The London Tech Inclusion hosted by Change Catalyst took place on 14th of December 2017 at Google Central (St. Giles) London.
The event created was to inform, promote and discuss inclusion within the tech industry.
A critical point repeated throughout the day was to promote minorities in a way that created an inclusive working environment.
The exclusive London event had a long list of incredible speakers sharing in discussions and truths about UK Tech.
RT Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, supported the tech inclusion movement and stated the agenda essential for the whole country.
He said the UK government is pushing to get more people into Tech via digital apprenticeships with the aim to increase diversity in tech.
Sara Shahvisi, Director of Programmes at Fearless Futures, highlighted the ‘symptoms' of the tech ecosystem as ‘not good’, shared a lot of insights and solutions to overcome the tech diversity problem.
Alex Fefegha, Lead Maker of Things at Comuzi, highlighted the problem of building AI building and the biases it will inherit.
His talk focused the talent pool building AI is predominately white and male, which leads to products that only cater to that one market.
Srin Madipalli, Product Manager at Airbnb, also spoke about his experiences cited accessibility problems when travelling led him to decide the best solution is using technology to travel accessible to everyone.
Another point that came up during the day was the need for culture and the structure of the workplace to make people feel empowered to speak up about any issue.
Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ThoughtWorks, shared the vital conservation about the progress that has come to past and there are still more objectives need to must be done.
Mark Martin, EdTech Expert and Team Leader at UKBlackTech, chaired the final panel discussion about the Tech Pipeline.
A key takeaway from the debate was without a more diverse and inclusive pipeline, a more diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem will be nothing but a pipedream.
This event exceeded all expectations, all of us at CGV are excited to see future developments in the upcoming years.
Thanks for reading,
Abi from CGV