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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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

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.
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.
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).
01 Nov 2018 at 6:00pm
until 01 Nov 2018 at 9:00pm
Cisco Meraki
10 Finsbury Square

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.
24 Oct 2018 at 6:30pm
until 24 Oct 2018 at 9:00pm
The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
8 John Adam Street

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: 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...
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