freeing up employee’s time.

Bentley said, “The pace of the business world moves so fast that the technology world can’t keep up with traditional methods.”

“Automation will take away and almost free up, those mundane issues so that employees can focus on other things.”

“We don’t want to focus on it from an angle of getting rid of people. That scares people and they think robots will take over the world.”

Downham continued, “Just consider you have 24 hours in a day and you do get three times as much productivity from robots. You don’t have to deal with awkward leaving do’s, emotional things or out of offices.”

Terry Walby, BCS Women event

Encouraging more women into tech

Terry Walby, Chief Executive of Thoughtonomy, said, “It is refreshing to be in an industry event, where I am in the minority, because it is genuinely very rare.”

Speaking about encouraging more women into the industry, Walby said “A lot of new roles are being created, but what is less great is the distribution of our staff. We have a reasonable good diversity but not a very good gender diversity.”

Concluding the evening with light refreshments and a panel discussion, Walby asked, “How do we attract more women into these roles?”