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Free UK tech events for women

I started a list called Free London tech events for women, and it proved so popular that I decided to create another one covering the whole of the UK.

This being quite an ambitious project, please forgive me if an event you’d like to go to is missing. Just let me know in the comments and I’ll add it in! If you are promoting a free tech event for women in the UK, feel free to drop me a line.

I am very enthusiastic about the growing northern powerhouse in tech and I want to support the communities outside of London.

I’ll list the events by city, in alphabetical order.

Lancashire

Name: Lancashire Powerhouse
Organisation: BusinessCloud
Date: 19 April 2017
Time: 08:00 – 11:30
Location: Lytham Green, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 5LB
Price: FREE

It doesn’t get the attention of its neighbours in Manchester and Liverpool but Lancashire is quickly putting the power into powerhouse. Lancashire is working hard to raise its national and international credentials, evidenced by exhibiting at MIPIM for the first time and having the largest ever presence at the Farnborough Airshow. As part of the St George’s Day Charity Festival, which is now in its ninth year, the UK’s newest tech magazine BusinessCloud will be hosting a half-day conference to look at the county’s growing reputation and its role in the wider Northern Powerhouse. Award-winning journalist Chris Maguire will quiz a number of the biggest names in Lancashire business and uncover the secrets of their success.

Leeds

Name: Addressing the gender gap in the UK HPC community
Organisation: Women in High Performance Computing
Date: 05 April 2017
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Location: EC Stoner Building SR (9.90), University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Price: FREE

Most of us recognise that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This event will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers or your peers.

Name: Fintech North
Organisation: Whitecap Consulting
Date: 26 April 2017
Time: 08:30 – 17:30
Location: AQL, 11-15 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ
Price: FREE

The goal of the event is to generate collaboration and knowledge sharing within the financial services and technology community, and to generate tangible economic benefits for the region. The agenda for this one-day conference will feature a number of well-known keynote speakers who will cover topics including innovation, alternative finance, big data and analytics, machine learning, digital identity and authentication.

Name: The Tech Off Leeds Edition – Coders Vs Creatives
Organisation: Glug Leeds
Date: 26 April 2017
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: The Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave St LS2 8JP Leeds
Price: £7.96

Come and cheer on leading speakers from both teams as they give powerful, five-minute trash talks (why they love their jobs), with the aim of winning over the gladiatorial crowd – who then chooses the winner! The ‘lovechild of TED talks and WWE wrestling’ attracts over 650 people at its London events. Previous battles have taken place at Cannes Lions, Festival of Marketing, and DMX Dublin. Attending this evening does cost a small fee but Glug are a fantastic organisation and their events are so worth it.

Name: Leeds Digital Festival Film Screening – CODE Debugging the Gender Gap
Organisation: Sky Betting & Gaming
Date: 28 April 2017
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Location: Wellington Place, Leeds LS1 4AP
Price: FREE

One of the most powerful documentaries on women in tech, CODE – Debugging the Gender Gap, looks at the issues around the lack of female software engineers and explores the reasons for the gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women who code?

Liverpool

Name: Tackling Liverpool’s Digital Skills Gap
Organisation: BusinessCloud
Date: 18 May 2017
Time: 07:30 – 09:30
Location: Tempest Building, 12 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool L2 2DT
Price: FREE

Liverpool’s creative and digital sector is thriving – but the success of the industry is being undermined by a widening skills gap. However rather than pay expensive recruitment fees, a group of companies in the city joined forces to tackle the skills gap head-on. The solution they threw their collective weight behind was called Catalyst, a 10-week skills programme aimed at 18-30-year-olds, who are hoping to get their foot in the door of the digital industry or for those already in work seeking to brush up on their skills. Join this breakfast panel to discuss Liverpool’s digital skills gap.

Manchester

Name: Rise Up – Inspiring Stories
Organisation: Rise Manchester
Date: 05 April 2017
Time: 18:00 – 21:30
Location: Rise Manchester, 231 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
Price: FREE

This is the first event of an events series on women in tech, fintech and design. The aim is to bring together like minded people (not just women) and provide an inspiring range of speakers to provoke discussion and curiosity, followed by drinks, music and networking. The first event focusses on inspiring stories from 3 women in tech with very different backgrounds, taking you through the importance of promoting tech to entry level girls, emerging technologies and design and digital in financial services.

Name: Start Up Stories: Originality or the herd mentality?Organisation: Manchester Digital
Date: 07 April 2017
Time: 08:00 – 10:00
Location: Neo, Charlotte Street, Manchester, M1 4ET
Price: FREE

Quite often the first person to enter the market with a new idea isn’t always the person who makes it a success (Friendster, MySpace anyone?)
Given that startups are labeled as the disruptors, innovators and inventors of the future, is there an argument that the herd mentality all too often creeps in? Do any truly innovative start-ups actually exist? Or has the industry become so risk averse that emulating an existing idea is more attractive? Ask a panel of startups what they think, decide whether they’re innovative or not, and find out how important they believe it is to be original.

Name: GlugMCR #5
Organisation: FARM MCR
Date: 04 May 2017
Time: 18:30 – 22:00
Location: Cooper Hall, Sevendale House, 7 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JA
Price: FREE

Hear from the founders of Noir Agency, a business built through a combined passion for branding, business and technology. From this event, you will gain an overview of the digital and technological landscape with insights and talk about the benefits and opportunities presented by future technology. These include Virtual reality, Augmented Reality and Machine Learning.

Name: Manchester GeekUp
Organisation: AutoTrader
Date: 04 May 2017
Time: 19:00 – onwards
Location: English Lounge, 64-66 High Street, Manchester M4 1EA Manchester
Price: FREE

GeekUp is a community of web designers, web developers, and other tech-minded folk from the UK. It’s a grassroots knowledge sharing and networking social for folks involved or interested in the web and technology industry. Come along to their bi-monthly social at The English Lounge in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the first Thursday of the month. Food is served and you can check out the menu beforehand.

Worcester

Name: Tech Entrepreneurship
Organisation: Worcester Enterprise
Date: 17 May 2017
Time: 17:15 – 20:00
Location: Riverside Building, Hylton Road, Worcester WR2 5JN
Price: FREE

Tech is one of the biggest industries in the world. With so many innovations happening every day, launching a startup means overcoming a high barrier to entry, but with the promise of substantial rewards. At this event, guest speakers will talk about their experiences in the industry. They’ll discuss how these challenges can be met head on, and how you can persuade investors to support your pitch.

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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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