Over the past seven years, WeAreTechWomen’s Women in Tech conference and summit events have helped thousands of female technologists upskill and grow their networks, this year will be no different. WeAreTechWomen have already launched our One Tech World Virtual conference on 27 April and are now proud to launch our brand new, in person WeAreTech Festival, which will take place at Etc Venues, Bishopsgate, London on 16 June 2023.
The agenda for our WeAreTech Festival will be solely focussed on the career progression of Women in Tech. We are expecting over 350 attendees and thousands to join us online. Back in 2022, and at our Level Up Summit we asked the question to our community, “What is holding women back in tech?” We also hosted a number of focus groups with our members to identify the key skills women felt they needed in order to progress in the profession. We took our research and all of the feedback from our focus sessions to create the festivals agenda. Our plan is to deliver what women in the industry said they needed in order to get ahead and to use world class speakers and experts to help our attendees achieve those goals.
Welcome to the WeAreTech Festival – an 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.
The festival will showcase a number of incredible keynote speakers who have made a significant impact in their industries. These amazing individuals will be sharing their personal experiences and strategies for success, giving attendees valuable insights into effective leadership practices. There will be interactive panels, discussion, and ample opportunities to network in our market place and via our speed networking and speed mentoring sessions throughout the day.
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.
Our guests will join us to:
In the afternoon, delegates can shape their own 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.
We will also hear from four incredible leading lights, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, June Sarpong OBE, Edwina Dunn OBE and Cecile Fjellhøy who will be sharing their incredible stories to inspire and motivate our guests.
All genders are welcome to attend. We also welcome individuals who are not in the tech industry.
Our Festival has been designed around and created for:
In-person attendees will have access to an entire exhibition floor where you can:
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 OBE is one of the world’s leading speaker’s, educator’s, 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 an author of three award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’, ‘The Power of Women’ and ‘The Power of Privilege’.
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.
Cecilie is a user experience designer from Norway who worked as a UX designer for 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.
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!
Visit our sponsors to find out about career opportunities and to learn how they are supporting women in tech within their organisations.
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.
Need help revamping your CV? You can visit our experts for top tips and practical advice.
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.
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 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.