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Wed 10 Oct
- 09:00

The Future of Technology

Tales From Outside the Comfort Zone

Lynsey Campbell

Executive Director, Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity and Inclusion in EMEA @ J.P. Morgan

Gillian McLennan

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Global Technology in EMEA @ J.P. Morgan

Let us take you on a journey outside the comfort zone….a place where we all go to in Tech.

We’ll share stories of deep learning, show you how technology can be a woman’s world, and provide tips on finding comfort in the uncomfortable.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Diversity and Agility: Leading in Technology Today

Jennifer Wood

Head of Performance & Business Management @ RBS

Diversity of thought and experience is essential within the rapidly changing technology environment. We are living in a world where agility is key to both business and personal success. Jenny Wood will take you through her experiences, her learnings about leadership and the importance of diversity within Technology.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Life: My Career Incubator

Rebecca Moore

Director of Growth for EMEA @ Skyscanner

Contrary to conventional wisdom, significant life events can accelerate rather than stall a career. Forfeiting the accomplishment of a personal dream for a work one is no longer a choice that must be made. Skyscanner’s Director of Growth, Rebecca Moore shares her story and how you can leverag life experience to boost your career.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Unlocking the Power of your Industry

Reserved for Event Partner

As tech permeates almost every industry, women in tech are perfectly poised to lead the world into the future. In this session we hear from an inspiring leader about how we can push for transformation and use our unique skill sets to propel the tech revolution.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

Panel Session - The Non-Traditional Road to Technology

Claire Scally

Joint Managing Director @ TRC Media

Eileen McLaren

COO @ Cognitive Geology

Vivian Norris, Ph.D

Social Innovation and Design Thinking @ Tulane University

Career paths are barely ever straightforward and without disruptors, much less in the technology industry. Hear from leaders as they discuss how they entered, excelled and forged their successful careers in the tech industry. They will consider what transferrable skills and opportunities they were able to leverage to boost their career and share tips on how to excel in the vast tech sector and how employers can ensure they are utilising the full potential of the workforce and highlight all the different roles available in tech. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:30

Business Strategies

Two Sides of the Same Coin - Digital Transformation and D&I

Reserved for Guest Speaker

In this session we consider how digital transformation and diversity & inclusion are both at the forefront of many companies’ objectives and look at the many challenges leaders face in successfully implementing DT & D&I policies. Considering this, can D&I help foster digital transformation? Let's look at how we can encourage both to make companies more innovative and effective.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:30

Shaping the Future

A Week in the Life of a CTO

Sharon Moore MBE

CTO Travel and Transportation @ IBM

One of the joys of Sharon's role is the ability to be in a leadership position and be a technologist at the same time. Sharon will share with us some of the fun she encounters in a week of her life as IBM UK's CTO for Travel and Transportation (a day in the life would be far too restrictive!), and some lessons she has learned too.

Key takeaways: why it's not all bits and bytes, post its, chats and design thinking feature too, the importance of having a vision, some of the words on her bingo card: change, resiliency and tenacity.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:30

Career Guidance & Personal Development

Owning your Successes: Imposter Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

Lindsay Law

Senior Manager @ RBS

Do you worry about being “found out”, that you don’t really deserve to be in the job you’re in or get the job you aspire to? Maybe you’ve recently secured a promotion or been asked to lead a project and your inner voice is saying “me? Are you sure?” It could be that you’re experiencing symptoms of Imposter Syndrome. Hear from the RBS Women Network co-chair Lindsay Law on what Imposter Syndrome is and what you can do to quieten that inner voice of doubt!

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 11:30

Career Guidance & Personal Development

The Authentic Feminine Leader

Reserved for Guest Speaker

Too often we think that in order to succeed in the business world, we need to act like a man. In this session we offer insight into how you can step into your authentic power as a woman, value your true gifts and look at real life case studies to nourish and inspire your feminine leadership journey! 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:05

Business Strategies

AI is Dead. Long Live AI

Tripti Sethi

Global Advanced Analytics Lead @ Avanade

Artificial intelligence is nothing new. After living through two disappointing AI winters in the 70’s and 80’s, 88% of c-level executives and IT decision-makers still believe that they incorporate AI because it’s trendy but don’t actually know how to use it. What can business leaders and practitioners today do to make things different this time around? This session explores a 6 step approach to real, purposeful and successful AI that will help you make the shift from being all about trendy technologies to achieving meaningful business outcomes and customer experiences.

Key takeaways: Six steps to success in AI, Customer and outcomes at the heart of AI, Go beyond the hype to make AI real.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:05

Shaping the Future

How to Thrive as a Female Tech Entrepreneur

Susanne Birgersdotter

Founder @ IGOTCHA, Stockholm App Lab and SBDM Invest

Susanne shares her personal journey into entrepreneurship, while providing insights about the larger startup scene, reflecting on how women are thriving in tech. Learn: how to overcome persistent gender bias, what investors think about female entrepreneurs and how to thrive as a woman entrepreneur. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:05

Workshops

Workshop: Overcoming Perfectionism and Accelerating your Career

Bethan Davies

Co-Founder, Executive Coach and Facilitator @ The Bravest Path

Do you want to play bigger but feel held back? Do you dream of moving into a higher role in Tech or leading a big project but worry about whether you are good enough, or what other people might think? This interactive workshop is focused on identifying our inner critic and perfectionist tendencies that hold us back, recognising the fears we all have, and learning how to move forward despite them. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:05

Workshops

How to WIN at being a Woman in Technology

Lynsey Campbell

Executive Director, Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity and Inclusion in EMEA @ J.P. Morgan

We can all acknowledge that life gets busy, a career in technology is fast-paced and often demanding. Coupled with all the other things life throws at us outside of work and the fact that being a successful woman in any industry see’s us all doing ‘more than enough’. So, how do we take time to prioritise the things that help us on our way to truly winning in our careers? Award-winning, promotion-ready, salary-winning technology superstar women who feel in control of their destiny.

Join us, a group of JP Morgan female technologists, as we share tips, tricks, and advice on how to get on top of it all and stay there.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:40

The Future of Technology

5 Rungs for your Ladder

Eve Wallace

COO, Glasgow Technology @ Morgan Stanley

Take charge of being in control of your own career. Eve will share practical advice over how you can personally influence your own growth & development.  Eve’s advice is grounded in her own experience of navigating new roles & industries, leading a global transformational change programme, being impacted by redundancy and developing both individuals & communities to be the best version of themselves, while always remaining her authentic, enthusiastic self.    

Key Takeaways: Creating a Practical Personal Development Plan, How to Expand & Grow your Network, Productivity & Performance, Leaving a Legacy & All About You

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:40

Business Strategies

The Hidden Knowledge in your Tools

Ceri Shaw

Development Manager @ Sky

Inside your tools there’s a hidden wealth of information just waiting to be explored. Your development and project management tools know a lot about you and how you work: Where you’re efficient and where there are bottlenecks, where the real technical debt is lurking and the risks created by your practices. This talk will demonstrate some of the insights you can derive from your issue tracking and source control tools with real examples from the work we’re doing at Sky. I’ll give you the knowledge you need to start looking and inspire you to explore further yourself.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 12:40

Shaping the Future

Starting Up

Eishel Quinn

Co-Founder and Marketing Director @ Sustainably

Loral Quinn

Co-Founder and CEO @ Sustainably

Ever wonder what it takes to turn your idea into a start-up? Our speakers take you through the ups and downs involved with founding and growing a start-up. From finding time to develop your business plans to ensuring you surround yourself with the right people and teams, in this session we will explore the knowledge you need to be a female founder in Scotland's unique tech landscape. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 13:10

LUNCH BREAK

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

Repairing the Chasm

Reserved for Guest Speaker

The hoodie-wearing, industry-disrupting, brilliant-yet-socially-awkward tech-geeks raking in bounteous salaries in Silicon Valley is a misguided and non-representative stereotype women in the industry are fighting hard to move past. The average female career in tech spans 12.5 years - after which many often change career tracks and industries all together - the canyon sized rift at the top of the ladder is the glaring proof. Let's look at what we can do to help build bridges and ladders across that gap and stop women from dropping out. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:10

Business Strategies

Creating a Flexible Workforce

Jennifer Holmes

Global Head of Getting Back to Business Programme @ FDM Group

Details Coming Soon…

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:10

Shaping the Future

Empower Yourself: The Perks of Working for a University

Melissa Highton

Assistant Principle and Head of IT @ University of Edinburgh

Most of us, at some time attended a college or university. Have you considered it as a place to work? In addition to the many academic roles, universities offer an exciting range of technology, digital, management and creative careers. In some cities the university is one of the largest tech employers. Universities provide an environment in which your diversity of background, ideas and ways of working can thrive. This session will explore some of the advantages of working amongst a community of teachers, researchers and world leading technology development. How to get started, how to contribute to making the world a better place and how to ensure you make your own path forwards.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:10

Emerging Tech

Getting Immersed in the Future: VR in Architecture & Design

Claire McGarry

Managing Director @ Wireframe Immersive

Virtual or ‘immersive’ reality is widely considered as a complete game-changer to the visualisation world. Be it for gaming, professional training or architectural and design visualisation, the implications for this revolutionary platform are vast. Claire McGarry, Director of Wireframe Immersive, will take you through some of the most novel applications such as aiding design within the healthcare sector, and in particular, the creation of dementia-friendly buildings by allowing the architects and designers to experience unbuilt architecture through the eyes of someone living with dementia.

Key Takeaways: Learn the brief history of VR, it’s been around longer than you might think. Discover how we experience architecture in real life and why that’s so important in VR. Experience the VR Empathy platform, see real life cases, and find out what's in store for the future of VR.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:10

Workshops

Workshop: Upgrade Your User, Not Your Product

Gregor Doverty

Senior Innovation Designer @ RBS

“Upgrade your user, not your product. Don’t build better cameras, build better photographers.” – Kathy Sierra.

The world is increasingly filled with new products and services demanding our time, energy and attention.  In this world, how do you ensure your product is relevant, meaningful, and drives repeat engagement? Jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) provides a framework for understanding and articulating your customer’s key motivations and aspirations, allowing you to design products and services that help your customer’s achieve their long-term objectives, not just their immediate functional need.

In this workshop, the RBS Open Experience team will take you through an exercise where you will use JTBD to translate data into meaningful insight and identify new innovation opportunities.

Key Takeaways: Learn about JTBD, an emerging framework for design and innovation, put JTBD into practice, learning how to translate data into meaningful insight, learn how to identify and articulate new innovation opportunities from customer insight

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

Taking D&I to the Next Level

Debbie Forster MBE

CEO @ Tech Talent Charter

As the D&I conversation continues, companies are starting to make new female hires and these new hires now have more expectations and opportunities. How can companies take their D&I work to the next level and build inclusive teams/companies? What can we do to ensure that these new policies aren’t just for show and make an impact?

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:45

Business Strategies

Aligning Policy and Innovation

Lan O'Connor

Crown Representative @ Cabinet Office

Details coming soon...

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:45

Shaping the Future

Panel: Getting more Women into Technical Roles

In this session we look at how tech has embedded itself into every industry and what opportunities there are available to forge your path in an alternative organisation as well as tips and tricks for those hoping to up-skill and transition into technical roles. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 14:45

Emerging Tech

Blockchain: What It Is, What It Is Not & How You Might Get Involved

Susan Ramonat

Chief Executive @ Spiritus Partners

Hear about blockchain’s origins and key design principles. Get beyond the hype and learn about how it might disrupt a variety of industries and civic life by transforming business and operating models. Learn how to frame promising use cases and proofs of concept.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

Fireside Chat with Derrick McCourt: Championing Women in Tech

Derrick McCourt

General Manager, Customer Success Unit @ Microsoft

If we’re going to push the the diversity and inclusion conversation from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’, everyone has an integral part to play. Join us as we sit down with Derrick McCourt, who is leading Microsoft’s diversity and inclusion plan, and discuss the big questions such as: How do we empower women to become champions within an organisation? How do we get more men in the industry on board? What can we share with our organisations to help put D&I at the top of the agenda? 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 15:20

Business Strategies

How to Speak Avocado Toast

Iulia Feroli

Data Scientist @ Mediaan

We would rather have brunch than buy houses, we are killing every industry you know and love, and we are both too entitled and a hot, trendy commodity to hire.

No other generation has had as much written about them as the millennials, and yet people still struggle to understand or relate to us. Ever wondered how you get yourself some millennials for your company or more importantly how to keep them happy?

As a certified millennial, young woman at the start of my IT career, and student I want to share my perspective and thoughts on career, life balance, and prejudice.

Key takeaways: Discover what the most #fakenews stories about millenials are and what they want from their jobs, are they all the same? Learn how millennials killed complacency.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 15:20

Emerging Tech

Cybersecurity Trends Influencing Society: The Human Impact

Jessica Robinson

CEO @ Pure Point International

This session will focus on global trends in cybersecurity and its quickly evolving nature at the intersection of IOT, Privacy and regulatory environments. It will include trends involving the shared responsibility model between businesses and consumers as it related to cybersecurity, the convergence of recent regulatory legislation as it relates to security, privacy and IOT, and impact of state sponsored cybersecurity attacks on society, businesses and individuals.

Key takeaways: Learn about future trends as they relate to cyber security and the human impact, the role of businesses on the front lines of cybersecurity, what every leader needs to know about cybersecurity

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 15:20

Career Guidance & Personal Development

Building Alliances and Networking Up the Ladder

Reserved for Guest Speaker

Building a great network is about a lot more than handing out a business card at a social gathering. When strategically cultivated, your network can help you climb from success to success. Our industry leader will take you through the cunning tricks savvy networkers use and tell you what you need to know to begin making your network work for you and your career. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 10 Oct
- 16:10

The Future of Technology

Unlocking Trust in Emerging Technology: Key Issues and Hurdles

Reserved for Guest Speaker

From ethical implications to fear of hacks and being "made obsolete", there are a lot of hurdles we need to jump over to create and successfully run a tech-positive world.  In this session we will discuss the key issues stopping us from fully embracing a digital and technologically advanced world today and look at what we can do to support growth and encourage change. 

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 16:45

The Future of Technology

What's Next?

Emma Gillies

Managing Partner @ Gartner Consulting

What will be the heavy hitters of the next year - by 2025? Our industry leader prepares you for what businesses and teams could look like and how technology could change them.

 

Wed 10 Oct
- 17:30

NETWORKING DRINKS