Leeds City Council, Sky, and Empowering Women with Tech invite you to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2020 with us with a day of inspirational digital, science and technology role models.
We are delighted to announce that we have both Dame Stephanie Shirley and Helen Sharman as our keynotes, two women who have broken boundaries in science and technology.
Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley is a pioneer of British information technology and a philanthropist who has given away an estimated £67 million of her personal wealth to charitable causes.
Steve was born in Germany in 1933, moving to the UK in 1939 as a child refugee after her Jewish father’s judgeship was stripped by the Nazi regime.
In 1959 she founded an early software company Freelance Programmers (now called Xansa) with just £6. It went on to employ 8,500 staff and her female-friendly company broke new ground in its flexibility, its holistic approach to human resources and in its co-ownership, which peaked at 62% staff control.
Dame Stephanie was named by Woman’s Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain.
Helen Sharman became both the first British and first female Astronaut when, in May 1991, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station.
Helen Sharman was selected from 13,000 applicants but didn’t think she stood a chance of being chosen when she applied, after hearing an advert on the radio on her way home after work.
Sharman is passionate about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. She describes the meticulous training and preparation, learning Russian, launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her science experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life on Earth.
Helen Sharman was awarded the OBE in 1993. In the New Year Honours List of 2018, she was further awarded a rare and special honour, being made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to Science and Technology Educational Outreach. She received the CMG personally from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle in February 2018.
We are also proud to be showcasing upcoming role models, the ones to watch in 2021 onwards, hearing the stories of how they got to where they are today. People often don’t start out where they end up, and the story of how they got there is fascinating.
As the event is being streamed live – you can join for some of the talks or all of them, it’s totally up to you.
Tickets are free and open to all (m/f/gn)
Our phenomenal lineup of speakers:
*Ava Garside, winner of the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition
*Urenna Okonkwo, founder of Cashmere app
* Sky’s Women In Tech Scholars, interviewed by Debbie Forster, founder of Tech Talent Charter.
*Dame Stephanie Shirley, Successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.
*Emma Trickitt, Head of Diversity & Inclusion in Technology at Sky
*Tom Riordan CBE, chief executive of Leeds City Council
*Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut
*DigiBete, video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes
We’re so grateful to be delivering this event in partnership with Sky and Leeds City Council. Thanks to them both for generously supporting this event.