CODE FEST 2021

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WELCOME TO CFG 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.

YOU LOVED CODE FEST LAST YEAR

This year we are delivering MORE exciting, engaging, and encouraging educational content, with dozens of new and innovative partners. There will be the chance to get real insight on tech and tech careers from a range of companies and the opportunity to engage with speakers for Q&A sessions and interactive events.

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CODE FEST 2021

Hit up the buttons below to explore more on Code Fest 2021 including the event schedule for each day. 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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CODE FEST 2020

A lot has changed in a year! Code Fest is a great way to find new career insights, explore cutting edge thought leadership, and engage with other women in the CFG community.

If you would like a little taster, check out the video to the left for Code Fest 2020 and keep scrolling to check out what is on the agenda for this year.

The event is live on September 9th and 10th, so click the links below to join the stream!

CODE FEST 2021:

Day 1

Presenting sponsor:

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DAY ONE: TECH TALKS

THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Day one of Code Fest is going to cover all the tech subjects under the sun! From the future of work, to the ethics of AI, we’ll get into the weeds and uncover all kinds of fascinating insights from tech leaders across the industry. Presented by our sponsor Bank of America, and delivered 100% remote, it’s free to join and learn from super inspiring experts. Click below to join our community and share your interest in Code Fest 2021. 

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DAY ONE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

KEY NOTE
WELCOME TO DAY ONE!
10:00AM - 10:20am
JOIN SUZANNE VAN RENSBURG, COO AT BANK OF AMERICA
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Our partners at Bank of America are the presenting sponsors for day one of Code Fest, and will be kicking off the day with an inspiring keynote from a senior member of their technical leadership team. Join us to get Code Fest 2021 off to a brilliant start!

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TECH TALK
FUTURE OF WORK POST-COVID
10:20AM - 11:00am
SPEAKER - DIPA KAPADIA
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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The first tech talk of Code Fest 2021 will be led by Bank of America! Join Dipa Kapadia, a managing director at the bank and Code Fest 2020 alumna, for an inspiring and informative TED-style talk on the kinds of jobs that will be essential in our post-covid economy. Be sure to bring your notebook, cus you’re gonna want to take notes!

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PANEL DISCUSSION
D&I: A Broader Conversation
11:00AM - 11:40am
Panelists - OPEnreach, VODAFONE, CHOCO, & Atos
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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While great work has been done to increase awareness of the lack of diversity in tech across the characteristics of gender and race, much more can be done to consider the needs of those with less visible characteristics. Join our panel with several tech leaders on broadening the definition of diversity in tech to explore this vital topic.

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TECH TALK
MY JOURNEY TO MACHINE LEARNING
12:00PM - 12:40Pm
SPEAKER - Alexandra Abbas
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Alexandra Abbas, a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Wise (formerly Transferwise) has had an unusual journey to her current role, but one that will definitely resonate with many women. She will share her journey and inspire you with what you can achieve in your tech career through creativity and resilience. 

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TECH TALK
ENGINEERING FOR ACCESSIBILITY
12:40PM - 1:20PM
JESS SENA & RAQUEL GARCÍA
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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As the lines between technology and our physical world blur, the value of accessibility in online settings becomes more and more evident. Senior Engineers at Typeform, one of Europe’s most successful tech scale-ups, are tackling this challenge head-on. Join them to explore the philosophy and thought processes behind building a truly accessible tech platform.

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TECH TALK
USING BIG DATA TO COMBAT COVID WITH THE NHS
2:00pm - 2:40PM
JOANNA PELLER
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Few companies have done more in the past decade to push the boundaries of what’s possible in tech as much as Palantir.  Learn more about how Palantir uses bleeding edge algorithmic design with some of the largest data sets in the world to deliver insights and tell meaningful stories with data to help the NHS to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

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PANEL DISCUSSION
ETHICS IN TECH: THE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
2:40pm - 3:20Pm
Panelists - Palantir, Cleo, The Ethos Network
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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The advent of powerful AI and the vast data sets used to train these algorithms have provided us with new tools and products that have transformed every sector of our lives. They also pose very challenging questions around data use, privacy, and the role of AI in our daily lives. Join Palantir, Cleo and The Ethos Network to discuss the challenging issues around ethics and tech.

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TECH TALK
Carbon Accounting: The power of data in the fight against climate change
3:40pm - 4:20PM
JOIN Mauro Cozzi, CEO Emitwise
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Emitwise is using its cutting edge software to enable companies to track their carbon footprint like never before. Join Mauro Cozzi, the CEO and co-founder of Emitwise to learn how technology like predictive data analytics is helping companies to understand their carbon output and take steps towards a zero-carbon future.

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PANEL DISCUSSION
TECH INNOVATIONS & TRENDS 2021 AND BEYOND
4.20pm - 5.00PM
Panelists FROM ATOS, CLIFFORD CHANCE, ACCENTURE, & KINDRED
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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As tech disrupts and rebuilds every sector, new exciting innovations are popping up all over the place. Join this curated team of engineers and futurists for an immersive conversation with Atos, Clifford Chance, Accenture, and Kindred to learn how they are innovating through tech in 2021 and beyond!

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PANEL DISCUSSION
CFG ALUMNI & RISING STARS
5.00pm - 5.40PM
Panelists FROM Lyst, ITV & DAZN
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Meet members of the Code First Girls community and those who have kickstarted their career in tech at amazing companies! Hear about their journey so far, the best bits, the challenges, and what they currently work on in their roles. Ask questions and discover more about a career in tech!

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Take your coding journey to the next level
5.40pm - 6.20PM
FEATURING ENGINEERS FROM GOLDMAN SACHS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Join a panel of engineers from Goldman Sachs who will share their best advice and practical tips on how to take your coding journey to the next level and launch a successful engineering career. The team will discuss the variety of career paths within the industry and what a typical day looks like for them.

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CODE FEST 2021:

Day 2

Presenting sponsor:

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DAY Two: CAREER BOOSTER

fRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

Day two of Code Fest 2021 will give you the insights and inspiration to boost your career into tech super-stardom! Presented by the cybersecurity giant, Avast, we will be hosting day two both virtual and LIVE at the legendary Level39 space in the heart of Canary Wharf. Join our community below and share your interest to join us. Tickets will be free for community members!

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DAY TWO SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

KEYNOTE
A CAREER IN CYBER
10:00AM - 10:20am
JOIN PEOPLE DIRECTOR EMMA KNOWLER
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Our partners at Avast are the presenting sponsors for day two, and will be kicking off the day with an inspiring keynote from a senior member of their talent leadership team. Emma Knowler, People Director, will give you tips on what to look for in a company and how to know you’re starting your career right. Join us in person or online to get Code Fest 2021 off to a brilliant start!

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TECH TALK
STORYTELLING THROUGH DATA
10:20AM - 11.00am
JOIN FREDDIE DE SIBERT, CEO
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Revmo are building the world’s first ever professional networking platform with security and privacy at its heart. They have sponsored classes, MOOCs, and even Nanodegree scholars this year, and their CEO, Freddie de Sibert will be sharing his rich experiences in data with us. It’s gonna be fascinating. Make sure you check out the CFG Podcast episode he featured on a few months ago!

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SPECIAL EVENT
HACKATHON TECH CHALLENGE LAUNCH
11:00AM - 11.40am
Featuring a panel with the hackathon judges
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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We will be launching our 2021 Hackathon with our partners, Beazley, at Code Fest 2021! We’ll announce the challenge statement and open applications on the day of the event, and follow up with a panel discussion with our judges from Beazley, Emitwise, AccuRx, and the Canary Wharf Group. Hackathons are always super popular, so make sure you tune in to the stream to get your questions answered and join a team!

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PANEL DISCUSSION
APPLYING FOR TECH JOBS
12:00PM - 12:40PM
Panelists - Cleo, Few&Far, Veygo, IPO, & NatWest
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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What do tech recruiters and hiring managers really look for in applications? Talent pros at Cleo, the Intellectual Property Office, Few&Far, NatWest and Veygo join us to unpack the things that they’re looking for in a candidate and will share top tips so you can ace your next job app!
Join the live stream and ask questions in the chat to make the most of this unique opportunity!

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TECH TALK
CAREER TAKE-OFF AT
ROLLS-ROYCE
12:40PM - 1.20PM
FEATURING CFG ALUMNI NOW WORKING AT ROLLS-ROYCE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Hear from several CFG alumni who have launched their tech careers at the global aerospace company alongside senior leaders at Rolls-Royce like Manisha Mistry and Caroline Gorski. CFG has worked with Rolls-Royce in the UK and in the United States, so this will be a chance to learn about global tech opportunities in machine learning and artificial intelligence!

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SPECIAL EVENT
RESEARCH PAPER LAUNCH PRESENTED BY NATWEST
2.00PM - 2.40PM
TOPIC: RACE & GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Copy of Copy of Headline Research Paper Sponsor (1)

This year, Code First Girls has partnered with Flair, the people analytics company, measuring anti-racism in organisations, to deliver a research paper entitled “Race & Gender in the workplace: How to build a culture that attracts & retains talent”. Built on data from our largest ever community survey, the insights from this piece of research will be invaluable for any organisation committed to enabling intersectional diversity and flourishing within their teams.

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TECH TALK
CRAFTING A CAREER IN CYBER
2.40PM - 3.20PM
JOIN JANINE LUK
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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As the world is increasingly online and remote, cyber security is becoming a vital part of our lives, so you’ve probably heard of Avast. The cybersecurity firm is rapidly growing, and this will be a brilliant chance to learn about ways you can kick off your career in cyber from Janine Luk, a software engineer at Avast and inspiring leader in the Code First Girls community.

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SPECIAL EVENT
CFG 'ONES TO WATCH' AWARDS
4.00PM - 5.00PM
CELEBRATING KEY MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Join us for a special presentation
community awards

It’s no secret that the Code First Girls community is made up of some of the most impressive women on the face of the planet. So we’re going to highlight some of them with shiny awards! Each award is sponsored by a partner company and highlights the individual achievement of a CFG alum in different sectors. Join to see if your classmates have won!

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SPECIAL EVENT
NANODEGREE GRADUATION
5.00PM - 5.40PM
CELEBRATING OUR FIRST EVER GRADUATING CLASS OF THE CFG NANODEGREE
Join us for a special presentation
nano graduation

Our first ever Nanodegree class is graduating soon, and to commemorate their achievement, we are holding a graduation ceremony! Join us to celebrate their achievements!

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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