Global Networking pass

WeAreTechWomen are excited to release tickets to join us on our virtual networking platform – 11-13 May

Global Networking pass

ONE TECH WORLD  |  11- 13 MAY 2021

If you cannot make this year’s conference, you don’t have to miss out on the networking. 

If you already have a conference ticket, access to our virtual world is free.

We are opening up our virtual networking platform to individuals who are not attending our flagship conference.  You can join us 6.00am – 7.00am (BST) if you are coming in from a global time zone or 6pm – 7 pm (BST).

Join us in our virtual world and explore areas such as our virtual alpine bar, library, rooftop lounge, cyber world lounge, AI world lounge and our jobseekers’ lounge. Whilst on the platform, you will also have the opportunity to meet our conference sponsors and make those important networking connections.

One Tech World virtual networkingHow the platform works

You can access the platform via your Edge or Chrome browsers.  Once inside the platform, you will become an avatar.  By using the direction keys on your computer you can move your avatar around our various lounges and chill out spaces.  As you walk towards other avatars on the platform, zoom windows appear that enable you to chat with others.  It’s a super cool way to network!  You can join other conversations on the platform wherever you see other avatars.  No personal information is shown other than the name you input when you log in to the platform.

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We hope you will join us to expand your network and make fantastic global connections.

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WeAreTechWomen Conference 2020: In Words

WeAreTechWomen conference 2020

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first virtual, full-day conference for female technologists.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Dell Technologies, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, NatWest, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin; PwC; and RBC; saw over 1,000 delegates log on, from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Sky, Aviva, RAF, Finding Ada, Stemettes, Mastercard, Three, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Shell and Monzo.

The conference consisted of six stages, with over 60 speakers, 20 exhibitors and over 15 Q&A panels. Delegates could shape their own learning as well as revisiting sessions they may have missed, with a 30-day playback.

The morning began with a number of keynotes from inspirational role models in tech, including Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, techUK; Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; and Edwina Dunn OBE, Chairman, Starcount and Founder, The Female Lead.

Jacqueline de RojasSpeaking during her keynote about digital inclusion, Jacqueline de Rojas CBE said, "We need to more to make sure no one is left behind."

"Women make up 47 per cent of the UK workforce but only 17 per cent of the tech workforce, and only 15 per cent from a minority ethnic background."

"Diversity matters because equality is a noble cause, it's good for business and to create a digital world that works for everyone."

Dame Stephanie Shirley 1Speaking during her keynote, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH said, "I pioneered the concept of women returners and began a crusade for women - a company of women, a company for women, and early social business."

"For years, I was the 'first woman this' and the 'only woman that'...I couldn't even open the company's bank account without getting my husband's permission..."

"Never ever take today's freedoms lightly."

Across the day, delegates enjoyed listening to a number of high-profile speakers including Professor Sue Black OBE, Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist; Martha Lane-Fox CBE, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, lastminute.com & Founder, Dot Everything; Sharmadean Reid, Founder, WAH Nails & Beautystack; Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Group CEO, BenevolentAI; Wincie Wong, Head of Rose Review Implementation, NatWest; Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society; Mark Martin, Computer science lead, South Bank Engineering UTC aka Urban Teacher - UK Black Tech; and Anne Boden MBE, CEO & Founder, Starling Bank.

Throughout the day, delegates heard about topics such as AI, Cyber Security, Robotics & Drones, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Fintech, Green Tech, Health Tech, and many more. Attendees could also pose their questions to speakers via a number of virtual Q&A sessions. Topics ranged from the future of tech after COVID-19, data ethics, the future of banking, and health tech.

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Those attending the conference also had the opportunity to view two more exclusive stages - on-demand and the KiDS stage. The on-demand stage featured over five hours of content, including a fireside chat with Dame Wendy Hall; a look at how Formula 1 team, Williams is supporting women in engineering; Trinity, a keynote speaking robot; and gaming with Kate Russell.

The KiDS stage was designed for children, aged five to 15. WeAreTechWomen are avid supporters of encouraging children to enter the world of technology, and delegates were actively encouraged 'bring along' their own children, nieces or nephews. The stage featured a variety of interactive sessions, such as lessons about AI and Cyber, as well as learning to code. These sessions were kindly provided by our partners, TechSheCan, Raspberry Pi, Girlguiding & Code First Girls.

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Networking and visiting an exhibition hall were still on the agenda - albeit virtually. On the day, there were several networking lounges for delegates to attend and chat in group forums and personal one-to-one chat rooms. The exhibition hall featured 13 booths, where attendees could meet and engage with sponsors, download handouts and documents, chat with experts and watch additional videos.

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Debbie Forster featured

WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference Speaker Spotlight: Debbie Forster MBE | CEO, Tech Talent Charter

WeAreTechWomen speaks to Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter about her career.

Debbie is also one of our speakers at our upcoming virtual tech conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. on 26 June. Debbie is holding a session on why we must all work together to foster diversity in tech.

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, first as the UK CEO of Apps for Good and now as CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce.

Signatories of the charter make several pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016, describing her as “an exceptional and inspirational woman… an extraordinary role model.” She has also been named on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is excited to introduce its first ever global virtual conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. This unique learning experience is aimed at individuals working in technology who would like broaden their industry knowledge, learn new skills and benefit from the thought leadership of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I’m originally from the US but lived in the UK for 30 years.  I have worked in education, public, private and third sector—so I’m a professional foreigner or newcomer and thrive in working across different contexts and finding how they can fit, work and thrive together.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not even remotely; what’s taken me from job to job and sector to sector is seeing a great idea I want to make work or a great problem I want to help fix.  Like many people, I now see my career as a series of connected chapters rather than 1 focused career plan.

What inspired you to get involved with motivational speaking?

My first talk in front of a large audience (about 800 people) was when I was 18. I was terrified then but loved the buzz and connection with people and I suppose I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

I now do a lot of coaching and mentoring as part of my portfolio of work. I absolutely love being on the journey with women and watching them make real breakthroughs in their confidence, their choices, in their place in the world.  It’s a privilege and so energising for my wider work.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Big issues like diversity and inclusion are things we believe in but are so big, it is hard to think what we can do to make a difference. I’ll try to leave everyone with a sense of how they can be a part of an exciting whole.

What are your top 3 tips for success?

  • Work to silence (or at least turn down the volume) of your imposter syndrome—it doesn’t just rob you of opportunity, it is sucking the joy from your successes.
  • Know you will make mistakes and that’s a good thing.
  • Don’t wait to feel brave enough to do something. Do it while you are terrified, that is where all the fun is.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

Learning to ignore the imposter syndrome.

Which female role models are you most inspired by?

You know, I’ve stopped listing the amazing famous women for this question.  To be inspired means “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something”  and I get that from the women I coach, them women I call friends and my 22 year old daughter.  Knowing their inner fears and how they face them keeps me filled with the urge to do something.

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for women at work and how can it be overcome?

We are often internally waiting for “permission” to do things, to be things, to ask for things and we are too often afraid of getting it wrong. We need to walk through that uncertainty, find and draw on mentors, and allies and champions from the women and men around us.  And we need to offer that same support to those around us.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

Cementing the current breakthroughs on virtual and remote working and then pressing for the growth of meaningful part time work for all.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Relax, you can do this and remember this is a marathon, not a spring.


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WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dr Nancy Doyle | Occupational Psychologist & CEO, Genius Within

Nancy Doyle headshotWeAreTechWomen speaks to Dr Nancy Doyle, Occupational Psychologist & CEO, Genius Within about her career.

Nancy is also one of our speakers at our upcoming virtual tech conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. on 26 June. Nancy is holding a session on neurodiversity in tech, which will look at the full range of talents associated with neurodiversity and how considering competencies could open up untapped talent within an organisation.

Dr Nancy Doyle is a Registered Occupational Psychologist and the CEO of Genius Within CIC, a non-profit who specialize in neurodiversity inclusion at work. Genius Within works with thousands of businesses each year, many in tech and finance, exploring inclusion at the individual and company wide levels, advising on the legal, human and relational aspects of inclusion. Nancy was the driving force and lead presenter for Employable Me/The Employables, a now worldwide documentary on the BBC/A&E exploring the hidden talents of individuals with autism, Tourette Syndrome and a wide range of disabilities. Nancy undertakes many voluntary advisory committee roles, including with the British Psychological Society, UK government bodies and international labor events and is a leading researcher in neurodiversity, a Fellow of the University of London (Birkbeck).

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is excited to introduce its first ever global virtual conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. This unique learning experience is aimed at individuals working in technology who would like broaden their industry knowledge, learn new skills and benefit from the thought leadership of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I am a Registered Occupational Psychology, PhD specialising in neurodiversity at work.  I’ve worked in social inclusion all my life – disability support, unemployment – I’ve always been a geek about people working at their best, how we all have abilities and value, and that when we are in the right context, when it ‘fits’ you get ‘flow’.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No, but I’ve always thought it was important to do due diligence to your craft. Many early personal and professional experiences led me to question traditional psychology approaches, but in order to understand how to fix the problem I studied psychology. I can now advocate for the talent aspects of neurodiversity competently and from a position of expertise as opposed to shouting from the sidelines. The science of neurodiversity is changing and evolving, I am happy to be part of that within a well-regulated profession, developing the right evidence based and applying rigor and integrity to this niche field.

What inspired you to get involved with motivational speaking?

I’m not really interested in motivational speaking, I’m interest in engaging people into my area of interest and my passion! Our society has become inefficient and is missing the opportunity to benefit from neurodiverse thinking, as a result too many people are cast aside and are devalued. Its annoying and we are changing it. Giving talks is one part of that process.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

Passing my PhD Viva with no corrections from my examiners. It’s up there with becoming a parent and marrying the love of my life. It was the culmination of so much hard work and energy, the icing on the cake, the validation of what I had spent 20 years experiencing, exploring, researching. It felt like getting to the top of the mountain and discovering a bright sunny day where I could see the whole landscape, and just breathing the fresh air.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Hopefully some ideas about how to move forward with the neurodiversity paradigm. Neurodiversity has become a buzzword, a token, a compelling idea that people want to understand more about. We’re seeing pilot projects here and there but we’re yet to see systematic changes to the way we incorporate neurodiversity, and we’re missing a lot of “how to” information. There’s a lot of amateurism in the field, which is legally risky as neurominority individuals are eligible for disability protection in most advanced economies. I’d like people to come away feeling inspired to embrace a more diverse talent pool, understanding the intersectional implications and the professional expertise required to make the shiny ideas into serious organizational strategies.

What are your top 3 tips for success?

  • Always meet your deadlines and when you occasionally err, apologize profusely – no matter who you are engaging with (customers, boss, staff).
  • Follow what engages your heart but lead with training your mind – if your next career move is worth it, then having the right qualifications, supervision and expertise will edify you.
  • Never discount the worth of any job, no matter how seemingly irrelevant. Working as a personal care worker for adults with physical and learning disabilities may not seem grand in the context of my career, but it was pivotal to inspiring my drive for systemic inclusion and I have spent 20 years learning how to improve workplaces such that a wider range of humans can take part in our economy.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

Learning to self-reference and chose my advisors. Many women are inculcated into people pleasing stereotypes, we often need the approval of others to make decisions and feel confident. This is not the same as seeking consensus which is a strength, it’s more toxic than that, and involves being submissive to rejection or disagreement, and not being able to hold a line. This can be compounded by intersectional experiences of disability, race, sexuality. My journey to CEO was accidental – my business was originally an extension of private consultative practice – so being continually overpromoted as it grew was a steep learning curve. I had to learn the hard way that not everyone is authentic and that you can give your power away by capitulating to people who are projecting their failures onto you. Confidence grows by seeing solid results, as well as choosing wise counsel and steady mentors who are not engaged for their own egos.

Which female role models are you most inspired by?

Debbie Harry, Reese Witherspoon, Hillary Clinton, Dr Virginia Schein, Professor Denise Rousseau, Professor Almuth McDowall. Bold women who believe that ambition is not a dirty word.

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for women at work and how can it be overcome?

Pseudoscientific quackery about female and male brains. Read Prof. Gina Rippon’s book the Gendered Brain. As long as we are believing ourselves to be passengers in a brain that will dampen ambition, courage, boldness, directness or assign these traits to “behaving like men” we will lessen our trajectories. Compassion doesn’t have to be the expense of strength, you can be decisive at the same time as empathetic. There’s no such thing as ‘male leadership’ or ‘female leadership’, there’s just the skills required for the job and a whole bunch of gendered cheese about women who self-advocate and men who would prefer to be present at their kids’ bedtime.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

So many things! Too hard to stick to one! I guess in a work context I would encourage male parents to be visible, talk about their kids, role model leaving work on time and being vocal about that to inspire each other.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

You are more right than you give yourself credit for, but you are wise to diligently keep challenging and checking your assumptions. Choose your advisors for their deeds and track records, not their flattery and words.


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