• Fireside Chats on International Women's Day 2019

    Howard Assembly Room

    Celebrate International Women's Day with us on Friday March 8th with an evening of fireside chats with phenomenal role models from Accenture Digital, the European Space Agency, Google, Guardian Newspaper and Leeds City Council. We will get to hear the stories of how these role models got to where they are today. People often don't start out where they end up, and the story of how they got there is fascinating. Tickets are free and open to all (m/f/gn). We're so grateful to our event partners Accenture Digital and Leeds City Council for generously supporting this event. Hear from: *Ana Jakimovska. Director of Product Management, Guardian News & Media *Milena Nikolic, Director of Software Engineering at Google *Niamh McKenna, Managing Director at Accenture Health, UK *Vinita Marwaha Madill, Space Operations Engineer at the European Space Agency (ESA) *Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer Economic Development at Leeds City Council *Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults at Leeds City Council. The speakers will be interviewed by Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Head of Technology for Digital Service at Sky and founder of Empowering Women with Tech. Who are we? Empowering Women with Tech (@empowerwithtech) is a Leeds based group that works to elevate, educate and empower more women into digital, tech and science careers. Annoyingly only 17% of the Tech workforce are female, with less than 10% are in leadership positions. With the significant role Digital/Technology plays in all of our lives, we need more of us to be active creators, not passive consumers and help shape what the tech products will look like in the future to ensure they meet all our needs. Empowering Women with Tech run a Leeds based mentoring scheme and host events with inspirational role models working across all levels of science/digital/tech (from fashion bloggers to computer scientists/inventors to website entrepreneurs) to show just how varied and exciting the careers paths are, and to break the stigma that tech isn’t creative.

  • Ada Lovelace Day - Tinkering, Matchmaking and Building your Networks

    ‘Empowering Women with Science and Tech’ Leeds want to welcome you to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with us. Taking Ada as inspiration, we thought it was fitting to celebrate the day with an evening of tinkering, matchmaking and building your networks (plus lots of drinks and nibbles too!) Tinkering: We’re going to have a load of opportunities for you to channel Ada and have a tinker at the event so you can have a go at generating Ada inspired poetry using Scratch, crafting your own e-textile wearable with LEDs, navigating an Ada maze with a Sphero robot and having a go with a Micro:bit. You'll also be able to have a go at an intro to coding, create an 'Internet of Things' object, electronics and hacking, and even try your hand at astronomy. Matchmaking – Digital, Science and Tech style… Are you looking for a mentor to help you further succeed in your career? Would you love to give back and help support a mentee? We’re going to be helping with some matchmaking so you can find the right mentor / mentee for you. Building Your Networks: The room is going to be full of amazing people who are all linked with a keen interest in digital, science and tech. This is a great opportunity to build your networks and make some new friends in the region. We’ll also be sharing info about all the core meet-ups taking place in Leeds plus volunteering opportunities too to help with this further. Finally we’ve also got Clarins coming along to offer some complimentary treatments on the night to you all too ☺ Why do we admire Ada Lovelace so much? Ada was inspirational at understanding the potential of computing. The machines could go beyond calculating numbers, she said, to understand symbols and be used to create music or art. This insight would become the core concept of the digital age, she understood that any piece of content, data or information — music, text, pictures, numbers, symbols, sounds, video — could be expressed in digital form and manipulated by machines. She also explored the ramifications of what a computer could do, writing about the responsibility placed on the person programming the machine, and raising and then dismissing the notion that computers could someday think and create on their own — what we now call artificial intelligence. “The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything,” she wrote. “It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform.” We’re VERY grateful to so many people for supporting this event. The event is kindly sponsored by BJSS. BJSS is the UK’s largest privately-owned IT and digital consultancy. As the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, we work with major organisations in the UK and USA to create and build the technologies that millions of people rely upon to live their everyday lives. www.bjss.com We are also proudly supported by Consume Communications Ltd and Leeds Central Library / Leeds City Council.