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Catching Up With: Colleen Wong | Founder, My Gator Watch

Colleen Wong With no technical experience Colleen set-up the successful My Gator Watch for children and seniors.

Now, the inspirational mother of two plans to evolve the product from a tracker for kids, to a wearable mobile device for seniors that can track location and detect falls, to help the elderly maintain independence

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

Before starting Techsixtyfour, I was a stay at home mum for 18 months (hardest job in the world) and before that, I was a VP in sales in investment banking.

My idea for My Gator Watch came to me almost four years ago when I was with my two babies, then aged 4 months and 18 months old. I saw a fellow mum running around looking for her young child and my first thought was ‘how can we be more connected to our younger children so we don’t lose their minds.’ A few weeks later, Techsixtyfour was born.

My Gator Watch is a mobile phone and GPS/WIFI tracker made for children between the ages of 5-11. It does not have access to the Internet, social media or games. The watch is designed to offer peace of mind to parents who have a child too young for a smartphone but old enough to want some independence. My Gator watch is pre-installed with a sim, mic and speaker and can be used almost anywhere in the world.

I raised £200k in July 2017 through crowdfunding which allowed me to build a team and focus on marketing. I now have a team of 13 flexible working staff, most of whom are mums of young children. I strongly believe in the flexible work culture because so many mums and dads just want to put their children first but can’t or feel guilty doing it. I tell my team to put their family and health above work and the productivity is the best I have ever seen. I hope to build the first technology brand which hires only flexible working staff.

I have now put together a world class team to build a wearable for the ageing and dementia market. We are building Freedom G, a wearable tracker and mobile phone that has the world’s most accurate location tracking (sub 1m) both indoors and outdoors. We have focused on making it extremely simple, useful and affordable.

We have listened to hundreds of people tell their stories about living with dementia and we believe we have a revolutionary solution that can track, protect and communicate with our loved ones while giving us peace of mind.

How did you feel when you were chosen for Sky’s Women in Tech Scholarship?

I was speechless. I really didn’t expect them to choose an ‘older’ Scholar as there were age restrictions in the past but it was confirmation that I have been doing something amazing for the last five years. Working alone sometimes makes you forget about your own achievements as it seems more like a battle every day so being chosen by a group of experts and by such a large well known organisation was a wonderful validation.

What has happened since you won the scholarship? How has the initiative helped?

I have met with many people both at Sky and at other companies and all of whom have been very supportive in my work. I have done many talks to encourage other career changers, mums and women to start a career in tech. I have also been invited to speak about diversity and inclusion.

The £25k grant has allowed me to start building my next wearable which is one for the ageing/dementia market. I have also been given two mentors and the one who I speak to monthly has really helped me get through a lot of hardships. Being an entrepreneur is lonely and you do need someone to talk to who is not a friend or family member but who you can share every detail with.

How do you think initiatives like Sky’s Women in Tech Scholarship helps open doors for women and ensure greater diversity in tech?

Most definitely. The PR around the campaign is spread far and wide and I think the Scholars really do inspire women to think about tech in different ways. I am so pleased that Sky increased the age limit for the Scholars as women of any age can get into tech. I started at 40!

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

Listen and learn from people who know more than you. Be humble. Have some fun! Being serious and focused all the time doesn’t build long lasting relationships!

Have you faced any personal battles? How did you overcome them?

My biggest personal battle was trying to start a tech business while taking care of two babies. Everyone thought I was crazy…and I mean everyone. No one really supported what I was doing merely because they were worried about my lack of sleep and ability to think with everything that was going on. But I know myself and when I have an idea, it will take more than two babies to stop me. I overcame the hardships just by having so much adrenaline that I just powered through.

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

Offer courses not just in technology but in other subject areas such as finance and marketing as it is important to always see the bigger picture in anything that we do. I also think that companies should be supportive of women who need a career break to have children and who want to return with a flexible role. When a working mother can put her children first without feeling guilty, this leads to productivity and loyalty.

There is currently only 17% 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?

I would use my magic wand to make more TV shows which show women doing amazing things in technology and not just programmers or computer scientists but roles which people can relate to which involve technology. I would also use the same wand to remove reality shows as I find a lot of those shows don't encourage young women in positive ways.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

I am a big fan of networking events as I love talking to people and learning from them. I think building long lasting relationships is key to success and so any resources that allows you to meet new and amazing people.


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TechWomen100 Awards 2019: In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their 2019 TechWomen100 awards on 23 January, at a prestigious ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Over winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne reception to toast the TechWomen100 finalists’ achievements. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, Founder, Streets Consulting and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; headline sponsors, Karin Rossi, J.P. Morgan; and our education partners, Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist, Speaker & Author and Professor Gordon Love, Durham University.

Kicking off the proceedings and inspiring the guests, Vallely said, “Let tonight’s awards be the platform you all spring from, to achieve more, to get your promotions, to help others thrive and be a beacon of light in the tech industry.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards. Speakers praised the emerging talent within the room and called out for more women to put themselves forward for tech roles.

View the photos from the night below:


If you know an inspiring woman in tech then nominate them for a 2019 Rising Star Award in Digital, Technology or Science & Engineering!

Find out more about the awards here.

 

 


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WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their 2019 TechWomen100 awards on 23 January, at a prestigious ceremony at the iconic Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London.

Over winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne reception to toast the TechWomen100 finalists’ achievements. The evening was facilitated by Julia Streets, Founder, Streets Consulting and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; headline sponsors, Karin Rossi, J.P. Morgan; and our education partners, Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist, Speaker & Author and Professor Gordon Love, Durham University.

Kicking off the proceedings and inspiring the guests, Vallely said, “Let tonight’s awards be the platform you all spring from, to achieve more, to get your promotions, to help others thrive and be a beacon of light in the tech industry.”

Representatives of each of the award’s sponsors then invited winners to the stage, to collect their awards. Speakers praised the emerging talent within the room and called out for more women to put themselves forward for tech roles.

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To round off the evening, the Editors Choice Award was given to Debbie Forster MBE, Tech Talent Charter. Speaking of her award, Forster said, "I say this to every woman who carries the imposter, who feels that they don't deserve to be here, we all deserve to be in the room, we all deserve to be here, and we're going to change the world."

To close the night, guests were treated to a performance from Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winners, Revelation Avenue, and invited to network, pose for photos against the TechWomen100 letters and celebrate their achievements.

The TechWomen100 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 future generations of tech talent.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. Now in its third year and with the support of headline sponsor J.P. Morgan, the awards received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. Over 40,000 public votes of support were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. In November, the shortlist was judged by our esteemed panel of judges who helped us identify our TechWomen100 winners.

You can find all of the winners here.


If you know an inspiring woman in tech then nominate them for a 2019 Rising Star Award in Digital, Technology or Science & Engineering!

Find out more about the awards here.


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TechWomen100: What happened next for Tribeni Chougule

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In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

 

Now in their third year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Tribeni Chougule, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2018.

Tribeni started her career as a Graduate Trainee Engineer in Tata Technologies, Pune, India where she was trained as an SAP Technical Consultant.

She enjoyed programming and was able to land a new job on the basis of her 4.5 months of strong technical expertise into India’s top 3 IT companies –Wipro. In her 11 years career in Wipro, Tribeni’ s roles graduated from Technical Consultant to Technical Lead to Project Lead to Project Manager and Program Manager and she also moved permanently from India to UK. Tribeni then joined Infosys where she project managed their first SAP Global Trade Management implementation for a procurement division of one of the largest telecom companies. In 2013, Tribeni joined Visa as Technical Project Manager and transformed internal IT teams from waterfall to agile model of delivery and enabled the various teams to work in the digital propositions of the organisation. This included training design and implementation, tools and process change and being an Agile coach to Scrum Masters as well as to Scrum Teams. After undertaking various  key and complex programmes and projects during the and post-merger of Visa Europe and Visa Inc, Tribeni headed the Technology team in the London Innovation Centre. Tribeni is currently the Head of Change Management in Finance Europe.

Tribeni is also the co-chair of  Visa’s Women in Technology Europe network, Enactus Business Advisor and a Cherie Blair foundation women in business mentor. She is pursuing her executive MBA from WBS, London.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was delighted to have made it to the shortlist and didn’t think that I would anyway make it to the winning list. The day of the result, when I saw my name in the list, I just couldn’t believe that I had won. I was emotional and ecstatic. I found it hard to believe and rechecked  a couple of times to be sure that I was reading correctly.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

2019 turned out to be a fabulous year from a career perspective. The biggest gain for me from this award was self-confidence and belief. All of a sudden, I was willing to take action  that erstwhile I did not believe I could do. The year saw me get a promotion at work, become a member of techUK Skills and Diversity Council and a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor for Women in Business. I  felt extremely grateful with the best wishes and support that came my way from friends , family, colleagues, and my LinkedIn network and every single note or email that I received was invaluable. Thanks to a WeAreTheCity MBA newsletter and event, I applied for an executive MBA with WBS(London). I was successful and have embarked upon this long-time dream since September.  The appreciation at my workplace on this win  was also tremendous. I got mentioned in our Europe CEO’s newsletter and an article was published on our global intranet on me and my thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion.  The award has also made a difference to how I and my opinion is perceived.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

If someone has nominated you, then remove self-doubts that you do not deserve it. If they are willing to share with you why they nominated you, have the conversation and understand what is it that you are doing that stands you apart. Review your achievements and answer the questions authentically and savour the process. Even if you do not land up winning, to be shortlisted or even be nominated is a great achievement and you should be proud of that.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

My top three tips are as follows:

  • It is important to have self-confidence and self-belief. If there’s something that you would like to do, you should go for it and  remember that the worst outcome is that you will not get the opportunity, but you still have what you currently have.
  • Build self-awareness, I have started that journey fairly late and still developing, but one of the big things that I have learnt is identifying my own self-limiting barriers and overcome them.
  • Do ensure to have mentors and I recommend more than one. More idea,  if you can also get a sponsor as that will make a difference to your career.

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Looking back at 2019: Our top tech news stories of the year

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Continuing on our series of looking back at the past year, we delve into some of our favourite and most important tech news stories of 2019.

This year has seen many organisations call for more women in tech and STEM; WeAreTechWomen became its own dedicated site in 2019; and we shined a spotlight on a further 100 amazing women in tech.

We look forward to bringing you all the latest tech news, debates and thought-provoking articles in 2020!

January

January started with a bang at WeAreTechWomen, with the celebration of our 2018 TechWomen100 Award winners.

On the 31 January, WeAreTechWomen celebrated the winners of their TechWomen100 awards, at a prestigious ceremony at etc. venues, County Hall, London.

Winners, sponsors, judges and guests celebrated and enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne reception to toast the TechWomen100 finalists’ achievements. The evening was facilitated by Kate Russell, Journalist, Author and Tech Reporter, BBC Click and attendees were welcomed by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity, and sponsors, Christina Hamilton, Senior Vice President Commercial Development UK & Europe, Worldpay.

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In February, WISE called on the industry to inspire girls to choose STEM roles.

WISE, the campaign to improve gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), launched a new online game called My Skills My Life, and called on industry to help change the way girls see STEM subjects and how they relate to careers that make a difference to the world.

The call came in response to research showing serious gaps in STEM roles; a survey of HR Directors suggested there is a shortage of 173,400 STEM workers across the UK, costing the economy £1.5bn each year.

Also in February, we asked our readers whether they could be the next Sky Women in Tech Scholar! Sky were on the hunt for five inspirational women to become their 2019 Sky Women in Technology Scholars.

Following the extraordinary success of the first Women in Tech Scholars programme, Sky expanded the scheme for a second time. In addition to winning a £25,000 bursary, the Women in Tech Scholars were paired with an expert mentor in their chosen field. Over the course of the one-year scheme, their mentor will be on hand to provide technical support as well as access to a network of business contacts to develop and nurture the talented entrepreneurs.

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April was a busy time at WeAreTechWomen HQ - we launched our brand new, dedicated, women in tech website, WeAreTechWomen.com. WeAreTechWomen.com aims to provide visibility of resources for women working in technology who wish to progress their careers and achieve their true potential.

We also announced our 2019 WeAreTechWomen - The Future World of Work conference. This conference was aimed at women working in the tech sector who are looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks. The theme for this year’s conference was The Future World of Work and how innovation and disruption is driving change within the tech industry.

Our aim was to inspire attendees by delivering bitesize learning sessions for our audience. With the help of our amazing speakers and panellists, we provided the opportunity for our delegates to learn about a broad range of technology topics as well as interact through panels, hands-on activities and workshops.

May

In May, it was reported that the UK remains a 'hot bed' for tech talent.

The research, conducted by Tech Nation, found that the UK is in front of Japan, France and Indonesia when it comes to employing high-growth tech workers.

In the UK, Insurtech and Fintech were the biggest employers among high-growth digital tech firms in 2018, employing 24 per cent and 18 per cent of the high-growth workforce respectively.

Cyber, AI, and Cleantech all feature in the top ten sectors for employment in high-growth tech firms. Investment data shows that AI, Cyber and Big Data are growing in importance for UK tech scaleups. This means that the UK may be about to see more jobs generated in these sectors.

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In June, the government called for more women to think about a career in engineering, highlighting them as 'an absolute necessity' for the future of transport.

Women currently represent just 12 per cent of the engineering workforce and 18 per cent of the transport sector workforce. Hiring more women is essential for the delivery of major transport infrastructure projects like HS2 and Heathrow expansion.

It is estimated that by 2033 there will be a combined shortfall of around 341,000 jobs in the sector.

The call followed the convening of a roundtable on women in transport this week by the Department for Transport’s Permanent Secretary Bernadette Kelly, attended by senior female leaders in the sector. Representatives from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Ford, Heathrow Airport, Network Rail, the Women in Maritime Taskforce, and Virgin Atlantic were present.

June also saw the Ministry of Defence appoint its first female Chief Scientific Adviser - Professor Dame Angela McLean.

McLean is the first female to hold the role and joins the Department as a distinguished academic with a commitment to science-driven policy. The MOD’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) oversees the Department’s core research programme, leads technology strategy, and works closely with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop battle-winning capabilities.

TechWomen100 2019 featuredAugust

In August, we opened nominations for our 2019 TechWomen100 Awards.

Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

Through the awards, we also recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

September

September saw 'Amazon Future Engineer' launch in the UK to help children and young adults from low-income backgrounds build careers in Computer Science.

The UK needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates, to meet labour demands every year – or the economy could lose out on an estimated £33 billion a year by 2030, according to research by Capital Economics.

To help close that gap, Amazon launched Amazon Future Engineer in the UK – a comprehensive childhood-to-career programme to inspire, educate, and enable children and young adults to try computer science. By supporting the recruitment and training of 50 secondary school computer science teachers and over 200 ‘Careers Leaders’, launching robotics workshops for 10,000 children and creating other opportunities to experience computer science, Amazon Future Engineer is set to reach more than one million children and young people across the UK over the next two years.

InnovateHer featuredOctober

In October, InnovateHer teamed up with Sony to bring its eight week technology programme for teenage girls to more locations across the country.

The Digital Bootcamp programme aims to give girls aged between 12-16 valuable tech and interpersonal skills, whilst encouraging them to consider STEM subjects and careers in tech.

Unfortunately, current statistics show that girls make up only 20% of computer science entries at GCSE, and just ten per cent at A-level, with nine times more boys than girls gaining an A level in Computer Science this year. InnovateHer, whose mission is “to get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls”, has promised to tackle these figures by working with schools to reach over 1,000 girls by 2020.

The after school programme will teach girls technical skills, build confidence, and highlight local opportunities within the tech and digital industries. The collaboration with PlayStation has allowed InnovateHer to extend the programme to new locations, including Guildford and London.

The bootcamp is set to launch in selected schools in January 2020, and graduates of the programme will have the opportunity to showcase the work they have produced at next year’s Develop conference in Brighton.

November

Monster Confidence Bootcamp launched in London in November, with the hope of boosting STEM confidence in girls.

Jobs site, Monster.co.uk, and social enterprise, Stemettes, took Monster Confidence on the road to show the next generation that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) too, and give them the tools and confidence needed to secure a job.

Since launching the events in 2016, over 2,000 young women have attended to receive encouragement and guidance from industry experts on how to pursue careers and qualifications of their dreams within STEM fields. Monster Confidence will be hosting two further events this year across the UK where unemployment and is at its highest and social mobility at its lowest – Teesside and Peterborough.

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In December, we announced our winners of the 2019 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarrete, a Backend Software Engineer at Deliveroo who was recently awarded an exceptional talent visa sponsored by TechNation; Moriah Baxevane-Connell, a Cloud Consultant at Google, who works with customers across Europe to optimise their usage of Google Cloud Platform; Emma Lindley, an advisor and author on digital identity, and is also co-founder of Women in Identity, a not-for-profit organisation focused on developing talent and diversity in the identity industry; and Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen, Founder of GirlCode, an international non-profit and network which aims to reduce the gender gap in the STEM industry by teaching girls of age 8-17 how to code.


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TechWomen100 Awards | Proud to announce our education partner, Durham University

Winners Banner with logo featuredWeAreTechWomen are committed to supporting the on going personal development of our TechWomen100 winners. This year, in partnership with Durham University, each winner will receive the opportunity to attend a complementary full day seminar with Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist, Speaker & Author.

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity said “I am ecstatic to be working alongside Durham University as education partners for our TechWomen100 awards this year. This will provide an fantastic opportunity for all of our winners to grow their networks and be inspired by one of the best professors in the UK.  I am very grateful to Professor Black and Professor Love for their support and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Black said “I am very proud to be able to support the TechWomen100 award winners in my role as Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University.  20 years after setting up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen women in tech still only represent 17% of the industry, and that needs to change! We will only see progression by continuing to make a conscious effort to invest in these women and by putting programmes and initiatives in place to support their careers.  I am really looking forward to supporting this year’s winners by hosting them at Durham University in June, I am sure it will be a hugely inspiring day for all of us.”

Love said “Durham University is really proud to able to work with WeAreTechWomen as an Educational Partner. We share common goals of increasing diversity in Tech, and we really are excited to host and meet the TechWomen100 winners”.

Durham University have launched a number of initiatives to support women in tech during 2019. This year, in partnership with 16 companies and three universities TechUPWomen was launched. TechUPWomen is a six month training programme focussed in the north, that will enable 100 women to retrain in the technology sector. This new programme aims to address the shortage in the tech industry by recruiting women who want to start a career in the tech sector, particularly from Black, Asian and other minority or under-represented communities. The programme was created by Durham Professors, Alexandra Cristea and Professor Sue Black OBE.

Further details of the TechWomen100 seminar will be shared at the start of next year.

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23/01/2020: TechWomen100 Award's Ceremony

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WeAreTechWomen is delighted to invite you to our TechWomen100 Award Ceremony.

The TechWomen100 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 future generations of tech talent.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. Now in its third year and with the support of headline sponsor J.P. Morgan, the awards received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. Over 40,000 public votes of support were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. In November, the shortlist was judged by our esteemed panel of judges who helped us identify our TechWomen100 winners.

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women who are not only role models for the industry, but who are our future leaders of tomorrow. We do hope you can join us to celebrate their success and toast their achievements.

The evening will be hosted by Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting and gospel choir, Revelation Avenue, will be performing as our special guests.

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Julia Streets | CEO, Streets ConsultingAbout our host

Julia Streets is a champion of fintech entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity. In 2007, Julia founded Streets Consulting, the business development, marketing and communications consultancy. She helped launch the Chi-X brand of international alternative stock exchanges, including Chi-X Australia. Since then she and her team have advised a wide range of firms in the world of capital markets, B2B and payments, and offering specialist technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, cyber and more. Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was global head of communications at NYSE Technologies, serving on the Executive Committee and European head of marketing and sales development at Instinet.

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About our special guests

Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winners Revelation Avenue, was established in the very heart of London, and the members have been singing together as a group for over 15 years. Their journey began on BBC’s Last Choir Standing where their vocal talent enabled them to reach the final 3 on the show. Renowned for their sweet blend, creative arrangements, invigorating choreography and vocal finesse they are definitely not your ‘typical Choir’. Their uplifting message and soulful twist to commercial pop songs left an unforgettable footprint on Britain’s Got Talent 2015 where Simon Cowell distinguished them as ‘One of The Best’ and Amanda Holden described their performance as “Just World Class”.


Agenda

Guests will be treated to a sparkling drinks reception and a three-course dinner, followed by the award’s presentation.

18:45 – Champagne welcome reception

19:45Opening speeches & awards

22:45 – Winner’s photo

22:55 – Closing entertainment

23:15 – Carriages

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce our 2019 TechWomen100 Awards winners

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WeAreTechWomen and J.P. Morgan are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 TechWomen100 Awards.

The winners of these awards showcase remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector including Alicia Carolina Beylan Navarrete, a Backend Software Engineer at Deliveroo who was recently awarded an exceptional talent visa sponsored by TechNation; Moriah Baxevane-Connell, a Cloud Consultant at Google, who works with customers across Europe to optimise their usage of Google Cloud Platform; Emma Lindley, an advisor and author on digital identity, and is also co-founder of Women in Identity, a not-for-profit organisation focused on developing talent and diversity in the identity industry; and Eva Meyer de Stadelhofen, Founder of GirlCode, an international non-profit and network which aims to reduce the gender gap in the STEM industry by teaching girls of age 8-17 how to code.

The winners include individuals from leading firms such as the BBC, Starling Bank, Morrisons, University of Oxford, John Lewis, Cancer Research UK, The Alan Turing Institute, Microsoft and many more.

Alongside the individual TechWomen100 category, we are also pleased to announce the winners of the Champions category, Company of the Year and Network of the Year.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. The TechWomen100 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 future generations of tech talent. This year’s winners join an alumni of 150 winners from 2018 and 2017.

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder of WeAreTechWomen, said, “At WeAreTechWomen we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1000 female future leaders in technology by 2025. The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding! I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and look forward to celebrating our winners and their achievements.”

The awards were entered by over 700 nominations from across the UK and Ireland and 40,000 votes of support from across the globe. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

The 2019 awards are headline sponsored by J.P. Morgan and supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Dell Technologies, Informed Solutions, Lloyds Banking Group, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin and Worldpay.

The winners will be invited to attend an award’s ceremony on 23 January 2020 at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London. Guest tickets are available to purchase here.

Find the full list of winners in alphabetical order here

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WeAreTechWomen Conference 2019: In Pictures

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its fourth full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, Bishopsgate, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Dell Technologies, saw over 500 attendees from across the technology sector and range of companies including Sky, Amazon, HSBC, Visa, Spotify, ASOS, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, DWP, BT and many more.

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.

View the event images captured below:

 


Delegates at the WeAreTechWomen conference

WeAreTechWomen Conference 2019: In Words

Delegates at WeAreTechWomen conference

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its fourth full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, Bishopsgate, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Dell Technologies, saw over 500 attendees from across the technology sector and range of companies including Sky, Amazon, HSBC, Visa, Spotify, ASOS, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, DWP, BT and many more.

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, Journalist, Tech Reporter & Author, BBC Click, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. The morning began with a number of keynotes from speakers such as Dr Pippa Malmgren, Founder, H Robotics; Sheridan Ash, Technology and Investments Director and Women in Technology Leader, PwC; Emma Kendrew, Intelligent Engineering Services Lead, Accenture Technology UKI; and Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC.

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Deborah O'Neill, Head of UK Digital, Partner, Oliver Wyman; Lopa Ghosh, Associate Partner, UKI Cyber Leader, People and Culture Lead, EY; and Caroline Criado Perez OBE, Writer, Broadcaster and award-winning feminist campaigner, author of Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.

Caroline Criado Perez speaking at the WeAreTechWomen conference

During her talk, Caroline highlighted the issue that gender inequality is more prevalent throughout technology than most realise, with data collection being designed around men.

Caroline went on to discuss that having a female body has led to women often being involved much less frequently than men in medical studies, resulting in a data gap that is impacting our understanding of health care in relation to women. The consequences of data bias is substantial with women often being incorrectly diagnosed because the symptoms for females often look different from those of males.

During the lunch break, delegates were treated to refreshment and had the chance to network with sponsors, browse tables and stands of tech-related products, as well as connect with a number of not-for-profit organisations including Autistica, Raspberry Pi, TechSheCan and Apps for Goods.

Throughout the day, attendees heard about artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security, tech innovation, payments, disruption, cloud technology, transformation, software engineering, and health tech.

Attendees were also invited to put their questions to speakers during a number of Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from increasing diversity in tech, career advice and flexible working.

The afternoon consisted of delegates attending their own chosen elective sessions to partake in hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Alexa, coding, payments, health tech, and data science were just some of the topics covered within the sessions.

Hall of Fame panel with Ortis Deley at the WeAreTechWomen conference

Hosted by Ortis Deley, Host and Presenter, The Gadget Show, the Hall of Fame panel concluded the event and featured Professor Sue Black OBE; Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE; Dorothee Schobert-Sargent; and Jacqueline de Rojas CBE.

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