8, 12-13 March 2016, London

#ACORNHACKGIRLS

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From the Internet to mobile phones, technology enables us to connect with each other and the world around us in new and innovative ways. As technology becomes an increasingly essential part of every aspect of human existence, the ability to access, navigate, and shape technology is critical to women’s participation in all sectors of society. Yet there is a serious gender divide when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence. Women and girls are missing, excluded, and dropping out – whether it’s online, in the classroom, or in the world of work.

To mark International Women's Day Acorn Aspirations in partnership with Ada's List, Girls In Tech, GeekGirl Meetup, Geekettes, Blooming Founders and Founders4Schools is organising a TEDx-style event at Google Campus, where female founders, entrepreneurs and software engineers will be sharing their journeys and stories with the mission to inspire the next generation of female tech entrepreneurs.

This will be followed by a 2-day hackathon/start-up style event at Runway East, where teenage girls will be inspired to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology, as well as attend masterclass workshops in digital marketing, branding, APIs, lean UX and Business Model Canvas . The purpose of this event is to equip young women with the tools that will enable them to become change-makers and entrepreneurs of their own lives.

school girls aged 12-18

developers

entrepreneurs

innovative solutions

8th March, SPEAKERS

Bethany Koby

Bethany Koby is a mom, CEO, designer, art director and artist interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imaging a more positive and collaborative future. In 2012 Bethany c

Bethany Koby

Co-founder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us

Zoe Philpott

Zoe is an interactive storyteller with 15 years of digital experience and over 20 years of collaborating, writing, producing and directing. She ­founded "Moral Support" multimedia theatre company to

Zoe Philpott

Director, Ada.Ada.Ada.

Eleanor Harding

Eleanor Harding is a product developer and supergeek who has been called the swiss army knife of tech. She is originally from South Africa and has a background in both development and design, helping

Eleanor Harding

Product Development Specialist & Winner of TechCrunch Disrupt EU Hackathon

Chloe Nicholls

Chloe works with startups and entrepreneurs on marketing, PR and growth strategies. She is currently working with EditorEye, a company that is transforming knowledge management within the enterprise,

Chloe Nicholls

Marketing Director, EditorEye

Nancy Fechnay

Nancy is a Partner at Flight VC, the largest online group of investors in the world. She oversees the UK and focuses mainly on Series A investments. In addition, she

Nancy Fechnay

Techstars, Interim Director & Flight VC, Partner

Carol Rosati OBE

In 2008 founded Inspire the influential business exchange, a business network, which now connects over 5000 board level business women globally across 4 continents. Regular media contributor and speak

Carol Rosati OBE

Global Head, Harvey Nash

Vanessa Sanyauke

I have over 8 years’ experience in the financial services and charity sector in a number of roles helping FTSE 100 businesses with corporate social responsibility, gender, and youth consulting. I ha

Vanessa Sanyauke

Founder & CEO, Girls Talk London

Sarah Drinkwater

I head up Campus London, Google's seven-storey space for entrepreneurs and am a proud Google for Entrepreneurs team member. By our third birthday in 2015, we'd developed a community of 45,000 doers, d

Sarah Drinkwater

Head of Campus at Google

Jenny Brennan

Jenny is a UX & Frontend Developer at Code Kingdoms. Lead website development, with team of three developers, from wireframes through to finished product

Jenny Brennan

UX & Frontend Developer, Code Kingdoms

Vinita Rathi

Vinita is Ex Vice President Goldman Sachs, London and currently founder of IT agency Systango.com. Director of WomenWhoCode.com London Chapter & founder of WomenHackForNonProfits.com – an init

Vinita Rathi

CEO, Systango & Director, Women Who Code

Jenny Martin

Jenny is an accomplished leader of cross-functional teams and specialist in the fields of Agile and Lean delivery and quality improvement. Motivated by collaborative approaches to software development

Jenny Martin

IT Solutions Director, Sparkle CS

Jane Austin

I am user experience specialist with a particular interest in data, start ups and how UX works with Agile and Lean. Currently my particular focus is on bringing user research into the design proc

Jane Austin

Head of User Experience, The Telegraph

Kristina Dimitrova

Kristina's passions have always revolved around the intersection of business and creativity. Since graduating with honors in Marketing, Advertising and PR she has been involved with organising events

Kristina Dimitrova

Founder, INTERLACED

Lu Li

Lu Li

Founder & CEO, Blooming Founders

Elly Hardwick

Elly Hardwick is a Fintech Entrepreneur, Mentor and Advisor, having previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Credit Benchmark Ltd. Elly has led Credit Benchmark since its inception. She i

Elly Hardwick

Fintech Entrepreneur, former CEO @ Credit Benchmark

Emily Claudet

Emily grew up loving maths and science at school and video games at home. She studied information and computer engineering at University of Cambridge and was fascinated by the potential of the Ra

Emily Claudet

Product Manager, KANO

Rosario Garcia de Zuniga

Rosario is the co-founder and CTO of Headliner.io, a marketplace connecting live musicians, bands and DJs with amateur and professional bookers in the private events space. Headliner just

Rosario Garcia de Zuniga

Co-founder & CTO of Headliner.io

Cathy White

Cathy specialises in working with startups and the organisations that support them, with a real passion for working with growing companies where she can make an impact to their business. Currently she

Cathy White

Communications and Marketing Manager, Seedcamp & Director, GeekGirlMeetupUK

Ana Henneberke

I'm responsible for the Software Delivery capability of JustGiving, the world's leading social giving company. I'm proud to be part of a company that connects great causes with people who care. We've

Ana Henneberke

Head of Software Delivery, JustGiving

Nadira Hussain

Naidira has two decades experience in operational and strategic ICT and corporate services roles within London councils and has been vice-chair of Socitm's London group since 2008. At Socitm's spr

Nadira Hussain

President, Socitm

Emily Rigby

I started in Computer Science at school because I loved maths and IT and wanted to find a more practical way to solve puzzles. Going into Computer Science at university, I was delighted to find so man

Emily Rigby

Software Developer, Bloomberg LP

Nandhini Narasimhan

Nandhini Narasimhan

Release Engineer, Intel Security & Co-founder, WomenHackforNonProfits

Tiffanie Chia

Tiffanie is a Psychology and marketing graduate turned software developer. She has spent time in some of the of the industry's best, including Google and ThoughtWorks. Tiffanie is passionate about usi

Tiffanie Chia

Software Engineer, Deloitte Digital

JUDGES & MENTORS

Anjali Ramachandran
Head of Innovation at PHD UK
Anjali Ramachandran is the head of Innovation at PHD UK, a London media and communications agency; the co-founder of Ada's List, an online forum for women in tech/digital across the UK and Europe; and a community advisor for Angel Academe, a network for professional women who support tech entrepreneurs.
Ché Feenie
Principal Director, OBER Private Clients
Ché is a Principal Director at OBER and also sits on the board of a London Diversity charity in the capacity of Investment & Sponsorship.
Jess Tyrell
Director, Connecting Tech City
Jess is Director of the Connecting Tech City programme at Centre for London. She is leading a coalition of stakeholders across London addressing the skills shortage in tech, with the aim to radically scale up the number of local young people training and accessing jobs in the tech sector.
Bindi Karia
Founder, ex-Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank
Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders and Corporates. Industry Advisory Boards including Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates and Up Global Europe. She’s an active mentor at top London Incubators including Seedcamp, TechStars, Startupbootcamp, WAYRA, JLab, Microsoft Ventures & Level39.
Susan Noble
Founder of Frugl & PR Expert
Business development specialist with background in PR. Produced TV series, written best-selling books, taken small businesses and helped them grow into bigger ones.
Stephanie Aslan
Field Marketing for Twilio, EMEA
Stephanie currently heads up Field Marketing for Twilio in EMEA. She's a huge advocate for empowering and encouraging women in the tech sector. Local Leader @LeanInOrg. Events Committee @AdasList. Founding Fifty Member @FlockGlobal.
Gen Ashley
Gen is currently Head of business Development at Systango; Director of Women Who Code London
Gen is currently Head of business Development at Systango. She was previously the Head of Developer Outreach at Skills Matter and a former VP / Business Development Manager / Project Manager at Citigroup, She’s currently Chairman of Social Developer London, Director of Women Who Code London and co-organiser of OpenTechSchool London and London Game Developers.
Neeta Patel
CEO, New Entrepreneurs Foundation
Neeta is an experienced executive with over 20 years of strategy and operational leadership experience. Her experience spans financial services, media & publishing, education, arts and the creative industries.
Eva Pascoe
Head of Retail Futures, CEO of Cybersalon.org
Eva Pascoe was the first e-commerce Director of TOPSHOP and TOPMAN and CEO of Zoom, UK’s first fashion portal. She was also co-founder of world’s first internet Café Cyberia. Eva acts as a mentor to FashTech, FinTech and New Retail start-up founders.
Marte Borhaug
Senior Public Policy Manager, ‎Aviva
Marte Borhaug leads Aviva's digital public policy work across Aviva's markets, working with Aviva's newly established digital business and its digital technology venture capital fund. She is also responsible for Aviva's work on sustainable investments.
Tiffany Young
Investor, Business Growth Fund; Founder, Breakfast With Tiffany
Tiffany is on the New Entrepreneurs Foundation 2016 cohort and currently works at Business Growth Fund. She is extremely passionate about attracting and retaining more women in tech and started her blog Breakfast with Tiffany to showcase the amazing role models currently pushing the boundaries in the industry.
Hera Hussain
Founder, Chayn
Hera is the Founder of Chayn, an open source gender and tech project that builds platforms, toolkits and runs hackathons to empower women facing violence & the organisations supporting them. Hera was named one of the 17 Local Globalists by GOOD magazine, presented by UN Foundation.
Wendy Devolder
CEO, Skills Matter
Founder and CEO of Skills Matter, a highly social, innovative tech organisation, helping a 50,000 strong community of passionate developers learn and share skills to write better software.
Erica Neve
Partnerships, UX and Youth Engagement @wearedotdotdot
Erica designs solutions and curates teams to solve challenges for brands, sectors and individuals from all walks of life. Apart from wearedotdotdot she is a Co_Founder The (education) Incubator Lab and Start-up Mentor & Business Strategist_ TheYPCollective
Rob Chapman
Managing Director at Founders Intelligence
Rob helps some of the world's largest and most forward thinking corporates to engage with emerging technology companies.
Tanya Laird
CEO of Digital Jam lectures
Tanya has been working in the digital industry across entertainment IP and innovation for the last ten years working primarily with global gaming and entertainment franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Moshi Monsters

PLATINUM SPONSORS

SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

Hackathon Workshops

Marta Svetek
Digital Marketing Masterclass
Marta is a Lead Trainer in Digital Marketing at Freeformers. Coming from a digital PR background she has trained senior leadership/CXO groups of several FTSE100 companies.
Orsolya Anna Tóth
Branding Masterclass
Orsi is a Marketing and Sales Advisor at Get Set for Growth. She is a communication and business strategist with a decade of experience in brand building, online communication, workshop facilitation and product development, focusing on consumer tech products.
Emem Rita Usanga
Lean UX Masterclass
Emem is a Founder of @bankabilityAFR. A business development specialist with over 14 years experience across multiple media disciplines: Facebook Advertising, Publisher Acquisition, Sales, Client Services, Customer Insight, Environment Scanning, Revenue Modelling
Jenny Brennan
Html/Css Masterclass
Jenny is a contracting Frontend and JavaScript developer, previously UX & Frontend Developer at Code Kingdoms.
Kriselda Rabino
Ruby Masterclass
Kriselda is a software engineer at Venntro, volunteer and board member at Women Hack for Non Profits and a teacher of latin dance style Brazilian Zouk by night. She enjoys making shapes with code and on the dancefloor.
Lucy Lyall Grant
Ideation/Business Model Masterclass
Leading the social impact programmes for young people including the one_for1 model
Eddie Jaoude
GitHub Masterclass
Eddie Jaoude, Open Source advocate and top Open Source contributor on GitHub. Eddie has been programming for over a decade and has consulted for organisations in the financial, governmental and private sectors.
Rainey David
Coding a Comic Strip Masterclass
Rainey is an Interim Manager specialising in implementing and optimising large scale CRM and ERP solutions. She has recently founded ​TechGiver​, a community to enable people to learn, collaborate and share their experiences in technology.

Podcast: Emily Atkinson, Director of Girls In Tech; Cathy White, Director of GeekGirls Meetup; Elena Sinel, CEO of Acorn Aspirations, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch