Women in tech event

Free London tech events for women

This is a continually-updated, curated list of upcoming events around London, aimed at women who are interested in pursuing a career in tech.

I’ve noticed a need in the women in tech community for an easy way to find events that will interest them, all in one place.

Here is the ultimate list. Feel free to message me events you think I have missed that should be on here.

More about the list

The list is characterised by free, or very low-cost events, in order to ensure that the barriers to entry are as low as possible. They are also female-focused and with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

In my experience, gender-balanced tech events tend to be more interesting than ones that are male-dominated, and the ones I’ve been to have generally been incredibly collaborative, open and informal.

Both women and men need to feel that tech is a welcoming space, where they can learn and grow without feeling ignorant for not knowing absolutely everything.

I’ve focused on London events because I was previously based there, but I also maintain another list of regional UK-wide events!

Free London tech events for women

The List

January

Name: How to secure the IoT: Talks by UL, TechUK and the IoT Security Foundation
Organisation: Hardware Pioneers
Date: 12 January 2016
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Location: techUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Price: FREE

What a better way of starting the new year than talking about one of the most discussed and controversial topics relating to the Internet of Things: security. In order to deep-dive into the present and future challenges of IoT security, Hardware Pioneers have invited three top UK experts from UL, the IoT Security Foundation and TechUK to speak at their event. You will have the opportunity for plenty of drinks.

Name: Inclusion in Technology Roundtable Event
Organisation: Kate Parker
Date: 17 January 2016
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Location: 110 Bishopsgate (Heron Tower), EC2N 4AY
Price: FREE

Join the conversation at the launch session of a series of roundtables during 2017 focusing on Diversity & Inclusion in the Technology Sector – spanning challenges and solutions from the wider diversity agenda from gender and ethnicity to disability and mental health. Bringing together tech professionals, the event aims to raise awareness of some of the most challenging issues in diversity, look to examples of best practice from within the sector and other industries and discuss practical actions to begin moving the dial.

Name: Find a Tech Job – London
Organisation: Samantha Hepburn
Date: 18 January 2016
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Location: Expedia.com Ltd, 407 St John Street EC1V 4EX
Price: FREE

This is an informal networking event to help you find a tech job in London. Chat with prospective employers over free beer, hosted by Hotels.com. You will hear from companies about the roles they have available.

Name: Turing Lecture: Artificial Intelligence and Public Services
Organisation: The Alan Turing Institute
Date: 19 January 2016
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Location: The Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB
Price: FREE

In this talk, Sir Mark Walport will be discussing Artificial Intelligence and Public Services. Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science.

Name: ASOS – Tech, Fashion and Careers
Organisation: Birkbeck Careers & Employability
Date: 19 January 2016
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, MAL B33 WC1E 7HX
Price: FREE

ASOS embraces the fact that not everyone follows a traditional career path, and welcomes discussions around career-switchers and career-returners. You’ll chat about changing careers as well as graduate roles in technology. You’ll hear from Bob Strudwick, ASOS’s Chief Technology Officer and Birkbeck alumnus. Bob will discuss his journey, and how his studies at Birkbeck helped him to get to where he is. ASOS will then throw the floor to you and ask what you’d like to hear from them in next semester’s presentations to ensure you get the most from these sessions.

Name: London retail tech meetup
Organisation: The Trampery
Date: 19 January 2016
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Location: The Trampery Old Street, 239 Old Street EC1V 9EY
Price: FREE

This is a new meetup that has been created for all those interested in the ever-evolving intersection of retail and technology. The event is free and open to anyone looking to connect with London’s community of retail startups, retailers, investors and innovators. The meetup is designed to introduce exciting retail innovations, encourage new connections, inspire collaboration and bring new opportunities in London’s retail tech community to light.

Name: Public Transport Hackathon
Organisation: Wayfindr
Date: 21-22 January 2016
Time: 11:00 – 17:00
Location: Imperial College, Queen’s Tower Room, Sherfield Building, Prince Consort Rd, Kensington SW7 2BB
Price: FREE

Wayfindr are offering developers and designers a brilliant opportunity to explore how Bluetooth Beacons and APIs can be used to make travel better for the citizens of London, including vision-impaired travellers. This is an event for creators, developers and entrepreneurs – students or professionals – with an interest in transport, indoor navigation and Tech For Good.

Name: Women in Tech Panel Talk
Organisation: Birkbeck Careers & Employability
Date: 24 January 2016
Time: 18:00 – 20:30
Location: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street MAL B34 WC1E 7HX
Price: FREE

As the world becomes more and more digitalised, we need to balance out the status quo and ensure that women are encouraged and supported to enter the tech sector. This panel talk aims to encourage women to break through the barriers and pursue careers in technology. Hear from prominent women in the tech industry.

Name: Agri-Tech Challenge Workshop
Organisation: The Knowledge Transfer Network
Date: 30 January 2016
Time: 10:00 – 15:30
Location: KTN Workshop Room, Suite 316, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street N1 0QH
Price: FREE

This workshop will bring key UK space industry stakeholders together to review roadmap findings and comment on any changes required before publication. The aim is to ensure that the recommendations accurately reflect the required action for the UK to meet its potential to develop this market. The event will be structured with presentations about the roadmap and its findings, followed by a roundtable discussion and focussed breakout sessions giving delegates the opportunity to input to a final draft.

February

Name: After Brexit: The Future of the City of London
Organisation: Parliament Street
Date: 01 February 2016
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2PW
Price: FREE

Parliament Street will be hosting series of events titled After Brexit. This time, you’ll be looking at how different sectors of the economy can best take advantage of the opportunities that arise through Britain leaving the European Union.

Name: Next Parent Tech Monthly Meet-Up
Organisation: WellVine
Date: 09 February 2016
Time: 09:30 – 11:30
Location: 3rd Floor Event Space, Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill Street EC2A 4BX
Price: FREE

This is UK’s first Parent Tech community for innovative Parent Tech startups. WellVine connects innovative, ambitious Parent Tech startup founders with one another to share ideas and build partnerships for growing and scaling ventures. Their monthly event series is a destination for Parent Tech entrepreneurs to meet and connect with each other and with industry experts.

March

Name: Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Empowering a diverse ecosystem
Organisation: Tech London Advocates
Date: 09 March 2016
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Location: Here East, Press Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Off Waterden Road E20 3BS
Price: FREE

Following the success of Diversity in Tech, Tech London Advocates is showcasing a working session from TLA Women in Tech to explore diversity and workplace innovation. Workshops will engage the group to define the future competencies they believe the tech world needs, compellingly connect them to their own business models, and then agree on recommendations and actions that will create a tipping point in their teams, businesses, and the world.

April

Name: The Hunt For Tech Talent
Organisation: In-house Recruitment Network
Date: 26 April 2016
Time: 08:30 – 12:00
Location: 41 Portland Place, Marylebone W1B 1QH
Price: FREE

This event is for recruiters and HR professionals only. In this specialist speaker and round-table networking breakfast event for 30 management-level, In-house recruitment & HR professionals who hire tech professionals, you will hear from three specialist guest speakers discussing all things relating to tech recruitment. You will uncover challenges, solutions and best practice as you take part in an intimate roundtable discussion with like-minded peers.

Check back for more events soon.

Find out more about learning some practical web development skills through my curated list of free UK coding groups for women.

Jenny Brennan has also put together a wonderful curated list of London tech meetups.

About the author

Catherine Heath

I’m a B2B freelance tech blogger and content writer. I have a thing for psychology, diversity, tech and startups. Learning to code.

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