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Founded in 2012, Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum (“Intertech”), is a community for LGBT+ individuals and their allies.

We encourage LGBT+ diversity and inclusion inthe UK technology sector for the benefit of the individual, the organisations they represent and the industry overall.

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A message from Jerry Chen, Intertech Co-Lead...

Even though our last email had the subject of ‘Final Email of 2018…’ I couldn’t help but write one final message to everyone before 2018 wraps up :P

At the beginning of the year Chris, Rob and I had objectives to build on the momentum that had been created in 2017 to make 2018 even bigger and better. Looking back on the year, I would like to think that we’re going in the right direction. :) In 2018, we hosted 23 events with 3170 sign ups (yes I counted!). I know it’s no doubt boring for everyone else to read, but it brings me immense pride and satisfaction to know that this year, Intertech has organised events with some AMAZING companies, take a deep breath before you read this list out loud: Capco, Starling Bank, MiDrive, Comedy Bloomers, Moving Picture Company (MPC), Nutmeg, Microsoft, Deliveroo, Government Digital Service (GDS), Google Campus, Facebook, Palantir, Pride in London, BBC, Paddle, QuantumBlack, Mozilla, Cisco Meraki, Propel, London & Partners and Above the Stag Theatre.

A special mention to our fabulous Pride in London team this year! Rob started very early in the year to organise Pride 2018 and during 4 months of gruelling weekly meetings, we managed to pull off Intertech’s biggest Pride. With 160 tickets secured, 6 dedicated Pride events and 11 sponsors working with us, the Intertech Pride in London march 2018 was one of the most fun and well organised Pride marches that I had ever been on.

For all these successes in 2018, we are all very aware of the areas where we can improve. Most noticeably is the disparity in representation in the L, B, T and + in our members attending our events. This is something that we have strived to improve through partnerships with supporting organisations, and although we saw a small improvement, we recognise that there is a long way to go before we are satisfied. For 2019, I would like to continue the first challenge to all members but also add a new challenge:

  • Please continue to welcome new faces at our events into your existing friendship circles. We’ve all been the new person who didn’t know anyone and stood awkwardly at the side of networking events. It’s much easier being invited to a conversation than it is breaking into one...

  • Please introduce Intertech to your non-Gay friends. We can’t at present promise equal representation across the LGBT+ community in our organisation, but we can promise fantastic events, interesting talks, great people and plenty of fun. At the end of the day we want everyone, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity to feel like Intertech is a place for them.

  • Please be empowered to get involved. The Intertech committee has grown organically from volunteers who want to make the LGBT+ Tech scene a more fun, inclusive and vibrant community. If you have any great ideas about increasing representation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we’ll do all we can to make it happen!

In summary, thank you to everyone who has made this year such an amazing one for Intertech. Thank you to all our event hosts who have generously given up their time and resources putting on the fantastically diverse set of events over the last year. Thank you too, to the many organisations who have invited us to contribute to improving the LGBT+ tech sector across the UK and improving experiences for us all. A massive thank you to the committee members and fellow co-leads (Kevin Street, Nick Goldman, Eralp Bayram, Mike Haynes, David Hanlon, Koen Vandecaveye, Adam Jackson, Chris Howard & Rob Farthing) without whom none of the above would have been achieved. And finally… thank you to you all - our members as without you Intertech wouldn’t be the thriving community that it is today.

I’ve rambled on long enough..

I wish you all a fantastic holiday period and that you return in 2019 merry, refreshed and most importantly, excited for what’s to come for Intertech in 2019!

Lots of Love,

Jerry

If you would like to get involved with Intertech in 2019, please do not hesitate to reach out to info@intertechlgbt.com or any of the committee mentioned above for further details.

An invitation from Barclays' Spectrum - Transgender Day of Remembrance

We're delighted to have been invited by our friends from Barclays' Spectrum to join them for a screening of ITV's 'Butterfly' series, followed by a short Q&A on the topic of gender dysphoria, finishing with drinks and canapés.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to remember those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. To mark this event, Barclays Spectrum, the colleague led LGBT network of Barclays, is hosting an evening in support of Mermaids UK, a charity that supports young people with gender dysphoria and their families.

Please sign-up on the link below and we look forward to seeing many of our Intertech members there on the evening.
When
20 Nov 2018 at 6:00pm
until 20 Nov 2018 at 9:00pm
Where
Barclays
5 North Colonnade
London
E14 4BB

Intertech @ Palantir - Tackling the World's Challenges via Data Integration

By contrast to “data analysis”, “data integration” is typically perceived as mundane and uninteresting. Yet at Palantir, they're deploying data integration technology to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems - whilst having a lot of fun in the process.

Join Intertech at Palantir to find out how they're doing it through a series of talks and demos, followed by drinks and networking! Sign-up from 10am on Tues 20th Nov.

Valid photographic ID, presented upon arrival, will be required to attend the event.
When
29 Nov 2018 at 6:30pm
until 29 Nov 2018 at 9:30pm
Where
Palantir
20 Soho Square
London
W1D 3QW

Intertech @ Above the Stag - Christmas Panto

Join us at Above the Stag theatre for our very own private performance of Mother Goose Cracks One Out - this year's Intertech Christmas Panto.

We've just 20 tickets remaining for the evening... don't miss out!

Kind-hearted Mother Goose and her gay son Tommy live in poverty in the generic northern mill town of Rugburn. One day they find a magic goose who lays golden eggs, but little do they know that a wicked witch and a good fairy have made a bet: can even the saintly Mother Goose be corrupted by wealth?

Above the Stag have very kindly provided us with exclusive tickets and a welcome drink using the code 'INTERTECH' that will also enable you to book the private performance on Dec 6th.

Last year tickets sold out incredibly quickly so ensure to purchase yours as soon as possible.
When
06 Dec 2018 at 7:30pm
until 06 Dec 2018 at 10:00pm

Intertech @ Propel and London Partners - Spilling the T on the Tech Talent...

The Library is open: All the T about building a Tech career...

Every day you show up to the office your boss/manager/business partner says, "You better WERQ" but have you ever asked yourself whether you're simply paid enough? If you're making the right choices for your future? How you can influence your company's policies as an LGBT+ person or ally?

Of course, you have! Which is why we're delighted to bring you this exciting event with our expert speakers, each sharing their insights and experiences in the tech talent market to let you know where you stand and what your next steps should be - so we can all create a more inclusive and rewarding tech sector.

Our panellists have all the tea (and shade) about the tech talent market in London, including salary levels, recruitment trends and about how to get ahead at work as an LGBT+ person in tech. These fantastic people are:

Melina Jacovou, CEO & Founder @ Propel London (aka Mel from Propel)

Tamara Littleton, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder @ Polpeo and The Social Element

James Miller, Chief People Officer @ GBG

Next to our exciting line up, you'll also be dazzled by the nightime views of London: the City, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf over networking afterwards - and we're delighted once again have our friends from Lesbians Who Tech & Gay Women's Network join us for this very important discussion.
When
15 Nov 2018 at 6:30pm
until 15 Nov 2018 at 9:00pm

Intertech @ Cisco Meraki - Why we need more women in Technology...

Why we need more women in Technology... Join us for an evening with Cisco Meraki asking this very question and bringing together a panel of fantastic individuals to talk about, what we agree, is a very important topic. Our panellists will be sharing their experiences, challenges and stories, so that we can all take something positive away from the evening - whilst coming together as a community.

We’ll be asking some interesting questions, looking at the biggest deterrents to women finding employment within the tech industry, as well as what can we all do to encourage women to take up careers in tech. Our panellists will include:

Kirsty Hair, Inside Sales Director @ Meraki

Maria Hernandez, Head of Country Digitization @ Cisco

Phil Baker, Senior Director Customer Experience @ Cisco

Khayala Eylazova, Senior Manager @ PwC

We are delighted to once again have our friends from Lesbians Who Tech & Gay Women’s Network join us for this very important discussion and in typical Intertech fashion we’ll be continuing the conversation over networking after the discussion.

Please ensure that your RSVP as we know this event will fill-up quickly! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Tickets live from 10am tomorrow (October 18th).
When
01 Nov 2018 at 6:00pm
until 01 Nov 2018 at 9:00pm
Where
Cisco Meraki
10 Finsbury Square
London
EC2A 1AF

Intertech @ MozFest 2018 - 'The Future of Dating Apps'

We're excited to invite you to join us for an engaging evening of discussion with Mozilla Festival (MozFest) as part of their 'Queering MozFest' space.

On the night we'll be exploring how Internet issues intersect with our gender and our sexuality, whilst reflecting on the relationships between technology and the processes of normalisation and marginalisation.

Join us for a challenging and insightful discussion looking at ‘The Future of Dating Apps’ as our expert panellists, from across the dating industry and LGBT+ community, share their thoughts on the future of dating apps and their thoughts on the 'gold standard'.

We'll be discussing how dating apps are changing to become securer and more respectful of the user, whilst at the same time focusing on issues around privacy and consent and the implications of not considering these.

Our panellists on the evening include:

Rob Curtis - Founder @ Squad.Social

Norman Shamas - Queer Rabble Rouser

Sara Walsh - Stonewall

Following the panel discussion, we'll continue to network over drinks with fellow Intertech members and those individuals travelling from across the globe to attend this year's MozFest before we continue the evening in a nearby venue.

Spaces are limited so please make sure to RSVP if you’d like to attend.
When
24 Oct 2018 at 6:30pm
until 24 Oct 2018 at 9:00pm
Where
The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
8 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6EZ

Umbraco UK Festival 2018 - Win Free Tickets!

We're delighted to be taking part in the Umbraco UK Festival 2018 on Nov 9th where we'll be joining another of the tech world’s friendliest communities for a festival packed full of incredible talks, discussion panels and of course an unmissable after party! We've not only 25% off tickets for all Intertech members, but you've also the chance to WIN 2 TICKETS for what promises to be an incredible festival.

For a chance to win simply reply to this email (or email us at: info@intertechlgbt.com) by 3pm Friday with the word 'Umbraco' and we'll announce the random winners at 6pm Friday.

Use the code 'INTERTECH25' for your exclusive 25% off Umbraco UK Festival tickets.

General Assembly - An invitation...

It's no secret that we're all full of screw up stories, aha moments and times where you just want to draw the curtains and binge watch Gilmore Girls.

So why not do it together...

We're delighted to share with you an invite to join General Assembly as they celebrate and share in pivotal moments from industry leaders who have faced various trials and bumps in the road. Our very own Intertech's Chris Howard will be speaking as part of the evening and will share some of his thoughts around why LGBT+ individuals often face challenges in their careers and personal journeys.

Plus in true Intertech fashion, we'll be treated to a magic drop or two of prosecco on the evening! We'd love to see some of you there...
When
18 Sep 2018 at 6:30pm
until 18 Sep 2018 at 8:00pm

Intertech @ QuantumBlack - OtherTech: Technology in Non-Traditional Domains

Intertech & QuantumBlack (a McKinsey data science consultancy) are delighted to invite you to QuantumBlack's Trafalgar Square office for an evening discussing how tech is being embraced in industries that typically aren’t associated with disruptive tech. We will be exploring how the power of tech and data-driven decision making is impacting such organisations.

Our speakers are LGBT+ digital specialists, data scientists and business development experts who are keen to share some cool examples of work being done in this space, which we are loosely calling “OtherTech”. Following the presentations, you are invited to enjoy a selection of food and drink whilst networking with Intertech members, friends and colleagues, before we likely sidle up the road to Soho to continue the discussion!

Spaces are limited so please make sure to RSVP if you’d like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.
When
13 Sep 2018 at 6:30pm
until 13 Sep 2018 at 9:30pm