Yorks Tech Scene is a small and buzzing community of people who are passionate about their craft, and (as expected with the Northern Charm) always seem to be so willing to share and talk about it. The August Women in Tech Event was a perfect example of this…
I had actually been wanting to go to the Piano and Pitcher ever since I got to York… the water-front setting was completely beautiful, especially in the spell of the summer evenings we were getting at the time (They are missed). So when I heard that the Women in Tech York was being held there I was thrilled. I wasn’t too sure how applicable the evening would be for Girls In Science – it was a Tech Event after all, but that’s the great thing about STEM, because it is a niche within itself, the overlapping themes are all too evident – I felt right at home.
I had been speaking to Rebecca Rafferty and Ashley Smith (Ambassadors to WiT) before the event just to find out abit more about them, they held their first event on the 31st May earlier this year and in such a short time had grown so much ! It was a huge turnout, with sold out tickets days before and a great mix of men and women from places like York University and regional industry firms.
One of the best things about events like these are the people you meet and the stories you hear, I met web designers, coders, academics and spoke about everything from career development to running 10Ks. This was all in between the talks from the evening; They had Dr Jo Lacovides, a lecturer at the University of York who did a talk on Gaming and Playful technologies, and the really interesting way these are being used to help health industries, Next was Katie Bianchi who gave a part history / part reality check on the state of females in Tech. And I honestly learnt so much.
Aside from that, was a lovely assortment of buffet food that everyone said they loved, I actually got talking to Rebecca (WiT Ambassador) and found that she studied undergrad and postgrad Physics – then went into Tech which I though was a super interesting story.
I think lastly girlies I would say – take the chance to go to events and places like these,
You might get to find out more about how your degree can fit into the STEM industry and get a vibe for the current trends. You may also be pleasantly surprised on how much you learn, who you meet and the relationships you make. – It was very much needed evening for me , and the first bout of social interaction I’ve had for a few weeks ( I have my Postgrad Thesis Paper to thank for that).
I’m going to get back to my research now – but in case you’re looking out for the next Women in Tech event, take a look here.