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WiT20: Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

Booking Open

Date

13 May 2020

Book Before

09 April 2020

Venue

BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre)

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About the Event

Women in Tech Group (WiT)

Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

In the 2017/18 academic year only 19% of Computer Science students were women and in 2018 only 15% of Computer Science graduates were women. And yet there are countless studies showing that there is a shortage of digital and technology skills within the UK.

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to join us in a one-day conference on 13th May 2020 to discuss ways we can all help in making the workplace and industry more appealing to women and help bridge the diversity and skills/recruitment gap. Under the three strands of Supportive, Disruptive and Resilient we will be exploring:

Supportive - "I can't be what I can't see"
Positive role models, career challenges at different life stages and challenging societal stereotypes.

Disruptive - "Pay it forward"
Showcasing successful change initiatives, behaviours and culture worth challenging

Resilient - "Thrive, not just survive"
Mental and physical wellbeing, work-life balance and connecting support networks

We are putting together a programme that will not only answer these and other questions but will challenge the status quo. As with all ucisa events there will be plenty of opportunity to network including a dinner the night before.

There will also be a "fireside chat" session where you'll be able to vote to throw your least favourite aspect of working in an IT environment into Room 101.

The event is aimed at staff of all grades and experience, men and women. From those wanting support or help with navigating their career to those who are able to provide that support or facilitate and affect change.

We will be holding the conference at the BCEC, right in the heart of Birmingham, a couple of minutes' walk from New Street station. Accommodation will be on site at the adjacent Holiday Inn.

Speakers

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TBC

Will be added soon

Event Schedule

18:00

Dinner the night prior with the opportunity for informal networking

08:30

Tea and coffee on arrival

09:00

Welcoming remarks

09:10

ucisa: "Connect, Share, Transform"

09:40

RESILIENT: Speaker tbc

10:10

Tea and Coffee

10:30

DISRUPTIVE: Speaker tbc

11:15

Lunch

12:00

Parallel Sessions

12:40

Parallel Sessions

13:20

SUPPORTIVE: Fireside Chat: Room 101

14:00

Event Close