Registration – Light Breakfast

Chairperson Introduction and Opening Remarks

Hardwiring Diversity and Inclusion into Everything You Do – Moving From Why to How

Reserved for Headline Sponsor

Week after week, the headlines read ‘The Tech Sector has a Diversity Problem’, repeatedly pointing to the same statistics and lack of progress on the underlying issues. This is an industry driven by innovation and finding solutions, why therefore is this still an issue in the 21st Century? Everbody knows the business case for diversity and inclusion, the discussion we now need to have is how do we implement strategies and achieve success?

21st Century Leadership – How to Cultivate Leadership in Today’s Multigenerational Workplace

Reserved for JP Morgan

Today’s workforce is composed of at least 4 generations; talent whose differing preferences and ways of getting the job done are more defined. If you’re a leader or a talent manager, you need to be prepared to survive this exceptional shift in the workplace and make the most of it. As a leader, you need to recognise and value nuanced differences in each generation of workers whilst engaging and utilising all of their talents. This session will explore and provide you with practical techniques to help lead the generations of today and tomorrow.

Digital Workplace Transformation, Workforce Diversity & The Agile Workplace

Natasha Sayce-Zelem – Head of Technology @ Sky

The divide between workplace technology and that used in everyday life is closing. But when it comes to the workplace, it’s not just about new technology; it’s about a new mindset. Digital workplace transformation isn’t just about upgrading to better systems; it’s about changing the culture of the workplace so that employees feel compelled to embrace new digital tools and are inspired to use them. Natasha Sayce-Zelem will show how an agile workforce means a diverse workforce. She will prove that, in order to maintain diversity, companies must get technology to support the work people do, rather than forcing them to submit to it.


On Poets, Painters & Programmers

Shaheen Sayed – Managing Director Technology and Financial Services @ Accenture

“There is a disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honoured in schools and the kinds of creativity we need today in our organisations and our society’’. Howard Gardner.

The rapidity of our era’s technological change is unprecedented and 60% percent of the work our children will do has not yet been invented: a disruption that demands an educational paradigm shift in how and what we teach. It is critical that we meet this revolution by nurturing the most valuable and desirable of skills – the ability to innovate and to think critically as well as compassionately. The focus on STEM alone is reductive.

There has been a long-term steady decline in the funding and study of the arts and humanities more broadly. How do we rethink the fallacy that creative intelligence is somehow lesser than and optional for a future no one can predict, let alone imagine? This isn’t a time to debate maths vs music, it is a time to foster and value the coexistence of divergent and convergent thinkers: to set the dreamer and the realist to work side by side.

Attracting a Diverse Talent Pool to Your Technical Teams

Reserved for Event Partner

Today’s tech companies are starting to realise that in order to truly attract top talent and run a business that appeals to the greatest amount of people, they need to be proactive about having a diverse workforce. In this session, we will explore the simple things that any company can do to make sure they appeal to a wider talent pool and eliminate any unconscious biases during their hiring process. By taking intentional action on this front, companies can make sure they have a variety of perspectives contributing to their products, from women to minorities to veterans, and be more successful for it.

Making Space for Difficult Conversations

Reserved for Guest Speaker

This session takes an in-depth look at the importance of facilitating difficult conversations to promoting awareness of difference, minimising the occurrence of cultural conflicts, and appreciating diversity in all its forms. We will also explore the equally critical work of recovering from the mistakes and bumps that inevitably occur on the road to greater competence and inclusivity.


Panel: How to Create an Inclusive World in a Non-Inclusive World

Moderated by Ebi Osuobeni – Founder @ Oscillate Tech TV


Jacky Wright – Chief Digital and Information Officer @ HMRC Steven Cox – VP @ Fujitsu Diane Lightfoot – CEO @ Business Disability Forum Jenny Fallover – London City Director @ Lesbians Who Tech

Building an inclusive mind-set is essentially laying the foundation for a company’s entire culture. There are nuanced ways to approach support for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. If we can become more disciplined and precise in learning how to create and maintain diversity in the right ways, this will make for a more prosperous and productive economy in the future. Everybody knows we need to have a more diverse workforce, but the question is how? This session will discuss the ways we can tackle the diversity issue head on.

Could Quotas Be the Silver Bullet for Equality?

Pamela Hutchinson – Head of Diversity and Inclusion @ Bloomberg

With Iceland’s recent decision to make it illegal to pay men more than women, the conversation surrounding laws and quotas within the world of diversity and inclusion has reached a turning point. But its an emotive topic that divides opinions sharply. Ideally, businesses should be able to achieve diversity without the need for these measures but until we see a rise in the number of people from diverse groups further up the hierarchy, all solutions should be on the table, is it now time to face the inevitable?


What Part Will Data Play in Developing the Future of Work?

Reserved for Event Partner

Flows of data have created new infrastructure, new businesses, new politics and—crucially—new economics. Digital information is unlike any previous resource; it is extracted, refined, valued, bought and sold in different ways. It changes the rules for markets and it demands new approaches from regulators. Many a battle will be fought over who should own, and benefit from, data. The value of data is increasing and technology companies need to start thinking about potential new roles that need to be created.

Will the Future of Tech Be Diverse, Flexible and Automated?

Reserved for Event Partner

There is no doubt that the impacts of AI and other emerging technologies will be dramatic. Among key concerns is the question of whether this technology will deprive millions of their jobs and affect the overall diverse workforce. Let’s discover the real consequences of technology on society and the working environment.

Where Will We Be in 30 Years Time?

Reserved for Event Partner

Presentation details coming soon…




Disrupt Ourselves Before We Are Disrupted

Diana Biggs – Head of Digital Innovation @ HSBC

Innovation needs to become second nature. Rapid technological developments, changes in the international political environment and an ageing population are challenges that we are all facing and we need to tackle them head on. As businesses deploy new technologies to automate certain tasks, it also creates a major opportunity for workers with the right skills and mindset to solve more complex challenges. This means reskilling the workforce for the digital age is critical for both businesses and workers to prosper. Digital disruption and new technologies don’t have to be threats, but opportunities to continue to grow as a professional.

Harnessing Digital to Embrace and Encourage Diversity

Robin Christopherson – Head of Digital Inclusion @ AbilityNet

Robin will challenge any preconceptions you may have about the power of diversity and inclusive design in both your customers and workforce. Being blind himself, he provides us with an excellent first-hand example of everyday choices we can make to embrace diversity so long as we simply prioritise for inclusion. Robin will be talking about (but more importantly demonstrating) the key aspects of an inclusive approach and how it has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of ability or environment. Will you be part of the Everybody Technology future?

Diversity Makes Teams Smarter

Reserved for Event Partner

It’s not easy to introduce diversity into a previously homogeneous situation. We’re naturally hardwired to prefer people who are similar to ourselves, and differences of opinion occasionally lead to disruptive conflicts. On top of that, some people doubt the value of diversity because they don’t recognise its contributions to their own improved performance. Similar people are less likely to see things that others have not seen before. This session will show how in these situations, diversity makes teams smarter, more creative and more effective.


Strategies for Effective Cross-Cultural Communication

Alix Burge – CTIO IoT, Service and Digital, Ventures @ BT

With the increased globalisation in everything we do, it is essential to establish and maintain effective cross-cultural communication within the workplace. Workplace diversity can clearly create more opportunities than challenges. We often take for granted the way we communicate with one another. In a multicultural organisation, how employees communicate can set the tone and foundation for a learning culture. Let’s take a look at the importance of creating an environment that supports diversity and promotes effective communication.

Why Mental Health Doesn’t Need to be the Elephant in the Room

Sue Baker – CEO @ Time to Change

Anyone can suffer from mental health challenges. It is time to make a change and look at the importance of inclusivity in the workplace and creating an environment where there is no stigma attached to mental health. This session will look at the importance of investing time in your employees to help them improve their emotional health and be more aware of others who might be struggling.


Diversity by Design

James Saxton – Director of Technology, Customer Experience @ ASOS

Design and technology has led the way through innovation and not only advanced our own industry but transformed everyday life for billions of people. Design and technology has the power to permeate every product, moment and solution in our lives and has an immense opportunity for change. However there are two areas in which the design and technology industry are lagging behind, and each rely on the other; diversity and inclusion. To succeed, design requires having diversity in and at the forefront of our conscience, thinking about it every day until it becomes so ingrained within us it becomes the norm.

Case Study: BBC iPlayer and Adapting for an Accessible Platform

Paul Bepey – Assistive Technology Lead @ BBC

Details coming soon.

Diversity of Thought – How to Facilitate Cross-Departmental Innovation

Reserved for Guest Speaker

Thought diversity will bring a variety of creative ideas to the table leading to new product innovation, improved processes, and increased quality. This session will explore how it allows teams to pivot quickly and address an organisation’s most pressing issues. Rather than relying on the same employees to do the same work, introducing team members who can attack the problem from a different perspective will encourage innovation.


How To Build Accessible Products Without a Diverse Team

Reserved for Guest Speaker

In an industry that is seriously struggling to push diversity and inclusion further up the agenda, how do we start to make initial changes? Is it possible to create products that are accessible when your current team is in no way diverse? Let’s take a look at the benefits and how you can start the diversity journey.

Technology That’s Helping Product Development

Reserved for Event Partner

Case Study: Design for a Diverse Audience – A Perspective From Gaming

Reserved for EA

Let’s take a look at how EA have created products that reflect our modern diverse society.


Put Yourself in Their Shoes – Why Accessibility is the First Step

Reserved for Guest Speaker

Accessible technology needs to become the norm for new products. It is a responsibility of the technology industry to make sure their products are as accessible to everyone as they can be.

Case Study: Can Technology Make A Wold Dominated by Sound More Accessible?

Paul Lamb – Technical Director, Starkey Hearing Technologies

As technology continues to become more advanced, some of the most common difficulties that we face as a human race are slowly being solved or at the very least reduced. However, the needs and preferences of people who have some form of hearing impairment are often overlooked. This has to change and technology could help us to achieve a world that’s truly accessible and inclusive. Is the future starting to sound clearer? Let’s take a look at the technology potential.



How to Create an Inclusive Hiring Process

Elspeth Coates – Connector @ Makers Academy

Inclusive hiring processes are not just about hiring more women – they are about actually looking in unexpected places for talent and examining how your hiring process links to that. There is a lot of talk on how to maximise diversity, when another important topic is how to minimise exclusion. We shouldn’t try to hire more people from this group or that group, we should try to exclude fewer people from those groups — at every single moment they interact with our brand or our staff. Lots of people working in recruitment think that by fixing one or two items in the hiring process, it’s enough to overcome these accidents. It’s not. To truly make real progress you have to combat every single one – Makers will share best practices on this topic.

Humanising Diversity & Inclusion

Dion McKenzie – Co-Founder @ Colorintech.org

Ashleigh Ainsley – Co-Founder @ Colorintech.org

This workshop explores diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how individuals can begin to foster a transparent culture in their organisations. Led by the founders of Colorintech.org, a nonprofit that works to diversify the tech industry, this workshop requires an open mind, trust and (getting) comfortable with your biases.


Smashing the Glass Wall

Kathryn Jacob – CEO @ Pearl and Dean

Sue Unerman – Chief Transformation Officer @ MediaCom

This workshop will look at success strategies for women at work and businesses that mean business.