Women in Tech Conference

Women in Business NI is delighted to bring together a collective of Northern Ireland’s leading Tech companies and organisations to host the 5th Women in Tech Conference sponsored by MCS Group.

This year’s conference theme will be Transforming Tech Together.

This empowering one-day hybrid event will gather role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology.  Inspirational women who have achieved great success within the sector and influential entrepreneurs will share stories of their journey.

The event will feature speakers and panellists who will provide delegates with a day of industry-focused learning as well as access to high calibre education and development experts.

With global and local perspectives on the days topics this will be a fantastic thought-provoking day.

Speakers and topics that will be featured at the conference will include:


Speaker: Lindsay Rootare – Slice

Speaking topic: Untraditional Paths: What makes you YOU, makes you right for tech!

Panel Session – Jobs in Tech – Let’s change the stereotype

  • Colette Kidd – Chief People Officer, Kainos
  • Moira Watson – Lecturer (Education), School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Sapphire Duffy – Women Who Code

Speaker – Dr Nidhi Simmons – Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Speaking topic: Promoting Women in STEM

Panel Session – Ethics in Tech – is AI transforming us for the better?

  • Alison Coote – Product Consultant Principle, Kainos
  • Dr Maria Angela Ferrario – Senior Lecturer, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Cathy McCann – Head of Innovation and Portfolio (UK Public Sector), Fujitsu
  • Aishwarya Coffey – Principal Data Scientist, Liberty IT

Panel Session – Authenticity in the Workplace – be yourself.

  • Emma Lidgett – Talent Development and Learning Principle, Kainos
  • Nicola Nelis, Senior Manager, Data & Intelligent Systems, Allstate NI
  • Valentina Videva – Chief of Staff, Sensata Technologies

Speaker – Caroline Bedford – Chief Executive at EDII – Educate, Develop, Innovate & Inspire

Speaking topic: ‘The Rise of the Generalist in the Tech Specialist World’, a dive into how skill and tech culture has evolved to create the ‘Enabler of All’.

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