For the IAMCP Women in Technology North 2nd birthday, we launched our #WITPledge: No More Lip Service, It’s time to make our own marks!
One of the main aims of our group is to support the community, mentor and promote leadership and careers for women in technology in the North of the UK. We try not to just talk about diversity, but engage, represent and drive change in the sector.
At this meetup we talked about what we – as individuals – and collectively, as a group can do to help make a difference. We heard from a panel of inspirational speakers:
And also gave everyone the opportunity to share their own ideas for actions to make a difference:
Our Lightening Talks round saw four members practice their public speaking skills and sharing their #WITpledge.
#WITpledge was a fab opportunity to share our commitments to Women In Tech and have some accountability to it.
The IAMCP WIT North chair, Arzu Kanval launched the mentorship circles as her #WITpledge and already has many interested members. Over the next few weeks, she will be working on pulling the group together and organising the the first mentorship meet up.
However, the highlight of the evening was Caroline Keep’s pledge. As the founder of the UK’s first makerspace, Caroline is on a mission to change the national curriculum to embed technology in every subject. Arzu has offered my help to create the playbook to distribute to every school in the UK to help them start their own makerspace. Find out more about Caroline and the first makerspace here.