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 @ Expedia - Travel & Tech

Tickets live from 10am on Monday 13th 2020.

Join us as we come together with Expedia Group for an evening of tech talks and insight looking at the innovative work the Expedia team are delivering to improve customer journeys and engagement through technology and design.

We'll hear from a range of speakers throughout the evening talking on topics ranging from the architecture behind their complex trip planning tools to how each click of a users mouse is tracked for efficiency.

Plus they'll of course be plenty of time for questions and drinks and nibbles in their fantastic space in the heart of Angel.
23 Jan 2020 at 6:00pm
until 23 Jan 2020 at 9:00pm
407 Saint John Street

Intertech @ Sainsbury's Tech - Making Inclusive Tech Workplaces: LGBTQ+ Allyship Across The Generations

Intertech, Thoughtworks, Tech London Advocates and Sainsbury’s Tech invite you to our ‘Making Inclusive Tech Workplaces: LGBTQ+ Allyship Across The Generations’ event. The evening will feature a panel of speakers from different backgrounds who'll share honest and open accounts of their personal journeys.

Christine Burns will be our keynote speaker on the night. You don’t want to miss this event!

Following the talks, there will be a Q&A session as well as an opportunity to network with the panel and other attendees of the event.
26 Nov 2019 at 5:30pm
until 26 Nov 2019 at 9:30pm
Sainsbury’s Holborn Store Support Centre
33 Holborn

Intertech @ The Focus - The Lion King

MPC Film in association with The Focus, Presents 'The Lion King'...

We're so excited to invite you to join us for an exclusive screening of the The Lion King in partnership with MPC Film and the team from The Focus as part of our festive celebrations.

Join us in their incredibly comfortable and luxurious cinema in the centre of Soho for not only a chance to see The Lion King but also see some of the work that went into producing this incredible movie and the technology behind it.

We'll of course be concluding the evening over drinks and nibbles with the team and those in attendance so look forward to seeing you there.
11 Dec 2019 at 6:00pm
until 11 Dec 2019 at 10:00pm
MPC (Moving Picture Company)
127 Wardour Street

We've got tickets to Google Cloud Next 19!

We're so excited to be able to invite you to attend this incredible event...

Google is committed to making the Google Cloud Next ’19 UK experience inclusive and representative of all people and as a result they've very kindly extended a special invitation to folks from Intertech to join them at Next ‘19 UK.

Amongst all of the incredible events taking place, the event will also include focused content such as a dynamic panel about Inclusion with Karen Blackett of WPP, Asif Sadiq from The Telegraph, and Dawn Baker from Fitbit as well as a panel of technical women at Google. Plus they'll be special networking events, and development opportunities for all in attendance too.

This decision and initiative from Google is focused on supporting those who identify with underrepresented groups in technology by providing complimentary access to Next UK.

If you'd like to attend please reply to this email with your LinkedIn/Twitter handle and we'll share with you our exclusive code and instructions on how to register for this incredible event.

Next ‘19 UK is where we can all come together to share big ideas in the same space.
20 Nov 2019
until 21 Nov 2019

Final few tickets remaining for Intertech @ IHS Markit

There are just a few more tickets remaining for tomorrow's event with IHS Markit looking at LGBT+ communities and faith. We have invited representatives from various faith communities to share their experience in this intersection. We look forward to seeing everyone engage with us in a night of thought-provoking and respectful conversation.

Our speakers on the evening include Abdi Duale, an active member of LGBT+ Labour and Fabian Society think-tank and Dalia Fleming, the Executive Director of KeshetUK who work to create a world where no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ and Jewish identity. They'll be joined by Revd. Jide Macaulay, an openly gay British-Nigerian born in London and a Christian minister since 1998 as well as Mubeen Ahmed, who sits on the management committee of Hidayah, an organisation that provides support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education.

Sign-up today for one of the last few remaining tickets for what promises to be an engaging and very interesting evening.
23 Oct 2019 at 6:00pm
until 23 Oct 2019 at 10:00pm
IHS Markit
Ropemaker Street

Intertech @ Above the Stag - Christmas Pantomine

It's that time of year again... Oh no it isn't... Oh yes it is!

It's the Intertech @ Above the Stag Christmas Adult Pantomime and this year we're delighted to have secured tickets for 'Pinocchio - No Strings Attached!' on Dec 5th.

The performance by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper tells the story of a lonely woodcutter who lovingly carves a boy out of wood is gobsmackingly reimagined as a dazzling adult pantomime. In which a spell transforms Pinocchio into a real boy, and sends him on a great adventure where he discovers he has a very peculiar affliction: whenever he tells a lie, Pinocchio starts to grow - in a very embarrassing place.

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Above The Stag’s award-winning Christmas shows with a glorious concoction of comedy, songs, slapstick and sweet-throwing, and a tale that reminds you: if you can’t get love, you can at least get wood.

To join us select a ticket for Dec 5th and enter the code 'INTERTECH' to get your hands on a ticket that of course will include a a free mulled wine, beer, cider or soft drink for each ticket purchased.
05 Dec 2019 at 7:30pm
until 05 Dec 2019 at 10:00pm
Above the Stag Theatre
72 Albert Embankment

Umbraco UK Fest - 2 free tickets available...

We're so excited to be taking part in Umbraco UK Festival as it's celebrates a decade of bringing together one of the friendliest communities in tech. The festival is a jam packed event featuring incredible talks on development, front end, design & UX, wellbeing, and business, deep-dive workshops hosted by community experts, and of course our legendary hackathon.

The Umbraco UK Festival is committed to building a sustainable and inclusive community-focused event where everyone feels welcome and as a friend of the festival they've very kindly offered 2 free tickets for our members!

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on this ticket simply reply to this email with the words 'Give me that ticket!' and we'll enter you into the drawn. Please reply by Monday 21st 2019.
08 Nov 2019 at 8:00am
until 08 Nov 2019 at 10:00pm
Hoxton Docks
55 Laburnum Street
E2 8BD

Intertech @ IHS Markit - A Conversation on Faith and LGBT+ Identities

Continuing our Intersectional Stories theme, we would love to invite you to IHS Markit to join us for a conversation around LGBT and faith. We have invited representatives from various faith communities to share their experience in this intersection. We look forward to seeing everyone engage with us in a night of thought-provoking and respectful conversation.

IHS Markit is a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We have colleagues in countries around the world, and they are unique in their cultures, experiences and backgrounds. We strive to promote an inclusive and diverse environment including people in the LGBT+ community and those of all faiths and none.

Our speakers on the evening will be:

Abdi Duale (Moderator) - Public Affairs Specialist in London and South East

Abdi is an active member of LGBT+ Labour and Fabian Society think-tank. He has spoken in students' unions across the country about his experience as someone with multiple identities being a black Muslim.

Dalia Fleming - Executive Director of KeshetUK

KeshetUK works to create a world where no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) and Jewish identity. KeshetUK is the only charity in the UK working with Jewish schools, youth and young adult organisations, synagogues, and wider community organisations about the importance of LGBT+ inclusion through education and training.

Revd. Jide Macaulay - CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC

Reverend Jide Macaulay is an openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV Positive Activist, holds a degree in Law, masters degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. He has won several awards including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for "Man of the Year" for his work helping people of faith.

Mubeen Ahmed (He/Him/His) - Education Officer at Hidayah

Mubeen sits on the management committee of Hidayah as an Education Officer. Mubeen is a from London and works in Management and Training in the Education sector. Hidayah provides support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about the Muslim LGBTQI+ community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.
23 Oct 2019 at 6:00pm
until 23 Oct 2019 at 10:00pm
IHS Markit
25 Ropemaker Street

Intertech Network Leads - Employee Networks Summit

Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum is committed to supporting employee networks and those that lead them and as an employee network leader you have great influence and the opportunity to make real impact right across your business.

To support you in your role, we are delighted to invite you to attend our Intertech Employee Networks Summit at Microsoft Reactor London in collaboration with Radius Business.

Building better networks, together with Radius. Radius Business are experts in employee network leadership training.

Radius will be helping you explore the networking potential within your organisation, and externally, and the session will focus on:

  • How can organisations that are scaling rapidly ensure that they remain diverse?
  • How can larger organisations learn from networking across their industry?
  • How do you enhance your personal leadership in this area?
Radius develop, connect and empower employee networks, maximising their impact and potential. The experts in their field, Radius leads in the training, development and resourcing of all employee networks.

The strategic link between networks, HR and the wider business, Radius provide practical, ongoing, on the ground support, which is delivered regionally and/or globally.

Sign-up to join us at the Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum Summit 2019 with Radius Business today.
03 Dec 2019 at 1:00pm
until 03 Dec 2019 at 6:30pm

Intertech @ ThoughtWorks - Intersectional Stories

Join us for the second event in our Intertech Intersectional Stories series this year.

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.

We've teamed up with the incredible team at ThoughtWorks 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.

On the evening there will be three fantastic speakers each sharing their stories of how their experiences have impacted their fight for equality and fairness and shaped their journey and career in the digital world so far.

Following the speakers there will be a a chance for Q&A plus networking over drinks and nibbles.

Tickets go live at 10am on Friday 27th September.

Our speakers for the evening will be:

Maya Fay

Maya Fay is an artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiast, who has worked all over the world on innovative projects to help people solve tricky problems, to name but a few these have included, DNA analysis for designer personalised medicine and developing software that allows Vietnamese people to speak with like an accent like Audrey Hepburn and James Bond 007.

As a member of the LGBTQI+ community, she is involved with several government-funded projects to help with the mental well being of transgender people and is currently involved as a researcher for Spectra and Goldsmith University in analysing ease of access to employment for transgender people.

Franzi Sauerwein

Microagressions, sexism, othering - problems we encounter in society seem to be especially elevated in the IT industry. Can we still thrive in a toxic environment like this? Can we stay our fabulous selves when we are confronted with the fact that tech careers seem not to be designed for us?

In this talk I want to tell you my story of working through my internalised misogyny and discover the power of my queer femme caring self. I will also go through the challenges I faced and the communities and networks I found for support. You will learn about some of the fallacies I discovered about having a fulfilling career in tech.

Lola Phoenix

Mx Lola Phoenix (they/them) is a non-binary disabled queer Norse pagan who works in digital in the charity sector. When not working, Lola usually writes both fiction as well as producing a weekly relationship advice column and podcast called Non-Monogamy Help for people in non-monogamous relationships. Lola will be talking about why coming out at work is not a singular experience and there may be many reasons that individuals don't choose to come out that are strategic as well as critical for the protection of their mental health and why it's important to realise that the very concept of being 'out' assumes one's identity is not already visible and that visibility is safe for everyone.
10 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm
until 10 Oct 2019 at 9:00pm
78 Wardour Street