Over the past few weeks we’ve had the absolute pleasure of reviewing the very many speaker applications for upcoming conference reframe Women in Tech. Having launched the conference back in June, we’d committed to doing a lot of things differently in the spirit of making the event as accessible as possible, from the low ticket price to providing childcare on site and opening up applications for speakers rather than simply choosing people we already knew or who already had a voice in the sector.
The fact that these amazing people were out there was never in doubt but we were definitely surprised by the sheer volume of speaker applications, so many fantastic speakers from the tech industry with positive stories and journeys to share, creating the final line up was a really nice challenge to have but there was one thing which really stood out.
We see events all the time particularly tech ones let’s be honest, made up of panels, full of men!, there are groups focused on targeting this issue and on pushing women to the forefront because men are so prevalent at these types of events and it’s the reason why we were more than a bit surprised by the distinct lack of men applying to speak at this event, less than 1% of applicants were men in tech.
We did however have one application from a male speaker - you’ll see him in the line up on Monday 28th October 2019 as part of our Career Development Panel and we've sold some tickets to men, so he won't be the only one in the room but nonetheless...
This event is all about celebrating women in technology, focusing on the positive stories and journeys and changing the narrative from a negative one to a positive and we want to say to all of the men out there who may be considering attending our event or getting involved that whilst the event is about women it’s not just FOR women.
It’s going to be a day full of positivity, empowerment and practical takeaways for careers in technology and an opportunity to hear from experts and meet likeminded people with a passion for technology.