Introducing the SHIFT Speaker Database
We're super excited to be launching the SHIFT Speaker Database, highlighting the diverse tech and digital public speakers of the South West!
We'll be officially launching the database in conjunction with the Bristol Technology Festival, 10 - 15 October 2021 - so watch this space for further updates.
Some of the people we'll be working with...
I speak on Recruitment, B-borp, Tech 4 Good, Volunteering, Diversity, Founder journeys & Women in Businesses
I speak on Digital Marketing, content writing, marketing automation and how to be an LQBTQ+ ally
I'm a Data Analyst for an insuretech company and speak on data analysis, data visualisation.
I speak on authentic branding, design, charging your worth, turning your vision into a reality, wellness for marginalized communities
I speak on Virtualisation, IoT, Government Software development, Data Science. Health, Fitness, Mindset, Mental Health.
I'm an anthropologist who founded the Response-ability Summit and podcast to encourage collaboration between social scientists and technologists.
I speak on leadership, social action/systems change, diversity/inclusion, mental health, masculinity/gender equity, developing people
I speak on the Founder journey, disruptive tech, supporting diverse talent and routes into tech industry
I speak on Design, UX, Product Management, Mentoring in STEM, Open Source Software, Community Engagement, DEI in Tech, Ethnographic design, research, Humanitarian and Human-Rights technology.
Gill runs Upstarter, an incubator for creative and social microbusinesses and works with Black South West Network, Watershed, the Combined Authority, NESTA, British Council and Clwstwr.
I speak on marketing, corporate communications, PR, public relations, media relations - specifically b2b deep tech
I speak on Frontend development, working in dev teams and technology, working with clients and designers
I speak on Data - everything data! I also speak on SMEs - particularly focus on SME, startup and scale-up data
I speak on women in business, changing the business landscape for women, marketing and PR strategy, creative communications.
I speak on Script Writing, Editing & short films . I also speak on Psychology and Mental Health.
I speak on Climate change , GHG and carbon emissions modelling, digital tools for climate action
I speak on conversations and holding space around Black Queerness, general LGBT+ topics, LGBT+/Queer women in football
I speak on Data, the Visitor Experience, Tech startups from a non-techie & the founder journey
Tess Coughlan allen
I speak on storytelling in marketing, culture and wellbeing, attitudes for overcoming adversity
I speak on content design, creative thinking, managing creatives and clients. I know about integrated campaigns, copywriting and being the only Indian in an agency!
I speak on project management, customer success, technology and DE&I, DE&I in the workplace, women in tech, race & tech
I speak on EdTech, Human-Computer Interaction, UX, User Research, Storytelling, Immersive Experience, Multimedia Installations, Interaction Design & Creative Practices
Be a part of the SHIFT Speaker Database
The SHIFT Speaker Database aims to highlight the diversity of tech and digital public speakers in the South West, as well as offer support for those new to the sector and region. Our focus is on facilitating platforms for underrepresented voices in tech and digital, in particular:
- Those from the LGBT+ community
- Women, trans and non-binary individuals
- Those of Black and Asian heritage
- Neurodivergent and disabled individuals
The South West has a thriving tech and digital sector with a track record of holding invaluable events for our community to connect with one another.
Whilst our sector holds a copious number of events, they, unfortunately, don’t represent the diversity of the region. This is something we can’t afford to ignore as our sector grows alongside the need for diverse talent; the significance of representation has been proven to be a great source of inspiration to those wanting to join the tech and digital sector.
“The lack of diversity at events, senior roles and boardrooms merely shows one part of underrepresentation in the tech sector. There are so many talented unrepresented voices in the industry who have the potential to make the Bristol & Bath tech sector even better, so we’re really happy to support SHIFT to celebrate diverse voices in our region.”
Zara Nanu CEO & Founder, Gapsquare
See our feature on BBC Points West
About TechSPARK UK
TechSPARK is a not-for-profit network dedicated to connecting, educating and strengthening the digi-tech cluster in the West.
We work with tech and digital businesses from Startups to Scaleups, SME’s to Global Corporations based in the region to help them to grow, using our connections and knowledge.
We engage with over 35,000 people monthly highlighting the best in tech in the West and bringing people together at regular events.
All applicants to The SHIFT Speaker Database must be based within Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon or South Gloucester, including Bristol, Bath and Swindon. This is the region detailed on the map below.
If you're currently based remotely elsewhere, but have a strong connection to the region, you may still apply. However, there is an expectation that you would be able to attend events happening across the South West if you wished to speak at them.