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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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...
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.
13 Sep 2018 at 6:30pm
until 13 Sep 2018 at 9:30pm

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.