Pssst! Save the Date for the GGM Conference 2016!

That's right! We're excited to announce that our annual conference will return on October 8th! 

We're being hosted by our new awesome friends - the digital team for the Ministry of Justice - and this year is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever!!

You can find out more about the Ministry of Justice, in our latest GeekGirl Meets podcast!

Stay tuned for our conference theme which we'll be announcing in the coming week! Giving you a chance to put forward speakers, tech that should be on show AND get involved as a volunteer...

Tickets will shortly follow, to get the heads up on early-bird tickets, you can pre-register here:

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Didn't make late year? Here's a taste of what we got up to, below! 

 Smartup Visuals delighted us with their skills...

Smartup Visuals delighted us with their skills...

 We had incredible speakers, including Alice Bentinck from Entrepreneur First...

We had incredible speakers, including Alice Bentinck from Entrepreneur First...

 We had some amazing presentations...

We had some amazing presentations...

 There was a Royal appearance...

There was a Royal appearance...

 We connected...

We connected...

 And we celebrated! Come join us this year!

And we celebrated! Come join us this year!

GGM presents The Future of Financial Inclusion

 

The word fintech is buzzing through the air but how can new technology solutions actually empower individuals financial situation and who are the key players taking part in shaping that future?

On the 20th of May we have invited three brilliant speakers to shed more light on the topic of fintech and share their view on the future of financial inclusion. Join us for a morning of lovely breakfast, great speakers and some thought evoking discussion. Get your tickets here.

Our Speakers

Caylee Farndon-Taylor - Mobile Product Designer at Pariti

Anna Mostyn Williams - Co-founder of Curve

Alice Newton - Head of Product at World Remit

 

  Caylee Farndon-Taylor: Mobile Product Designer at Pariti

Caylee Farndon-Taylor: Mobile Product Designer at Pariti

Caylee, one of the fellow Geek Girl organisers and product designer at Pariti will help us dive deep into the subject of fintech and financial inclusion. 

Caylee Farndon-Taylor is Product Designer at Pariti; trying to de-stress money management and build financial resiliance in the UK. This means giving users a view of all their bank accounts and credit cards from just one iOS app, setting up clear, automatically updated spending goals, and clearly showing if a user is likely to run out of money before it happens

A Fine Artist, turned Front End developer, turned Product Design obsessive; Caylee fell in love with tech whilst designing for busuu’s 50 million online language learners. She helps run Geek Girl London, is a keen cyclist and the proud owner of two tabby cats (yet to be monetised).

Caylee will cover what she believes are the expected new roles for banks of the future, particularly with the rise of challenger banks, Neo banks and iBanks ('information banks'). She'll also shed further light on the current Fintech scene, Pariti, and what will happen after the high-street banks are made to release open APIs. And lastly explain what is financial Exclusion right now? What are the predicted positives and negatives in the near future: will tech's focus on just one problem help or hinder those that are struggling now, and who will mop up those that are left behind. (A.K.A what I would do if I was running the country).

  Anna Mostyn Williams: Lead Brand Marketing/ Co-Founder

Anna Mostyn Williams: Lead Brand Marketing/ Co-Founder

 

Anna has over 8 years of experience in media and entertainment focusing on consumer facing products, working both at large corporations such as Microsoft and Discovery Communications and start-ups such Amber Entertainment. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and prior to Curve was involved in bringing the Xbox One to market in the UK at Microsoft. Anna handles all parts of the Curve brand, working closely with product and development to oversee the customer experience.

 

  Alice Newton - Head of Product at World Remit

Alice Newton - Head of Product at World Remit

Alice is responsible for the WorldRemit's products across mobile and web. Alice directs the UX and engineering teams to invent, design and deliver new products and features that serve the needs of users around the world. Prior to WorldRemit, Alice led a product team for GOV.UK, the single point of access for UK government services and information. She has also worked in mobile health for the GSMA and Sana group at MIT.

 

Event hosted by Rise London

Rise, created by Barclays, is acommunity of the world’s brightest thinkers and doers, working together to solve our most challenging problems, and to shape the future of financial services.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Our wish for girls on International Women’s Day: Become who you already are – Jo Cruse, Stemettes’ Communications Lead

 

This is a guest blog post from Jo Cruse  - it was originally published on Womenthology on 24 February.

Jo Cruse is Stemettes’ Communications Lead and she is a specialist communications and PR consultant in the social enterprise sector. Jo also has experience in politics and lobbying, as well as having taught politics and economics.

 Jo Cruse

Jo Cruse

…Despite the STEM sector having one invaluable factor in its favour in this regard – easy access to technology – ironically the critical role technology can play in increasing young women’s involvement in STEM is often overlooked, but we’re determined to change this…

How do we inspire more young women into STEM?

It’s not about convincing girls that STEM is the only path for them. We believe that girls should be free to choose whichever career path they wish.

In fact, it’s simpler than that.

Inspiring more girls into STEM is about encouraging girls to have the confidence to be who they already are, and showing them how STEM can help them to get there.

It’s about showing girls that the definition of STEM is much broader than they perhaps realise, and that it can be an invaluable part of their future success – irrespective of their career aspirations. Whether they wish to go into biomedical engineering, fine art, politics or physiotherapy, STEM has a role to play.

Anne-Marie Imafidon and Jacquelyn Guderley co-founded Stemettes to inspire girls into careers in STEM. We do this through hackathons, panel events, Outbox Incubator, and the Student to Stemette programme supported by Deutsche Bank. Stemettes was started in response to the persistent underrepresentation of women in STEM – as illustrated by a 2015 WISE report, which found that only 14.4% of the UK’s STEM workforce is female.

A valuable opportunity

As we look ahead to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we’re presented with a valuable opportunity to reflect on how far the push for gender parity has come, and the distance which still needs to be travelled.

Key to tackling the underrepresentation of women in STEM will be industry’s ability to communicate effectively with young women. For a tech-loving generation, the medium industry uses to connect with girls will be as important as their message.

Despite the STEM sector having one invaluable factor in its favour in this regard – easy access to technology – ironically the critical role technology can play in increasing young women’s involvement in STEM is often overlooked, but we’re determined to change this.

To coincide with our 3rdbirthday in February, we launched our flagship app, OtotheB. The app is supported by the Salesforce Foundation and Deutsche Bank and it creates a global online platform for girls interested in STEM and entrepreneurship. OtotheB plans to extend a version of the Outbox Incubator offering to a much wider audience – hence the app’s title being derived from the incubator’s name. We developed OtotheB with the lessons learnt from the 8000 girls it has reached to date in mind.

Engaging hearts and minds

The app is free and seeks to use tech to engage the hearts and minds of this gadget-savvy generation. Open to girls aged 11+, OtotheB gives users access to functionality such as “Motivation Mondays” (exclusive interviews with inspiring women in STEM, and the chance to win an opportunity to shadow them in the workplace), “Win Wednesdays” (access to competitions to win exclusive merchandise, STEM gadgets and networking opportunities) and “Thought Time Thursdays” (Google Hangouts with industry role models).

At the other end of the spectrum, face-to-face interactions are as critical to inspiring girls into STEM as technology.

 Anne-Marie Imafidon

Anne-Marie Imafidon

With this in mind, in 2015, we officially launched the Student to Stemette (STS) programme, supported by Deutsche Bank. STS aims to inspire young women into STEM careers by connecting them with a woman in industry (known as their Sherpa) who actively mentors them over the course of four months.

Alongside the mentoring, all girls selected for the programme (known as Sherpees) can access OtotheB and work experience placements. Five will have the opportunity of being selected to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which takes place in the United States in October.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we’ll be combing our shared love for tech and connecting girls with inspiring women in STEM. With our sponsors Rise London in partnership with Barclays, we’ll be hosting a free two-day hackathon called Rise Hack in London on 5th-6th MarchGirls will spend the hackathon exploring app building software and creating apps which fit the hack’s theme of Personal finance and banking for girls and women’, and no previous coding experience is necessary.

Tickets for the hackathon can be booked here. If you’re a STEM professional and would like to volunteer on the day we’d love to hear from you! Choose the ‘Stemette Supporter’ option when registering and we’ll be in touch. 

We all – parents, teachers, frontline organisations, industry and government – have a role to play in inspiring the next generation of women in STEM. This International Women’s Day is an ideal opportunity for us all to reach out to as many girls as possible, and do what we can to ensure they develop the confidence and conviction to fulfil their highest potential.  

OtotheB is available for free download from the Google Play and iTunes stores.

 

http://www.stemettes.org/

https://twitter.com/Stemettes

https://twitter.com/Jo_Cruse

https://www.facebook.com/Stemettes/

https://www.instagram.com/stemettes/?hl=en


GGM Featured in Elle Campaign #ELLEFeminism #morewomen

We're so thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Elle UK magazine and the #morewomen campaign. It's such an important initiative that aims to celebrate the global power of women's collectives in a playful, engaging way. 


To join in on the campaign just post a photo of yourself with your powerful group of women on Instagram/Twitter/FB, along with this  pledge: ‘One woman's success makes EVERY WOMAN STRONGER. More women for #morewomen #ELLEFeminism.'

Pitch Perfect at Creativity, Technology and the Future

Get feedback on your pitches at our annual conference

Are you the female-founder of an early-stage startup? Want to test your business pitching skills and improve? Submit your company information below for the chance to pitch to our panel of female VC's and angels at our annual conference on the 26th September and become one of the first companies to take part in our Pitch Perfect session*. 

Startups will have 3 minutes to pitch, and then receive feedback from judges and questions from the audience. 

*Accapella singing optional.

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