Last month five Netsells team members travelled down to London for Women of Silicon Roundabout, a two day event which forms part of a wider global series focused on the themes of encouraging, representing and celebrating women in tech.
With over 6000 attendees, WOSR represents a sizeable industry gathering that attracts the UK's top technology companies and talent for a jam-packed series of talks, seminars and workshops on a wide range of subjects; from robotics and the future of tech, to the evolution of work and develop your career and skills.
As a company, we recognise that we have to play an active part in encouraging diversity in our industry (including, but not limited to, underrepresented groups such as women). Alongside attending events and prioritising a welcoming company culture, we also sponsor Women in Tech York and get involved in PWC's Tech She Can Charter.
It's not all about us though, the sheer size and scale of events such as WOSR indicate that there is a growing appetite for meaningful change in making technology a place where all can thrive. To explore this further, we asked the team to share some of their standout talks and takeaways from the event:
Team Highlights from Women of Silicon Roundabout
Rebecca Anderton - Senior Front-End Engineer
My primary aim of attending the conference was personal growth to aid me professionally. I centred most of the talks I went to around areas I know I need to improve, such as confident speaking, ‘Imposter Syndrome’, and work life balance.
I came away from the conference with a great understanding of areas to improve and how to do so and with a set of goals to aim for - the biggest of which is building up to speak at a local meetup! I felt very similarly after attending last year, and have left of both occasions with a renewed sense of confidence and determination of finding ways to advance my career in tech.
Having a fab time down in London today for @WinTechSeries Women of Silicon Roundabout event - highlights so far include @karren_brady's fab opener and the @AmexUK panel on 'Backing an Inclusive Workplace'.— Becca.dev (@BeccaSusanDev) June 25, 2019
Next up - learning about finding your ideal mentor! #WinTechSeries
Mulenga Kombe - Account Manager
WOSR was extremely empowering & thought-provoking experience. The event really honed in on the internal professional barriers I set myself and how I can start taking a few of these down.
Neveena Ferrao - Front-End Engineer
Women in tech was a wonderful event. I loved interacting with many professional women from different domains and areas of expertise. The opening talk by Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge, CBE, was extremely empowering. It was a remarkable experience.
Helena Sewell - Android Developer
The Women of Silicon Roundabout event had a very wide focus, so I was able to find out more about some of the other roles which are part of Netsells. I also came away from the conference wanting to make more of a push towards creating products which are accessible to everyone.
I think what I will remember the most is how gratifying it felt to be alongside so many other women working in tech.
Bethan Vincent - Marketing Director
As someone who has worked in predominantly male environments for most of my career, I absolutely relished the opportunity to meet likeminded women in my field at the conference.
One of my favourite talks centred around research from Oxford University into successful female executives. There were some really actionable lessons - including the importance of having a self-chosen mentor, understanding your own particular leadership style and prioritising self-development.
Making the tech industry inclusive is something I am extremely passionate about and I'm proud to work for a company that takes the issue seriously and actively looks to make improvements for all staff.
Really thought provoking stuff on ensuring women have successful executive careers.— Bethan (@BethanVincent) June 25, 2019
“Too much of the research focuses on why female execs fail, we need to change the question to ask why do they succeed.”#WinTechSeries #WomenInTech
Our Standout Talks and Workshops
- Solving the unsolvable: What keeps Data Scientists up at night? - By Tammy Greasby Director of Data Science at The Trade Desk
- Beyond gaming: The reality of virtual reality - By Oliver Kibblewhite, Head of Special Projects at REWIND
- How to stay relevant during a career break - by Doina Popa - CIO, Salesforce at Barclays
- Media training and PR management for founders and C-Suite Level Executives - Bridgid Nzekwu Director of Media Training at TNR
- Deep learning demystified - a simple introduction Yasmeen Cappuccini - Project Manager at Channel Four Television Corporation