Women Shift Digital Conference Programme

10.00 Welcome / Introductions
Lead Moderator Ghislaine Boddington – Co-founder and Creative Director, body>data>space with
Claire Cockerton – Head of Innovation Programmes, Level 39

10.20 – Opening Keynote
Chi Onwurah – Newcastle upon Tyne Central MP, currently Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and former Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure

10.40 – In Conversation – Setting the scene
Ghislaine Boddington – Co-founder and Creative Director, body>data>space with
Janet Thomas – Vice President, Women in Banking and Finance

11.00 Opening Reflections – Professionals share their expertise

Paola Cuneo – Programme Director, Sirius Programme, UKTI
Will Harvey – Creative Technologist, Ogilvy Labs
Audrey Mandela – Co-founder, Multimap / Chair & Acting COO, Informilo / Independent Consultant
Dr. Mitra Memarzia – Artist and Digital Consultant / IC tomorrow

A collective reflection on the positive impacts women are making in digital-led careers. Represented in this conference today are creatives, managers and executives, working with the digital in education, creative industries, business, design, STEM, skills development and the arts. Here we have upfront inputs on the present scenario from experienced leaders and professionals working across the technology sector, with a debate on how to increase the essential involvement of women in the digital future world of work.

12.00 – Input
Damian Collins – Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe and Chairman of CACIN ‘Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network’

12.15 – Women Making it Happen — Role models for us all
Chair – Kate Russell – Technology Reporter and Author, BBC Click /Working the Cloud with
Rachel Coldicutt – Director, Caper / Articulate
Magdalena Krön – Co-organiser, GeekGirl Meetup UK / Community and Operations Manager, Capital List
Roberta Lucca – Co-founder, CMO and Board Member, Bossa Studios
Sarah Platt – Managing Director and Co-founder, Kinura / Sayansho

What’s the reality out there? A set of successful female founders and SME experts talk about their start-up impetus, their life pathways and business methodologies. How and why did they start their work in the technology sector? What were the ups and downs of their routes through digital enterprise zones, finance packages, network mania and pitching environments? Did their gender hinder or help them to move forward? What do they see as the potential barriers and triumphs for the next generation of women entering the digital workplace?

14.15 – Keynote
Anne-Marie Imafidon – Head, Stemettes

14.30 – 16.00 Breakout Groups

Design Futures / STEAM skills – Creativity in the mix
Chair – Ruth Catlow – Artist, Co-founder and Co-director, Furtherfield & Head of Writtle School of Design with
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino – Founder, Good Night Lamp
Emilie Giles and Becky Stewart – Producer / Founder, Codasign
Paula Graham – Director, Fossbox
Sinead Mac Manus – CEO and Co-founder, Fluency

How can we encourage more girls to take up STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) at school and university? How can we ensure women’s involvement in the base of design conception right through to product release, thus enabling balanced end user fulfillment? What can the arts and design sector deliver into this interdisciplinary context through a STEAM led strategy i.e. adding the A for Arts/Design into the mix)? Would this help more girls and women to gain the skills needed to join the digital knowledge pool?

The Added Value/s of Gender Balance

Chair – Haidee Bell – Innovation Programmes Lead, Nesta with
Michael DaCosta Babb – Management Consultant
Dinis Guarda – CEO and Founder, IntelligentHQ
Anjali Ramachandran – Head of Innovation, PHD UK
Evelyn Wilson – Director, The Culture Capital Exchange & Head of Knowledge Exchange Programmes, Creativeworks London

What are the key values that a gender balanced workforce bring to any company or organisation? Added economic value and widening customer bases are showing as positive results in this debate, but how can this be truly encouraged at all levels from SMEs to board rooms? Can social purpose enterprises facilitate women to engage in the digital sector through solution-based approaches? Can economic value and social impact values be equally encompassed? How can we enable a balance between professional and personal life to flourish?

What should men do?
Chair – Colin Hicks – Advisor with
Richard Adams – Senior Academic Program Manager EMEA, Microsoft Studios
Ron Edwards – Head of Virtual Learning, QA
Christoph Jankowski – Expert on EU and European Programmes
Derek Richards – Chief Executive, Hi8us South

Many men are fully supportive and understanding of the long-term problems for women in the workplace overall. However, the sexism facing women entering technological jobs today is undeniably present. How do men take up the challenge to influence younger generations by disabling the outdated gender reactions from their colleagues and within their teams? Can the ‘unconscious bias’ debate be shifted into a conscious zone through men speaking out, writing and blogging more strongly about their own experiences and solutions for dealing with these issues?

16.30 – 17.15 — Breakout Group Feedback and Summaries

17.15 – Final Keynote
Dr Sue Black – Senior Research Associate in Computer Science, University College London & Founder, The goto Foundation

17.45 Showcases and Networking


— body>data>space
Anna Dumitriu
Dr. Maria Mencía /Kingston University
Young Rewired State

18.30 – 20.30 Reception