Category Archives: Events

As it happened: Ada Lovelace Day Live!

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Project Ada reported live from Ada Lovelace Day Live! in London, hosted by the IET. The “science cabaret” evening highlighted the achievements of women in STEM.

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Ada Lovelace Day, now in its eighth year, is a day to celebrate female role models. The London cabaret featured design engineer Yewande Akinola, science writer Kat Arney, planetary physicist Sheila Kanani and many more – and was hosted by comedian Helen Keen.

Sam and Clara liveblogged the event below, but you can also keep an eye on @ProjectAda_ and the event hashtag #ALD16.

Live Blog Project Ada: #ALD16
 

4 events for women in tech in São Paulo

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The women in tech community in São Paulo is thriving, with events and meetups for ladies interested in networking, in entrepreneurship and in coding.

Project Ada has done a selection of upcoming events for women in tech who happen to be in São Paulo in the next few weeks:

Hacker Culture & Feminism 

This workshop by MariaLab, a feminist hackerspace in São Paulo, will cover the ethics of hacker culture under a feminist point of view. The workshop will also cover tools and techniques for digital security and cryptography.

When: Sunday, 29th May
Where: Deputado Emílio Carlos Avenue, 3641. Vila Nova Cachoeirinha, São Paulo – SP
Cost: Free

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The project, which aims to empower girls through coding, is offering a 9-weeks programming course, which will cover the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The course will also offer talks on entrepreneurship, hacker culture and logic.

When: every Saturday between 11th June and 6th August
Where: FIAP Aclimação: Lins de Vasconcelos Avenue, 1222. Aclimação, São Paulo – SP
Cost: R$ 160,00 [£30]
Scholarship? Yes, there will be no charge for 10 selected attendees who can’t afford the investment.

Women TechMakers São Paulo

This meetup, in partnership with Google Developers Group São Paulo, is part of a series of events to support the development of women in technology. The event is not exclusively for women, but there will be more places for women to encourage female participation. RSVP will open on 31th May on the group’s Meetup page.

When: Wednesday, 15th June
Where: Google Campus SP: Coronel Oscar Porto Street, 70. Paraíso, São Paulo – SP
Cost: Free

Let’s understand UX (Vamos entender UX)

This workshop is for designers and developers interested in user experience design. The course will cover the practical aspects of improving user satisfaction through usability and accessibility by presenting useful tools and essential steps for projects focused on UX design.

When: Thursday, 16th June
Where: Engenheiro José Sá Rocha Street, 173. Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP.
Cost: R$ 97 [£20]

Video: How did Hacks/Hackers London become so popular?

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Once a month, some two hundred digital journalists, newsroom developers and, well, everything inbetween gather in London for an evening of socialising, speeches and lightning pitches about innovations in journalism (Oh yeah, and there’s also beer).

The meetup Hacks/Hackers is part of a global network, and the London chapter has been around since 2010. It’s become hugely popular: every month the waitlist for a spot seems to grow longer.

“Want to learn from one another”

At last night’s meetup, hosted by News UK, we caught up with Sarah Marshall, social media editor at the Wall Street Journal and co-organiser of Hacks/Hackers, to speak to her about what makes the London scene so active.

The meetup’s popularity can still surprise her, she said.

“I’m really surprised! Every month I look at the waiting list and think, ‘Wow!’”

Sarah has been a part of the team organising #HHLDN for a year and a half – “but it feels like forever,” she joked. There’s certainly a whole lot of work going into preparing the events: organising the venue, getting drinks and finding volunteers. Not least, there’s the matter of finding speakers.

“It’s something we’re very conscious of”

Just one of the seven speakers at the latest meetup were women. This is a recurring issue for the meetup, with almost only men taking the stage to discuss digital innovations in newsrooms.

We asked, do they struggle to find female speakers?

“I just think ‘argh!’ every time this happens,” Sarah said.

So let’s hope change is on the way.

(Featured image: Flickr/Sarah Marshall)

BattleHack: coding for good in London

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Coders and developers gathered together from April 25-26 at BattleHack London, a hackathon that encourages participants to build projects that would have a good impact on society.

On Sunday (26) the groups pitched their ideas to a juror made of names such as Jess Williamson, director of TechStars, Julia Shalet, product doctor at The Mobile Academy, and John Lunn, senior director at Braintree_Dev, a branch of PayPal.

The topics pitched went from helping victims in natural disasters to enhancing urban mobility.

Women in Tech London was represented by team “I am Home Safe” and got a sponsor prize.

The winner was @Risk, for their project focused on elderly people. They developed an app that tracks the routine of elders and make automatic calls to the elder’s emergency contacts.

The team will compete in the finals in November at Silicon Valley, for a chance to win a US$ 100,000 prize.

Check our Storify for a summary of the best ideas presented at the weekend.

The 5 best things we learned at #SWATLondon

Super Women in Tech (Photo: Keila Guimaraes)

The name alone made it sound like a promising event. Twitter UK gathered “Super Women in Tech” at its London headquarters for an evening of panel discussions and socialising.

Panelists Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Code First:Girls and other Silicon Roundabout startups, Madeline Parra, CEO of Twizoo, Robyn Exton, founder of Dattch, and Wendy Orr from Guardian News & Media openly shared their experiences as women in this male-dominated industry, in a discussion chaired by the BBC’s Philippa Thomas.

The evening proved hugely popular, and was three times oversubscribed, according to an organiser we spoke to. The venue, which started filling up half an hour before the panel even started, was packed by the time the event began.

Project Ada reported live from the event – but in case you missed it, we’ve put together our highlights from the evening.

1. The wonders of the women in tech community

The panelists’ praise of the WIT community was unsurprisingly warmly received by the audience.

Robyn Exton, who’s not just founder of Dattch, but also co-founder of Geek Girl Meetup UK, added that meetups and organisations are the best way to change the sexist culture in tech. “These organisations will change the world”

(You can read more about Geek Girl Meetup here.)

2. Women get called “pushy and emotional”

A murmur of recognition went through the crowd as one audience member described her experiences of working in tech. “When I’m driven I get called pushy, when that makes me frustrated, I get called emotional.”

Panelist Madeline Parra also shared some of the more sexist comments she’s received in VC meetings – one about nail polish stood out in particular:

3. Yes, there is a brogramming culture

Does brogramming culture exist, asked moderator Philippa Thomas and was met by a resounding ‘yes’, both from panelists and the audience.

(Project Ada has explored the issue of this macho culture in tech – and how to eradicate it – here.)

4. Do VC investors want confident bullshitters?

Venture capital is the main funding option for the tech industry, and is completely male-dominated. Is the solution a question of confidence – and if so, do men have too much or women too little?

5. Three top tips from the panelists

As the evening wound down, the panelists wrapped up by sharing some of their top tips for women in tech.

From Madeline Parra: “You have to believe in yourself […] I think it is something you can teach yourself.”

From Robyn Exton: “Get thicker skin and plough on”

And finally, from moderator Philippa Thomas: “Don’t wait for a mentor to float up to you – go out there and find them!”


Were you at the event? Any other highlights you think we should’ve mentioned? Comment below, or tweet us @ProjectAda_!

As it happened: Super Women in Tech London

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Project Ada reported live from Super Women in Tech London, at Twitter’s London headquarters. The event gathered a great panel of tech leaders, discussing the issues that women in the industry face today.

Panelists were Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Code First:Girls and other Silicon Roundabout startups, Madeline Parra, CEO of Twizoo, Robyn Exton, founder of Dattch, and Wendy Orr from Guardian News & Media, and the evening opened Twitter’s mobile developer event Flock London.

SWAT focuses on the advancement of female leadership both within Twitter and in the tech industry. Please bring your questions and join us for a great evening!

 

 

Keila and Clara liveblogged the event below, but you can also keep an eye on the hashtag #SWATLondon.

Live Blog Project Ada: #SWATLondon
 

(Featured image: Cobalt123/Flickr)

The best London meetups for every woman in tech

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(Photo: Brynn Evans, design lead at Google, during an interview with Google Women Techmakers)

One of the best things about the Internet is how easy it makes for people to gather around a subject and work together. The Internet is great for sharing and for collaboration and meetups are even better for building a face-to-face community.

These meetings can be practical workshops, lightning talks or networking opportunities. For London-based readers, Project Ada has put together a list of five communities and four free meetups we know every tech girl would love to attend.

Here is our selection:

Women Who Code

This professional community gathers more than 20,000 women developers from 15 countries and its goal is to connect 1 million women in tech careers. Its meetup community in London has more than 900 coders and their events are aimed to put developers in touch with companies and to help non-developers who want to learn how to code. The events are exclusively for female participants.

Next event: “An Evening with Salesforce + Lightning Talks“, Wednesday, 25 February.

There will be speakers from the CRM software company Salesforce and lightning talks from guests speakers. Confirmed names include Nicola Aitken, an API integrations engineer at Geckoboard; and Claire Tran, a software engineer. Nicola will be talking about the things she wishes she had known before she started her first developer job. Claire will look into some techniques that can be applied to Ruby on Rails app.

Super Women at Twitter

The group, under the acronym SWAT, says its goal is to share content and resources to empower women to be leaders in the workforce around the world. You can stay updated with their work and events here.

Next event: “Super Women in Tech London“, Wednesday, 18th February.

A panel of tech leaders that will share their experiences and thoughts on issues faced by women in the industry. Some of the panelists are Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First and Code First:Girls; and Wendy Orr, product manager at Guardian News & Media. The event is full, but there is a waiting list. Sign up here.

Girls in Tech London

The community aims to support and raise the visibility of women in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Their activities include monthly events and leadership programmes. They haven’t announced future events yet. To stay updated to their activities you can join their online community or their mailing list. Their latest event was about the intersection between dating and technology.

Google Women Techmakers

Women Techmakers is Google’s global program and brand for women in technology. It was kicked off in 2012 by Megan Smith, then VP of Google[x], a semi-secret facility inside the company. Now Women Techmakers is led by Natalie Villalobos and a global team of Googlers who are passionate about empowering women in technology through increased visibility, community, and resources. They host summits and meet ups around the world.

Next event: International Women’s Day Event in partnership with Google Women Techmakers”, Monday, 30 March.

To celebrate the International Women’s Day event, Google Women Techmakers partnered with Woman Who Code for a summit. The activities for this event haven’t been announced yet, but those interested in a place can apply now. Applications close on 20 February. 

W Kollective – Digitally Savvy Women

The community is dedicated to women in digital, technology and startups. The group, founded by Laurie Wang, has 332 members. Their goal is to inspire, educate, empower and create networking opportunities for women making their mark in the digital space. The community promotes talks, debates and parties.

Next event: Defining a Digital Content Strategy That Works“, Wednesday 11 March.

The event is designed for content and community managers who want to plan content in a more strategic way. The speaker is Nichola Stott, managing director of theMediaFlow. She will cover aspects as campaign planning, measuring success and good practices in content marketing.

Ladies that UX

The London chapter of Ladies that UX was set up in January 2014 and is part of the global Ladies that UX group. It works as a collaborative community of women looking forward to push the boundaries and promote the role of women within UX.

The chapter is led by Sophie Mitchell and Georgie Bottomley and is opened to those already working in UX or for those looking to make the move. Over a year, the global group has brought together more than 600 London Ladies at over 13 events including partnering with some of the top UX Conferences.

Monthly events include user-led talks, inspirational panel discussions, lightning talks, and workshops. According to the group, events have been planned up until the end of 2015. For those interested, email Ladies that UX at london@ladiesthatux.com to join their mailing list or follow them o Twitter at @LadiesthatUX_LN.

As it happened: What would the web look like if it was run by women?

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Ashley, Keila and Sam brought you live coverage of A Web For Her, an event that asked a simple question: What would the web look like if it was run by women?

Live Blog A Web For Her
 

Where is the hi-tech future of fashion headed?

Panel discussion on fashion in tech organised by Girls in Tech.

Imagine you’re walking into Selfridges and automatically getting a text: “Hey, Clara. Remember that dress you favourited last week? Well: here’re more similar items. In your size. On sale now.”

Fashion dream or Skynet nightmare? Either way, e-commerce experts agree that even more personalization and more data collection will be the way forward.

Mobile growth a challenge

Keeping up to speed with consumers’ relentless move to mobile is a main priority, according to the panelists at “Fashion in Tech”. The panel discussion, organised by Girls in Tech, drew a big crowd to Hoxton Square on Tuesday evening.

“Something we’re going to start seeing but haven’t yet is the transportation of data from the online world to the offline world,” said panelist Sarah Vigrass, strategic projects director at Lyst.

Critics are worried that data collection puts us at risk of online security threats and privacy issues. Is she concerned about this?

“It’s definitely a line we have to be wary of,” Sarah Vigrass said, pointing out that there should be no spamming or selling to third parties. And that the service should always be opt-in for consumers, she said, adding:

“As long as the data is handled in a responsible way I think it’s a good thing.”

Browsing, not buying

40% of Lyst’s traffic now comes from mobile. But we’re still not shopping on our mobile phones – just browsing.

“People use mobile for discovering new products and desktop for shopping,” said Giacomo Summa, CEO of Stylect.

This may change in future as one-touch payments and increasingly personalized online marketing become the norm, said Torie Chilcott, co-founder of Rockabox:

“I want Facebook to send me messages saying, ‘You’re going to love this. Here it is in your size’.”

“Are you happy for Facebook to know you then?” asked panel discussion leader Sinéad O’Brien.

“Oh, they already do!”

Time to nominate your role models

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If you’re looking to suggest your tech role models for an Everywoman in Technology Awards, it’s time to get cracking. This is the last week to get nominations in for the awards that kick off in March next year.

Organisers have stated that the aim of the awards is to “have more women and girls innovating and making advancements in technology”. The idea is that more female role models will drive gender equality forward in the tech industry.

Nominations were set to close today, but following popular demand, the nomination period was extended for another week, and will now be open until 10 November.

Now in its second year, the Everywoman in Technology Award has prizes in nine categories, ranging from international leaders to students and start-ups. See the full list of categories here.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on 17 March 2015.