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The InterTech Diversity Forum is a professional network which encourages LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the UK technology sector for the benefit of the individual, the organisations they represent and the industry overall. By signing up to our member list you'll get the latest news on upcoming events, mentoring and all of the goings-on in the community.

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InterTech Mentoring Update

Following previous efforts to develop a mentoring platform, we revisited the idea in our January Co-Creation event. The output from the event was a sketch of a mentoring scheme aiming to enable our members better connect and share experiences.

Since then, Colin, one of our members, has been working with WERKIN, which is led by an LGBT+ entrepreneur, to make this a reality and we're delighted to say we’re now ready to run a trial of "InterTech mentoring” to gauge interest and assess the potential value to the community. Participants will have access to a mobile app designed to make mentoring more time efficient and productive, particularly where mentor and mentees span companies and locations.

Are you interested? We would appreciate you filling in your details on this Typeform (7 questions only, promise!) to understand what you would hope to get out of a mentoring relationship. We'll then feed back once we've heard from everyone who's interested.

Editor's note: In this beta stage the organisers have created an iOS compatible app only. We will share news of other platforms soon.

Global LGBTIQ Human Rights in the Populist Era; Fundraiser with OutRight Action International

Posted on behalf of London Young Professionals Engagement Commmittee
The increasingly isolationist policies of the UK, US and other Western powers have wrought severe repercussions on the global LGBTIQ community. Earlier this month, an emboldened Russia rounded up and tortured over 100 gay men. Late last year, the President of Gambia vowed to personally slit the throats of gay Gambians. And closer to home, hate crimes against LGBTIQ people are on the rise.

Please join the London Young Professionals Engagement Committee as we host Jessica Stern, the Executive Director of OutRight Action International, for a discussion on the future of LGBTIQ human rights - at home and abroad - as we enter this new populist era. Jessica will be joined by two grassroots activists who will highlight the challenges they face fighting for the LGBTIQ community in their home countries, as well as the role that the international community can play in supporting them.

The evening will kick off at 7pm with an hour of unlimited Pimm's for all guests. Come by for a drink before heading out for the evening, meet like-minded professionals and students, and learn what you can do to support LGBTIQ human rights at home and abroad. 100% of your £15 entry goes directly to OutRight Action International, the world's leading LGBTIQ human rights charity.
28 Apr 2017 at 7:00pm
until 28 Apr 2017 at 10:00pm
The Canonbury Tavern (upstairs Blue Room)
N1 2NS

InterTech Social - Thursday 4th May

Posted on behalf of InterTech Community
Following the success of our March social (with over 250 of you lovelies in attendence!)... we bring you 2017 social number 2! For the May social, we will be moving to the much cooler, much cheaper location of Big Chill Bar on Brick Lane (yes - East London!).

Look forward to seeing everyone there!
04 May 2017 at 6:00pm
until 04 May 2017 at 10:30pm
Big Chill Bar
Dray Walk
Brick Lane
E1 6QL

Student Pride

We were proud to be part of the National Student Pride event on 25th February! Thank you to everyone who came to meet us and to our wonderful volunteers for giving their time and energy to the event!

National Student Pride

The life and death of Alan Turing

Posted on behalf of Bloomberg's LGBT & Ally Community
InterTech members have been invited to join Bloomberg's LGBT & Ally Community for this exclusive event featuring our guest speaker, acclaimed author, Andrew Hodges, who will focus his talk on Alan Turing.

In his short life, the British mathematician Alan Turing became the founder of modern computer science and the leading scientific figure in the Allied breaking of German ciphers in World War 2. He was also a gay man who was prosecuted under the British criminal law in 1952.

Andrew Hodges will describe the connection between these aspects of Alan Turing’s life and the background to his death in 1954.

Registration for this event is mandatory. Please ensure you enter your full details in the registration panel on the right hand side of this page. You will receive a confirmation email if your registration details are received.

Light snacks and drinks will be served on arrival.
23 Feb 2017 at 5:30pm
Bloomberg L.P.
City Gate House, 39-45 Finsbury Square

InterTech Social: Thurs 2nd March

Posted on behalf of InterTech Members
Following January's kick off event, our first InterTech member-organised Social of 2017 will be on the Thursday 2nd March.

Givent the number of people who have signed up, we have moved the location to the Courthouse hotel where we held our summer event.

Please sign up via the Eventbrite link - we look forward to seeing you there!
02 Mar 2017 at 6:30pm
until 02 Mar 2017 at 11:30pm
The Courthouse Hotel
Great Malborough Street

LGBT History Month Event: Stand Up - for LGBT Rights @ Visa

Posted on behalf of LGBT @ Visa
Our friends at Visa are marking LGBT History Month with a comedy night and would like to extend an invitation to all InterTech members. Hosted by Chris Fitchew, the event will include three stars of stage and screen:

  • Stephen K Amos from Live at the Apollo, 11 O’clock Show, and Celebrity Juice
  • Zoe Lyons from Live at the Apollo, Comedy Central and Mock the Week
  • Chris Neill from Radio 4 and Radio 2
The evening will start at 17:30 with a networking reception. The show starts at 19:00. There will be a bar to purchase food and drink but the show is free.

Please note - you will need to have registered in advance to attend this event. Registration will close on 14 Feb.
16 Feb 2017 at 5:30pm
until 16 Feb 2017 at 10:00pm
Visa Europe HQ
1 Sheldon Sq
W2 6TT

The 2017 Co-Creation Event

Thanks to the InterTech Community, 2016 was a hugely successful year with a large number of community driven events being held. On top of this, our participation at Pride in London was the largest yet.

In 2017 we would like to deliver even more, and we need your help...

We would like to open up InterTech, tapping into the enthusiasm and creativity of our community - and allowing each and every member to feel empowered to lead, create and organise their own events or socials. By the community, for the community.

On the 12th Jan, we invite you to join us at BCG Digital Ventures (who have kindly offered us a room to run our co-creation session), to generate ideas and form teams. The evening will go as follows:

18:45 - 19:00 Introduction
19:00 - 20:00 Ideation and Team Discussion
20:15 - 20:30 Q&A and Lessons Learnt
20:30 - Late To the pub (We have booked an area at Archer Street W1D 7AP)

If you'd like to come to the Co-Creation event, please make sure you sign up via EventBrite. As with all of our community events, there's no charge.

If you cannot make it to the Co-Creation Event but want to join us at the pub, please feel free to join us later.
12 Jan 2017 at 6:45pm
BCG Digital Ventures
1 Vine Street

The Minimum Viable Diversity Pledge

InterTech is pleased to be supporting the Minimum Viable Diversity Pledge. We strongly support increased diversity in the tech sector and encourage all efforts that contribute to this goal.

InterTech + Facebook Hack - come and see the judging!

Posted on behalf of Facebook & InterTech
This weekend, techies, project managers and designers are getting together at Facebook HQ for our 4th #MakeItBetter hackathon. If you'd like to join us to see the results, sign up now for a 'supporter' ticket.

Hurry though as we'll be closing registration later this evening!
06 Nov 2016 at 10:30am
until 06 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm
10 Brock St