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Stop Talking Start Doing: Technical Women in Manchester


Thursday, 30 April 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00

Stop Talking Start Doing: Technical Women in Manchester

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Stop Talking Start Doing: Technical Women in Manchester

The Shed, Manchester Metropolitan University, M1 5GD

Location Link: The Shed is #2 on the map (John Dalton West)

18:00 - 20:00 

The gender gap in technology is a hot topic right now. We all know it. So now is the time to stop talking and start doing. 

This evening’s event – with your help - will focus on the changes that we can make at home, in education and in the workplace to start addressing the lack of women in technology across all sectors and taking away actionable items.

This will be no ordinary event and we promise no death by PowerPoint! Men are by no means excluded – the more the better!

Come along if you have an opinion on this issue whether you’re a student or a professional – your thoughts and ideas are welcome!

Our guests are:

Imogen Gough is currently in her third year studying for a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Manchester. This course involves an industrial work placement and from this she has had the opportunity to spend the last ten months as a Software Developer working for IBM in Manchester, writing software for IBMs large scale file storage systems. Previous to this she has also spent time in an internship for Quartet Financial Solutions experiencing their real time data analytics software through Enterprise Java development. Her background is A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Music.

Rosie Campbell is a Research Technologist at BBC R&D. She currently works in the User Experience section on new display technology like ‘Smart Wallpaper’, and is also studying for a doctorate in Computer Graphics. Rosie joined the BBC R&D graduate scheme after studying BSc Physics and MSc Computer Science, and has since worked on a wide range of innovative tech projects that aim to shape the future of broadcasting.

Lola Oyelayo is the Director of Strategy & User Experience at Head. A passionate designer and researcher and with over 10 years experience in the field, Lola has developed her skills working in multi-disciplinary teams in large organisations and digital agencies, delivering delightful digital products. A self-confessed perfectionist, Lola is extremely vocal and knowledgeable about creating a sustainable future for user-centred thinking and design, a journey that has seen her become Scrum Certified and an official member of the "Agile is best" club.

Elizabeth Chesters is a recent graduate from MMU with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and now a consultant at ThoughtWorks. She's currently specialising in accessibility, with focus on front-end development and user experience. In my spare time at work she is a "champion" of education, teaching and volunteering alongside CodeFirst:Girls, STEMNets and Code Club. 


Drinks and nibbles will be provided - big thanks to MMU! We’ll kick off at 6pm sharp so please arrive in good time.

If you are interested in getting involved or speaking at our next event, please contact the organiser – we’d love to hear from you! 

See you all there!

Do you have questions about Stop Talking Start Doing: Technical Women in Manchester? Contact HeForShe

When & Where

The Shed
John Dalton West, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
M1 5GD Manchester
United Kingdom

Thursday, 30 April 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform
where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. This requires an innovative, inclusive approach that mobilizes people of every gender identity and expression as advocates, and acknowledges the ways that we all benefit from this equality. HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity.

Since its launch on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, hundreds of thousands of men from around the world
including Heads of State, CEOs, and global luminaries from all walks of life have committed to gender equality. HeForShe has been the subject of more than 2 billion conversations on social media, with off-line activities reaching every corner of the globe.

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