Growing the tech ecosystem and women in tech

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12th June 2019 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Growing the Tech eco-system and Women in Tech

 

If we can create more balanced tech start-ups now, with gender equality baked in, and can promote general gender equality throughout the tech industry, we’re going to make a better technology industry for our future generations. However very few tech businesses are led by women and less than 25% of those working in tech businesses are women. This series of events across Yorkshire will explore what it takes to encourage the growth of tech businesses and how it might be possible to get more women involved.

We will hear from a number of speakers across the week of events including industry experts and tech entrepreneurs.

 

Speakers at this event include;

Anna Sutton, The Data Shed
Lianne Potter, NHS Digital,
Jimmy Blair, Journey Further
Sarah Tulip, Women in Leeds Digital (WiLD)

 

Lianne Potter, NHS Digital 

is a self-taught software developer, cyber security evangelist and entrepreneur who is advocating for equality and accessibility in digital spaces. Following a career change, Lianne is a graduate at NHS Digital at NHS.UK, the UK’s biggest health website. Lianne is passionate about encouraging others to consider a career in tech from non-technical, or underrepresented backgrounds and fights to remove barriers in tech. Promoting her journey into tech through public speaking, Lianne organises successful code clubs for non-technical NHS Digital staff to support digital inclusion across the organisation.

Lianne developed a passion for tech equality while working as a project lead for a charity crisis project where she witnessed first-hand a digital divide for those accessing online services and wide-spread digital literacy gaps. This went on to inform her Masters in Anthropology where she formally researched this issue. Lianne is an active member of the NHS Digital Women’s network. It is through this network that she is currently working on an action plan to address NHS Digital’s gender pay gap. Alongside her love of tech, Lianne has been running a successful wedding photography business with her husband for the last nine years.

 

Anna Sutton, Data Shed 

A founding director of The Data Shed, I’ve spent the last five years building a successful data consultancy to self-fund the development of our first SaaS product, due to be launched in late October this year. Coming from a marketing background I had little technical knowledge which could be viewed as a help or a hindrance (depending on your point of view!) when running a technical company.

My focus is on building useful technical solutions that drive instant improvement for our clients – bringing a more commercial than technical focus to projects. I believe that data is a huge business asset, but one that needs to be nurtured in order to provide a solid foundation for better business decisions.

The Leeds Beckett University Innovation Network is a series of breakfast events delivered in partnership with The Yorkshire Post. Events focus on innovation as a key driver for growth and sustainability – as well as the challenges faced by businesses looking to innovate. In addition to hearing from expert speakers, the Innovation Network offers a great opportunity for knowledge exchange and to gain new business contacts.

 

Location

Ambition Leeds

City Exchange

6th Floor

Albion Street

LS1 5ES

 

The Leeds Beckett University Innovation Network is a series of breakfast events delivered in partnership with The Yorkshire Post. Events focus on innovation as a key driver for growth and sustainability – as well as the challenges faced by businesses looking to innovate. In addition to hearing from expert speakers, the Innovation Network offers a great opportunity for knowledge exchange and to gain new business contacts.

 

Events are free to attend and are targeted at businesses, policy makers and anyone interested in innovation, technology and future trends.

 

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Delivered in partnership with: The Yorkshire Post

Kindly sponsored by: Ad:Venture, Lupton Fawcett, WGN and Exa Network

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