Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar
Women in the tech sector: education, company cultures and business opportunities
Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus, London, Google;
Zara Farrar, Senior Creative Producer, Government Digital Service;
Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 and Chair, The Women in Tech Council, techUK
and further contributions from:
Sheridan Ash, Director, Technology, PwC; Steve Brown, Director, Empiric and Programme Manager, Next Tech Girls; Debbie Forster, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Apps for Good; Gillian Howard, Employment Lawyer and Kriti Sharma, Director, Bots and AI, Sage
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Morning, Tuesday, 9th May 2017
An invitation from Amy Cutter, Producer, Westminster eForum
I am writing to invite you to attend the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).
This seminar will be an opportunity to take stock of progress for increasing the number of women in the field of technology, and next steps for policy, business practice and realising commercial opportunities.
It takes place as the demand grows for digital skills across all sectors of the economy and as Britain seeks to position itself at the forefront of emerging technologies such as cyber security, AI, wearable tech and virtual reality.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
Tackling persistent challenges – examining the latest initiatives for improving digital skills, changing cultures and driving out discrimination, and strengthening the legal framework;
Gender equality and competitive advantage – the business case for women being more involved in R&D and design, and challenging investor attitudes to female-led startups;
Skills – engagement with STEM throughout education, boosting the take-up of qualifications, and the latest on initiatives providing encouragement to girls looking at tech careers;
Inspiring women into tech – careers advice for all ages, publicising strong female role models from the tech world and the latest on collaboration between academia and employers;
Recruitment and retention – breaking down barriers to getting women into key tech roles, and developments such as gender blind applications; and
Priorities for policy – the legal framework, funding to accelerate the pace of change, and the implications of Brexit.
The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster eForum. Follow us @WeFEvents for live updates.
We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 and Chair, The Women in Tech Council, techUK and Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus, London, Google.
Further confirmed speakers include: Sheridan Ash, Director, Technology, PwC; Steve Brown, Director, Empiric and Programme Manager, Next Tech Girls; Zara Farrar, Senior Creative Producer, Government Digital Service; Debbie Forster, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Apps for Good; Gillian Howard, Employment Lawyer and Kriti Sharma, Director, Bots and AI, Sage.
Additional senior participants are being approached.
This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the DWP; the Home Office; NOMS and the RAF. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin University; Babel; Baxter Healthcare; BDO; Blackburne House Education; Bletchley Park; Business Growth Hub; Caution Your Blast; Deloitte; Doyle Clayton; Gradient DM; Heriot-Watt University; HGF Law; Imperial College; Institue of Mathematics & its Applications; Manchester Business School; Nominet; Page White & Farrer; RAF; Randstad; Spark; STFC; Storycake; Taylor Wessing; The Executive Coaching Consultancy; University of Cambridge and University of Liverpool.
A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Techworld.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering more than 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior Government officials involved in this area of public policy, media businesses, their suppliers and their advisors, the technology and telecoms industries, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, regulators, academics and reporters from the national and trade press.
Output and About Us
A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DCMS, BEIS, GEO and other government departments; officials at Ofcom, ICO and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.
All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.
The Westminster eForum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition spokespersons and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.
To book places, please use our online booking form.
Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.
Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.
Options and charges are as follows:
Places at Women in the tech sector: education, company cultures and business opportunities (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.
For those who cannot attend:
Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.
If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).
I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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