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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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Intertech @ Comedy Bloomers - LGBTQ+ Comedian of the Year 2019

Join us for another fantastic evening with Comedy Bloomers at their upcoming heat for the LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year 2019 competition taking place at the Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden.

This amazing event is supporting the next generation of LGBTQ+ comedians and provides an exciting platform for their individual voices to be heard. You’ll also be able to vote on your favourite acts along with the judges from the world of comedy.

The judges on the evening will be the fabulous Stephen Bailey, Spring Day & David Mills.

Sign-up for the event is being handled by the lovely team at Comedy Bloomers - we can't wait to see you there to support new exciting LGBTQ+ talent.
17 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm
until 17 Apr 2019 at 9:30pm
Seven Dials Club
42 Earlham St

Intertech @ SpaceX - Intergalactic LGBT+ tech Issues

Join us, Intertech and our fantastic hosts SpaceX, for a very special event. In light of recent progress made with intergalactic travel and the latest Marvel films, we'll be considering the topic of intergalactic travel and the impact on LGBT+ tech issues.

We've brought together an impressive array of speakers who will each be answering the question: Are there LGBT aliens? Do they know about AI and Blockchain? How would extra terrestials use Technology to support LGBT equality across the Milky Way? We're inviting each of them to tell their story and provide insight, perspective and diverse experiences. We'll be joined on the evening by:

  • Elon Musk CEO of SpaceX
  • Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA
  • Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency
  • Jerry Chen, Team Builder at Flux
After this exciting panel, we will be spending 15mins with SETI for a gripping Q&A session to see if there are any questions from outer space.

There'll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions after the talks but unfortunately we will not be able to continue the conversation after as pubs have not yet been built on the moon yet. Please note that the venue has notified that the cleaners are coming at 9:30pm GMT so we need to vacate the venue promptly.

We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating April Fools Day 2019 together.
01 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm
until 01 Apr 2019 at 9:00pm
1 Moon Street
Moon City
M0 0NI

Intertech & Lesbians Who Tech @ Google - Not Your Problem? The importance of Allyship.

Join us, Intertech, Lesbians Who Tech and our fantastic hosts Google, for a very special event to celebrate International Women's Day 2019. We'll be considering the topic of allies, the need for allyship and the importance of intersectional collaboration.

We've brought together an impressive array of speakers who will each be answering the question: 'Not Your Problem? The importance of Allyship' and we're inviting each of them to tell their story and provide insight, perspective and diverse experiences. We'll be joined on the evening by:

  • Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall
  • Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids UK
  • Munroe Bergdorf, Social Activist, Broadcaster & Model
  • Sanisha Wynter, Independent Diversity and Inclusion Adviser
  • Major Robert Ridley, British Army
  • Pedro Pina, Google VP of Global Client & Agency Solutions & EMEA LGBT Sponsor
  • Gill Whitehead, Google Senior Director of Client Solutions & Analytics & UK LGBT+ Sponsor
There'll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and continue the conversation afterwards over drinks. We're also really excited to be joined by Google's LGBT+ network, Trans@ Google, Woman@ Google and Black Googler Network for this impressive event.

We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating International Women's Day 2019 together.
06 Mar 2019 at 6:00pm
until 06 Mar 2019 at 9:00pm
1-13 Saint Giles High Street

Intertech @ SAP - Purpose, Innovation and Inclusion

Join us at SAP for an Intertech Panel looking at the connection between Purpose, Innovation and Inclusion.

Our impressive panel of speakers will explore the role that Diversity and Inclusion plays in leading innovation within the technology sector through Policy, Leadership, Applications and Products themselves.

The evening will kick-off our 2019 series of events with a unique opportunity to understand what various organisations are doing to disrupt the norm and challenge our workforces, consumers and customers to be more inclusive. Our fantastic speakers on the evening will include:

Tom Loeffert, HR Director EMEA @ SAP Concur

Chad Edwards, Creative Director @ EY

Karina Govindji, Head of Diversity and Inclusion @ Vodafone

Frances Duffy, Vice President HR @ Capgemini

We look forward to seeing you on the night and encourage you to sign-up today for what promises to be a very insightful evening.

Tickets will be available to sign-up from 10am on Tuesday 19th February.

Valid photographic ID, presented upon arrival, will be required to attend the event.
28 Feb 2019 at 6:30pm
until 28 Feb 2019 at 9:00pm
SAP Fieldglass
240 Blackfriars Road

Intertech @ PwC - The Eight Emerging Technologies

In the next 10 years, 40% of the Fortune 500 companies will be gone, according to the University of Washington. Why? Because those companies will not survive the emerging technologies about to disrupt their business models. So what can organisations do to future proof themselves and take advantage of the new opportunities created by emerging technology?

Join Intertech @ PwC to find out how the essential eight emerging technologies are already impacting our lives and creating new opportunities, followed by drinks and networking. PwC will also showcase an exciting ‘Future City’ virtual reality experience.

Tickets will be available to sign-up from 10am on Tuesday 19th February.

Valid photographic ID, presented upon arrival, will be required to attend the event.
14 Mar 2019 at 6:30pm
until 14 Mar 2019 at 9:30pm
7 More London Riverside

Intertech @ National Student Pride 2019

We're excited to be taking part in National Student Pride once again this year alongside some other fantastic organisations, sponsors and friends from the LGBT+ community.

Across three days, over 1700 students from 170 global universities attend in person and thousands join the digitally streamed panels and sessions over a weekend of discussion aimed at empowering young LGBT+ people feel comfortable in their identity.

We'll be at the National Student PRIDE.CAREERS Job Fair at Westminster University on Feb 23rd shouting about our passion and commitment to creating a networked community, linking students, graduates, and LGBT+ friendly employers through Intertech's mission.

If your organisation hasn't yet secured it's place then be sure to get in touch with the Festival organisers soon.
23 Feb 2019 at 12:00pm
until 23 Feb 2019 at 4:30pm
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road

Intertech @ Friendly Society - A Social...

Join us this Saturday 2nd February for a celebration of those of you who have:

  • Successfully completed Dry January, Vegan-uary or Janu-hairy,
  • Not successfully completed Dry January, Vegan-uary or Janu-hairy,
  • Think Dry January, Vegan-uary or Janu-hairy are silly human inventions designed to bend us to revolt against social norms within set boundaries which in itself is an ironic way obeying the system.
No tickets are required - just turn up if you are free and have fun. The register link below is for the Facebook event don't worry!

The venue, Friendly Society is notorious for having poor phone signal so if you want to join later in the evening; just pop a message on the Facebook event wall as we'll periodically coming back above ground to check... we look forward to seeing you all!
02 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm
The Friendly Society
79 Wardour Street

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,


If you would like to get involved with Intertech in 2019, please do not hesitate to reach out to 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.
20 Nov 2018 at 6:00pm
until 20 Nov 2018 at 9:00pm
5 North Colonnade
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.
29 Nov 2018 at 6:30pm
until 29 Nov 2018 at 9:30pm
20 Soho Square