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Recommended Event: 14/07/2022: Rising Star Awards Ceremony

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WeAreTheCity are delighted to invite you to our Rising Star awards ceremony! 

The team at WeAreTheCity are incredibly excited to announce that we will once again be holding our awards ceremony, in person. We will be holding a prestigious awards celebration for all winners, sponsors and judges on the evening of 14 July 2022 at Pan Pacific London.

Over the course of the awards ceremony, you will hear from inspirational speakers and entertainers who will all be endeavouring to create a truly magically experience for you all. We cannot wait to give you the true physical experience of one of our award ceremonies!

Please note: this is a ticketed event. Find out more below.

Pan Pacific London


Located in Bishopsgate in the heart of the City of London, moments from Liverpool Street Station, Pan Pacific London is on the doorstep of world-renowned locations, yet also home to its own inner world. A haven in the heart of the City designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel takes innovation and understated luxury to new heights. Epitomising the juxtaposition of old and new London architecture, Bishopsgate Plaza encapsulates a 43-storey bronze tower, home to Pan Pacific London and private residential apartments whilst the 144-year- old Devonshire House showcases designer shops, a restaurant and a contemporary destination cocktail bar. A landscaped public plaza seamlessly connects these two cultural hubs together, making it a 24-hour destination for meeting, living, working and discovering.



17:30 – Guest arrival and champagne reception

18:15 – Guests called to be seated

18:40 – Welcome Speeches

19:30 – Awards Presentations

20:45 – Entertainment break

21.25 – Awards Presentations Continued

22:35 – Entertainment break

22:45 – Awards Presentations Continued

23:30 – Party on the dance floor

00:00 – Carriages



The 2022 Rising Star Award’s Ceremony is a ticketed event. Your ticket includes a drinks reception, 3 course dinner, goody bag, and awards presentation.



WeAreTheCity, together with the Royal Bank of Canada, are proud to announce the winners of our 2022 Rising Star Awards!

The list of winners showcases remarkable women within the UK from across 20 categories representing different industries and professions. Those highlighted include Ebinehita Iyere, founder of Milk Honey Bees, working with young people who encounter the youth justice system and those who are impacted by violence in the community; Chanelle Smith, a medical student who is an ambassador for the Captain Tom Foundation and features in the children’s book honouring Captain Sir Tom Moore; and law student Sheekeba Nasimi, who leads the legal clinic at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of Afghans and all refugees in London.



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Recommended Event: 13/06/22-15/06/22: CogX Festival

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Be part of the world’s biggest and most inclusive Festival of AI, Blockchain, the Metaverse and all the latest Transformational Technologies.

CogX are excited to offer members of WeAreTechWomen a free pass to this year’s CogX.

This year’s festival takes place 13th-15th June in King’s Cross, London.  Across the festival we are Showcasing 200+ speakers including the host of Europe’s biggest podcast, ‘The Diary of a CEO’, Steven Bartlett, Vice President of Civility and Partnerships at Roblox, Tami Bhaumik and Pushmeet Kohli, Head of AI for Science at DeepMind to name but a few.

Our good friends at CogX have given us a free code which allows you to claim a Standard Pass for the 3 days for free (RRP £695).

You can claim your free pass by selecting the standard festival pass here and entering your code: STANDARDWTW

Women in STEM - March8 LIVE

Recommended Event: 23/06/2022 - 24/06/2022: Women in STEM - TECH LIVE LONDON | March8 LIVE

March8 LIVE - Women in STEM, WeAreTechWomen media partner

March8 LIVE hosts Women in STEM as part of TECH LIVE LONDON, bringing together the leading change-makers in the tech industry who are passionate about elevating women in leadership.

Join us in being a part of the conversation shaping the future of technology and recognising the importance of diversity.

Mark your calendar for June 23rd – 24th for this unmissable hybrid event, in-person at Tobacco Dock in London or tune in virtually to view all sessions online.

TECH LIVE LONDON features inspiring keynotes and lively roundtables alongside fireside discussions and Q&A sessions from some of the world’s largest companies and innovative start-ups.

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Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast - In the Lounge with Sue Griffin, Head of User Support Services & Head of Service Management Practice, DWP Digital

She Talk Tech podcast - In the Lounge with Sue Griffin, Head of User Support Services & Head of Service Management Practice, DWP Digital

In this episode of She Talks Tech, we hear from Sue Griffin – Head of User Support Services AND head of Service Management Practice at DWP digital.

She tells us about her career climb in the public sector, explains the scope of her role as DWP, and shares what it is like to run very large teams. We also discuss the skills required to work UX and how DWP are leading the way with innovation in this space.

If you want to find out more about Sue – you can connect with her on LinkedIn.


‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2022.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 21 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

Listen to more episodes of She Talks Tech here

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Get into tech with these free training courses

Are you in the tech industry and looking to learn new skills? Or do you want a career change and are unsure of where to start?

There are an abundance of companies and social enterprises that can provide you with free training. Here at WeAreTechWomen, we have pulled together a number of great opportunities for you to explore.

A number of these organisations provide online distance learning, whereas some also provide the opportunity to join them at events and to be part of their communities!

Go explore, and if we have missed an organisation that provides these opportunities for women to get into tech, you can drop us a note at [email protected].

Code First Girls

Code First Girls has become the largest provider of free coding courses for women in the UK, having delivered over £40 million worth of free technology education and teaching three times as many women to code as the entire UK university undergraduate system!

Find out more

Coding Black Females

Coding Black Females was created in 2017. We are a nonprofit organisation, and our primary aim is to provide opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships through having regular meetups.

Find out more


Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across eight different subject areas. Find free science, maths and technology courses below.

Find out more

TechUP Women

TechUP is a training programme that focuses on training individuals from minority groups into tech careers. Working closely with industry the TechUP team creates a programme tailored to industry needs whilst also ensuring every participant gets an amazing learning experience.

Find out more

LinkedIn Learning

Advance your career with LinkedIn Learning. Learn from courses taught by industry experts in leadership, management, marketing, programming, IT, photography, graphic design, web and interactive design, 3D animation and much more.

Find out more

Trailhead by Salesforce

Start your adventure by learning the way you want with Salesforce’s Trailhead. Learn at your own pace with learning paths designed just for you, take classes taught by Salesforce experts, and get answers from fellow Trailblazers in our community.

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Discover more free training courses

We've rounded-up a number of different organisations that offer free coding clubs, training courses and ways you can get into the tech industry.


Vacancy Spotlight: Pulsed Power Engineer | First Light Fusion

First Light Fusion

We are looking to expand the Pulsed Power team, who are responsible for the design, construction and operation of our pulsed power fusion experiments.

We are interested in talented individuals with a range of experience to complement the existing world class team of engineers and scientists, and have positions available for a range of different experience levels up to and including lead scientist or engineer roles

You will work on projects which will range from the design and construction of M4, our future experimental driver, developing our electro-magnetic launch capability through simulation and experiments on both our existing and external facilities, and development of machine and experimental diagnostics.

Responsibilities will include

Providing expert engineering/scientific input into multidisciplinary teams
Producing analysis and calculations for design work
Using schematic capture, circuit simulation and other modelling package


Degree in Physics, Engineering or similar
Experience of CAD design tools and simulation software, for example COMSOL and SolidWorks; training in the specific tools used at First Light will be provided
Ability to perform calculations and analysis associated with electrical engineering
Knowledge of health and safety matters relating to pulsed power systems
Passion for fusion and for taking a bold approach to a high-risk transformational
Fast and effective problem solving skills
Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
Strong communication and interpersonal skills


Experience solving complex engineering problems in a scientific environment
Demonstrated ability to deliver to agreed objectives and manage resources using project management techniques


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Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast - In the Lounge with Mitra Roknabadi, Vice President & Global Head of Marketing, OpenFin

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Today, Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting speaks to Mitra Roknabadi, the VP and Global Head of Marketing at OpenFin – the operating system for finance.

Mitra shares her own journey from luxury retail into the fintech industry, as well as insights from Open’s US and UK research about why employees are leaving organisations that are not investing in software applications, and how Openfin is supporting corporate transformation at scale.

If you want to find out more about Mitra – you can connect with her on LinkedIn.


‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2022.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 21 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

Produced by Pineapple Audio Production.

Listen to more episodes of She Talks Tech here

Sky Graduate Programmes

Launch your career with Sky with their graduate programmes

Sky Graduate Programmes

Launch your career with Sky through one of their graduate programmes!

Passionate about building tech that improves how the world watches sport? Want to work in finance and support the future of your favourite show? Keen to pick up heaps of new skills trying out lots of different functions?

At Sky, you can combine what you love with what you do best to shape a brilliant career.

With 24 million customers across six countries, it’s no surprise Sky is Europe’s biggest entertainment brand. But Sky is more than must-watch shows, cutting-edge tech and market-leading packages. Sky are a place where people from all walks of life get the freedom and support to do their best work.

Sky’s range of graduate programmes means everyone can find a job they love to talk about and they also offer internships and insight events designed to give you a sneak peek at life at Sky. So, whatever your background, skills or passions, you can choose a career path that suits you.

Ready to start a career like no other?

 At Sky you can.


Automated Software Testing Graduate Programme

Join the teams that built Sky Mobile, NOW and Sky Q. Create products used by millions. Use cutting- edge tech. Deliver top-quality software. Learn the fundamentals of software engineering, testing and gain an understanding of DevOps. Collaborate with our software teams across the globe on video streaming platforms. There’s only one place you’ll see action like this in your career – and that’s Sky.


Mobile Development Graduate Programme

Change the way customers interact with the Sky Go interface. Collaborate with our software teams across the globe on video streaming platforms. Create software technology that influences the way they watch their favourite shows. Use cutting-edge technology and contribute to the success of current and future products. Develop software that underpins our products and improves how we work. Make an impact and get all the support you need to do your best work.

Apply now

Software Development Graduate Programme

The software development programme will see you learn about how we develop software and the processes used. You will also get to work closely with the hardware and device-drivers on the Sky Broadband Routers or Sky Q Set-Top-Boxes and be supported by engineers at the top of their game.


Mobile Development Graduate Programme

The Mobile software development programme might see you create the next iteration of Sky Go, work on a new feature for NOW and develop capabilities on our iOS and Android platforms. You’ll learn a lot on this seven-month programme. After just eight weeks, you’ll be familiar with our major software engineering principles, Swift and Kotlin development, iOS and Android platforms and continuous build, and integration


Automated Software Testing Graduate Programme

Start your career in software engineering with our automated tester graduate programme. You’ll learn a lot in seven months. After five weeks, you’ll be familiar with major software engineering and testing principles, as well as DevOps and test-driven development. Master the fundamentals of performance and API, mobile and hardware testing. And the security principles that underpin all our work.

Apply now
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How to make STEM subjects gender neutral

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There are numerous reasons why women aren’t as prominent in STEM roles as males and like many things in life, the solution is not black and white.

Often, the barriers that females face are complex and systemic.

But, one of the things that has always struck me about STEM subjects is the experience that many females have in their earliest years at school.

When I think about studying maths, science and technology at school, these were subjects that were incredibly gender-bias, from the teachers being mostly male dominated, to the role models and careers presented to us.

We can all remember in the height of the pandemic, my 8 year old told me he wanted to be a scientist so he could develop a vaccine to help people. It sounds trivial, but what really struck me was that he was able to see the direct impact that science and technology can have on our lives and connect himself to a career prospect. We know that younger generations care enormously about the impact that they have on the world and what more of an impact can science and technology have on our everyday lives?

Context based learning in STEM subjects is key, as this is critical to how young girls perceive STEM subjects.

A teacher who is able to connect a young girl’s love of the environment, for example, could show that girl early on how she might be able to work in STEM and fight climate change or deliver safe drinking water to communities, for example.

As is the way in many industries, young girls also need female role models to look up to: Buzz Aldrin, Albert Einstein, Elon Musk and Bill Gates are household names and while learning resources are definitely doing their part to include more females into the mix, there’s a lack of female scientists that mainstream society can name at the drop of a hat. A report from Education Services Australia makes a number of recommendations for making STEM subjects more gender-neutral and one of the key recommendations is reviewing the media that’s used for lessons. Males feature heavily in the representation of STEM roles, whereas a truly gender-neutral agenda would ideally include a diverse range of people and genders participating in STEM and show young girls that many women have paved the way before them.

I’m also a big believer in subtle changes. The same report makes a number of recommendations for making STEM learning environments more inclusive. The report notes that classrooms can be decorated with neutral objects such as plants and lights and also notes that gender-balanced posters are key as well. Interestingly, it also notes that many STEM products themselves could do with being neutralised, for example, looking at using primary coloured equipment.

Is there a quick fix or a cure for the issue?

No. As I’ve mentioned, there are many reasons why women don’t enter the STEM field, many of them complex and systemic. But, education is our first foray into the STEM field, so we can at least start off by giving females a better first impression.

About the author

Zeinab Ardeshir co-founded Pill Sorted, a personalised pharmacy service, nearly three years ago with the aim of disrupting the traditionally transactional pharma experience and instead delivering a compassionate, more relationship-focused experience.

The healthtech – which works with a number of NHS services to deliver medications – uses technology to get medication dispensed and delivered to patients in a timely manner, which in turn means that pharmacists are able to optimise their time consulting patients.

Zeinab holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and a Postgraduate diploma for Overseas Pharmacists from Aston University and prior to Co-founding Pill Sorted, spent nearly 11 years working as a pharmacist at Boots and Tesco.

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International Girls in IT Day: Why the future of tech depends upon girls

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From using online classrooms to applying for jobs and entering work with the tech skills employers expect: digital skills have become essential to thrive.

Yet, the stark reality of the gender digital skills gap means women and girls continue to be excluded.  It’s why initiatives like the United National Girls in ICT Day celebrated every 28th April are so important to shine a spotlight on opportunities for girls to thrive in their digital lives.

The context of exponential technology growth and digital transformation should allow for greater opportunities across society. But the benefits are more likely to be reaped by a small portion of the population, as women continue to be underrepresented in tech. A recent report on the Global Gender Gap by the World Economic Forum found women make up just 18% of Europe’s IT specialists.

Research from the Nominet Digital Youth Index, our annual report offering insights into young people’s digital experiences, shows the appeal of technology-related jobs is higher among young men – 78% vs 64% for young women and girls. Young people’s aspirations in this space are shaped by norms, stereotypes and a lack of role models. As a woman who has been in tech for over 10 years, I find I have to work harder to prove my expertise and encounter stereotypes, particularly around practical digital skills and capabilities.

Why does this matter? Firstly, this is an issue of equality and fairness in the opportunities to fulfil your potential – no matter your gender, background or personal characteristics. But it’s even more than that. Attracting more women in tech contributes perspectives and knowledge, bringing inherent value which is crucial to a diverse and thriving society and digital economy.


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Breaking the bias from an early age

With only 18% of women pursuing degrees in tech-related subjects according to Girls Who Code, schools, civil society groups, families and the media have a role to play in inspiring girls to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. We know that interventions which introduce digital early and actively counter stereotypes play a huge part in enabling girls to feel confident pursuing a career in tech later in life. This is underpinned by more general gender norms illustrating the importance of building confidence in girls, as studies have shown that girls start to lose their self-esteem from as young as 12 years old and to believe that ‘brilliance’ is a male trait from as young as six.

Nominet’s recent research with Catch 22 uncovers some of the systemic barriers to attaining digital skills. We found a need to overlay interpretations of barriers to digital skills uptake with an understanding of the factors of social disadvantage in order to drive change.

Digital Skills in Schools

School is a logical place to start when it comes to unpacking digital skills. Almost one in two (47%) UK teachers lack the adequate technology to effectively teach their pupils according to Tech4Teachers. This presents a challenge to educators to rethink what is being taught to children to prepare them for the future.

Outside projects provide valuable support for teachers with hands-on technical learning. For example, with support from Nominet, the Micro:bit Educational Foundation is running an initiative to teach tens of thousands of primary school children in the UK to code using pocket-sized computers, demonstrating how early stage tech skills can be introduced.

Research has found that teaching physical computing with the Micro:bit breaks down barriers for girls, increases student motivation and fosters broader skills such as creativity, teamwork and resilience. If children are to gain the skills required for a future digital career, there needs to be a fundamental curriculum shift in the way tech is taught.


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Making women in tech visible for the next generation

Research from PwC shows just 3% of women in the UK saying a career in technology is their first choice which is reflected in the tech workforce. When girls relate to “someone who looks like me” it is powerful for their self-belief and demonstrating what is possible. This is something I have seen first-hand in my role as a youth leader in my group of twenty five 11-14 year old young women.

For Safer Internet Day, we spoke about perceptions of careers in science and tech.  While girls expressed perceptions about “what kind of person pursues a career in the digital space,” we went on to discuss how many aspirational female role models are inspiring the next generation. It struck me how many of the barriers are around confidence over capability.

Technology as a catalyst 

Flipping the conversation, technology has the potential to be an enabler and to catalyse change. The Nominet Digital Youth Index found that over half of young people are teaching themselves digital skills. While we could interpret this as formal education not landing, it is also evidence of enthusiasm and willingness to troubleshoot and self-teach.

More diversity in those who take up tech jobs can help translate the aspirations of unique spectrums of society into the digital world. This will create representative perspectives in design resulting in more innovative, appropriate solutions, in turn leading to more inclusion. It’s the mantra: nothing about us, without us.

Diversity in tech requires a collective response and collaboration from industry, education, civil society and government to unlock the opportunities for digital skills today to realise equitable and thriving digital economies of the future.

Amy O'DonnellAbout the author

Amy O’Donnell is Senior Programme Manager, Social Impact, at Nominet where a large part of her role is to support partners in navigating the way digital technology is impacting young people in the UK. She leads on strategic pillars exploring digital transformation in mental health and widening participation in digital skills and careers.

With over ten years’ experience supporting social impact initiatives, and helping to design inclusive approaches in the context of new digital realities, she has played an active role in the strategic direction of the Nominet Digital Youth Index, offering interactive, annual benchmarking data and insights about young peoples’ experiences both on and offline.Amy is passionate about privacy by design, ethical good practice, diversity and intersectionality.

With previous experience as Digital in Programme Lead at Oxfam and Project Director for FrontlineSMS:Radio, Amy joined Nominet in 2021 and has brought with her vast international experience as a champion for responsible data and countering inequality in a digital world.She is also dedicated GirlGuide Leader and co-District Commissioner in Headington, Oxford, which most recently has involved running activities connected to Safer Internet Day 2022.