Simplification & Innovation: How IT leaders Are Achieving Both In A Complex World

11:35am

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Session Overview

With the opportunity to enhance operational efficiency and increase the digital acceleration of the business, IT leaders find themselves at the intersection of enabling positive organisational change. However, the pressure to optimise costs, manage multiple applications, and capitalise on a rapidly changing technology environment fuels the complexity challenge. Join Workday and experts from AstraZeneca and Sky to hear how IT leaders are taking steps to simplify and release innovation, while also fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Optimising Amidst Complexity: Learn strategies IT leaders employ to manage costs and streamline multiple applications without compromising on performance in a dynamic business environment
  • Harnessing New Innovations Potential: Delve into how top industry players are adapting to and capitalising on the evolving technology landscape, ensuring their organisations stay at the forefront of innovation
  • Balancing Simplification with Progress: Discover the art of marrying simplification with forward-thinking innovations, ensuring both operational efficiency and cutting-edge advancements coexist in the IT realm

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  • How to marry emerging startup technologies and corporate industry priorities on sustainability, using investment and innovation as a catalyst for impact
This session is for you if…
  • You know there’s a tonne of regulatory change on sustainability coming, but fear you won’t get there fast enough
  • You are curious about and excited by the potential of new technologies in driving an organisation’s sustainability agenda forwards, but unsure about how to get there
  • You’re interested to know how to deliver innovation practically within a large organisation
2:15pm
Workshop

How To Diversify Your Talent Pool

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Tired of hearing about the skills gaps and underrepresentation in tech without getting to the solution. We’re putting the spotlight on concrete solutions that businesses can harness. From government-backed gateways to innovative approaches in skill development, let’s chart a path to a brighter, more inclusive tech landscape.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Tapping into Untapped Resources: Understand how government-backed initiatives and programs can serve as invaluable channels to widen and diversify your talent search
  • Innovative Skill Development: Explore cutting-edge methodologies and strategies for nurturing and upskilling talent, ensuring your team is equipped for the tech world’s evolving demands
  • Building an Inclusive Strategy: Learn actionable steps and best practices to create a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritises diversity, fostering a richer, more resilient tech ecosystem
10:00am
Keynote

Unleashing Digital Empathy: Women Pioneering AI & Spatial Tech

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • AI/ML
  • HR/DEI

A new era of disruption has arrived, the convergence of generative AI and spatial computing is reshaping our landscape, creating new opportunities previously unimagined. It is our purpose to ensure that our market advancements in emerging technologies create equitable bridges across our societal digital divide for citizens who have access in our society and for those who do not.

The keynote will focus on digital empathy: how can we leverage disruptive technology to create compassionate, inclusive human-centred design experiences, and how can we empower each other to unleash our inner superpowers. The session will also showcase some of the most inspiring examples of women who have made a significant impact in this space but are often overlooked.

Digital empathy means:
Unleashing new, creativity
Unleashing new, insights
Unleashing new, potential
Unleashing new, opportunities

This session is for you if…you’re interested in learning about digital empathy, our position on disruptive technologies, and how to leverage them positively to amplify your voice and enable you to be bold.

11:35am
Presentation

Is AI The End Of The Human Interaction Contact Centres?

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • AI/ML
  • Product

As AI continues to reshape the landscape of customer service, it brings both opportunities and challenges to the contact center industry. This session will provide a comprehensive look at the role of AI in service spaces and its potential impact on customer interactions.

We’ll explore the evolving landscape of AI technologies in contact centers and address the critical question: Will AI replace human interaction?

Session Key Takeaways:

  • An in-depth analysis of how AI is transforming the contact center and service sector
  • Understanding the balance between AI automation and the need for human empathy in customer service
  • Insights into the implications of AI integration and why AI is not a one-size-fits-all solution

This session is for…operations leaders, those involved in contact center management, and C-Suite executives exploring new technologies. Join us to navigate the complexities of integrating AI in customer service while maintaining the crucial human element.

11:30am
Workshop

Public Speaking. Break Your Fear Frontier

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Step up and let your voice be heard! Dive into the essentials of public speaking with our hands-on workshop. Whether it’s about mastering your message or presenting with poise, we’ll guide you through the art of communicating effectively. Remember, it’s all about practice and preparation, not perfection!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Techniques to craft compelling speeches
  • Strategies for confident and impactful delivery

This session is for you if...you are keen to elevate your public speaking prowess, from novices to seasoned speakers looking for a refresher.

2:15pm
Presentation

Beyond Coding: Thriving In Tech Without Writing A Line Of Code

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce

Think you need to code to succeed in tech? Think again! Dive into the expansive tech universe that goes far beyond just software development. This session is a beacon for women eager to penetrate the tech sector but feel hindered by not being a coder. From coveted technical certifications to diverse roles, explore the myriad pathways to a flourishing tech career.

With dual challenges identified by the ONS – women entering tech and retaining them – it’s evident the industry’s environment isn’t nurturing enough. We aim to amplify your voice and tackle these challenges head-on.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover often-overlooked development paths to boost your career
  • Embrace the technologist mindset, even without coding
  • Understand that tech credibility isn’t confined to coding skills

This session is for you if…you’re a tech-savvy woman hitting career obstacles or someone keen to step into this world, this session is your launchpad.

2:15pm
Workshop

How To Build A Fulfilling, High Performance Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

This session is for anyone who wants to achieve the best of both worlds: to build an impactful career and to take a meaningful journey towards that goal. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Let’s bust some myths and learn the science & psychology of how to set yourself up for success, regardless of career stage or company.

Many of us work in male-dominated environments, where there aren’t enough role models who look like us or can show us how to be authentic, fulfilled AND successful. This session is for anyone who wants to achieve the best of both worlds: to build an impactful career and to take a meaningful journey towards that goal. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Let’s bust some myths and learn the science & psychology of how to set yourself up for success, regardless of career stage or company.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why Meaning Matters: What the data tells us
  • The Science & Psychology that links Fulfilment and Performance
  • What actions I can take to supercharge my career

This session is for you if…you are an ambitious or passionate person who wants to have an impact on your company or community and have been feeling a little stuck or uninspired.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Be The Role Model You Wish You’d Had

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

“If you can see it, you can be it.”

Many studies have shown the importance of role models in increasing gender diversity in the tech industry. Discover how to become the role model you wish you’d had when you were younger, to inspire the next generation to follow in your footsteps and help close the gender gap while raising your profile, developing your skills and progressing your career.

We have a huge digital skills gap, which is estimated to cost the UK economy £60 Billion a year. On top of that, we have a gender gap in the industry, with only 26% of tech workers identifying as female. And there’s a pipeline problem: less than 20% of tech students at any level identify as female and only 3% of women say a career in tech would be their first choice.

With the recent boom in AI revealing the many biases in the industry, we need to make it more representative to ensure that the technology that’s designed and built is fit – and safe – for girls and women to use.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why you should become a role model
  • How to become a (good) role model
  • How Next Tech Girls can support you on your role model journey

This session is for you if...you work in the tech industry! Your gender and stage of your career doesn’t matter. Everyone can become a role model to the next generation to ensure that more young people are inspired to develop the technical skills we need in our future workforce. If you’re part of a group that’s underrepresented in the industry, even better.

2:15pm
Workshop

Mastering The Power Of Networking For Career Growth

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Unlock the potential of your professional network! This session is designed  for tech professionals to harness the transformative power of networking. Dive deep into your existing connections, identify key influencers, reconnect with dormant contacts, and address networking gaps.

By the end, you’ll walk away with a strategic plan to expand and optimise your network for maximum career impact. Bring a pen and paper or your digital device, and let’s build your networking blueprint!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of Network’s Value: Recognise the immense value that a diversified and robust professional network can bring to your career
  • Personal Network Assessment: A documented list of current connections, categorised by their nature and influence on your professional life
  • Network Enhancement Plan: A personalised action plan detailing steps to reconnect with old contacts and strategies to meet and connect with new professionals, filling identified gaps in your network

This session is for…Mid-Level professionals across industries who are looking to understand the power of networking, reassess their current connections, and develop strategies to expand and strengthen their professional network for career growth.

2:15pm
Workshop

Unlocking The Future: Micro Frontends With ReactJS, Webpack, And TypeScript

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Data
  • Digital Transformation
  • Premium Only

Step into the future of distributed frontend development with this cutting-edge workshop. Explore the power of micro frontends and learn how to harness the potential of ReactJS, Webpack Module Federation, and Typescript to revolutionize your development process.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The fundamentals of micro frontends and their real-world applications
  • Hands-on experience with ReactJS and Webpack Module Federation
  • Best practices for seamless communication between host apps and remotes
  • Lessons learned from successful implementations and practical use cases

This session is for…developers, architects, and tech enthusiasts eager to stay ahead in the world of frontend development. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your journey, join us to unlock the full potential of micro frontends and transform your projects.

4:35pm
Presentation

Leading Without Managing: Meet The Staff Software Engineer!

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Software & Development
  • Workforce

Delve into the transformative role of the staff engineer, its evolution, and its unmatched value to engineering teams. Explore varied archetypes, understand their implementation nuances, and hear a personal journey of navigating this role. We’ll highlight the significance of continuous individual contribution, particularly for women in tech, and offer actionable tips for those aspiring to this position.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • In-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a staff engineer
  • Insights into the strategic advantages staff engineers bring to organisations
  • The importance of diversifying senior roles in engineering and combating biases

This session is for…Engineers seeking career growth, Managers aiming to understand the role better, and Engineering Leadership keen on driving organisational success.

2:15pm
Workshop

Leading With Purpose: Career Strategies For Women In Tech

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Join a transformative session that bridges attendees with seasoned female executives and recruitment specialists. Engage in candid discussions about career challenges specific to senior women in the tech industry. Receive tailored advice from recruiters who’ve successfully placed countless women in top-tier IT roles across global tech giants.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Strategies to identify employers who genuinely champion your professional growth
  • Proven techniques to enhance your visibility and success rate in job interviews
  • Guidance on crafting a career trajectory that resonates with both your professional aspirations and personal objectives

This session is for you if…you’re contemplating the next pivotal move in your tech career or yearning for a role that align with your personal goals, this session is crafted just for you. Join us to unlock the path to a more fulfilling professional journey.

11:30am
Workshop

Building A Robust People Analytics Strategy

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Digital Transformation
  • HR/DEI
  • Premium Only

In our fast-paced digital era, a robust People Analytics strategy stands as the cornerstone for agile, forward-looking organisations. By integrating strategic human insight with data analytics, you can transform your organisation into a nimble entity, primed for rapid and informed decision-making.

Immerse yourself in the transformative domain of People Analytics. Embark on a comprehensive journey with a structured approach to formulate a compelling People Analytics strategy. By fine-tuning your strategy, ensure it resonates seamlessly with your organisation’s overarching goals and aspirations. Along the way, master the pivotal stages and elements that are quintessential to crafting an impactful People Analytics game plan. This enlightening workshop is designed to amplify your People Analytics acumen and breathe new life into your HR initiatives.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Comprehending the pivotal role of a well-devised People Analytics strategy
  • Essential considerations to kickstart your journey
  • Blueprint to architect your all-encompassing People Analytics approach

This session is for…those poised to embrace an analytical stance on HR objectives. While it’s perfect for HR professionals, organisational leaders, data aficionados, and agents of change, anyone intrigued by the theme is cordially invited to partake and glean insights.

2:15pm
Workshop

Women MUST Influence The Gen AI Revolution. Move Over Tech Bros!

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • AI/ML
  • Premium Only

We have the most fundamental skill of all – EQ – Emotional Intelligence- which is absolutely essential for the proliferation of AI assistants/copilots – safer, more engaging and more emotionally intelligent.

The Why: The use and trust we are all placing in Gen AI chatbots, assistants, co pilots is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Women can and MUST influence the development of these chatbots using our superpower – EQ to ensure their psychological safety.

Session Key Takeaways:

1. Understand that EQ is vital to the evolution of AI Chatbots:

  • understand and respond appropriately to the user’s emotional state
  • build rapport and trust with users
  • handle difficult conversation
  • avoid unintended offenses – not be hurtful or inappropriate
  • operate in a responsible way

2. Believe that your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a game-changer in shaping Gen AI

3. Inspired by the fact that ‘Women centered AI = more human centered AI

This session is for you if…you are tired of ‘tech bros’… and you want to show the world that women bring more than just diversity; we bring Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – the most crucial skill to ensure that Gen AI is ethical, inclusive, and responsible.

2:15pm
Workshop

The Art Of Achieving The “Unrealistic”

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Imagine an industry where women were encouraged and supported to go after the “unrealistic”; where we dreamed big but strived less because we utilised the power of women in community.

In this session, we’ll dive into the power of “unrealistic” and why it’s the catalyst for the unprecedented. Participants will explore their versions of the “unrealistic”, narratives holding them back, and how to break them down. Then, by sharing these visions, we’ll tap into the strength of community and find areas of synergies with others to kick-start these journeys. Leave with a new north star that deeply excites you and people who want to journey with you.

Together, we’ll unlock the joy of embracing the “unrealistic” and use it as a catalyst for unprecedented personal and professional growth.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Craft your own ‘unrealistic’ dream
  • Reframe limiting beliefs to drive progress
  • Build connections with like-minded individuals
  • Commit to actionable steps with newfound support

This session is for…women of all career stages who aspire to break boundaries, support one another, and collectively redefine what’s possible. Join us on this transformative journey of ambition and empowerment.

4:30pm
Workshop

Process Pivots For Sustained Digital Transformations

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Join us as we delve deep into the world of digital transformation, unlocking the mysteries surrounding the art of process pivoting. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the vital importance of product thinking, the artistry behind constructing tailor-made process models, and the underlying psychology of change adoption. Participants will gain an enriched perspective on the ever-evolving technological landscape, armed with strategies sourced from tangible, real-world scenarios.

In this 60-minute intensive workshop, also participants wll be introduced to a streamlined blueprint. This guide is perfect for change influencers, enabling them to not just confront challenges but to truly excel in the face of them.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Deep insights into process pivots and their role in contemporary enterprises
  • Techniques for successful change adoption across varying organisational structures
  • A hands-on guide tailored for those at the forefront of instigating change

This session is for…Product Managers, Portfolio Managers, members of PMOs, Business Analysts, Change Managers, and anyone passionate about innovation—be they entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. Join us and navigate the digital transformation with confidence and expertise!

2:55pm
Presentation

Modernising Work With Agile And DevOps: A 5-Step Guide

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Digital Transformation
  • Workforce

Equip yourself with everything you need to know about working in an Agile environment, and how to increase your team’s productivity in five easy steps. A practical, clear and tested approach to digital transformation at scale.

A fast-paced walk through the learnings from multiple global organisations as they have sought to dramatically improve their speed, pace and cost of change. It’s all about discipline, transparency, flow, focus and value. Learn from the biggest organisations in the world on how they have introduced Agile DevOps and how it has changed their worlds.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • A simple practical guide to implementing Agile ways of working in your team
  • Some great lessons learned and ‘what not to do’ from other industries
  • Some hot tips on where to go for more

This session is for you if…you are wanting to help improve your company’s velocity of change, bring in modern ways of working and are looking for some simple tips to help you along the way. Join this session for a bit of inspiration and a load of useful guidance on what to and not to do.

9:30am
Keynote

Empowering Progress: The Role Of Digitalisation, Diversity And Inclusivity In Advancing Organisations

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • Digital Transformation

The only constant is change. Companies are constantly going through transformations, and it’s not always easy to accept and respond, either as an individual or company. That’s why strength, adaptability and innovative thinking are key attributes of a successful change. If companies harness their collective strengths and visibly prioritise diversity and inclusion alongside digitalisation, then they will attract the right talent to bring different perspectives to the table and inspire breakthrough ideas to complement transformations.

Laura explores why diversity and inclusivity are key values to uphold in all parts of a company, whether: departments, individual teams, local employee networks or on wider strategic scales, through personal stories and real-life examples from Shell’s own Powering Progress transformation journey.

Join Laura’s inspiring keynote for real-life examples and personal insights about how:

  • Innovative digital technologies are key to accelerating a company’s transformation
  • Creativity, inclusion and ethics play critical roles across organisations
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives can shape inclusive and accessible environments, unlocking problem-solving and innovation
12:45pm
Presentation

Collaboration, Creativity, And Connection: Bringing To Work What Technology Cannot

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • HR/DEI
  • Workforce

According to the World Economic Forum, 1.1 billion jobs are likely to be transformed by technology in the next decade. In order to remain competitive, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the skills that are most in demand as well as identify the best ways to leverage technology to empower and future-proof your teams.

With the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, we’re witnessing a significant shift in the types of skills that are most in demand for today’s hybrid, distributed workplace. To stay ahead, it’s essential to understand how you can differentiate and future-proof yourself and your team members by developing in-demand skills, like problem solving, collaboration, and adaptability, as well as knowing the ways you can amplify those skills within your team by implementing the right technologies and recognising the ways your team members work best.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Review what skills currently are and will be most in demand over the coming years for individuals and teams to remain competitive
  • Understand how advanced technologies can amplify skills for both individuals and teams
  • Discuss practical ways to promote inclusion, innovation, creativity and agility within your teams by understanding their work styles and leveraging technology

This session is for you if…

  • You’re wanting concrete ways to progress and future-proof your career
  • You’re looking for innovative ways to leverage technology at work
3:25pm
Presentation

Paying Attention To Payments: Secrets To Grow Your Business In A Complex World

30 mins
  • Track - FinTech
  • Digital Transformation

Unlock the power of payments in this session which reveals the secrets to supercharging your business in a complex environment. In an era of economic uncertainty and reduced consumer spending, we’ll explore how harnessing the latest payment tools can both boost your revenue and streamline your costs.

No matter where you work, payments are paramount to the ultimate success of your business. When you finish the hard work of acquiring and convincing a customer to buy, you don’t want to fall at the final hurdle. And with fierce competition, that first failed payment can mean a customer moves to a competitor for life. But with so much complexity, regulation, diverse local market dynamics and constant evolution, payments can feel complex and overwhelming.

This session is your gateway to unravelling the latest payment trends and their practical application in powering your business.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Conversion Mastery: Learn how to boost your conversion rates through Network Tokens, Strong Customer Authentication optimisation, and expanding your payment methods arsenal.
  • Cost Efficiency: Discover the cost-saving potential of local payment methods, Rapid Dispute Resolution and Network Tokens, making your payment processes lean and cost-effective.
  • Security and Growth: Find out how to enhance fraud detection to safeguard your business, while also exploring the opportunities presented by embedded finance to diversify your revenue streams.

This session is for you if…

  • Your company relies on getting paid (and let’s face it, that’s all of us).
  • You’re involved in building or optimising the user journey and checkout experience.
11:35am
Panel Discussion

Leadership For The New Era: Agility, AI And Beyond

60 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • AI/ML
  • Leadership

In today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape, leadership must adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new era. Join us in this insightful session as we delve into the core principles of effective leadership, enriched by agility and powered by artificial intelligence.

Discover how leading-edge organisations are harnessing AI to drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and foster collaboration. Explore strategies to develop agile leadership skills, enabling you to navigate complex, ever-changing environments with confidence.

Our expert speakers will share real-world examples, practical insights, and forward-thinking approaches that empower leaders to thrive in the dynamic world of technology. Whether you’re an established leader or an aspiring one, this session will equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to excel in the tech-driven landscape of tomorrow. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock your leadership potential and shape the future of tech.

12:45pm
Presentation

Driving Positive Change In A World Of Data, Analytics & Gen AI

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • AI/ML
  • Data
  • Software & Development

How can AI be leveraged to change the way we live and work? How can Data and AI be used to improve lives – from healthcare to sport – as well as for those of us who are neurodiverse?

Join us at this session, as we embark on an inspiring journey into the heart of data and analytics, exploring the boundless possibilities of placing data at the centre of business and the use of techniques such as generative AI. In a world where technology evolves at lightning speed, women are at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and driving positive change.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The role women have played, and will continue to play, in Analytics, AI and driving positive change
  • How AI will play a critical role in enhancing all of our decision making as we move forward, changing the way we live and work
  • How we can inspire the next generation through sport and technology

This session is for you if…you are a seasoned data scientist, a forward-thinking AI enthusiast or simply curious about the future of IT. This session is your opportunity to see what Oracle are bringing to the community, market and enabling businesses for the future.

4:30pm
Workshop

How To Build A Personal Brand For Your Tech Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Carolyn will be exploring the ways in which you can utilise personal branding, taking instant action to show up authentically and with confidence in a male dominated industry. The session will deep dive into the importance of authenticity and active cultivation of your personal brand to help you to stop holding back.

11:30am
Workshop

How To Build A Personal Brand For Your Tech Career

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

Carolyn will be exploring the ways in which you can utilise personal branding, taking instant action to show up authentically and with confidence in a male dominated industry. The session will deep dive into the importance of authenticity and active cultivation of your personal brand to help you to stop holding back.

2:15pm
Presentation

Data Mesh In Action: Transforming Data Operations

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • Data
  • Digital Transformation

Data Mesh is not a technology or service that you can buy from a SaaS company – it’s a company-wide understanding that Data is produced a certain way, presented a certain way and maintained a certain way. You can’t scale properly if you’re not data driven and you can’t be data driven if every team is doing their own thing when it comes to data.

Over the past few years, loveholidays has been working hard to implement Data Mesh to dramatically improve company-wide data utilisation and increase trust in data. This has involved thoroughly interrogating what makes an enduringly insightful Data Product and has shined a light on what we needed to change, what we’ve done well and where we’d like to go.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • What does Data Mesh @ loveholidays looks like?
  • What hiccups have we experienced so far?
  • What’s next?

This session is for you if…you’re someone who wants to better understand how a rapidly growing company is adopting a radical data approach to make decision making faster and more accurate.

11:30am
Workshop

Helping To Shape The Future Of Work From The Ground Up

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce

For certain, businesses need to open to thoughtful feedback that can help them shift the dial on how they show up as an employer. But how does a business build conviction to keep something top of the agenda when there are so many other political, environmental, financial and social challenges? Listening to the voice of their employees has never been more vital. But how do you surface the vital 2-3 things your people want from you and ensure you respond in a way that talks to what people need from a gender, generational, geographical or cultural perspective.

In this session, Pam will share what needs are trending against these classifications and pose questions to each of us about how we need to show up to make our employers better.

We cannot sit in an organisation and expect it to change to fit our needs. We must be active in shaping what employers listen to and participate in a way that ensures they prioritise designing the work environment to allow everyone to Thrive.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • What each gender, generation and geographical location is asking their employers to focus on from a learning and growth perspective
  • Where employers spend their learning budgets and what needs to change to better democratise access to learning that facilitates real career progression
  • Moving from spectator to player – how do you take more control of your career

This session is for you if…

  • You want to learn if how you are feeling matches that of others that you most identify with
  • You want to generate ideas on how to exert more influence and control on your career
  • You want to learn why AI must sit as part of the user experience if work life is ever to catch up with your demands
11:35am
Panel Discussion

Panel: Driving Diversity And Inclusion In AI

60 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • AI/ML
  • HR/DEI

AI is being rapidly deployed across industries so it is essential to build AI that is ethical and equitable for all. This requires engaging with diverse perspectives and combating the lack of representation that has long prevailed in the tech industry.

This panel brings together leading voices in technology, policy, and activism to discuss practical approaches for building more diverse and inclusive artificial intelligence systems. The discussion will draw on the panellists’ unique experiences and perspectives to explore issues of representation and bias in AI, as well as strategies for effecting change within the tech community.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Practical approaches to mitigating bias and increasing representation in building AI systems
  • First-hand experiences on advocating for the participation of marginalised groups
  • Advice on overcoming obstacles and driving change as women in tech

This session is for you if…you are interested in AI and want to hear from leading women who are actively building diverse and ethical AI systems.

12:10pm
Presentation

How To Recruit Male Allies

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce

Allyship is a vital part of the future of leadership, a skillset we should all be looking to foster, and is an essential part of driving gender equity initiatives. For all the talk about allyship and equitable workplaces, is the world of tech really turning the dial? With a clear economic case and organisations talking about their hunger for diverse talent, where is the gap between aspiration and execution?

Join psychologist and male ally Lee Chambers as he explores the current state of allyship, how he is engaging men in inclusion, and how to move from performative to active allyship.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The latest research on the allyship gap
  • How to engage men in inclusion and allyship
  • How allyship can be a career booster for you

This session is for you if…you are interested in making the tech ecosystem more equitable, want to drive effective gender initiatives or want to see how allyship can be your leadership advantage.

5:10pm
Presentation

How To Train And Deploy Your Own Large Language Model On Android

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • AI/ML

Dive into the practicalities of building and deploying large language models (LLMs) on Android in this hands-on session. We’ll cover the essentials of LLMs for tasks like text generation and translation, train a model using Keras and TensorFlow Lite, and conclude with a live demo of deploying this model to an Android device. Walk away ready to infuse your apps with the power of advanced language processing.

The Why: As we all know, language models such as GPT have taken the world by storm, and it is quite evident that AI will be an integral part of our day-to-day lives, especially for engineers. Understanding language models, how they work, and how they can be leveraged to create more efficient and innovative solutions is crucial for engineers to remain competitive in the ever-evolving technological landscape.

Session Key Takeaways: 

  • Understand the fundamentals of large language models and their capabilities in text generation, translation, and question answering
  • Gain practical knowledge of training an LLM using Keras and TensorFlow Lite on a text dataset
  • Learn how to deploy the trained LLM to an Android device for real-time language processing in mobile applications

This session is for…whether you’re an Android developer seeking to enhance your apps with language processing capabilities, a machine learning engineer eager to explore the possibilities of LLMs on mobile platforms, or a data scientist investigating the potential of LLMs across diverse domains, this session is for you.

4:35pm
Presentation

Sustainability In Tech: Why It Matters, How To Develop It, And Why Women Will Lead It

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Data
  • ESG & Sustainability
  • Workforce

Today’s evolving workplace faces many challenges – global talent scarcity, up/re/new skilling, quiet quitting, new ways of working and so much more. Added to that climate change and sustainability urgency.

With an estimated 24 million net new jobs worldwide being created by the green economy by 2030, green skills are essential to the transition towards a green economy, (Intl Labour Org). Yet the global shortage of skilled professionals continues across industries where the demand for technical & sustainable skills outpaces the availability of required skills.

The world’s sustainability transformation calls not only for a new generation of technology but a new generation of technology professionals. Data and Digital knowledge and skills are at the very foundation of the future workforce.

In this talk, you will understand why tech professionals – especially women in tech – have a central role in the evolving workplace.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How the urgency of climate change and sustainability is creating a skills gap
  • Moving towards a sustainable workforce
  • What a sustainable workforce looks like
  • Why data and digital skills are 2 of the top priority skills for the new workforce
  • Preparing for the new workplace – for yourself, your team, your organisation
  • How women are leading in the sustainable tech
  • Practical examples of green tech, sustainable solutions, and tech skills coming together to create a more sustainable environment.
9:00am
Keynote

IQ Is dead. Long Live LQ: Is The Ability To Learn The Most Important Type Of Intelligence?

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • AI/ML
  • Career Development

The only kind of intelligence anyone is talking about these days is AI. But perhaps our real focus should be LQ – learning quotient – the most important form of human intelligence in this new era.

At Makers we know you can teach people tech – but that the thing that really transforms people’s lives is being good at learning. And we know that LQ can be taught. In this talk we discuss why LQ is more important than ever in the AI era – and how to build it.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why LQ matters now more than any other form of intelligence
    How to build it
  • The critical role of emotional wellbeing and resilience in enabling LQ

This session is for...anyone thinking about how to build the skills and capabilities needed to thrive in the exponential age. 

2:50pm
Presentation

Redefining Business Transformation: Collaborative Solutions With AI

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • AI/ML

Discover how AI reshapes business transformation into a collaborative journey. This session will explore the integration of AI in various transformation stages, enhancing efficiency, creativity, and problem-solving, with a focus on AI and human teams jointly navigating complex initiatives.

We will share practical applications on how to reimagine transformation programmes based on real life examples of how we have reimagined service design and transformation.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • AI as a strategic partner in business transformation stages
  • Enhancing creativity and efficiency through AI-human collaboration
  • Future perspectives on AI’s evolving role in business transformation

This session is for…

  • Business transformation leaders and strategists
  • AI and technology professionals
  • Innovation managers and process improvement experts
2:55pm
Presentation

Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Women Leading In The Digital Future Of 2040

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • AI/ML

Learn about the latest digital innovations and their impact on gender equality and leadership. Witness how women are using technology to create a more equitable world and empower yourself to be a part of this transformation.

Join a dynamic exploration of how women are leading the charge in a people-powered digital future. Discover how emerging technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, and Brain Computer Interfaces are enabling women to shape a future that’s inclusive and empowering for all.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gender Equality in Tech Leadership: Gain insights into the current state of gender equality in tech and the challenges that remain
  • Exploring Cutting-Edge Technologies: Understand the potential of groundbreaking technologies set to redefine our world by 2040
  • Empowering Women in Tech: Learn how women can use these technologies to break barriers and lead the way towards a more inclusive future

This session is for...

  • Aspiring changemakers and leaders passionate about using technology for positive global change.
  • Tech enthusiasts and professionals interested in the latest technological advancements and their applications.
  • Advocates for social responsibility and sustainability, keen on using technology for societal and environmental betterment.
5:10pm
Presentation

Women In Tech: Pioneering Paths And Challenges With Mary Agbesanwa

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Career Development
  • Workforce

Join us for a compelling conversation with fintech expert and Now You’re Talking Network founder, Mary Agbesanwa, exploring the multifaceted challenges women encounter in the tech industry.

This session will delve into the narratives of groundbreaking women in tech as featured in the new book, “50 Women in Technology.” The book chronicles the journeys of 25 tech trailblazers alongside the stories of 26 contemporary women who are carving out their paths in various tech sectors, despite the hurdles they face.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Insightful exploration of the unique hurdles women face in the tech landscape.
  • Inspirational anecdotes from women who have paved the way and those reshaping tech today.
  • Actionable advice for women striving to succeed in technology fields.

This session is for…anyone interested in the advancement of women in technology, from industry newcomers to seasoned professionals, and the allies who support them.

3:30pm
Presentation

What High Performing Teams Do Differently

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Leadership
  • Workforce

5 strategies women leaders in tech can implement in the next 90 days to transform their teams into a collaborative innovation engine for growth.

Leading a team has never been as complex: The hybrid work setup, generational and cultural differences, language barriers, evolving technologies, quiet quitting, and a heightened emphasis on employee wellbeing and productivity are just some of the myriad factors that are putting considerable pressure on managers today.

Session Key Takeaways: 

  • Why your ability to build trust quickly is your key differentiating factor to success in today’s complex business environment
  • 5 simple, low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies to increase your team’s performance in the next 90 days
  • 6 elements that must be part of every single team charter to create a sense of purpose and belonging, and drive innovation and collaboration in your team

This sessions is for you if…

  • You have created a new business- critical team and need to maximise team effectiveness straight out of the gate
  • You have recently been promoted to lead a team and want to be the best boss to work for right from the start
  • Your team is missing its targets because of internal conflict and miscommunications, and you need to turn them around asap
12:45pm
Presentation

Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Women Leading In The Digital Future Of 2040

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • AI/ML

Learn about the latest digital innovations and their impact on gender equality and leadership. Witness how women are using technology to create a more equitable world and empower yourself to be a part of this transformation.

Join a dynamic exploration of how women are leading the charge in a people-powered digital future. Discover how emerging technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, and Brain Computer Interfaces are enabling women to shape a future that’s inclusive and empowering for all.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gender Equality in Tech Leadership: Gain insights into the current state of gender equality in tech and the challenges that remain
  • Exploring Cutting-Edge Technologies: Understand the potential of groundbreaking technologies set to redefine our world by 2040
  • Empowering Women in Tech: Learn how women can use these technologies to break barriers and lead the way towards a more inclusive future

This session is for...

  • Aspiring changemakers and leaders passionate about using technology for positive global change.
  • Tech enthusiasts and professionals interested in the latest technological advancements and their applications.
  • Advocates for social responsibility and sustainability, keen on using technology for societal and environmental betterment.

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Events in the Women In Technology Series

Women in Tech DC

15-16 May, 2024Washington DC, USA

European Women In Technology

26-27 June, 2024Amsterdam, NL

Women in Tech Texas

16-17 Sept, 2024Austin, USA

Women of Silicon Roundabout

27-28 Nov, 2024London, UK

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