Date: Monday, November 26th
Doors Open: 12:30 PM
Conference: 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bloomberg London, 3 Queen Victoria St
London EC4N 4TQ, UK
Location Host & Sponsor
This is our 2nd annual Tech Inclusion London, convening the tech industry to focus on solutions to diversity and inclusion!
Our theme this year is “Voices of Innovation” – featuring diverse, underrepresented voices building the innovative technologies and cultures of our future. Join us for keynotes, panel discussions, solo talks and an interactive session focusing on allyship in tech.
Starting at 12:30, join us in learning new solutions, meeting diverse people who care, being stretched in a safe environment, and gaining new tools and strength to advocate for change. Then join us for a reception in the evening to network, debrief and unwind.
Impact + Conference + Networking Reception
Managing Director at Backstage Capital
Andy Ayim has been a business builder for over 8 years, from founding his first startup Mixtape Madness to joining Backstage Capital more recently. Backstage invests in startup founders who identify as a Woman, Person of Color, and/or LGBTQ. We believe these founders are underestimated and have the most potential for unlocking innovation and creating valuable businesses. To support more founders, we're growing a global community of local accelerator programs.
Dr Ian McDonald
CTO in residence at Microsoft
Dr Ian McDonald has been a visionary technology leader for over 20 years and is currently CTO in residence at Microsoft for Startups in London. He’s previously lead teams at a range of corporates and startups and built global scale systems. Ian has a first class honours degree in Computing and Maths and a doctorate in network congestion. He also has been a contributor to the Linux kernel and other open source projects.
Dr J Harrison
Harbinger of Change at ThoughtWorks
Out as Non-Binary GenderQueer for over 10 years, Dr J has been bringing queer theory (with a slice of humour) into the tech space, building on Thoughtworks' dedication to inclusivity and intersectionality. Dr J takes a strategic view of cultural change in Technology through a few lenses, notably queer theory. This combines well with their years of experience using agile processes to build software and a talent for really understanding clients - looking at the problems they are solving and how to make great teams to deliver real value. Their passion? How you can do things better with just simple changes - bringing their Service Design thinking into both the Technology and the Diversity and Inclusion spaces. Troublemaker. #queernuisance
Anisah Osman Britton
CEO at 23 Code Street, Director at Backstage Capital
Anisah is the founder and CEO of 23 Code Street, a coding school for all women created to make technology more accessible to women and non binary people. Most recently, she has also been named as a director of Backstage London. Anisah previously worked for The Bakery, a global accelerator bringing new products and services to market by connecting startups and brands and ran a Sirius Programme arm- an accelerator, funded and run by the UK government, to bring global start up talent to the UK. Having seen the lack of diversity and inclusion in tech and the effects this has on products and services, Anisah is determined to be a signpost for the underrepresented to create a workforce that represents our society.
Creative & Tech Connector at VR Diversity Initiative
Excited to empower creative and tech synergy, especially towards inclusion in immersive tech through the not-for-profit VR Diversity Initiative bringing hands on XR technology workshops for under-represented groups. Helping to build a lifestyle brand at street-smarts navigation app Safe & The City social enterprise, to transform communities to be safer, more inclusive places to walk, work, shop and live. Multidisciplinary background designing, making, strategising and managing across tech, fashion, retail and travel from startups, global corporates to entrepreneurship on 3 continents. Let's journey together to create, innovate, connect!
Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion at Atos
Neil Milliken is Head of Accessibility & Inclusion at Atos. His role is to help make the world a better place by delivering better technology for customers and staff, embedding inclusive practice into the processes of organisations with thousands of employees and turnovers of billions. Neil delivers strategy and services working with a wide range of clients helping them to develop policies, processes, and technology solutions to meet the needs of their staff and customers. He is the Atos representative on the Business Disability Forum Technology Task Force. Neil is also an invited expert for the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce & member of the Atos Scientific Community & Atos Distinguished Expert. He is co-founder of AXSChat Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibility & Inclusion. Neil is a member of the Board of Directors for WID & Chair of the Diversity Board for Institute of Coding.
Education & Training Engineering Manager at Twilio
Built and scaling the Hatch software engineering apprenticeship at Twilio. Investing in developer education and training across a variety of technical and interpersonal skill sets. Experience in designing, developing and operationalizing robust distributed systems at scale. Passionate about diversity and inclusion at the workplace, industry and society at large. Avid animal advocate, amateur cook and running enthusiast. Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Head of Partnerships at Your Startup Your Story
Dayo is the Partnerships Lead at Your Startup Your Story, a thriving startup community of founders, developers, creatives and investors on a mission to make a difference. She is currently advising 12 top London accelerators on diversity and inclusion. She is the founder Africlick, a dating/networking app for professionals & creatives of African & Caribbean heritage. The mission is to empower global Afro-Caribbeans to connect to their culture by using a unique “cultural” matching algorithm. Dayo’s background is IT Management Consulting at Accenture and Deloitte, she has delivered several large-scale fintech and analytics transformation programmes. She holds a Bsc in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and a MSc in Technology at University College London.
Head Creative Technologist, Founder at Comuzi
Alex is the co-founder & head creative technologist at Comuzi, a future focused creative innovation firm, working at the intersection of emerging technology and humans. Some of Comuzi's clients include Nike, ASOS, Uber, BBC, University of Arts London, Ustwo and the NHS. Alex's work has been recognised internationally in recent times for his work investigating the ethical implications of AI, algorithmic bias in regards to race and gender and exploring the future technological interfaces that we as humans will interact with. Alex holds a Masters degree in Innovation from Central St Martins.
Head of Growth at Knowit
Having worked in sales and marketing during her studies, Taz then spent over 4 years as a teacher. Hungry for a bigger challenge, she ventured into the world of Tech recruitment - an unconventional move but it bought together two things; her curiosity around how humans are wired and her desire to help people. A story-teller at the core, her heart truly lies in connecting people. Frustrated with the lack of diversity and inclusion in her industry, Taz joined the Muslamic Makers community, to bring these issues into the limelight, to encourage awareness and ultimately, create real, impactful change.
Founder, CEO at Diversily
Marissa Ellis is a strategy consultant, business advisor and the founder of Diversily. From blue-chip companies to start-ups to accelerators, Marissa is an experienced and well-respected leader in the tech world. Digital innovation, product & service design and business intelligence are a few of her areas of expertise. A lightbulb moment at the end of 2017 made her realise that the lack of diversity in the sector was far from acceptable and that she was personally going to step up and do her bit to drive change. She founded Diversily and created The Change Canvas which is now being used all over the world to drive change.
CEO at TRIM-IT
TRIM-IT is the UK’s 1st app powered mobile barbershop. Founded by Darren Tenkorang in 2016 during his final year studying at the University of Sussex. He has gone on to win various competition for his work within the male grooming industry.
Co Founder, CEO at Amaliah
Nafisa Bakkar is the CEO of Amaliah.com, a media company amplifying the voices of Muslim women. Amaliah’s work has been celebrated in Forbes, CNN, Wired, Guardian, BBC. Nafisa's aspirations to make it easier to exist as a Muslim woman saw her launch Amaliah’s insights agency. Amaliah has worked with leading global brands such as eBay, Lush, Pinterest, WGSN, Shortlist Media and Marks & Spencer. Nafisa is also a contributor on Forbes writing on inclusion and startup life.
Co-Founder, CEO at Salaam Ventures
Suki Fuller, an Analytical Storyteller, globally recognized by Forbes as a Strategic advisor for her work with fundraising startups, speaker, and mentor. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Salaam Ventures; Founder of Miribure; a Strategic & Competitive Intelligence company and is currently co-leading #FiftyFiftyPledge an initiative to increase the number of women in Venture Capital. A dual citizen (UK/US) Suki has diverse experience from chemical engineering to intelligence. She has lived and worked globally (EU, MENA, GCC, China, UK and US) within Academia, National Security, Law Enforcement, and Private Corporations. She is also an advisor, board member and NED to several startups. She is a global judge and mentor at the accelerator MassChallenge; NSCS/GCHQ Cyber Accelerator; Judge for Women Startup Challenge and others; an Advocate for Tech London Advocates (TLA); Mentor Ambassador for TLA - Women in Tech; Suki was recently named one of the 30 Change Makers to watch for London Tech Week 2018 and Computer Weekly, Most Influential Women in UK IT: Five Rising Stars 2018. Suki loves Penguins.
Melinda Briana Epler
Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst
Melinda Briana Epler has more than 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, tech hubs, social enterprises, Fortune 500 companies and global NGOs. As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through events, education, mentorship and funding. Through Tech Inclusion, an initiative of Change Catalyst, she partners with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together. Her work spans the full tech ecosystem, from Education to Workplace, Entrepreneurship, Policy and Media. Melinda speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, social entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs and investing. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker – her film and television work includes projects that exposed the AIDS crisis in South Africa, explored women’s rights in Turkey, and prepared communities for the effects of climate change. She has worked on several television shows, including NBC’s The West Wing.
Co-Founder, CTO at Change Catalyst
Wayne is responsible for Backstage Accelerator programming, which ensures founder short- and long-term success through mentor connections, logistics, and curriculum. Previously, he launched the first accelerator for underestimated founders in 2011, and a pre-accelerator in 2014. In 2015, Wayne joined Change Catalyst to launch its Tech Inclusion programs to exploring innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech through conferences, training, workshops, and fellows programs. Wayne has been recognized as one of the “Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech”, “52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley”, “46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology”, and “Top 100 most influential black people on social media”. His work has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, and Black Enterprise; his thought leadership on diversity and inclusion in tech has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Wayne has been a featured speaker at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, TEDx, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, SXSW, DockerCon, and the U.S. Embassy Jamaica. Wayne winds down with long motorcycle rides on his Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle along Hwy 1 with life partner Melinda Epler.
3 Queen Victoria St
London EC4N 4TQ, UK
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