The first annual all-female technology conference will take place in Tower Hamlets this weekend, in the hope of inspiring tech entrepreneurship in young girls.
Opening on September 27 with the theme ‘Ubiquitous Technology – Now you see me, now you don’t’, 30 female tech influencers will take to the stage to share their knowledge and experience with an audience of all-female young minds.
The two-day event taking place at the Central Working venue in Whitechapel, is organised by GeekGirl Meetup – an organisation that works to highlight female role models in tech and digital – and Tech Muses, a London-based initiative to foster technology entrepreneurship for young girls.
“We think shifting the gender imbalance in the tech industry begins by highlighting and being inspired by the incredible women that have already made it here,” said Josefine Hedlund, co-organiser of GeekGirl Meetup.
On September 28, Tech Muses will hold their first coding event for girls aged 10-12 at the conference. Lynn Yap, co-organiser of Tech Muses, said: “We want to inspire girls to use technology to create and build businesses and opportunities for themselves.
“Building an app is fun, and providing an opportunity to do this with other attendees will help boost confidence by demonstrating how easy it is, hopefully shattering the myth that tech is a male domain.”
Two hundred attendees have already signed up to learn about a wide range of topics, including food tech and rotational mapping, ‘Breaking the Bro Code’ and more.
Speakers will include Sarah Wood from Unruly Media, Dom de Guzman from Twilio, Naomi Morton from SwiftKey, and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, from African female social entrepreneur network, She Leads Africa. Other companies joining include Ebay, Hive, Tech Will Save Us and Cisco.