CODE FEST 2021

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CODE FEST 2021

9-10 SEPTEMBER

WELCOME TO CODE FEST 2021!

This year, we will be hosting a two-day event both virtually and in-person (Covid restrictions permitting!) with a range of talks, panels, and interactive chats.

OUR COMMUNITY LOVED CODE FEST LAST YEAR
Last year, our CFG members loved being able to learn about tech and tech careers from a range of companies and the opportunity to engage with speakers for Q&A sessions and interactive events.

THIS YEAR IS TO BE EVEN BIGGER!
Code Fest 2020 was a huge success (read more below!) and we are hoping to deliver an even bigger event this year. We’ve also taken on board some great feedback from our members and used insights from our recent survey to help shape some of the tech topics for CF2021!

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CODE FEST 2021

Hit up the buttons below to explore more on Code Fest 2021 including the event schedule and sponsor options. Plus find out more about what Code Fest was like last year and dive into some info on our community from our recent 2021 survey.

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CONNECTING CODERS TO COMPANIES

Join us for a fun-filled two-day celebration of Code First Girls, our members and partner companies that are doing cool stuff in the tech space.

ENGAGE WITH THE CFG COMMUNITY
Code Fest is a great way to highlight your brand, showcase how you are leading the charge with diversity in tech, and engage with the CFG community.

If you would like a little taster, check out the video to the left for Code Fest 2020 or click below for more info for more insights.

CODE FEST 2021:

AGENDA

We have a range of panels, tech talks, and CFG alumni sessions on the cards to help deliver a selection of hot topic areas for our members, showcasing tech trends, companies, and career pathways. For companies who would like to get involved, available slots and suggested topics or panel discussions are listed below. Hit the button below to book a session.

Code Fest 2021 Day One Tech Talks

DAY ONE: TECH TALKS

THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Welcome to Code Fest 2021. Our headline sponsor will join Anna Brailsford, CEO Code First Girls for a warm welcome to Code Fest Day One. The headline sponsor will then have the introduction keynote talk.

Suggested topic: Finance and tech – what are the latest innovations?

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business. 

Topic: Exploring the wider diversity and inclusion lens of tech

A 40 minute panel discussion looking at the wider lens of diversity and inclusion in tech. From neurodiversity to algorithm bias, we will explore key areas that are being explored by Netflix documentaries such as Coded Bias and books like The Invisible Woman.

There are 4-5 panel spots available for this discussion.

Attendees will enjoy a morning tea break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Suggested topic: The world of gaming*. Discover the tech touch points in the gaming* industry. 

*nb: industry choice, gaming is an example only

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

Suggested topic: Five career tracks in tech (e.g. Cyber Security, AI/ML, Data Analyst, Software Engineer, DevOps)

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

Attendees will enjoy a lunch break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Suggested topic: How to develop and launch an app. Showcase the steps involved in app development, the tech used, testing, and the teams involved.

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

 

Topic: Ethics and the Future of Tech

A 40 minute panel discussion looking at ethics in tech and the impact and influence of technology such as AI, machine learning and data security practices. We’ll be diving into the deep end looking at areas like mass surveillance, privacy, deepfakes and disinformation, progress in gene technology, accessibility improvements, and more.

There are 4-5 panel spots available for this discussion.

Attendees will enjoy an afternoon tea break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Suggested topic: Five non-coding career tracks in tech (e.g Product, UX/UI, Sales, Customer Success, Project Manager)

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

Topic: Tech Innovation and Trends for 2020’s – what are the most exciting trends to watch out for and what are some future tech challenges?

A 40 minute panel discussion looking at tech innovation, new trends emerging for 2022 and beyond, and current tech challenges that need to be (or are planned to be) solved in the future. 

There are 4-5 panel spots available for this discussion.

Meet five Code First Girls Alumni and Rising Stars and learn about their journey into tech. Great opportunity for Q&A and audience interaction.

In this 40 minute session we will be showcasing CFG Alumni and how learning with Code First Girls has helped launch or shape their career pathway into tech. We’ll hear about where they are now, what their roles entail, and key stops and starts on their tech journey. A great opportunity for audience interaction and for businesses to showcase their impact with helping to train our CFG members.

Our headline partner for Day One will be hosting an evening event with us to encourage networking between our partners and CFG members. 

Day Two Code Fest 2021: Career Booster

DAY TWO: CAREER BOOSTER

FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

Welcome to Code Fest 2021 Day Two! Our headline sponsor will join Anna Brailsford, CEO Code First Girls for a warm welcome to our second day of Code Fest with a focus on Career Nav. The headline sponsor will then have the introduction keynote talk.

Suggested topic: Elevating your personal brand and building your tech portfolio

A 40 minute company sponsored place focused on our Career Nav theme. These sessions aim to give members an insight into how to navigate a career in tech across areas like elevating their personal brand, what companies look for when hiring candidates, the hiring process, and tips to get into the industry. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business. 

Topic: Keeping your knowledge fresh and thinking like a coder with problem solving and challenges.

The launch of our Code Fest 2021 Hackathon will kick off with a talk from our sponsoring company around how to keep learning and testing yourself as part of your development. This will then lead into the launch of the Hackathon challenge and the key topic statement and information about the challenge.

Attendees will enjoy a morning tea break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Topic: Tech applications and what companies look for – how best to get a leg-up in the tech industry.

A 40 minute panel discussion with tech hiring managers looking at areas such as interview process, assessment centres, Hackerrank and other application processes you may need to know. Plus, some insider tips added in for good measure!

There are 4-5 panel spots available for this discussion.

Meet five Career Switchers from CFG and partner companies to learn about they changed career paths to get a role in tech. Great opportunity for Q&A and audience interaction.

In this 40 minute session we will be showcasing Career Switchers / CFG Alumni and how learning with Code First Girls has helped launch or shape their career pathway into tech. We’ll hear about where they are now, what their roles entail, and key stops and starts on their tech journey. A great opportunity for audience interaction and for businesses to showcase their impact with helping to train our CFG members.

Attendees will enjoy a lunch break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Suggested topic: Company showcase -> how your company is using tech, growth areas and challenges.

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

Suggested topic: Company showcase -> how your company is using tech, what is your tech stack, how it applies to your business and how is your tech team structured? 

A 40 minute company sponsored place to showcase how your business is using tech, driving innovation, or involved in key tech issues. This can be a TED talk style presentation OR a panel from your business.

Attendees will enjoy an afternoon tea break and be able to interact with companies in our networking space.

We will have a select number of businesses set up to engage with our CFG members and attendees. Have your table hosted by different team members, give away goodies, or showcase career pathways.

Meet five women who are “new to tech” and learn about they got started and what their initial experience / thoughts are.  Great opportunity for Q&A and audience interaction.

In this 40 minute session we will be showcasing CFG Alumni and how learning with Code First Girls has helped launch their career pathway into tech. We’ll hear about their first tech role, what their roles entail, and key stops and starts on their tech journey. A great opportunity for audience interaction and for businesses to showcase their impact with helping to train our CFG members.

We will be delivering a range of awards to CFG members to celebrate their contribution, success, or activity within the CFG community. These are the ones to watch in the tech space for sure!

We will be hosting a range of awards, supported by an introduction of each award by the award sponsor and why it is important to their business.

Each business will deliver the award to CFG member live.

Each of our Nanodegree Graduates will be invited to attend a special graduation ceremony to receive their certificates.

Our headline partner for Day Two will be hosting an evening event with us to celebrate the end of Code Fest 2021, brining together our partners, graduates and members. 

GET INVOLVED! BE A PART OF CODE FEST 2021

CODE FEST 2021:

SPONSOR OPTIONS

Hit up the buttons below to explore more on Code Fest 2021 including the event schedule and sponsor options. Plus find out more about what Code Fest was like last year and dive into some info on our community from our recent 2021 survey.

FULL DAY HEADLINE SPONSOR
PRICE: £10,000
2 TOTAL SPOTS / 1 AVAILABLE
SESSION SPONSOR
PRICE: £3,500
8 TOTAL SPOTS / 6 AVAILABLE
PANEL MEMBER SPOT
PRICE: £1,000
28 TOTAL SPOTS / 28 AVAILABLE
AWARD SPONSOR
PRICE: £1,000
5 TOTAL SPOTS / 4 AVAILABLE
EXHIBITION NETWORKING TABLE
PRICE: £5,000
10 TOTAL SPOTS / 9 AVAILABLE
HEADLINE SPONSOR
PRICE: £10,000
1 SPOT / 1 AVAILABLE
JUDGING PANEL POSITION
PRICE: £5,000
5 SPOTS / 5 AVAILABLE

COMMUNITY

INSIGHTS

We are incredibly proud of our Code First Girls community and how active and engaged our members are. Below you’ll find some community insights looking at who our members are and their thoughts on some topics from our recent annal survey (May 2021).

30k+

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

57%

UNDERREPRESENTED ETHNICITIES

26%

IDENTIFY AS NEURODIVERSE

1/3

WERE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

25%

IDENTIFY AS CAREER SWITCHERS

TOP 3

TECH TOPIC INTERESTS
Machine learning & AI
App development
Algorithm design

41.9%

WANT HELP WITH PROFILE BUILDING
38% want help with interviews, applications and tech assessments

TOP 3

GLOBAL ISSUES
Gender equity / equality
Climate change & clean energy
Mental health & support

50%+

ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE IN TECH OR EXPLORING THEIR OPTIONS

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