SHIFT Speaker Database

highlighting the diverse tech and digital public speakers of the South West

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!

The ambition is to amplify underrepresented voices within our tech community by creating a platform to showcase talented speakers and attract those who are interested in public speaking.

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...

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. 


Apply here!
An Indigenous Two-Spirit person gestures into the (non-pictured) crowd while speaking into a microphone. They are standing next to a Black woman, who is laughing and holding a microphone. Both the people are wearing prosthetic legs.

“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

Zara Nanu

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. 

Qualifying Region

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.