Athena Hackathon

Recommended Event: 22/10/22-23/10/22: Athena Hackathon - All Women and Non-Binary Tech Event | ShowCode

Athena Hackathon

Join us in London or virtually for our all Women and Non-Binary Hackathon for a chance to win prizes, make friends and boost your career!

Hold your laptops – the all women and non-binary hackathon is back and it’s even better than before! 💜

If you are looking to join the virtual hack, please click here 😉

Athena at a glance 👀

– A 24-hour hack and a forever community 🤝

– All experience levels and backgrounds welcome 😁

– Come with a team or on your own – if you are alone, we will find teammates for you 👩‍💻 (please note that every team member needs to get their own ticket)

– Over 200 people attended our last hack in-person, with more than 50 projects submitted overall 🎉

At Athena Hackathon you will:

– Build solutions to real life problems 🤖

– Meet like-minded individuals 😎

– Launch or advance your career in tech 🚀

– Learn new skills ✔️

– Get free swag 👕

Limited tickets available so make sure to get yours now 🚀


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You are invited to the Big Tech Meetup – Raise Your Game and Speed Network

The Big Tech Meetup

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to invite you to join us at our next event at Funding Circle on 7 July 2022 from 6pm.

This fantastic evening of networking is about re-connecting and finding the inspiration and motivation to really grab your career by the horns!  Are you ready to make a plan and make the most of 2022, then join us!

During the evening you will hear from our founder, Vanessa Vallely OBE as she explains how to excel in your career.  Vanessa will share her own experience as a woman in tech and explain the strategies and techniques she used to rise to the C-Suite.  This session will cover:

  • Banishing your inner critic and getting out of your own way!
  • Why you need to set goals and measure your own success
  • The importance making a career plan
  • Why your network is your net worth – Speed Network
  • How to raise your profile both internally and externally
  • How to get your ideas heard

We will also be creating connections with a facilitated speed network to allow you to meet other women in tech and form your support networks for the future.

About Vanessa Vallely OBE

Vanessa Vallely OBEVanessa is one of the UK’s most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on a variety of career related topics for over 500 companies worldwide. Vanessa is also one of the UK’s most prominent figures in gender equality and often provides guidance and consultancy to both government and corporate organisations who are seeking to attract, develop and retain their female talent. Vanessa was awarded her OBE in June 2018 for her services to women and the economy.

About Funding Circle

Funding Circle 1000x500Funding Circle is the largest online small business loans provider and one of the best-capitalised lending platforms in the world. The business is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Our backers collectively manage over $5 trillion and are the leading firms behind Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Betfair.  Over the past ten years, we have built a machine learning and technology platform that is revolutionising how small businesses access finance. Business owners can complete a loan application and receive a decision in a matter of minutes, enabling them to get funding quickly at an affordable rate.

Today, as the leading global provider for small business loans we have helped more than 122,000 small businesses access more than £13.7 billion in finance.  We stand for small businesses.

Small business owners are forward thinkers. They’re determined. They stand up to make a difference and work hard to make it happen. When small businesses succeed, they create jobs, support local communities and drive the economy forward – that’s why we care about helping them win. To us, nothing is more important.

Location

Funding Circle

71 Queen Victoria Street

London

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London Tech Week

Recommended Event: 13/06/22-17/06/22: London Tech Week

London Tech Week

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

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

Leaders & Innovation

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

Global Impact

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

Digital Enterprise

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

Knowledge & Skills

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

Investment

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

Diversity & Inclusion

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

#LTW @LDNTechWeek


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


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31/03/2022: The Route To A Sustainable Future | Startups Magazine

The Route To A Sustainable Future, Startups Magazine

Join our event to find out the route to making your business more sustainable and hear from startups making waves in the traveltech space.

As this issue focuses on both sustainability and traveltech we thought why not combine the two and look at how travel technologies and innovation can help lead us to a more sustainable future.

Join us, as we celebrate the launch of our next issue, Sustainable & Travel Tech at Clockwise in Wood Green, London on 31st March at 6pm. We will be bringing you a fantastic keynote all about how you can power your business with sustainable tech, and make more conscious decisions when it comes to technology. We will then be joined by a knowledgeable panel of traveltech startups who will be discussing a greener future, how we can achieve this and what solutions may aid in this journey.

Agenda

6pm: Arrival & drinks 🥂

6.30pm: Keynote with Arif Hussein

7.00pm: Panel with Travel Tech Startups

7:30pm: Networking, Drinks, and Food

9pm: Goodbyes 👋

One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

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08/03/2022: Technocamps: International Women's Day 2022

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ITWales 22nd International Women’s Day event. A showcase of the work that is being done in Wales to encourage girls into STEM.

Join us as we celebrate Women in STEM and our partnerships over the past year.

The annual ITWales International Women’s Day Celebration provides an insight into the diverse range of business and career opportunities for women in the 21st Century. It offers a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and best practice for women, particularly those working within science and technology.

The theme for this year’s event is “For the Girls”. The event will showcase the work being done by business, charities and projects across the country to encourage girls to study and work in the STEM industries. We welcome all women and allies!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Annually, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world including political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events. We hope you are able to join us for an evening that promises to entertain, motivate and inspire.

The event will be hosted by Kevin Johns MBE with the incoming Children’s Commissioner as our keynote speaker. Following this, there will be a series of talks from organisations in Wales on their work to encourage girls into STEM.

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

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A mainstage keynote speaker line-up like never before.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recommended Event: 12/10/21: Tech Talent Charter (TTC) October 2021 Hackathon

Tech Talent Charter hackathon

Sponsored by Signatories, Experis and Nominet, we will stage our next hackathon in October with three groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts building new employer products for our Open Playbook

Timing: running for just over 4 weeks, the hackathon will kick off on Tuesday 12th October at 10 am and conclude on Thursday 11th November 2021.

Participants* in each team will be experts in the I&D topic areas outlined below and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Who is this hackathon for?

This opportunity is for people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas:

  • Reskilling your existing workforce into tech roles
  • Setting and embedding inclusion and diversity targets to drive accountability
  • Developing inclusive promotion processes using data

This opportunity is ideal for people with experience of working in an Inclusion and Diversity, Talent, Learning and Development, or senior HR business partner role. As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the three subject areas.

What's in it for you?

  • We often ask hackathon participants to join future TTC panels to showcase the products they produce
  • Cross-company learning
  • Networking
  • Personal and company PR
  • Deepen your understanding of the topic area
  • An opportunity to ‘give back', supporting our not for profit organisation to develop new employer resources.

All participants and companies will be credited on social media channels (especially the winning team!) and all participants are invited to add their TTC hackathon expertise to their LinkedIn profile.

The mission

There will be 3 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to reskill your workforce into tech roles to drive greater diversity
  2. Team 2: How to set and embed inclusion and diversity targets
  3. Team 3: How to run inclusive promotion processes using data

The employer product should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Time commitment

Based on our recent hackathons, we anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a month (done flexibly).

*Important point! If this hackathon sounds like a good fit for your skills and experience, before submitting the hackathon registration form, we kindly request that you double-check that you will have the capacity to commit to participating for the duration of the hackathon period. We anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a 4 week period (done flexibly).

What is the TTC Open Playbook?

Our Open Playbook has six themes all focussing on driving inclusion and diversity in tech. Within each theme, there are several recommendations and resources shared by organisations and subject matter experts. In each section, you'll find lots of strategies, articles, tools and reports about how to address specific challenges and increase inclusion and diversity in tech teams.

The expert judging panel will include:

  • Martin Ewings, Brand Leaders and Operations Director, Experis
  • Beverley Hamblet-Bowes, HR Director, Nominet
  • Edleen John, TTC Director and Director - International Relations, Corporate Affairs & Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, The Football Association
  • Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter

The Tech Talent Charter is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity in a practical and uniquely measurable way. Our ultimate goal: that the UK tech sector becomes truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents. We work at scale, addressing the tech ecosystem as a whole to drive change. We focus on the how, not just the why of inclusion.

There are over 680 Signatories of the Charter and each organisation has made a number of pledges in relation to inclusive recruitment and retention practices. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy. Membership is free.

The TTC focuses on practical action --events are not a sales pitch or a promotional piece. We also believe in sharing what works rather than treating it like a "trade secret". Our working events are a great opportunity to learn, share and plan for action.

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Recommended Event: 21/09/2021: Exploring Pathways into Tech Careers | WISE

WISE, London Tech Week event

New WISE research reveals how widening career pathways into Tech roles could increase diversity and address the digital skills gap.

Join WISE for a panel discussion with senior figures from UK Tech exploring the results of our latest research and what it means employers trying to close the digital skills gap. Our event will explore how non-linear career pathways into tech roles provide an opportunity for employers to find the talented, diverse people they need to futureproof tomorrow’s workforce. Year on year, WISE data has shown an increase in the number of girls studying computing, as well as the number of women employed in tech roles – 17% of the tech workforce. Although these positive trends are encouraging, WISE members are increasingly concerned about the current skills gap in tech and digital technology roles as well as the persistent gender imbalance in the tech workforce. Earlier this year WISE launched a new research project to form the first step in supporting employers to close the digital skills gap. Join us on the 21st September at our online panel event as we present the findings of our UK-wide tech research and next steps for employers with the launch of our research report as part of London Tech Week.

This free online event is open to all.

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Recommended Event: 29/06/21 - 29/07/21: TTC Hackathon: How to drive inclusion and diversity within a start-up or scale-up environment | Tech Talent Charter

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The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) will stage our next inclusion and diversity (I&D) hackathon in June. This hackathon will focus on actions specific to start-up and scale-up companies.

The hackathon, sponsored by Spinks, kicks off on 29th June when four groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts will collaborate to build new products for our Open Playbook.

Timing: running over one month, the hackathon kicks off on Tuesday 29th June and concludes on Thursday 29th July 2021.

Participants for each team will be experts on specific topic I&D areas and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Host: Tech Talent Charter Event sponsors: Spinks

Who is this hackathon for?

We are looking to recruit subject matter experts to contribute their expertise and develop the TTC's Open Playbook, our open-source resource for all employers. The TTC is specifically seeking people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas specifically related to startup or scale-up environments:

  • Cultivating an inclusive culture
  • Reward and retention
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: accessing all of the talent pool (ie. attraction strategies, job advertisements, pathways offered etc)
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: assessing talent (shortlisting and selection methods, alternatives to interviews, hiring managers etc)

As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the above subject areas.

What's in it for you?

Participants will have an opportunity to connect and learn from subject matter experts at other organisations; deepen their understanding of the topic area and what other organisations are doing in this space; participate in creative co-design sessions and support the TTC by developing our Open Playbook.

All team members and the winning team will be credited on social media channels. Additionally, all participants will be invited to add their TTC expertise to LinkedIn.

The mission

There will be 4 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to cultivate an inclusive culture
  2. Team 2: How to reward and retain talent
  3. Team 3: How to access all of the available tech talent
  4. Team 4: How to assess talent

Each team's mission will be to produce a 'roadmap' - this should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. For teams that would like it, the TTC will provide a list of recommended resources already in the Open Playbook on the topic (by no means exhaustive). If not, the team can choose to start with a blank sheet.

Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Hackathon timing and key dates

Each team's specific meeting dates/times will be confirmed once participants are in teams (meetings will be set up by team leaders). The below dates and6 times are confirmed at the outset:

  • 10.00, Tuesday 29th June: hackathon begins with a briefing led by TTC followed by 30 mins with your team
  • 29th June - 26th July: Teams work together to create their 'product' (the roadmap)
  • 17.00, Monday 26th July: Strict deadline to submit product
  • 15.00, Thursday 29th July*: Feedback session with judges

*Feedback session: This session is when judges will provide their feedback and where teams will provide a very high-level overview of the key elements of their roadmap.

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