3rd Sept 2019EICC, Edinburgh
OUR 2019 SPEAKER LINE-UP SO FAR:
COO, Glasgow Technology @ Morgan Stanley
CEO @ CodeClan
Global CISO @ Thales eSecurity
Founder @ Effini
Head of Data Science @ TVSquared
UI/UX Designer @ Seawolf Graphics
Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft
Principal Design Engineer @ Cirrus Logic
Founder @ dressCode
Chief Creative Technologies Officer @ Cyborn
Data Science Lead @ Mallzee
CEO & Founder @ Oodls
Tech Lead @ Financial Times
Eve Wallace is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Glasgow Technology at Morgan Stanley, based in Glasgow. Eve is responsible for ensuring that Glasgow Technology is operating effectively and efficiently to meet strategic plans, including resources, employee engagement & financials. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Eve worked primarily in the oil & gas sector with her latter role as the IT Finance Enterprise Leader in Shell with a team of 50+ across Glasgow & Chennai as well as leading a community of 100+ people in the Glasgow office.
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson has spent her 25 year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her skills to drive business growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships. She has focused her “can do” attitude in bringing offerings to the marketplace and as a VP at IBM she focused on eCommerce, Supply Chain Management, Digital Marketing, Customer Experience and Internet of Things (Smarter Cities).
Melinda lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a dual citizen of the USA and Great Britain. She is a Board Member for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce. She is active with Girl Guides and jumps at any opportunity to coach and mentor women to be the best they can be. When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.
Bridget Kenyon (CISSP) is Global CISO for Thales eSecurity. Her experience in information security started in 2000 at DERA, following which she has been a Qualified Security Assessor against PCI DSS, Head of Information Security for UCL, and has held both operational and consultancy roles in industry and academia. Bridget has been on editing groups for ISO/IEC 27001 since 2006, coordinating development of information security standards; she is currently editor for ISO/IEC 27014. She has also co-authored three books on information security. In 2018, she was named as one of the top 25 Women in Tech by UK publication PCR.
Jo founded Effini, a data science company, in 2017 with aim of making data accessible to everyone. Effini helps companies develop and deliver their data strategies, whilst building data skills across the board, from school children to practising data scientists.
Jo started her data journey with a PhD in Astrophysics and after a brief spell as a software engineer, moved into financial services for the next 15 years. She has covered a breadth of data roles from risk model development, to systems implementation, data governance and analytics leadership. She also sits on the board of The Datalab.
As a seasoned data scientist, she coordinates cross-functional efforts across the organisation to standardise and automate outputs of research projects. Regina helps TVSquared to deliver a scalable SaaS product that increases speed of delivery and actionable insight for clients.
Regina is client focused in her approach, working on both propriety internal and client-specific models. To effectively translate and communicate data insights, she also provides consultancy to ensure clients receive the greatest benefits from data science models.
Her background includes data-driven roles at Clear Returns, TMG International Inc, and P&G. Regina is an advocate for diversity within fields where data is central.
Searra has 10 years of experience working as a UI/UX designer in the video games and digital industry in Scotland. She has had the pleasure of working with several Scottish studios and some of the projects she has worked on have won Scottish Bafta awards. She launched Seawolf Graphics as a handle for her freelance design work, which aids startups with beautiful affordable business branding.
Searra holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Arts and Masters in Professional Games Development both completed at the University of Abertay, Dundee.
She is a recent alumni of Special Edition, a leadership training program for top women in digital, and the Elevator Business Accelerator programme. Recently selected to be an ambassador for the organisation Women in Games Jobs, Searra is passionate about using this opportunity to mentor and support other women across the technology and games sectors.
Sarah fell in love with technology at an early age and turned that love into a career. She joined Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect in January 2018 and her focus there is helping organisations with their Datacenter Transformations. Within her role she gets to combine her 13+ years experience of managing on-premises environments and her passion for Azure.
Sarah is a STEM Ambassador and enjoys sharing her story to help inspire the next generation into a STEM career. She is also the founder of the Glasgow Azure User Group.
Ivona is a Principal Design Engineer working in the Design Services team at Cirrus Logic. She has 14 years of experience in the electronics industry, starting out as an analogue design engineer, progressing to chip lead and product ownership roles, with a blend of technical and strategic focus. In her current role, Ivona is responsible for identifying design automation needs, to enable development of high-quality audio products in the business. She manages associated software development projects to deliver required design automation to R&D teams worldwide. Ivona is passionate about knowledge sharing, quality, cross-cultural collaboration and teamwork, with the latter extending to her sporting interests: basketball and tennis.
I am a Computing Science teacher, I am extremely passionate about getting more girls into the sector and the founder of the charity dressCode. This is a non-profit that I created with the aim of closing the gender gap in Computing Science.
I was a panel speaker for Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together 2017, finalist for Scottish Women in Technology secondary teacher of the year 2017, awarded Cyber Security teacher of the year 2017 and Champion of Champions. Keynote speaker at Edutech conference Glasgow 2018, talking about addressing the gender gap in the classroom. 2018 Scottish Women in Technology Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Sophie Lanc is Chief Creative Technologies Officer of Cyborn. Sophie leads the HCI, design innovation and creative technology development of this high-growth business. Prior to pursuing her career in technology, she was Celtic and Scottish Karting Champion in 2008/2009 and National Festival Champion in 2010/2011. She was the first woman to win this competition against a field of men.
Over the past four and half years she has worked on the design and computing architecture of advanced cyber-security systems.
Sophie won global recognition for her work with the Decahex project, a seamless use of time-motion capture technology.
She was awarded the Festival of Creative Industries award, nominated for Young Innovator of the Year 2016 and was a finalist for the SWiT (Scottish Women in Tech) Rising Star award in 2017.
She also achieved the coveted BS8878 Standard for Usability for her work in HCI in cybersecurity and is currently developing innovations which marries usability, privacy and keeping people safe in the digital world.
She achieved a First-Class BSc (Hons) in Interactive Media Design, winning the University medal at Edinburgh Napier University. Sophie’s commitment to professional development has been continued with Cornell University, through her participation in the Women in Leadership and Women in Entrepreneurship programmes.
Martina work as Data Science Lead at Mallzee, helping the company generate practical insights for clients and shape its data strategy, always with innovation in mind. She learns, researches and employs the newest Machine Learning techniques and is responsible for transforming raw data into valuable results. She have always been fascinated by data, its scientific use as well as its graphical power via visualisation. Martina branched into this career after studying Physics and working in academic research.
Martina moved to Scotland from Italy 4 years ago and is largely involved with the tech & data community around here. She runs the PyData meet-up group and serves as a Governance Board Member for The Datalab. Martina believes that everyone should be given the same opportunities to develop their talent and she is a strong advocate for continuous learning.
Sarah Stenhouse is the CEO and Founder of Edinburgh-based Start-up Oodls. Oodls is an online marketplace for finding and licensing real-time Instagram images and videos. Sarah has more than five years’ experience working in digital marketing and previously worked within Scotland’s most successful Advertising Agency.
Abina recently moved back to London after 20 years of living and working in different countries. She joined FT at the end of last year.
After earning her M.C.S. she worked as a backend engineer for many years, switched to frontend and these days she's truly full stack. She's also a tech lead for a project at FT.
When not in front of a computer screen she's either travelling, windsurfing or doing her best to grow a living room jungle.
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