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The WeAreTech Festival - 7 June 2024

WeAreTech Festival – A hybrid event dedicated to empowering women in technology. 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.

Building on the resounding success of its inaugural year, the WeAreTech Festival is back for its second edition, promising an even more exciting experience than before.

Join us on this exhilarating journey as we celebrate the achievements of women in tech, explore innovative insights, and forge connections that will shape the future of the industry. Welcome to a festival where diversity is not only embraced but celebrated, and where the collective power of women in technology takes center stage.

About the 2023 Festival


The 2023 WeAreTech Festival, hosted by WeAreTechWomen gathered 400 professionals on-site and 500 online attendees. The diverse audience, comprising tech professionals, enthusiasts, industry leaders, and aspiring women in tech, enjoyed a day filled with valuable career insights, networking opportunities, and inspiration. Delegates praised it as one of the best women in tech conferences they had attended, appreciating the carefully curated agenda that included keynote speeches from Edwina Dunn OBE and panel discussions with notable figures like Sophie Neary and Ann Hiatt.

The festival’s agenda featured 16 workshops across four stages, focusing on Leadership, Impact, Networking, and Wellbeing, where renowned experts and senior thought leaders from Europe and Asia shared career development strategies. Networking, facilitated by founder Vanessa Vallely OBE, was a highlight, with over 9,000 connections made using Blendology smart badges during speed networking and mentoring sessions. The event successfully provided a platform for women in tech to connect, learn, and advance their careers.

The WeAreTech Festival
7 June 2024


WeAreTech Festival – A hybrid event dedicated to empowering women in technology. 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.

Building on the resounding success of its inaugural year, the WeAreTech Festival is back for its second edition, promising an even more exciting experience than before.

Join us on this exhilarating journey as we celebrate the achievements of women in tech, explore innovative insights, and forge connections that will shape the future of the industry. Welcome to a festival where diversity is not only embraced but celebrated, and where the collective power of women in technology takes center stage.

About the 2023 WeAreTech Festival



The 2023 WeAreTech Festival, hosted by WeAreTechWomen gathered 400 professionals on-site and 500 online attendees. The diverse audience, comprising tech professionals, enthusiasts, industry leaders, and aspiring women in tech, enjoyed a day filled with valuable career insights, networking opportunities, and inspiration. Delegates praised it as one of the best women in tech conferences they had attended, appreciating the carefully curated agenda that included keynote speeches from Edwina Dunn OBE and panel discussions with notable figures like Sophie Neary and Ann Hiatt.

The festival’s agenda featured 16 workshops across four stages, focusing on Leadership, Impact, Networking, and Wellbeing, where renowned experts and senior thought leaders from Europe and Asia shared career development strategies. Networking, facilitated by founder Vanessa Vallely OBE, was a highlight, with over 9,000 connections made using Blendology smart badges during speed networking and mentoring sessions. The event successfully provided a platform for women in tech to connect, learn, and advance their careers.

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What we covered


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

Our guests joined us to:

  • Explore the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and discuss where our existing skills in tech 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.

During breaks the WeAreTechWomen community of corporate women in tech, female founders, recruiters, and enthusiastic newcomers continued to network and connect creating an ecosystem for collaboration, mentorship, and partnerships. There were also several on site coaches on hand to support guests with any career related dilemmas.

The festival also provided a full exhibition hall which showcased over 10 sponsors, including Barclays, PwC, Accenture, Merkle, Funding Circle, Morgan Stanley, Sky, Edit Development, DWP Digital and Bank of America. Visiting our partners provided ample opportunities for career development and recruitment, allowing job seekers to connect directly with employers, while employers had the chance to showcase their company culture, projects, and job openings.

WeAreTechWomen also supported a number of female entrepreneurs, such as CoCo Ginger Candles and Hian Skin by giving them free space to exhibit and sell their products.

Keynote speakers in the afternoon included, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, June Sarpong OBE and Cecilie Fjellhoy who was one of the lead characters in Netflix’s Tinder Swindler. These success stories from accomplished individuals in the industry inspired attendees to dream bigger, set ambitious goals, and overcome challenges. Each speaker left the audience with a sense of motivation and empowerment as they encouraged the audience to push the boundaries of their potential.

The festival was a fantastic event for Women in Tech. The combination of networking, knowledge expansion, career opportunities, and inspirational moments created an environment conducive to personal and professional growth.

Who should attend?


Our Festival has been designed around and created for:

  • Those who want to accelerate their careers in technology
  • Those who wish to return to a technology role
  • Those who want to get into the tech industry
  • Those who feel stuck in their roles and feel they need to be inspired
  • Those who manage teams of women in tech and who are seeking ideas on how to retain their female technologists

Why attend?


In-person attendees will have access to an entire exhibition floor where you can:

  • Meet our sponsor organisations and learn about their career opportunities in tech
  • Connect with other attendees to share ideas and practice your networking skills
  • Benefit from access to mentors
  • Speak with our on-site career coaches about achieving your ambitions and addressing any concerns

Who should attend?


Our Festival has been designed around and created for:

  • Those who want to accelerate their careers in technology
  • Those who wish to return to a technology role
  • Those who want to get into the tech industry
  • Those who feel stuck in their roles and feel they need to be inspired
  • Those who manage teams of women in tech and who are seeking ideas on how to retain their female technologists

Why attend?


In-person attendees will have access to an entire exhibition floor where you can:

  • Meet our sponsor organisations and learn about their career opportunities in tech
  • Connect with other attendees to share ideas and practice your networking skills
  • Benefit from access to mentors
  • Speak with our on-site career coaches about achieving your ambitions and addressing any concerns

Meet the incredible Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Photograph of Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, also known as Steve, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent venture philanthropist. At 89 years old, her story has many strands which, woven together, have produced a lifetime of exceptional achievements.

Our 2023 Keynote Speakers


Photograph of Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

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.

June Sarpong

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’.

Edwina Dunn

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 non-profit organisation 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.

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.

In Person Ticket


£250

+ VAT

  • Access to the conference all areas
  • Access to exhibition lounge & networking opportunities
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Access to our conference app
  • Access to all our breakout lounges
  • Priority access to our LinkedIn Clinic & CV Clinic
  • Access to mentors and on-site coaches
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Livestream Ticket


£99

+ VAT

  • Access to livestream
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Access to our conference app
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Table of 10


£2,350

+ VAT

  • Spaces for 10 attendees on your own table
  • Access to table coach
  • Access to the conference all areas
  • Access to exhibition lounge
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Access to our conference app
  • Access to mentors
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Exhibition Village Ticket


FREE

  • Access between 10am – 12pm & 2pm - 5pm to the Exhibition Village
  • A chance to network & meet our sponsors
  • Perfect for job seekers, returners and students who want to make connections & network

*Please note: tickets for our Exhibition Village are on a first come, first service basis. This ticket does not give you access to the physical event or the livestream and does not include lunch.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

In Person Ticket


£250

+ VAT

  • Access to the conference all areas
  • Access to exhibition lounge & networking opportunities
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Access to our conference app
  • Access to all our breakout lounges
  • Priority access to our LinkedIn Clinic & CV Clinic
  • Access to mentors and on-site coaches
BUY YOUR TICKET

Livestream Ticket


£99

+ VAT

  • Access to livestream of all sessions
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Access to Chat rooms and networking
  • Access to our conference app
BUY YOUR TICKET

Company Table of 10


£2,350

+ VAT

  • Spaces for 10 attendees on your own table
  • Access to table coach
  • Access to the conference all areas
  • Access to exhibition lounge
  • Playback links to re-watch sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Access to our conference app
  • Access to mentors
BUY YOUR TICKET

Exhibition Village Ticket


FREE

  • Access between 10am – 12pm & 2pm - 5pm to the Exhibition Village
  • A chance to network & meet our sponsors
  • Perfect for job seekers, returners and students who want to make connections & network

*Please note: tickets for our Exhibition Village are on a first come, first service basis. This ticket does not give you access to the physical event or the livestream and does not include lunch.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

What else is going on at the Festival?


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Health & Wellbeing

Join us in the afternoon for a whole track of sessions that focus on your wellbeing. We also have a very special meditation session with leading wellbeing expert, Ali Roff Farrar. Time to focus on you and your health!

Exhibition Village

Visit our sponsors to find out about career opportunities and to learn how they are supporting women in tech within their organisations.

Coaches

We will have a number of career coaches on-site throughout the day. If you need help with your career choices, you can check in with one of our experts.

CV Clinic

CV Clinic

Need help revamping your CV? You can visit our experts for top tips and practical advice.

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Meet Our 2023 Coaches


Faye Kilgour-Neves

Faye Kilgour-Neves

Faye Kilgour-Neves, otherwise known as The ‘What If’ Coach, is deeply passionate about supporting future leaders to find their voices and to develop the skillsets they need to thrive in the ever evolving world of work. She has worked in both the corporate and start-up world, as well as in the education sector. Faye has experience training educators in coaching skills, delivering coaching programmes to undergraduate students and facilitating workshops to support professionals develop their leadership skills. She is certified by the Co-Active Training Institute, has studied BSc (Hons) Psychology, and has experience training leaders from all over the world. Faye is an avid learner and is always learning something new in the realms of psychology, performance or wellbeing.

Lucy Chamberlain

Lucy Chamberlain

Passionate, fun and straight-talking, Lucy has become one of the business world’s most popular motivational speakers. Over the course of her Founder journey, Lucy has worked as a TV presenter, awards judge, ICF Accredited coach and award-winning speaker.

With over 20-years leading recruitment industry experience, Lucy founded C&C Search to redefine and elevate both the client and candidates’ recruitment experience.

Faith Ruto

Faith Ruto

Faith Ruto is an exceptional role model, triple-certified Executive Coach, and International Keynote Speaker, specialising in female leadership development and partnering with organisations to help retain and advance diverse talent. She is the author of Transform Within – 7 Strategies for professional growth and resilience and the CEO & Director of Transformation21st.

Faith has over 20 years of global experience in Personal Development, Marketing, IT and Business Transformation. Coaching is delivered one to one, in groups, in-person and online.

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Venue


etc.venues, St Paul's, 200 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London, EC1A 4HD

Located near St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London, etc.venues‘ St. Paul’s location is part of etc.venues’ global portfolio of award-winning locations.

The WeAreTech Festival was based on the findings of the recent research conducted between WeAreTechWomen, Ipsos Mori and the Tech Talent Charter, and the feedback from the Level Up summit held in December 2022.

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The WeAreTech Festival agenda was also based on feedback gathered from our Level Up Summit which took place in December 2023. This infographic shows some the areas of focus our audience suggested to help accelerate the careers of women in tech.

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Audience polls


There were several polls running throughout the day which gained valuable insights to how women in tech feel in terms of their career progression.

Had experienced the imposter syndrome at some point in their careers 95%
Needed to negotiate more in terms of responsibility and pay 70%
Working flexibly has enhanced their career 75%
Having access to senior leaders and role models in their organisations would accelerate their career prospects 95%
Would apply for a new role if they felt they met 60% or above of the criteria! 22%