• Lightning Talks Evening

    Cayan/TSYS

    What we’ll do: In 2018 we held a number of workshops to give more women the skills to encourage them into public speaking, with the aim of ensuring representative speakers at local tech events. Female representation as speakers in tech events was excellent in 2018 - and we are keen to provide another event that will help female speakers practice their talks - in advance of 2019 tech events - OR just to give it a whirl anyway! We ran a similar Lightning Talks event in November 2018 in collaboration with Women Who Code and it was a great success - we had a real range of speakers and topics - delivered to a very warm room of listeners- a supportive, women-dominated, techie audience. So, once again we looking for new and beginner speakers to present 5-15 minute lightening talks. These talks can be about anything related in some way to tech; you do not need to be a coder; you do not have attended the workshops or any WIT event previously; you do not need to take questions at the end of the presentation if you don’t want to; you can be at any level in industry (and we welcome a mix!); the presentation can be in whatever format, and as (in)formal as you like. Nominate yourself to speak at the event here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_F4l6AD6DPUub6-8QhpmSix6k8Vkmc422DnUZdthKHk/edit For reference; the following resources were shared after our 2018 events: Idea Generation: - Slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_ajhMg4goGGfn_3OFGVv9QWzS5m_Mfiu - Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9pL85qp3Hg Writing (Technical) Talks: Blogs from panelists: - https://hackernoon.com/writing-a-tech-talk-using-storytelling-techniques-ff116392b4d8 - https://njmcode.github.io/blog/2018/04/25/writing-tech-talks.html Presentation Skills: - Slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1injpb_oNSTKYmgI6z8MzTY7oFfHWMJZQ Speakers: - Ciara Magee "Mental Health in Tech" Looking after yourself and getting over a burnout - Joanne Kenney "The use of neuroimaging technology in clinical use" - Corinne Hanna "Doing it for the kids... the use educational technology in our schools" Inspiring developers and programmers to think about the digital natives of tomorrow - Claire Wilgar "What are Web Components?" - Kathy Ayers "How I went from being a seven-thumbed numpty to a rockstar-in-training. And You Can Too!" • Important to know: This free event is open to all. Code of Conduct can be found here: https://goo.gl/9W6xpP Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Food will be provided. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • WIT Coffee n Catchup

    Location visible to members

    Join us on the 19th of Feb at Cuan Cafe for a chance to grab a cuppa, meet other Women In Tech in your specific area of expertise, and hear how we're now part of the Women in Tech Ireland network, our plans, and how you can get involved. We’d love to see you all there - existing and new members all welcome. This is a free event aimed at women and other minority groups working in the technology industry. Code of Conduct can be found here: https://goo.gl/9W6xpP Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Cuan Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in NI according to The Irish Independent. Food and drink will be available to purchase. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event. If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • Pixel Pioneers (Free & Discounted Tickets Available)

    Waterfront Hall

    A one-day conference of practical and inspiring talks, featuring eight first-class speakers, preceded by a full-day workshop, plus side events. Full details here: https://pixelpioneers.co/events/belfast-2018 10% discount code for members can be availed of here: https://ti.to/pixel-pioneers/belfast-2018/discount/WITLean There are also a limited number of free diversity tickets. Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/tSdkEELovTs7ktq12

  • Technical Interview Skills

    The Clayton Hotel

    • What we'll do: Practical Session aimed at improving confidence and success rates when attending technical interviews. We will be kicking off at 6pm for food and drinks - with a 6.30pm start to the event. This event is kindly sponsored by Version 1. We have a great line up of experienced Interview Experts!: - Claire Mullen from Version 1 – Top Tips from the Interviewer’s perspective - a Competency / general interview perspective - Michael Brooks from Version 1- Top Tips from the Interviewer’s perspective- from a Technical perspective - Claire Wilgar - Top Tips from the Interviewee’s perspective (Claire is a Front End Developer and has done lots of technical interviews!) There will be good opportunity to ask lots of questions plus lots of discussion time in Groups on the night. • What to bring: Plenty of questions for the Interview Experts! • Important to know: This is a free event aimed at women and other minority groups wishing to raise their public profile in the technology industry. Code of Conduct can be found here: https://goo.gl/9W6xpP Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Food will be provided. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • Lightening Talks with Women Who Code Belfast

    • What we’ll do: At the start of this year we held a number of workshops to give more women the skills to encourage them into public speaking, with the aim of ensuring representative speakers at local tech events. As a continuation of this, we are collaborating with Women Who Code to co-host a lightening talks event for those that want to try their hand, or practice some more ahead of other events. We are looking for new and beginner speakers to present 5-15 minute lightening talks to a supportive, women-dominated, techie audience. These talks can be about anything related in some way to tech; you do not need to be a coder; you do not have attended the workshops or any WIT event previously; you do not need to take questions at the end of the presentation if you don’t want to; you can be at any level in industry (and we welcome a mix!); the presentation can be in whatever format, and as (in)formal as you like. Be brave; be seen, be heard; and lean in! You have plenty of time to prepare so…do it! Nominate yourself to speak at the event here: https://goo.gl/forms/ib6NBAo8SneAcaQh2 For reference; the following resources were shared after our previous events: Idea Generation: - Slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_ajhMg4goGGfn_3OFGVv9QWzS5m_Mfiu - Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9pL85qp3Hg Writing (Technical) Talks: Blogs from panelists: - https://hackernoon.com/writing-a-tech-talk-using-storytelling-techniques-ff116392b4d8 - https://njmcode.github.io/blog/2018/04/25/writing-tech-talks.html Presentation Skills: - Slides: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1injpb_oNSTKYmgI6z8MzTY7oFfHWMJZQ • Speakers: - Christine Campbell "Algorithm of Success" Using Algorithms I will talk you through the Formula for Success & what it is based on - Jessica Blair "The Evolving Scientist: from genetic code to computer code" Computers are taking over the world! We use them everyday yet how many of us don’t speak the computers language: code. This talk will share my personal journey from a wet lab cancer researcher to a bioinformatican, showing how anyone can learn to code with ease and how we can combine this with our own careers. - Angela Lappin "How and why I got into tech" - Ciara Magee "Being Successful in Software Systems Development (A-Level)" Software Systems Development is a relatively new A Level assessed by CCEA. I have experience with studying the A Level as a student and teaching it. I want to share what I have learned, and my tips for being successful. - Ankhi Roy "Minority in Technical Sector" How I have found my strength to work in technical field even after several refusal and still continuing to grow. Still working towards self enhancement and met amazing people along the way. - Gillian Armour "How I rediscovered my love for IT" I'd like to share my experience of attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston. A conference focused on women in Tech and attended by almost 22000 women from all stages in their careers. I was fortunate enough to hear some inspirational speakers and to take part in insightful workshops. The experience has helped me fall in love with IT again. I'd like to share and encourage others to attend next year. - Mary Fealty "Power BI why all the hype?" • Important to know: This free event is open to all. Code of Conduct can be found here: https://goo.gl/9W6xpP Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Food will be provided. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Parking available from 5.30pm. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • CV Clinic

    Kainos

    • What we'll do: A wee presentation to give tips on how to write a great CV, and then time to work on yours / have it reviewed by various hiring managers / internal company recruiters. The latter is optional and we will not be asking you to hand in any CVs to any companies. Helpers include: Stephanie Maher (PwC); Laura Lunn (BazaarVoice); Jen Gribben (Cayan) and Lorna McAdoo (Version1). • What to bring: Either a device with an electronic version, or a paper copy, of your CV for review. • Important to know: This is a free event aimed at women and other minority groups wishing to raise their public profile in the technology industry. Code of Conduct can be found here: https://goo.gl/9W6xpP Please come to Kainos, 12 Mount Charles, BT7 1LH (NOT Kainos‘ Main entrance). Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Food will be provided. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • Negotiating Promotions and Payrises

    The Hub

    • What we'll do: This workshop is to give you the skills and confidence to negotiate for a promotion and / or pay rise. Siobhan Gallagher, Cyber Business Lead at PwC Northern Ireland will be teaching us the art of negotiation for any situation, and Roise Cunningham, Advanced Analytics Manager at Liberty Insurance Ireland, will be teaching us how to get a promotion and/or pay rise in our current place of work. • What to bring: Just your fabulous selves! • Important to know: This is a free event aimed at women and other minority groups wishing to raise their public profile in the technology industry. Doors 18.00 for 18.30 start. Food will be provided. The event is being held at Danske Bank, FinTech Hub. Please enter through the entrance on the corner of Donegall Square West and Howard Street. **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us so that we can accommodate**

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  • All Women In Tech Summer Social

    Laverys Bar

    PLEASE RSVP ON GETINVITED TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE: https://getinvited.to/dessskris/all-women-in-tech-summer-party/ You are cordially invited to a relaxed evening of drinks, nibbles, networking and socialising on Friday 31st August. The event brings together members of Women in Tech Belfast Lean In, Women Who Code Belfast, Women Tech Space, and Django Girls; and is kindly sponsored by Bazaarvoice and BCS NI. The event will include a brief overview of what each of the groups have coming up over the next few months and how you can get involved. Regardless of your role or level, you are welcome to swing by any time and spend the evening networking and socialising with other women and allies in the local tech industry. We look forward to seeing you there! Please be sure to grab one of the tickets over at: https://getinvited.to/dessskris/all-women-in-tech-summer-party/

  • Digital DNA - Humans in Tech - Panel Discussion & After Party

    • What we'll do: On Tuesday 19th June 2018 - 4.30pm - Women in Tech Belfast Lean In are hosting a panel discussion around diversity and inclusion and workplace issues as part of the Digital DNA conference. The Event will be held in the ‘Virgin Media Business Studio’ (beside the Networking Cafe) at 4.30pm. An outstanding Panel of NI Tech professionals will be on hand to discuss some of our most pressing issues in this area: • Paul Oakes, Equality Commission • Peter Gourley, Danske Bank • Sinead Dillon, Fujitsu • Neill Boyd, Flexera • Ritu Bhatt, iEngageIT • Joan McAleer, Deloitte • Important to know: To attend this event members must buy a ticket to Digital DNA. The tickets will allow entry to the After Party - to be held in Tedford's Kitchen - a great opportunity for some professional networking! We have been given a 25% discount for our members, which can be ordered from here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-dna-2018-registration-41303126764?discount=LeanWiT25#tickets N.B. This event was previously scheduled to be a Call For Papers workshop on how to write successful talk submissions. As most of the big conferences in Belfast have already happened and we had a small sign up for the event, we decided to cancel for a discussion at Digital DNA instead. We hope to run a similar event early next year ahead of conference season.

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  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms & Other Threats of Toxic Tech

    This event is our first collaboration event, a joint meetup with UX Bookclub Belfast (https://www.meetup.com/UXBelfast/). The book selection is Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech. Featuring in Fast Company's Top 10 Business & Leadership books of 2017, and Wired's Top Tech books of 2017, this is a must-read. Publishers W. W. Norton & Company have provided us with a fantastic exclusive offer! To order Technically Wrong at a special member discount of 25% + FREE shipping please click here and add the code WN553 when prompted at the checkout. https://goo.gl/mqoKPv We are delighted to say that author Sara Wachter-Boettcher will be joining the meetup to answers your questions. --------------------- About the book --------------------- A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products—and harm us all. Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask how all these digital products are designed or why. It’s time we changed that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases and downright ethical nightmares. Chatbots that harass women. Sign-up forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars. ------------------------------ Venue information ------------------------------ We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, with plenty of pizza and refreshments on hand. Important to know: **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us and we will be better and accommodate** Bookclub will be donating to Sara's nominated charity, and very kindly Sara wanted a local charity to benefit, so WomensTec has been identified as the choice. You can find out more about the charity here: http://www.womenstec.org Thanks to @uxbelfast (https://twitter.com/uxbelfast), @wwnortonuk (https://twitter.com/wwnortonuk) and @puppetize (https://twitter.com/puppetize)/@puppetbelfast (https://twitter.com/puppetbelfast) for their support. Look forward to seeing you there!

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