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London, Cardiff, Edinburgh & Belfast join forces to launch National Digital Week

Digital Leaders Week

This morning, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast joined forces to launch the fifth National Digital Week.

The four Digital Ministers for each of the UK Parliaments joined forces to explain the importance of digital transformation in each of their countries and the opportunities it offers to level up public services and business opportunities.

The week, which covers the whole of the UK, is online, making all its content accessible to the whole UK, particularly relevant during a week where the government advice is to remain at home to avoid planned railways chaos.

This is the UK’s biggest gathering of people focused on four key questions driven by digital transformation. However most importantly it is the only Digital or Tech Week in the UK that is truly nationwide. Over 30,000 free sessions have been booked so far by leaders in business, government and charities in the week ahead from across the whole UK.

Speaking about how the UK outside of London has embraced Digital, Robin Knowles, Digital Leaders Founder said, “Last Week saw the focus of the digital community in the UK on London.”

“There is no doubt about London’s importance as a global tech powerhouse, but this National Digital Week shows that digital is now no longer a London led initiative.”

“Every corner of the UK is now leading locally on delivering transformation of businesses and public services.”

“No one is asking London to show the rest of the UK the way anymore.”

“The level of expertise, knowledge and networks outside of the capital means the opportunities for digital growth, skills and participation are being realised nationally and as we say at Digital Leaders the UK is about being #notjustLondon”

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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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City Hall Charter for Emerging Technology survey

Are you interested in new technology and innovation in London? City Hall needs to hear from you

City Hall Charter for Emerging Technology survey

London has a great track record for innovation, from contactless payments on transport to the Met Police’s largest body-worn camera roll out in Europe.

In the future, better connectivity and faster access to data via 5G technology are likely to increase the development of new technology and applications even more.

City Hall is developing a Charter for Emerging Technology with expectations for both Londoners and innovators and they want to hear from you.

It’s important that Londoners have a voice in these new developments, and that innovators have a place to sense-check their new technologies. Public trust in new technology will only happen when its trial and deployment is done so openly and transparently, and innovators will only be able to respond to the needs of citizens if they listen

City Hall want to hear from you!

How do you feel about new technology and innovation in London? What impact do you think technological innovations will have on your life?

This survey will take a few minutes to complete and once you’ve finished the survey, you’ll be redirected to the discussions where you can continue the conversation on new technologies and the draft charter’s four principles.

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Tech Returners Launches in London

New Tech Returner Programme to launch in London

Tech Returners Launches in London

Tech Returners, an organisation focused on empowering careers back into technology, is bringing its successful returner programme to London starting in August. 

Tech Returners an organisation focused on empowering careers back into technology is bringing its successful returner programme to London starting in August 2020.

The programme called Your Return to Tech provides skilled tech professionals returning to industry accessible opportunities to refresh their skills and reignite their career but it doesn’t stop at learning and development, the organisation works closely with businesses who recognise the value of industry returners and who are passionate about creating diversity and inclusivity in their teams to provide an innovative tech talent solution.

The eight-week programme recognises the need from businesses growing their teams to bring tech talent to the market quickly and with the skills in place to hit the ground running in mid-senior level technical roles. The entirely remote learning experience boasts a curriculum which includes refreshing existing tech skills, front end frameworks ‘React’ (Hooks, Context, API) alongside Cloud technologies (AWS tooling), delivered alongside platform engineering skills such as infrastructure as code CI/CD and monitoring.

Uniquely the programme will connect with businesses looking to hire from the programme who will provide live briefs for our returners to work on throughout the 8 week period. Interested businesses can sponsor places on the course at a cost of just £4,500 per returner making it an affordable and competitive option versus traditional recruitment agency fees.

It’s a model which has proved successful in the North West of England, since 2017 the organisation has empowered more than 50 returners into mid-senior level technical careers with businesses like AutoTrader, Booking.com, Lloyds Banking Group, ANS and Infinity Works and has worked exclusively with the BBC in Manchester and London respectively, 88% of those returners were women.

The programme is open to anyone returning to a technical career or who have a technical qualification and who have taken a career break from tech for six years or less. Individuals interested in applying for the programme can learn more at https://www.techreturners.com/programmes/your-return-to-tech

Speaking about the programme CEO Beckie Taylor said, “We’ve seen some amazing returners come through our ranks as a result of our work in the North but we know there are so many more out there and with our remote learning model, location need no longer be a barrier to talent."

"Working with London based businesses was the next natural move for us, we know the returner market is there and we’re here to deliver the talent to forward-thinking businesses who are focused on diversity and  taking a fresh approach to tech talent”

Businesses interested in learning more about sponsoring the programme can do so here https://www.techreturners.com/sponsorship/your-return-to-tech and are also invited to sign up to join a free information event on Thursday 9th  July https://share.hsforms.com/1nDOXcLuyRo-ufJoPJbGOkw2g8p6


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Blockchain Live featured

25/09/19: Blockchain Live | GovNet Communications

Blockchain LiveTaking Blockchain & DLT Mainstream

Blockchain Live returns to London Olympia for its third year on 25th September, but this time with a twist!

Following over 360% audience growth in 2018 Blockchain Live 2019 is ripping up the rule book as we move from a traditional conference and expo model to a festival of blockchain education. Like blockchain we are here to disrupt!

Unrivalled growth is so 2018! As such, our core focus for 2019 is QUALITY. Quality Content. Quality Contacts. Quality Conversations.

Blockchain Live is a ground-breaking festival of content and collaboration that connects the fragmented eco-system to drive meaningful discussion and debate on how best to accelerate global adoption of blockchain & DLT.

2019 Speakers include:

  • Don Tapscott, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute
  • Anthony Macey, Director of Emerging Technology, Barclays
  • Dr Lee Braine, Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays
  • Bob Crozier, Chief Architect Customer Platforms, Allianz
  • Caroline Casey, VP of Innovation and Partnerships, Mastercard
  • Elisabeth Noble, Senior Policy Expert, European Banking Authority

 “The best blockchain for business event in the UK” Bob Yelland, European Blockchain Marketing, IBM

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Girls Talk London featured

Girls Talk London

Girls Talk London connects women with Senior leaders in FTSE 100 businesses & influential individuals to empower them to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in their lives and in the workplace.

We work with global businesses and brands to create live and online experiences for women that include events, masterclasses, seminars and festivals.

Our popular online talk show, Girls Talk, provides a platform for women to discuss trending news and interviews inspiring individuals.

We provide a variety of initiatives to support women in the UK with career development and lifestyle issues.

Step into Industry

Our step into Industry programmes target female students aged 16-18 and provides them with a mentor and work experience in male dominated sectors .

Recruitment

We advertise opportunities and jobs in FTSE 100 businesses on our website to increase the number of women entering male dominated sectors and advancing onto more Senior roles.

Research 

We connect businesses and brands with women aged 21-34 to conduct market research on engaging and supporting women within the workplace, life and in society.

Digital Engagement

Our website girlstalklondon.com is a blog that provides editorial content to help women succeed within the workplace and life featuring interviews, advice and opportunities. Our website has on average over 6,000 views per month. Over 431,000 people have watched our online talk show for young women.

Insight Experiences

We partner with businesses to offer female sixth form and university students insight experiences that include evenings, days and weeks to showcase all the opportunities available to them in specific businesses and gives them the chance to meet recruitment teams

Summer Business School 

Every summer we partner with businesses who host our summer business school for millennial women in the workplace who want to develop skills and qualities that will assist them in progressing in the workplace. Our facilitators and experts cover topics such as negotiation, building relationships, managing teams and leadership.

Mentoring programmes

We have designed successful mentoring programmes for businesses that want to create a talent pipe into their business or support the development and progression of female employees.

Events 

We deliver events, festivals and masterclasses for millennial women and host these in partnership with FTSE 100 businesses and brands.

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Women of Wearables

Women of Wearables (WoW)

Women of Wearables (WoW) is first global organisation aiming to inspire, support and connect women in wearable tech, fashion tech, smart textiles, IoT, health tech and VR/AR. 

With headquarters in London (UK) and more than 10,000 members located around the globe, WoW has become a global movement that supports its growing community through events, mentorship, educational programs and collaboration with its network of local ambassadors and partners. Our community is composed of startup founders, SMEs, industry experts, accelerators, incubators, STEM organisations, bloggers, journalists and investors.

Women of Wearables (WoW) is not just for professional women, but for anyone with an interest in wearable technology and providing women with a platform for growth.

We welcome trans women and men, non binary folks, and allies. More important than your gender identity (or lack thereof) is that you're a supportive and contributing member of our group.

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Rails Girls London

We are making technology more approachable for women.

Workshop participants can learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology. Their aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable. They have an amazing group of coaches and students who are always happy to answer questions and share their experiences on their Slack channel.

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Women traders taking on the city

 

It is no secret that trading is a male dominated industry in the city of London. According to statistics, the percentage of women in trading jobs is as low as 30 per cent.
Women traders taking on the city
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This could be as a result of a number of factors which are inherent in the workplace. There could be a certain stigma that it is difficult to fit into a male dominated environment.

In this article, we will go over some of the misconceptions there are about trading and the ways in which these misconceptions can be overcome. We will also run through some hints and tips that could help women as they prepare for trading interviews.

The misconceptions

One of the most common misconceptions of trading is that the workplace is filled with testosterone, screaming and numerous sexist comments. When most people think of trading floors they picture large open pits where the loudest prevails.

Many of the movies on the subject have not helped to dispel those misconceptions. Movies like the Wolf of Wall Street and the big short have fed this feeling of machoism.

This is far removed from reality. Today, most modern trading floors at large financial institutions have very strict workplace guidelines when it comes to interaction among colleagues and language.

They also have detailed sexual harassment policies that make sure that female traders can feel welcome in the workplace even though it is mostly male dominated.

Women can and should comfortable working on a trading floor without the fear of any sort of untoward comments or the possibility of feeling left out from general office conversations.

Another common misconception that women have when it comes to trading is that there are only certain types of university degrees which apply to trading jobs. They think that only mathematicians or finance majors are able to succeed in the trading world.

This is not true. Although some types of trading and quantitative analysis do require a background in a technical STEM major, the vast number of trading jobs require an understanding of basic math as well as a willingness to learn.

In fact, a number of trading jobs are more about practicality than theory. Many trading floors require some retraining and they find that people who have not got a background in trading can be more malleable. This is where some women can indeed stand out.

How to get a trading interview

Although trading is now a career path that is more open for women, they still have to prepare themselves for the industry by making numerous applications as well as making the most of trading education.

There are a number of online portals that have the latest information on financial service jobs in the industry. These also have up to date resources that can be used in interview preparation.

Of course, having an up to date CV with your latest qualifications is essential, but one of the most important things to have before you start applying for trading jobs is a motivational letter.

This is where you can take the opportunity to let the recruiters or HR know why you, as a strong and motivated woman, are interested in working on a trading floor. Perhaps you can include a section in the letter of how you would like to break the misconceptions of women in trading that we talked about above.

How to succeed in the interview

If you are lucky enough to get an interview, then your time has really come to shine. You need to make sure that you have all of the finer details of your CV and motivational letter ironed out. You are most likely to get questions on these so you will need to have your answers stacked up. These are, after all, answers that you can prepare for.

There are also a range of other stock questions that you can prepare for and most of these fall under the guise of "motivational" questions. When it comes to the more technical trading related questions, then you need to take the time to study the online portals and understand the basics of the job.

These could take a number of different forms and could be brain teasers, judgement questions or more general in nature. The most important thing to do in this case is to know when to admit that you don’t know something. Equally important however, is attempting to answer the question by clearly stating your assumptions.

For example, you may get a question on equity pairs trading of two companies. You may not know what the companies do but you have a fair idea of what a pairs trade involves from the research that you did. You could then admit to the researcher that you have never heard of the particular companies. You could ask them for more of an overview so that you could most easily answer the question.

This is where most new interviewees get tripped up. They think that admitting that they don't know the answer to a question entirely is a sign of weakness. It is quite the opposite in fact. New traders are encouraged to speak out if they do not know something. This is because being cavalier about not knowing something is a sure way to lose a lot of money on the trading floor.

Trading also requires someone to be calm under pressure. Hence, it is important to make sure that you appear calm and collected and don't get flustered when you are asked the questions. Perhaps practicing the interview beforehand can help calm your nerves prior.

Conclusion

It can always be daunting to make strides in an industry that is usually dominated by the opposite sex. Hence, trading has often been a challenging career path to embark for women new to the industry.

However, as we have shown, this is merely a fallacy and is indeed driven by a range of societal misconceptions. Not only are there successful female traders but they are often some of the best in the industry.

As with any other field in life, where male dominance once prevailed, it required strong and independent women to challenge the norm and break through certain stereotypes. Trading floors have become so much more female friendly that they are now a place for women to make massive strides.


London opens doors for women in tech survey finds

40% of the UK’s women in tech workforce work in London, a survey has revealed as part of London Technology Week.

house of parliament london - women in techAccording to a survey of 3700 professionals by recruiter Mortimer Spinks, one in ten tech teams based in the city have no female employees. Furthermore, more than half of those questions said less than 15% of their teams are women.

A third of London tech companies claim to have formal initiatives in place to recruit more women to the workforce, compared to less than a quarter in the rest of the country.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “London Technology Week has shown how the capital is the most important tech hub in Europe with its vibrant mix of investors, talent and creativity. Although the sector is flourishing, it is vital that we actively encourage more girls to work in digital and tech to reverse the under-representation of women in this industry. Our current female tech pioneers are the role models for the next generation and as the father of two teenage girls, I want them to have the same opportunities and aspirations.

“I am determined to work hand-in-hand with individuals and employers like these to nurture more young female entrepreneurs that will contribute to London’s economic prosperity.”

Mortimer Spink’s survey echos figures released this week by Tech London Advocates, which found that 18% of London tech companies had no women at board level.

Russ Shaw founder of Tech London Advocates said: “Technology’s gender problem is the industry’s guilty secret that we need to address. Despite a range of highly successful female founders and CEOs in London, senior roles and management teams at digital businesses have more of a 'boy’s club’ factor. For a sector driven by the need for highly skilled and creative talent, failing to harness those currently under-represented makes bad business sense.”

"London Technology Week is an opportunity to celebrate the opportunities technology companies hold for all Londoners, cutting across age, gender, ethnicity and background. The private sector must come together to expand diversity initiatives and work with local communities to make technology careers accessible and attractive to everyone."

Kevin Pearce, London Technology Week Event Director, UBM EMEA London said: “London has long been heralded as one of the most diverse cities in the world. But being the best, does not excuse us from our duty to do more. The rapid growth of our thriving tech sector has shined a spotlight on our need for talent, skills and creativity from all backgrounds. That spotlight has also shown that even within our most progressive digital industries, their are imbalances in development and opportunities. Having introduced a dedicated 'Talent & Inclusion' events stream to the London Technology Week 2016 programme, I am delighted to see so many activities across the week addressing this theme.”

Tiffany Lathe, VP and General Counsel, Rackspace, said: “Today’s findings that one in ten tech teams in London have no female employees is a further reminder that technology’s gender problem, although improving, has not gone away, and there is still a significant lack of women working in technical or digital roles.

“As an industry, we have to work together to inspire younger generations to pursue the study of and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, and encourage them to realise what an exciting and dynamic area it is to be involved in.  There is more to be done to overcome this gender gap in the London tech scene, starting by putting more formal initiatives in place and encouraging conversations in this area.”

London Technology Week 2016 will see a record number of over 300 events take place across the capital between 20-26th June.