On Saturday 27th September over 200 women descended on Central Working Whitechapel for an event that was a first of its kind, London’s largest all female tech conference, with the theme ‘Ubiquitous Technology - Now You See Me, Now You Don’t’. It was a day full of unexpected highlights from the Geek Girl team, showing how an event looks and feels differently in this male dominated industry when an event is organised by women.
It all kicked off with an early morning yoga session, led by Meg He, co-founder of Ecstase. Breakfast was a brightening healthy breakfast pot with the room full and buzzing before 9.30am when the Geek Girls kicked off the day.
“Our ambition is to highlight the incredible female role models that already exist in our industry today. We know there’s a lot of injustice in this space at the moment, but there’s also a huge amount of inspiration, and we think showcasing the inspiration is our way of trying to make a change.” And it really felt like something was starting to change.
After such an inspirational first talk, the group split out across the venue to listen to talks from Leap Motion Modelling, to How to Not Start a Startup. Highlights came from Dom DeGuzman, a Twilio Engineer who’d flown in from San Francisco to talk about ‘Breaking the BroCode’ and Valerie Nygaard of eBay, sharing her insights from working in search, literally bringing smiles and tears to the eyes of the audience as they tracked a number of user search journeys. To wrap up the day? An honest and charged panel debate on the future of Sex Tech, moderated by Olivia Solon, featuring speakers from Coco De Mer, Little Riot & Limitless Innovation.
There was diversity, design, development and a lot of debate. An interactive day that had rooms created to get your hands dirty, with a standout experience room from Technology Will Save Us, keeping non-coders, children and engineers alike enlightened with their kits.
“I’ve never been to an event that had a creche available, beautifully healthy food throughout the day and such a charged atmosphere that’s got us all talking. There’s not a single person sat by themselves waiting for speakers to kick off. I want to come back and do it all over again so I can catch all the talks” Sophie Garnett, one of the attendees.
The most standout point from the event? There was hardly any talk about being women. It was simply an energising, elevating event that showcased some of London’s finest tech talent.
Pictures from the event can be found here.
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Tweets from the day can be seen here.