Programme List - Women in Tech Festival UK



Registration and breakfast

Delegates register, network and breakfast in Connections Area


Welcome speech and opening remarks

Viv Groskop, Comedian and Author of How to Own the Room


Inspirational Act: How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

Viv Groskop, Comedian and Author of How to Own The Room

In this interactive presentation on the speaker skills of a variety of brilliant women from Michelle Obama to JK Rowling, Viv Groskop will pinpoint exactly what it is that these women do to get their audience to sit up and really listen - and then advise you how to apply their qualities to your own life.

From Michelle Obama's position of 'happy high status' and Hilary Clinton's stillness, to Joan River's wild gesticulations and Virginia Woolf's melodic storytelling, there'll be so much to take away from Viv's analysis of how these great women have captured our attention when they speak. Plus lots of achievable tips and exercises. As a stand-up and author of bestselling book and hit podcast How to Own the Room, Viv draws on her experience of coaching senior executive women, plus five years of one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and hosting book tours for Graham Norton, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and Jo Brand. 


Headliner: From the bottom to the top, and the bumps along the way

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-Founder, Stemettes 
  • Insight on the journey from the bottom to the top.
  • The challenges that had to be over-come and the sacrifices that were made.
  • If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?
  • Create your own career path.


Refreshments and Networking in Connections Area

Next Gen Stage


Presenting a professional you

  • Top tips for presenting your CV and LinkedIn.
  • Core elements to keep in mind when completing job applications.
  • Maximising your networking opportunities.
11.05– 11.25

Moving up to middle management

Helen Gidney, Infrastructure Design Manager, Softcat Plc
  • How to take the ‘next’ step.
  • Using examples of every-day life to demonstrate your managerial capabilities.
  • Smashing the glass ceiling without jumping through hoops.
  • How to challenge boundaries to climb the corporate ladder.
11.30– 12.10

Panel Discussion: Balancing the scales of life

Joanne Goodall, Senior Manager Prepare and Capabilities, National Crime Agency
Tripta Kershaw, Head of Portfolio, Programmes and Project Delivery, Hermes
Sofy Richards, Senior Digital Manager, Prev. EE/BT
Moderator: Diane Mullenex, Global Head of Telecom, Gaming and Gambling Practices, Pinsent Masons
  • Striking a balance between work-life, home-life and the sacrifices being made.
  • How to manage the unpredictable and demanding expectations of the tech industry.
  • How can companies create a culture that enables you to look after yourself.
12.15– 12.45


Delegates are invited to join one of two roundtable discussions. These will be set up and hosted across our streams so feel free to join the one you're most interested in. 

Gender bias - human element

  • How can the language used in job applications be less tailored towards men?
  • What benefits should you be advertising to be more gender neutral?
  • What barriers need to be changed to help encourage women to progress in their careers?
  • Does your interview technique need a rehaul?

Inspirational Leaders Stage

10.40– 11.00

Building and supporting your A-Team

Anusha Nirmalananthan, Head of Growth, Data Products Division, Just Eat
  • How to build and maintain a highly motivated team.
  • Ensuring you’re supporting your team both professionally and personally.
  • Being approachable from above and below.
11.05– 11.25

“We were on a break!”

  • What is the best way to present a career break?  
  • Keeping up with technological changes whilst you’ve been away.
  • Advocating flexible working to support returners.
11.30– 12.10

Panel Discussion: Millennials: what, where, why, how?

Andjela Djukanovic, Analyst, KPMG
Santa Keirane, Junior Risk Analyst, Financial Times
  • What enticed these young women into the technology industry?
  • What are the biggest challenges they faced?  
  • Their most and least favourite elements of their current roles.
  • How to stand out as an employer to the upcoming generation.
12.15– 12.45


Host: Vanessa Lovatt, Founder, Time 4 Equality

Delegates are invited to join one of two roundtable discussions. These will be set up and hosted across our streams so feel free to join the one you're most interested in.

Tech team diversity

  • How can men and women collaborate to improve diversity in the industry?
  • What successful programmes have companies been implementing?
  • Where are the key failings of diversity in the industry, and how can it be over-come?

Industry Innovation Stage

10.40– 11.00

The heart of the technical revolution

Sabrina Castiglione, Chief Financial Officer, Tessian
  • Why is it vital for women to be at the heart of the technical revolution?
  • How can we encourage women to become more involved in established technology, in addition to emerging tech?
  • Potential pitfalls if women do not adopt a central role.
11.05– 11.25

Code Today, Shape Tomorrow

Anisah Osman Britton, CEO, 23 Code Street
  • Understanding what coding is and the trends we are currently seeing.
  • How coding is shaping every industry and the challenges that we need to solve.
  • How to be part of the future.
11.30 – 12.10

Panel Discussion: Ready, set, start-up!

Julie Fedele, Founder, TwoFeetIn
Kike Oniwinde, Co-Founder and CEO, BYP Network
Moderator: Sukhi Jutla, Co-Founder and COO, MarketOrders
  • Exploring opportunities to create a start-up within your employer's organisations.
  • How to build and maintain highly motivated teams.
  • How to set up and drive your own organisation.
  • Creating time to fit your start-up around your life.
12.15 – 12.45


Delegates are invited to join one of two roundtable discussions. These will be set up and hosted across our streams so feel free to join the one you're most interested in.

Please see other streams for topic information.

12.45– 14.10

Extended lunch with ‘building your network’ session

During this lunch session delegates will be invited to join a speed-networking session. This will be 30 minutes of 5 minute intervals – we recommend talking to a variety of industries and seniority levels. The session is designed to address some of the following areas:

  • How to navigate the challenges of traditional networking.
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with supportive connections.
  • Building a network inside and outside your organisation.

14.15– 14.45

Ask Me Anything Session

Emma Dutton MBE, Managing Director, Applied Influence Group
Fiona Macaulay, Global Senior Director IT Delivery, Mars
Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC Design and Engineering

In this session delegates will be given the opportunity to ask our panellists any question they would like answered. Delegates will be given an opportunity to send questions in prior to the event, but there will also be a limited opportunity to submit questions on the day. This is a great chance to ask a question that may feel too awkward to ask at work, or perhaps you’ve not felt confident enough to ask before. The topic can be on any subject, but please do be respectful to the panellists and other delegates.

14.50 - 15.30


During this session mentors and mentees will pair together to discuss the challenges both are facing. Whilst not limited to the following, it will provide an opportunity for ‘next generation' to seek guidance on their careers, and for ‘leading ladies' to seek guidance on how best to support their teams. We recommend pairing with someone at a different level to you.

A short introduction will focus on:

  • What are the different mentoring schemes being offered within companies?
  • How to find a mentor or mentee.
  • How could a mentoring programme benefit you?


15.30- 15.55

Refreshments and networking break

16.00– 16.20

Entering the tech industry

Angelique Vu, Software Engineer and Co-Chair, Financial Times Women UK
  • Emboldening young women to identify their transferable skills to find an entry point into tech.
  • How can education regarding roles within the industry be improved?
  • How to encourage women into a broader spectrum of technology roles.
  • What qualifications should you be aiming for, and how much of an impact will they have?

16.20– 16.50

The Final Act: A look to the future

  • What still needs to be changed within the industry?
  • How can women continue to drive change?
  • The future of technology development and the opportunities this presents.


Closing remarks

17.00 - 18.30

Drinks reception and networking with surprise entertainment

Please note: programme is subject to change