Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum

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About Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum

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 @ Paddle: Scaling Rapidly v. Hiring Inclusively Q&A Hotseat

Now that Pride is gently coming to a close, the glitter has settled and everyone’s liver has had time to recover, Intertech and Paddle, a fast-growing software startup, are pleased to host a Q&A session focused on discussing the topic of “Scaling Rapidly vs Hiring Inclusively” to keep up the momentum.

As startups grow — often doubling and tripling in team size over a matter of months — a key challenge faced by entrepreneurs in the UK today is a lack of diversity as the overwhelming majority of companies at top-level management are white, British males that tend to hire people similar to them.

Join us for an intimate and engaging discussion on this topic lead by startup leaders currently in the thick of this challenge:

Harrison Rose — CCO and Co-Founder of Paddle

Pierre Gaubert — Founder of myGwork

Sasha Scott - CEO and Founder of Inclusive Group

Together with the event attendees, we will have a candid Q&A discussion with our speakers on how to tackle questions like 'How do you ensure gender balance esp. in historically male engineering teams?, What have you put in place in your selection processes to combat hiring bias?, What communication channels do you use to show people that your company lives up to its diversity promise? and Where do you know that you still have a lot more work to do and what are you planning to do about it?'

Plenty of snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the event! Following the Q&A, an open tab will be set up for attendees at the bar opposite the office for a casual get-together between you, our speakers and Paddlers.

To make for a lively discussion and cluster questions according to what topics you are most interested in, please submit a minimum of 1 question when you register. Of course, we’ll also allow for questions directly during the Q&A.

What is Paddle?

We believe that software companies succeed when they can focus on building awesome products that the world loves and scale their business, rather than wasting time on building and maintaining everything that's required to run and grow. This is why hundreds of developers and software companies rely on our checkout and licensing solution to sell their products globally, as well as using our powerful analytics and marketing tools to understand and grow their businesses.

We’re early in our journey but making great progress: Deloitte Fast 50 named us the fastest growing software company in the UK (we’ve tripled revenue every year since our launch in 2012), and we’ve raised over $17m in funding from incredible investors such as Notion, BGF and Kindred.

How To Register

Please register for the event through Eventbrite. If you register but are unable to make the event, then please do cancel your ticket as there is limited space! To gather ideas on what you’re interested in, please submit 1 question you’d like to ask the speakers when you register.
25 Jul 2018 at 6:30pm
until 25 Jul 2018 at 10:00pm
Paddle HQ
15 Bermondsey Square

Intertech Pride - Thank you!

This weekend saw the end of a month of pride celebrations at the Pride in London 2018 march surrounded by over 150 fabulous Intertech members, friends and family!

Photos will follow shortly but Rob Farthing, our Pride & Engagement Lead, wanted to take a moment to thank the wonderful people who have all contributed significantly during the last half year of planning.

"We've hosted nearly 1,000 members at 7 pride events in the last month, finishing with our biggest pride march ever. All of this wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support of Team Pride. Jerry, Nick, David, James, Kevin, Michael, Eralp, Chris, Koen and of course, our volunteers yesterday too Melanie Olsen, Jean-Yves, John, Rory and Paul."

Thank you to all of the team, our members and sponsors for another fantastic Pride.

Intertech @ BBC - The future of VR...

Intertech and BBC's VR Hub invite you to their event to hear about how VR has changed the way we engage with content, and what the future holds for this new and exciting technology.

During the evening there will be talks from some of the most innovative and creative members of the BBC’s VR team, who will discuss some of the projects they’ve taken on and the challenges they’ve faced in ensuring content is relevant, original and inclusive. We will also have guest speakers from outside the BBC discussing how VR has helped them improve their businesses.

Following the speeches, there will be an opportunity to try some Virtual Reality content for yourself, whilst networking and enjoying a drink.
18 Jul 2018 at 6:00pm
until 18 Jul 2018 at 8:30pm

Intertech @ Palantir - Supporting an LGBT+ Community in a Data-Driven World

You're invited to join us at Palantir to for an evening of insight and conversation at their offices in Soho Square.

On the night , we'll hear from experts in data analytics in an open forum discussion of just some of the important issues affecting our community in the data-driven world and how we as members of the LGBT+ community can help our organisations become a force for good in this space.

The conversation will look at how Pride is both a celebration of how far our community has come and a recognition of how far we have yet to go, and the discussion will consider how the explosion of data collection and analytics in the last decade offers new opportunities to understand and improve our world - and new challenges to the fair treatment of the LGBT+ community.

Our future will be shaped not just in courtrooms and parliaments but in the decisions we make as engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, analysts, and all of us who make up the new data ecosystem.

Following the discussion you're invited to continue the conversation over cocktails and canapés with other Intertech members, friends and colleagues.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.
05 Jul 2018 at 6:30pm
until 05 Jul 2018 at 9:00pm
20 Soho Square

Intertech @ Facebook - Why does Pride matter in 2018?

We're excited to invite you to join us and Facebook for a very special Pride Week event to discuss 'Why Pride still matters in 2018'.

We'll hear from Tudor Havriliuc, Facebook Vice President & Pride Exec Sponsor, followed by a fantastic set of speakers including...

  • Susannah Temko - Facebook, Client Partner for Government, Politics & Non-Profit
  • Rhammel O’Dwyer-Afflick - Pride in London, Deputy Director of Communications
  • Leng Montgomery - Sainsburys, D&I Executive
  • Sarah Foster - Deepmind, D&I Lead
Following the panel there'll be a chance to network over drinks and canapés.

Plus, as usual, we've tickets available for our friends at 'Lesbians Who Tech' & 'The Gay Women's Network' too.

We look forward to seeing you there!
04 Jul 2018 at 6:30pm
until 04 Jul 2018 at 9:00pm
1 Rathbone Square

Intertech @ GDS

Join Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum and the Government Digital Service (GDS) this Pride Month for an evening of insight and learning around how an organisation, whose job is the digital transformation of the Government, are truly embracing innovation and driving positive change.

We'll hear from a number of speakers and see demonstrations of the technology behind GOV.UK Verify, their web platforms and much more - in addition we'll hear how GDS are embracing diversity and the importance of this to them.

There'll also be a chance for networking and a Mario Kart Tournament (Yes, you read that correctly...) afterwards, before in typical Intertech fashion we move to a nearby venue to continue the evening.

We look forward to seeing you there.
28 Jun 2018 at 6:00pm
until 28 Jun 2018 at 9:00pm
Government Digital Service
10 Whitechapel High Street
E1 8QS

Intertech @ Google Campus - LGBT+ Startup Networking

We're delighted to invite you to join us for a LGBT+ Startup networking event with Google Campus to meet like minded entrepreneurs, makers and their supporters in this space.

Whether you identify as LGBT+, or simply wish to support the cause while enjoying an evening full of rainbows, we want everyone to join the celebration!

We really do want to make this evening as engaging and worthwhile for members who are entreprenuers, working in start-ups, makers and investors, so if you do fit into one of these groups please sign-up as we'd love to see you there.

We're also delighted to have individuals from Gayglers, Lesbians Who Tech and the Gay Womens Network joining us.

In typical fashion there will be drinks and nibbles, plus music and some amazing connections waiting for you on the evening - as well as post-event celebrations in a nearby venue.

See you there!
02 Jul 2018 at 6:00pm
until 02 Jul 2018 at 9:00pm
4-5 Bonhill Street

Intertech @ Pride in London - Tickets Live Tomorrow!

Tickets for the Intertech @ Pride in London 2018 parade will be released tomorrow at 1230pm (noon).

If you'd like to join us on what promises to be our biggest and brightest Pride in London so far then make sure you're online ready to sign-up using the link below.

Register for Intertech @ Pride in London 2018 Parade

If you don't grab a ticket then please do join the waiting list as places will free up, plus we'll be running a raffle on the day for tickets that remain unclaimed - there's plenty of opportunity to get involved. We hope to see you there!

Looking for our other events?

For all other planned events this month (GDS, Facebook & Palantir) these tickets will be released as normal, via email and social channels, as the month progresses to ensure that as many of our members can attend.

VMware Sponsor Story - An Intertech sponsor...

With over 500,000 customers globally, VMware is the pioneer in virtualization and an innovator in cloud and business , VMware are sponsoring Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum as one of our Pride in London 2018 sponsors.

We've asked them to share with you, our members, what diversity and inclusion means to VMware, and why they've chosen to support you all in celebrating Pride with Intertech this year...

"VMinclusion is a business led initiative focused on creating and fostering an inclusive environment at VMWare. As part of our VMinclusion initiative we have Power of Difference groups (PODs) around the globe who focus on ensuring that Inclusion is at the heart of all that we do. In the UK we have a general Inclusion POD (‘VMinclusion UK’) who drive initiatives across all areas of diversity – from race, gender, sexual orientation and age, to people with different life experiences, abilities and personalities. The mission of VMinclusion UK is to drive positive engagements that create and foster a diverse and inclusive environment and aim to form a strong sense of trust, belonging and community by providing a safe environment for authenticity.

In line with their Inclusion efforts, VMware employees are excited about marching at Pride, celebrating diversity and supporting #PrideMatters as part of this year’s activities."

For more information on VMware visit their website or check out their social media using the links below:

Visit the VMware Website

Follow VMware on Twitter

TripAdvisor Sponsor Story - Marching proudly with Intertech once again...

Since 2016, TripAdvisor have supported Intertech with our Pride activities, and once again this year they'll be marching proudly with colleagues across the technology industry in London. It goes without saying, that they're also sponsoring Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum as one of our Pride in London 2018 sponsors.

We've asked them to share with you, our members, what diversity and inclusion means to TripAdvisor, and why they've chosen to work, once again, with us and support you all in celebrating Pride with Intertech this year...

'As the world's largest travel site*, TripAdvisor enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 630 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants – TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat.'

This rather impressive intro to TripAdvisor, shows the real benefits that can be achieved when we stand together, and at TripAdvisor we were delighted to hear that they 'are deeply committed to our value of being "Better Together". We stand with our employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community and are proud to support local participation in global Pride events.'

For the past few years, TripAdvisor teams have taken part in Pride parades around the world to show their pride and ally-ship. This year, we're looking forward to continuing the tradition TripAdvisor established in 2016 marching proudly with us and in their words 'We can't wait to celebrate with you all!'.

For more information on TripAdvisor visit their website or check out their social media using the links below:

Visit the TripAdvisor Website

Follow TripAdvisor on Twitter

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, October 2017