Fringe Events

30 November at 09.00 – 09.30 GMT / 4.00 - 4.30 EST

1 December at 09.00 – 09.30 GMT / 4.00 - 4.30 EST

Calm your mind and relax your body during one of our yoga sessions with a fully trained yoga expert. Stretch and relax to help your mind become focused - ready for a day of learning.

30 November at 13.15 – 13.45 GMT / 8.15 - 8.45 EST

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan offers her tips and tricks on getting a restful and nourishing night’s sleep. Working in the tech sector needs full focus and an alert brain. Sleep is vital for our concentration levels and alertness and in this session delegates will learn about how to fix any bad sleep habits and the science behind getting a really good night’s sleep.

30 November at 15.30 – 16.30 GMT / 10.30 - 11.30 EST

Kimberley Robinson will be running a Mental Health workshop 'Building Resilience- The Free Flow Session'.

This 1 hour interactive workshop explores the method of free flow writing; unblocking the mind, allowing us to reflect, process thoughts and emotions which will enable delegates to build further resilience personally and professionally on and offline. Get your paper and pens ready!

In partnership with Computacenter

Throughout the 2 days

In addition to the mentoring session on the festival programme, we'll also have a mentoring zone open throughout the day. Book in a 15 minute 1-2-1 session with one of our lead mentors - all part of your ticket package!

If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Jessica Feldman via

Sponsored by: Computacenter

1 December at 13.00 – 13.45 GMT /  8.00 - 8.45 EST

How to Detach from the Digital World - Finding balance and contentment through breathwork

This workshop teaches you how to enter into the digital world with a mindful approach and how to maintain healthy use. The mobile phone addiction is old news, however, few truly understand how the dopamine epidemic is not only impairing our mental health but lowering our ability to focus, be productive and fully show up in our lives. This course looks at brain wave states and offers techniques on rewiring your mind to take back control.  Hannah Loveday, Wellbeing Consultant, Loveday Wellbeing

Mindfulness Workshop – in partnership with HSBC

30 November: 15:30 – 17:30 GMT / 10:30 - 12.30 EST

Title: Introduction to Functional Programming with Haskell

Host: Abby Sassel, Software Engineer, Sassela Ltd.

This workshop introduces Functional Programming concepts via a guided group example program in Haskell. This example would be developed using an online compiler. Learners would come away with:

  • An understanding of functional programming concepts
  • An introduction to the Haskell programming language
  • A working illustrative project written in Haskell

30 November: 15:30 – 17:30 GMT / 10:30 - 12.30 EST

Title: How To Detect A Face | Algorithms & Their Biases

Host: Danni Youziel, Consultant Developer, Thoughtworks

Have you ever wondered how your phone can detect your face, or why in some cases facial recognition gets it so wrong. In this hands-on workshop we will use some open source tools to get an understanding of how this tech works and also see how the technology can be improved for a more diverse range of faces. Learn about the growing use of facial recognition software, Understand its strength and weakness, Are open source algorithms a way forward in making this technology more accessible?

30 November at 15:45 – 16:30 GMT / 10:45 – 11:30 EST

Title: How to Define Transferable Skills

Host: Lisa Sherwell, Vice President Transformation, SUSE

Even if you didn’t study or start your career in tech, how can you apply the skills you do have to a career in technology? The goals out of this workshop would be for the attendees to realize how employable they are. The festival organizers have research that delegates want to hear about this topic, and there are women who work in tech are not coders, but that doesn’t mean tech is not the field for them. This session will discuss how to identify your transferable skills and make the most out of your career in technology, no matter what your background is.

Sponsored by SUSE

30 November at 15.15 – 16.45 GMT / 10.15 - 11.45 EST

Brand You: how to carve out a compelling personal brand to maximise your influence and impact

In a noisy, crowded and competitive landscape, a strong personal brand will make sure you stand out and shine but more importantly, excel with passion and purpose both in business and in life. Fundamentally, your personal brand is about who you are, your values, what’s important to you and what you stand for; but crucially, it’s also about how you communicate and make that known to the world and how you have impact. A clear and compelling personal brand will enable you to connect with more like-minded people, attract relevant and exciting opportunities and position yourself as a leader in your field. Join us for an interactive workshop, be prepared to get coached and to go away with an action plan for how you are going to carve out and grow your personal brand to maximise your influence, potential and impact.

Led by Mikaela Jackson, founder of She Almighty