We are proud to launch our brand new, hybrid WeAreTechFestival, which will take place at etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate, London on 16 June 2023.

This brand-new showstopper event will welcome over 450 women in tech, providing them with an exciting opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. The festival brings together women from diverse backgrounds and experiences to share knowledge, inspire one another, and create new opportunities for growth and advancement in the tech industry. Attendees will have the chance to network with like-minded individuals, hear from industry leaders and experts, and participate in a range of interactive sessions.

We also have a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers from education, business, entrepreneurship and design.

Our Keynote Speakers

Photograph of Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Hear from and meet Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, also known as Steve Shirley, is a British entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for women’s rights. As a successful female entrepreneur in the 1960s and 70s, Shirley faced many challenges and obstacles in the male-dominated tech industry. However, she persevered, building a successful company with a focus on creating employment opportunities for women. Shirley was a trailblazer in flexible working and pioneered the use of remote work and home-based employment.

Dame Stephanie is a passionate advocate for philanthropy and social justice and has donated millions to charitable causes, including autism research and support for people with autism and their families.

Dame Stephanie has received many honours for her contributions to business and philanthropy, including being awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000 for services to information technology. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the Order of Companions of Honour.

Edwina Dunn

Hear from and meet Edwina Dunn OBE

Edwina Dunn OBE is a British entrepreneur and businesswoman, best known for co-founding dunnhumby, a customer data science company, with her husband Clive Humby in 1989. The company became known for its work with Tesco, using customer data to create the Tesco Clubcard loyalty program, which revolutionized the retail industry.

Dunn and her husband sold dunnhumby to Tesco in 2011 and she subsequently founded Starcount, a social media insights company, with her business partner Clive Humby. Starcount provides insights to businesses based on analysis of social media data.

Dunn has also been actively involved in promoting women and encouraging more diversity in the tech industry.

In 2018, she co-founded The Female Lead, a nonprofit organization that aims to showcase women’s stories and provide role models for the next generation of girls. The organisation has produced a book and a documentary film, both titled “The Female Lead” which highlight the stories of successful women from various fields.

June Sarpong

Hear from and meet June Sarpong OBE

June Sarpong OBE is one of the world’s leading speakers, educators, and Top 10 DEI executives with over two decades of professional experience in the U.K and U.S. She made history in 2019 when she became the first-ever Global Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC and the first Black woman to sit on the corporation’s Executive Committee, Sarpong led the D&I strategy and implementation for the BBC’s 500million plus global audience as well as internal creative teams and external production supply chain.

June has enjoyed a 25‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. It was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name.

June is also the author of three award-winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’, ‘The Power of Women’ and ‘The Power of Privilege’.

Hear from and meet Cecilie Fjellhøy

Cecilie is a user experience designer from Norway who worked as a UX designer for a major software company. Cecile also founded and now runs the action:reaction foundation – an organisation which supports victims of fraud.

Cecilie Fjellhøy got the international public’s attention after she starred in the Netflix-documentary “The Tinderswindler”, that became the streaming services most viewed of all time. After the release she has become a spokesperson & activist, sharing her experience and insights on fraud and resilience around the world. She is soon launching LoveSaid organisation that she’s co-founding, where the main aim is to support victims of fraud through practical & mental health support and to provide education & training for all parties involved in the fight.

What’s on the agenda?

The Festival content will cover a number of topics identified in our 2022 research, “What is Holding Back Women in Tech?” It will also focus on the areas highlighted by participants of our Level Up summit in 2022.

  • Explore the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and discuss where our existing tech skills will fit in the future.
  • Explore the fear of failure and the fear of success as we progress into more senior leadership positions.
  • Learn the art of negotiation to ensure we are getting the best deal for ourselves in terms of additional responsibilities, pay and promotion.

In the afternoon, delegates can shape their learning by choosing from over 16 different elective sessions, career stories and panels. Each session offers our attendees the opportunity to dive deeper into their specific areas of interest. These sessions will be led by experts in their fields and focus on tracks such as health and wellbeing, visibility and impact, networking and connections and leadership.

Find out more about the agenda.

Secure your ticket for just £49.99+VAT for a live stream remote ticket and £199+VAT for an in-person ticket – but hurry places are limited.