London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 04, 2015 -- London-based technology recruitment agency Burns Sheehan is on a mission to make the UK tech world more diverse, collaborative and compassionate. In their new event series, TechCityWomen, they are focused on bringing together thought-leaders and technology professionals to discuss gender and diversity issues in the tech world and what can be done to make it a better place to work.
"We've been to a number of women in tech conferences and have appreciated every single one," says Izzy Griffin-Smith, Founder and President of TechCityWomen, "but we often noticed that the vast majority of attendees wouldn't speak the entire evening. The conversation was restricted to a few - albeit excellent - speakers, so what we would learn that evening was limited to their unique perspectives. We wanted to create an event that's known for excellent conversation, not just good listening. The aim of TechCityWomen is to make everyone attending to leave the event absolutely buzzing, empowered to face their own challenges and with a broader and more nuanced view of the tech industry. And of course we hope that they will have also made a bunch of new friends and a few potentially career-changing connections."
The first event, held in May 2015, featured Jess Butcher, Co-founder and CMO of Blippar, a leading augmented reality and image recognition platform. "Jess was a superb speaker - so warm, genuine and inspiring - and the atmosphere was spot on" said Izzy, "Everyone who came was engaged in the conversation by the end, and it was a very thought-provoking conversation. We want to retain these great qualities but go for something a little bigger. I'm confident our next event in September will be a hit, particularly for those who are contemplating a move into the tech startup world."
The next TechCityWomen event will be on September 23rd featuring Lauren Hine, Co-founder of Zealify, a startup that helps high growth SMEs enhance their employer brand to attract talent, and of FemaleFounderFridays, a weekly interview series with female founders to raise the profile of women in technology. Lauren will speak about her journey co-founding two startups; the challenges she's faced as a female techpreneur; the motivation behind setting up FemaleFounderFridays and what she has learned after interviewing over 30 female founders.
"At first I had about 15 things I wanted to speak on," says Lauren, "but I think these topics will be helpful for a lot of people who are working for startups, are thinking about joining a startup, or are thinking about setting up their own business and aren't sure how to navigate obstacles such as the bias against women in technology and how to scale up a business without compromising the culture or talent."
The September TechCityWomen event will be held in Burns Sheehan's new office on the fourth floor of 55 King William Street, a short walk from Monument station. "It's tremendously exciting to be able to host the event in our own office as it allows us to be more flexible in numbers and length of the event and have more control over the look and feel of the event" says Izzy, "We're lucky to have such a beautiful space right here - really modern, spacious and colourful - and it will be lovely to share our new 'home' with the London tech community through our events."
Izzy plans to run several events at the new office this year. "We will have a really exciting Developer Event in October and expect to run one or two other events before the New Year. We've always prided ourselves on being immersed in the tech community and truly relationship-driven, and the new office signals an exciting new chapter for us as a business as we'll be able to engage with and help the tech community even more by running our own events. It's so hard fighting off the negative stigma that technology recruitment has gained, but I hope that our events will make us known as a place to learn and make those critical career-changing contacts, whilst driving positive changes across the UK technology industry."