Silicon Valley of South London - Women in Tech
To celebrate our local tech community, the Silicon Valley of South London, Sussex Innovation Croydon is hosting a women in tech event to bring people together in a fun, lively and inspiring day bound to excite your ambitions.
This event focuses on celebrating women in business. Did you know, women make up only 17% of employees in the UK tech sector, and only 17% of start-ups have female founders? This is due to many contributing factors, such as the stigma around girls going into STEM subjects, to more systematic struggles such as the gender pay gap and unconscious bias in the workplace which results in under-representation of women in Senior positions. This event aims to raise discussions surrounding these unfortunate statistics and social patterns, and bring together local tech businesspeople who are passionate about women in business.
We are also hosting expert speakers from the Tech industry:
Holly Leverson, Recruitment Lead Local Tech PLC Dotmailer.
Holly will be discussing how Dotmailer work to ensure their company is gender diverse. You will also get the chance to meet some of Dotmailer’s female engineers and learn what influenced them to join Dotmailer, and also why they have stayed. Dotmailer have 3 main engineering hubs base in Croydon, Cape Town and Belarus.
Dr Chloe Peacock, Sussex Innovation
Chloe will be giving a talk on our 17% Hackathon delivered in our main centre bringing together collaborative teams of developers, creatives, coders, and researchers. The teams work together over 12 hours to find and design innovative solutions to problems surrounding gender representation in the Tech Industry. There are also bitesize learning and creative exercises, setting it up as a lively and interactive day surrounding the theme of underrepresentation of women in the workplace.
Sarah Akwisombe, Instagram Influencer and Business Owner
We also welcome Sarah who will be discussing how modern-day opportunities can help female entrepreneurs reach their potential and fulfil their entrepreneurial goals. She will be discussing how she exploited the power of social media to develop her interior design agency and enable her success.
Join us at the Sussex Innovation, Croydon, for an evening of light refreshments, networking and lively discussions to celebrate women in Tech.
Click here to register.