Celebrating Black Women in Tech: Then and Now
- 9:00 pm
16 October 2019
Condé Nast International | Free
- 6.00 – 6.30: Arrival and Networking
- 6.30 – 6.45: Intro
- 6.45 – 7.00: Black Women in Tech History by Faduma Mohammed
- 7.00 – 7.30: Black Women in Tech Panel discussion with Dionne Condor-Farrell, Jean Jimbo and Bukola Thompson
- 7.30 – 9.00: Food, drink and networking
Black Women in Tech History by Faduma Mohammed
Faduma Mohammed is a Software Engineer at Condé Nast International . As its Black History Month, she’ll be delivering a talk about the history of Black Women in tech.
Black Women in Tech Panel Discussion
We will have a Panel discussion with 3 women who currently work in tech
- Dionne Condor-Farrell – Senior Software Developer – TfL
- Jean Jimbo – Product Manager – BBC
- Bukola Thompson – Software Developer – CodeXhiphop
Dionne is an award winning Senior Developer, Tech Coach, Mentor and Public Speaker, who is passionate about improving diversity in the tech industry.
She has been working at Transport for London (TfL) for 12 years as a Senior Developer (Java and open source technologies), and has experience of developing a variety of bespoke Java web applications for TfL Surface Transport business areas. In early 2017 she moved to the TfL Customer Technology Mobile Services team where she developed Java API services for the Oyster Mobile project, and has been exploring the benefits of cloud computing. More recently she has retrained as a Mobile App Developer, and moved to the new in-house Mobile App Development team to create apps for use by the public and TfL operational staff.
Dionne is one of the leads on the TfL Women Staff Network Group – Women in Tech committee, and organises diversity and tech related events, and delivers skills workshops for the members. She is also the founder of Where’s The BAME in Tech (@BAMEinTech), an initiative set up to raise the profile of success BAME professionals in tech, through a series of high profile events and workshops. She is also a core member of UKBlackTech. Dionne regularly speaks at tech conferences and meetups, delivering inspiring talks to encourage more women and BAME people to consider pursuing and staying in a career in tech.
Jean Jimbo is a Product Manager at the BBC. Jean began her career in tech as a software engineer and while she enjoys coding, she has a passion for building tech that serves people beautifully and responsibly. She wants to see more underrepresented groups in tech. Jean mentors new techies and runs comms for Women Driven Development and BBC Women in STEM.
Buki Thompson is a Software Developer and her passion for tech led her to quit her job in sales, learn how to code and pursuing a role as a Developer.
To inspire more people of colour, especially women to explore the tech industry, she founded a masterclass called #CodeXhiphop. The idea of the masterclass was all about demystifying the stereotype that coding is not meant for creatives and that technology can only be fuelled through innovative solutions.
Due to this she has been featured on the BBC to share her journey and also has been invited on the Guardians podcast to talk about diversity in tech.
This is a FREE event, register at eventbrite
There will be drink and African/Caribbean food available.
This event is sponsored by Condé Nast International and presented by Coding Black Females