Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum

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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 @ BBC News - Mental Health & the LGBT+ Community

Intertech and BBC News invite you to our post-Pride speaker event discussing mental health. The evening will feature speakers from different backgrounds discussing their experiences with Mental Health.

Join BBC News staff plus their guest speakers from amazing organisations such as UK Black Pride & Mind who'll share honest and open experiences of their Mental Health journeys.

Following the talks, there will be an opportunity to network over drinks before continuing the evening in a nearby venue.

Photographic ID will be required to attend the event and could we please encourage you to not bring large bags due to security screening processes.
When
17 Jul 2019 at 6:00pm
until 17 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
New Broadcasting House - Media Cafe
Portland Place
London
W1A 1AA

Intertech @ Paddle - Intersectional Stories

Intersectionality has been applied to a broad array of societal fields over the last 30 years, and life as a member of the LGBT+ community is no different... that's why we're delighted to invite you to join us at Paddle for an exploration of how our individual experiences as members of the community may vary widely, and be complicated further by our individual traits and life experiences.

We will be joined by three fantastic speakers who will share their stories of how their specific experiences have impacted their fight for equality and fairness.

After we've heard from the speakers there'll be an opportunity for a Q&A and a casual mixer with drinks and snacks.

Our speakers for the evening will be:

Beata Lipska

Beata Lipska is a software engineer and a dreamer, in her spare time an activist. She was born in Poland in 1985 and felt in love with a woman in 2010, before that she was a catholic hypocrite, but when she realised that love is the most important thing in the world and simply you can’t hide it, she became an LGBT+ activist in Poland - featured 3 times in Newsweek Polska, Polish Television and a documentary film called “Article 18”. She did everything she could to get married with her girlfriend in Poland. Nothing changed. Emigrated to UK in 2013, still fighting for equal rights in her motherland.

Okechukwu Nzelu

Okechukwu Nzelu is a writer and teacher. He was born in Manchester in 1988, read English at Girton College, Cambridge. His work has been published in Agenda, PN Review, E-magazine and The Literateur and his essay 'Troubles with God' was published in the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award for The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, which is his debut novel, published in October 2019.

Martin Pong

Martin is a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and specialises in greenfield digital banking builds. He is the global chair of Oliver Wyman’s LGBT+ network and an adviser for the BAME network. In these roles, he has worked on implementing an intersectional focused global reverse mentoring program, and outside of work is launching the East and Southeast Asian Project to improve representation of East and Southeast Asian identities in the UK. Martin also regularly works with charities such a Stonewall and Diversity Role Models to share his story with LGBT+ and BAME youth and support them in becoming role models in their own organisations.
When
31 Jul 2019 at 6:30pm
until 31 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
70 Wilson St
London
EC2A 2DB

EPAM - Intertech's Pride in London Headline Sponsor

We're delighted this year to have EPAM as the Intertech Pride in London 2019 headline sponsor. We're so pleased to have them join us that we asked them to share a short insight into why they're supporting Intertech and what diversity means for them, their employees and the wider community...

"At EPAM, we celebrate diversity, stand firmly for equal rights and advocate for the inclusion of every one of our employees.

In order to be at the forefront of technology transformation, EPAM works to create an inclusive and diverse global community, so we can deliver the most creative and cutting-edge solutions to our clients.

As a business EPAM value inclusion, not only as this is the right thing to do but because it fosters the most innovative and exciting points of view to present to our clients. We are consultants, designers, architects and engineers from all backgrounds who enable our customers to be competitive and disruptive in the marketplace.

We’re proud to support Intertech and the crucial work they do for the LGBTQ+ community. As a global tech employer it’s important to us that our EPAMers are represented in this community, and we are participating in Pride in London 2019 to show our love and support.

For more information visit our website: www.epam.com and stay connected with us on social media

Facebook: @epam.global | Twitter: @epamsystems_uk | Linkedin: EPAM-Systems

Explore job opportunities at EPAM.com/careers!"

Pride in London 2019 - Our Exclusive Viewing Party

Celebrate Pride in London 2019 in style at our Intertech Pride Viewing Party!

We know many of you weren’t able to secure tickets to march with us - and that makes us sad as we really want as many of our members to be engaged for the Pride celebrations! So we’ve only gone and arranged an exclusive Intertech Viewing Party for you to join in the fun at the beautiful One Heddon Street!

Join us at our private venue overlooking Regents St for a birds eye view of the entire parade plus a live stream of the Pride in London broadcast. We’ll ensure you’re looked after with drinks & nibbles and you’re welcome to come and go throughout the day if you want to take a break from the heat or mingle with the crowds.

Tickets go live at 2pm today - sign up to secure a ticket for an incredible view of the Pride in London parade and a chance to start the party with Intertech.

Tickets for the Viewing Party also provide entry to our Pride Afterparty; however if you'd like to attend the Viewing Party and have a Marching ticket please do cancel this or let us know so we can re-assign this to another member.
When
06 Jul 2019 at 12:30pm
until 06 Jul 2019 at 4:00pm
Where
1 Heddon Street
Regent Street
London
W1B 4BD

Intertech @ Palantir - 'Disadvantaged by Data'

Come and join us at Palantir's Soho Square office for another great evening of conversation and networking this time looking at the very interesting topic of ‘Disadvantaged by Data’.

The event will feature a panel discussion of data specialists and industry leaders providing insight and their own experiences of how communities and groups have been, or continue to be, disadvantaged due to the data that represents them.

We'll be hearing how data drives the 'tailoring' of products and services for communities with both positives and negative consequences. Furthermore we'll be considering how intersectionality is impacting how organisations interpret and act upon the data they collect and store.

As the evening takes place just a few days before Pride in London we're excited to be celebrating with Palantir and kicking-off the Pride celebrations with drinks and food to aid the conversation and networking!

Tickets available from 10am on Wednesday 26th June...

We'll see you there!

Photographic ID will be required to attend this event that matches the name you sign-up with.
When
04 Jul 2019 at 6:30pm
until 04 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Palantir
20 Soho Square
London
W1D 3QW

Intertech @ Pride in London 2019 - Lunch On Us!

This year, we're excited to have teamed up with Flux to provide 250 of our incredible Intertech members with £5 Flux credit to spend at Pride in London at all participating Flux retailers - there really is such a thing as a free lunch!

Flux is a completely free service that is looking to move receipts into your phone and eliminate paper receipts once and for all! The credit is available to use at any of our retailers across the UK for food, coffee, a drink and even on shoes (see here for a handy map!). Your credit is available from the 6th July to the 13th July inclusive.

To register, simply follow this link and provide us with the email address associated with your Monzo or Starling card. You'll also need to ensure you've registered for Flux with your associated card. Unfortunately, Flux have not yet integrated with other banks so this offer is only available for Monzo and Starling customers. That being said, it is free to join and only takes a few minutes to sign up.

Intertech @ Google for Startups: - Startups Serving the LGBT+ Community

We are PROUD to be partnering once again this year with Google for Startups, alongside our fabulous friends at SeriesQ, to bring an exciting event exploring the journeys of entrepreneurs who have made it their mission to create products & services that support the LGBT+ community.

We will be joined by four incredible speakers who have founded companies which stem from from a need or issues in the LGBT+ community. They will each be taking part in an exciting panel to talk about what lead them to kick-off their Start Ups and tell us more about their journey so far. There will be plenty of time to not just hear their stories but also ask them any questions about their experiences... we can't wait!

We'll be joined the following fabulous speakers:

  • Elliot Eaton - Gaygler at Google providing an intro the evening
  • Rob Curtis - Chief Product Officer at Squad Social moderating the discussion between:
  • Paul Dunstone - Managing Director at OutSavvy
  • Heidi McCormack - CEO and Founder of Emerald Life
  • Chris Kenna - CEO and Co-Founder of Brand Advance
  • Richard Franke - Founder and Creative Director of Magic Notion
Of course, drinks and nibbles will be provided so please do join us for this amazing evening exploring entrepreneurship in the LGBT+ community.

We hope to see you there!
When
03 Jul 2019 at 6:00pm
until 03 Jul 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
4-5 Bonhill Street
London
EC2A 4BX

Intertech @ Pride in London 2019

Here is everything you need to know to join in and celebrate Intertech @ Pride in London Jubilee 2019. We've loads of great events planned over the next three weeks, culminating with a fantastic day on Pride Saturday, 6th July 2019.

Pride Week Events - 30th June to 5th July

We've our usual week of Pride events scheduled once again and we'll be sharing further details of these plans in the coming weeks. Keep a sharp eye on your inbox!

Pride Saturday Events - 6th July

We have a full day of events planned for the big day that we're so excited to share with you; so here goes...

Marching in the Parade...

As always, we will march in the Pride in London Jubilee once again this year. Here’s all you need to know to grab a spot to join Intertech’s contingent promoting diversity in tech.

Pride in London has limited the number of parade places per organisation this year in order to increase the representation of our diverse community, this means we have fewer places than last year. But don’t fret - we plan to be in force promoting our message of diversity.

Tickets to march in the parade can be booked using the link below. You will be able to reserve one ticket and will be asked for your t-shirt size at the time of booking.

Pride Party...

We are excited to add a post-Pride parade after-party at Salsa! Bar, Temple this year. We've reserved this exciting venue for a private, invite-only event to celebrate Intertech @ Pride Jubilee.

Join us immediately after the Parade from 4:00pm to late for a night full of exciting entertainment. We'll also have a bar tab for wine and beer and a cocktail happy hour between 5pm and 8pm for those wanting something a bit more extravagant!

We anticipate significant interest in this special event so get your tickets fast to join the fun and wind down after a brilliant day or recharge for an exciting night out!

Pride Party tickets can be booked using the link below. Please note that tickets are limited to four (4) per person and if you reserve a parade ticket, your booking includes a Pride Party ticket so you only need to reserve additional Pride Party tickets if you want to bring along friends.
When
06 Jul 2019
until 06 Jun 2019

Intertech @ Capco & Flux - Celebrating 50 Years of Pride with Matthew Todd

We are super excited to announce an Intertech Pride event in collaboration with Capco and Flux - with tickets live from 10am Wednesday 5th June.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we are proud to host former editor of Attitude Magazine, playwright and multi-award winning journalist, Matthew Todd. Matthew is the author of “Straight Jacket”, a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT+ community, their friends and family, and most recently, “Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement”.

He will be joining us to speak about the origins of Pride, and where we stand today. We are delighted that such a powerful speaker will be sharing his words with us. We will also be showing a short excerpt from the 2019 documentary, “State of Pride” from Oscar-winning Directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

This is a fantastic way to reconnect with Pride and the LGBT+ rights movement before the big day in London. There will also be a great selection of drinks and nibbles available on the night. Please join us.

Please note that sensitive subjects may be discussed during the event.
When
25 Jun 2019 at 6:30pm
until 25 Jun 2019 at 10:00pm
Where
41 Luke Street
Flux
London
EC2A 4DP

Intertech @ Microsoft - 'Driving for Authenticity'

Tickets are now live for our event with Microsoft where we'll be joined by guest speaker Charlie Martin, a transgender racing driver and LGBTQI+ activist who started her life in the spotlight by creating videos documenting her gender transition, and since then she has been changing minds and attitudes in the racing world with her “come as you are, do what you love” attitude!

We'll also be joined by Emily Coates, an engineer and GLEAM board member at Microsoft who will be speaking about her experiences transitioning in the work environment. The event will raise the topic of how being your authentic self can improve performance in our personal and work lives and we're so excited to be joining Microsoft once again.

Please note sign-up for this event is handled by Microsoft at the link below and is open to members outside of Intertech.
When
19 Jun 2019 at 6:00pm
until 19 Jun 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Microsoft Reactor
70 Wilson Street
London
EC2A 2DB