Ada: The Empowered Technologist

ThoughtWorks Manchester
26th Floor, City Tower, New York Street,
Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT

Thursday 20 October, 2016

Ada Lovelace changed the world. She helped shape the future of technology and paved the way for the connected society we live in today. She was curious, unafraid to question the norm and energised by finding creative solutions to solve problems across her field of expertise.

Ada was an Empowered Technologist. She taught us to relentlessly pursue our dreams in the face of adversity. She showed us that groundbreaking things happen when diverse minds come together and she reminds us to be defined by what we do, not who we are.

We are on a mission to create a more inclusive industry and, beyond that a more socially just world. Come and join us for an evening of talks, workshops and discussions, designed to inspire, educate and empower technologists whilst celebrating the efforts that are being made to make a difference within our industry.  

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Event begins


'Levelling the playing field - providing opportunities & empowering people' by Jade Daubney, ThoughtWorks

In an age where technology is disrupting entire industries and increased focus is placed on providing an excellent customer experience, diversity and inclusivity in tech has never been more important. Empowered technologists are emerging from many different avenues but how do we recognise their potential and set them up for success?


'Building resilient teams' - Renee Hawkins, Capability & Development Lead at ThoughtWorks

There is an increasing expectation for tech teams to deliver quickly and effectively, often with challenging constraints. Having the ability to handle difficult situations is crucial to team moral and delivery. This interactive session explores tools and techniques that will equip technologists and empower teams to be more resilient.


'As technologists, we have the potential to see and seize opportunities - but what do we need to do this?'

  • Gemma Cameron - Tech Lead at Coop Digital & Director of Hack Manchester
  • Katie Gallagher - Managing Director at Manchester Digital
  • Michelle Gyimah - Tech Gender Equality Consultant at Equality Pays