WeAreTechWomen’s, Skills for Growth, annual conference to be hosted by Europe’s largest Tech Innovation Hub – Plexal

WeAreTechWomen is proud to announce its annual women in IT conference will take place at Europe’s biggest tech innovation hub – Plexal.

The WeAreTechWomen conference is aimed at women in the tech sector who are looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

Taking place on 30 November, the full day conference includes the opportunity for delegates to learn about a broad range of technology topics as well as getting involved with Q&A’s, hands-on activities and interactive workshops.


plexal conference centreEurope’s biggest tech innovation hub Plexal, located at HereEast, Queen Elizabeth Park is due to open June 2017. Plexal currently spans 68,000 sq.ft. and offers its 800 members a full range of services including accelerator programmes, in-house professional services, rapid prototyping equipment, intra and entrepreneurship training, mentorship and industry-leading events.  At the brand new Plexal venue, startups and corporates will come together to design and create the connected products that will improve our lives.

Initially, Plexal will focus on incubating powerful innovations in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and data analytics within the fields of sport, health, fashion, smart city and mobility industries.

In addition to Plexal, WeAreTechWomen sponsors include Bloomberg, Verizon, Capgemini and Oliver Wyman.

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Claire Cockerton, Founder and CEO of Plexal said: “We are proud to support WeAreTheCity and host the 2017 WeAreTechWomen conference on 30 November. Plexal is Europe’s innovation destination for technology entrepreneurs and corporations, designed to build business that improves lives.

“We are committed to encouraging diversity within our community and also believe that more needs to be done to encourage and support women in to the technology sector. We are proud to support WeAreTechWomen and WeAreTheCity’s vision of ensuring that women in technology are able to learn about emerging trends in order to broaden their career horizons and progress into more senior roles.”

Research reveals that women make up just 17 percent of people filling tech specialist roles compared with 47 per cent of the UK workforce as a whole. The WeAreTechWomen conference is aimed at women working in the tech sector who are looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

Kayleigh Bateman, Head of WeAreTechWomen said: “We are so excited to be running our WeAreTechWomen conference for the second year.  Last year’s conference saw over 200 women come together to learn about emerging technologies from an amazing array of speakers, this year will be no different!”

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Plexal and grateful for the support of all our sponsors. WeAreTechWomen will focus on technical topics and provide insights from organisations on thought leadership as well as informative research in the technology area. We believe our delegates will emerge from our conference with a greater understanding of the changing world of tech as well as ideas on how to progress in their own careers”


Event partners include WISE, STEMettes, Women in Technology Network, BCS Women, techUK and Women of Wearables.

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Facilitated by Kate Russell, BBC Click Presenter and Author, speakers will include Anne Marie Imafidon, Founder of STEMettes and Dr Sue Black, Author of Saving Bletchley Park and Government Digital Services Advisor.

Kate Russell, BBC Click Presenter & Author, said: “I am really looking forward to hosting the WeAreTechWomen conference for the second year running. WeAreTechWomen are a pleasure to work with and always hit the spot in terms of their topics, speakers and panellists. I am looking forward to meeting all attendees and taking part in what will no doubt be an awesome event for female technologists.”

Christine Flounders, Head of Engineering London at Bloomberg, said: “Developing a strong network and maintaining a focus on continued learning is fundamental to a successful career in technology. Bloomberg is proud to support an event that provides opportunities for women technologists to broaden and deepen their skills, to strengthen their networks and to join in celebrating London’s female tech talent.”

Keynote sessions include The Uprise of Fintech, by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting and Security and Cyber, It’s Everyone’s Business, by Tayna Harris, CEO of Harrman Cyber, in addition to many more during the day.

Deborah O’Neill, Partner at OW Labs, said: “We’re huge fans of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and technology – it’s what keeps our business vibrant and our people interested and interesting. We want to support individuals of every gender to get more involved in each of these areas, which is why we are thrilled to be working with WeAreTechWomen for the second year running.”

Throughout the day, our attendees will have the chance to visit our marketplace area which will include tech companies demonstrating the latest in AI, Machine Learning and weareables, as well as our tech charity and social enterprise partners.

The afternoon will see three elective sessions where delegates can choose from hearing about several tech disciplines including Big data, API’s and Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Everything.

Three more sessions will follow in the afternoon focusing on the rise of wearable tech, in addition to a learn to code masterclass in Python.

The afternoon will also include our “Tech Bytes” career advice panel which will feature a number of CTO’s, CIO’s and Heads of Technology.  The conference will finish with a speed mentoring session from senior leaders in technology.

The day will close with networking drinks and canapés and a further opportunity to explore our market place.

You can  view the full agenda here along with details on how to book your place.






Kayleigh Bateman
About the author

Kayleigh Bateman is the head of digital content and business development at WeAreTheCity. As a journalist there she covers stories about women in IT and looks after its women in technology community. She was previously the special projects editor for Computer Weekly and editor of CW Europe. Kayleigh attended the University of Hertfordshire, where she studied for her BA in English literature, journalism and media cultures. You can contact her at [email protected]

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