"What to do next and how to get started?"
This meetup will feature a keynote and a panel discussion on the theme of making the choice to learn a new skill or making a career change in technology - how do you pick what to learn and how should you get started?
We'll kick off with a fantastic presentation:
“All progress happens outside our comfort zone”
In this talk Cyndi will share what she’s learned about making (and not making) breakthroughs at work over her 20 years as an engineer, managing director and entrepreneur. Think: honest personal storytelling - the good, the bad and the ugly - not lecturing. In her own words: “I don't have all the answers, but I can share what I know and hopefully spark a few new thoughts for anyone who wants to be fully self-expressed at work.”
Speaker & Panelist: Cyndi Mitchell, Founder of Ayuda Heuristics
Cyndi is a founder of Ayuda Heuristics which is using artificial intelligence and mobile technology to help people with diabetes do their daily self-care and live better lives. Prior to that, she was a senior executive at ThoughtWorks, a global software and services company for over 10 years. She also co-founded Logscape, an enterprise software company focused on log analytics. Cyndi was a software engineer at Oracle (Sun Microsystems) and Accenture (Andersen Consulting). She has 20 years of experience in leading engineering, product management, marketing, sales, support and services, including full P&L responsibility. She has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.
We'll be following this with a panel discussion, featuring a great group of panelists, including:
Panelist - Jimena Cabrera Notari
Jimena is an experienced Infrastructure and Go developer.
Having spent the last few years leading the “DevOps" transformation at one of the UK’s largest retailers, she has taken a new challenge with Forbes 4th Hottest Startup of 2014.
When Jimena is not orchestrating large scale platforms or solving complex problems with Go, you will find her organising the Women Who Go London meetup group or enjoying craft beer at her local pub.
Panelist - Anne Currie
Anne is an engineer who is enthusiastic about containers and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project
Panelist - Sarah Binney, Junior Developer, Softwire
Sarah is a Junior Developer at Softwire, a North London-based software consultancy. She enjoys web development with Rails and building Android apps, and in her spare time trying to get young women into tech.
Panelist - Sonja Schweigert, Director, Web Marketing, WeaveWorks
Sonja runs Weaveworks' web marketing strategy, execution, and measures our ability to connect users with the right solution. She recently spent 3 years running the web content strategy at VMware. Prior, she spent 5 years at Cisco in roles spanning tech support, digital marketing, and web strategy. She's been in tech industry for over a decade at large companies and small startups.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Paula Kennedy of Pivotal.
6.00pm - 6.30pm: drinks, food, networking
6.30pm - 7pm: presentation from Cyndi plus Q&A
7pm - 7.30pm: panel discussion plus Q&A
7.30pm onwards: drinks, food, networking
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS!