08.30 – 08.50 Registration
08.50 – 09.00 Welcome to Conference from host Naomh McElhatton
09.00 – 09.10 Streaming – Welcome – Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders of Everywoman LTD
09.10 – 09.30 Streaming - Knowing What I Know Now
09.30 – 09.50 Streaming – Gender Parity and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
09.50 – 10.20 Streaming - Panel Session: What key skills are required for staying relevant during the rise of AI?
10.20 – 10.50 Refreshments Break
10.50 – 11.10 Streaming – Panel Session: Women in Tech Changing the IoT World
11.10 – 11.30 Streaming Gender Dynamics
11.30 – 12.00 Streaming – Building Team of Balance & Productivity
12.00 – 12.30 Ignite NI Members Panel Discussion
Ignite - a combination of companies in the North West of Ireland that have joined forces to create a forum promoting STEM to young females. Their mission is to inspire the next generation of female technologists and enforce the idea that the technology sector is a hugely creative, exciting and innovative world to be part of. Ignite using the network’s joint resources, knowledge and skills identify opportunities to educate, inspire and influence female students in the local area. This panel session will share ideas and lessons learned on how we all can help inspire the next generation of technologists.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Breakout Sessions
Each delegate will have the opportunity to attend each breakout session:
Own Your Career
Sinead Dillion – Fujitsu
Tanya Matthews – Kainos
A session focussed on career, educational and employment progression.
Virtual Water Cooler
Sheree Atcheson – Deloitte
Louise Kerr – Allstate
A session on developing your networking techniques to ensure you connect with those who will help you progress your career.
Rachel Gawley - software specialist, CTO and founder of MedTech company, AppAttic
During this breakout, delegates will hear from Rachel Gawley discussing her involvement in emerging technologies. Rachel was named as one of Innovate UK's Women in Innovation 2016 and has led AppAttic to be named as one of the Disrupt 100 “businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets” in 2017.
15.00 – 15.25 Refreshments Break
15.25 – 15.55 Keynote Speaker – Mary McKenna MBE
Mary McKenna is a well-known Donegal based Irish technology entrepreneur and angel investor. She co-founded successful Northern Irish e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer and exited from the business in 2014 so that she could return to working with earlier stage startups. Mary is interested in helping start and grow indigenous Irish and UK tech companies and especially in working with female entrepreneurs. She has invested in 6 early stage tech startups to date, 3 with female founding teams.
She is one of the Entrepreneurship Experts with the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), Entrepreneur in Residence at Catalyst Inc (the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast), an advisor to several governments, an EU Horizon 2020 judge, a trustee of the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and the first ever entrepreneur in residence at St Mary’s College, an all-girls secondary school in the Creggan area of Derry.
Mary was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.
15.55 – 16.00 Close of Conference
16.00 – 16.30 Networking and Departure