As London Tech Week 2019 launches, committing not only to lead the way in tech innovation, but to tackle head-on the issue of diversity in the industry is essential. Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director of the UK’s leading technology event and a A leading female figure in technology in Britain is calling to get more young girls into tech. In order for the “needle to be moved” we need to encourage more girls to get into tech subjects from a young age.
According to a 2018 report, only 14.6% senior UK tech leaders are women and 70.5% senior executive teams have no BAME members at all*. This year’s Tech Week seeks to address this imbalance, with a suite of initiatives to make it easier for people of all backgrounds to access careers in tech.
London Tech Week looks not solely at the technology, but at the opportunities and challenges that are forming around the digitisation of society – tech in a new era of trust, evolving the workforce and developing the UK and international talent pool are issues high on the agenda. The event connects international communities from across the spectrum to address how access to tech for all can have a profoundly positive impact on society and business.
That’s why, Girls in Tech London are joining in on the movement at London Tech week, by bringing you a great event under the Digital Transformation Stream. We will reunite prominent female technologists from top companies to showcase their expertise and discuss about the role of tech companies in society today, and the potential future impact of the world’s growing inter-dependence on technology.
Girls in Tech Presents:
The Intersection of Tech & Benevolence
Wednesday 12th June
60 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0JP
With the rapid rise of technology and the increasingly central role that technology occupies in society, the role of companies in safeguarding their users has come under more scrutiny than ever.
Do companies have a duty of care to their users and to society, and where should the boundaries be set? Join Girls in Tech London for an engaging panel discussion on the intersection of technology and benevolence, the role of tech companies in society today, and the potential future impact of the world’s growing inter-dependence on technology.
- 18.30 – 19.00: Arrivals and registration
- 19.00 – 20.00: Panel discussion
- 20.00 – 21.30: Drinks and networking
Tech Week will take place across London from 10-14 June, at various locations, covering topics such as: cybersecurity, digital transformation, AI & Machine Learning, startup scaling, the future of work or emerging technologies.
The flagship event, TechXLR8, will be held at ExCel London, on the 12 – 13 June 2019. TechXLR8 will focus on the transformational impact of technology on business and industry, enabling attendees to experience first-hand the technologies fuelling the business revolution. There will be live tech demos and immersive showcases of cutting-edge tech innovation. Speakers include the CEOs of British Airways, Barclays and Facebook, as well as CTOs of WH Smith, DirectLine Group and ASOS and Ms Dawson and the team are committed to “not only to lead the way in tech innovation, but to tackle head-on the issue of diversity in the industry”, with a full commitment to Inclusive Innovation across its event schedule.
London Tech Week saw 55,000 attendees last year. It is anticipated that this year’s TechXLR8 will welcome more than 15,000 attendees, 8,000 companies, and 600 tech guru speakers. There is set to be more than 300 exhibitors, with at least 90 countries represented (with nearly 70% attendees at director level and above).