CEME aims to crack the code to supporting young women in tech


Tech-savvy students are set to take part in CEME’s Young Entrepreneurs Program to enhance their digital skills on Tuesday, 24th September. The project aims to inspire and motivate young women to develop their coding skills, support and aspire women in the tech sector and empower students to envisage what can be achieved from a career in technology. The pupils will take part in a series of workshops and hear talks from leading women working in technology industry to inspire them, including:

Gen Ashley, the Founder of Tech(K)now and the Ambassador of Google Women Techmakers

Gen is a very active leader within the London Tech Community and is a regular speaker as part of her role as an Ambassador of Google Women Techmarkers. She is also a lead for NASA Space Apps Challenge London, Twitter Developer Community London and Google Developer Groups London. She was recently awarded a MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft and as Director of Women Who Code London built up a community of around 6,000 women in tech, so can provide an invaluable insight into the challenges facing women looking to forge a career in technology.

Amelia Kallman, a prominent London Futurist

Students will hear from Amelia about the impact of new technologies on the future of business and our lives. As an expert on the emerging risks of The New Realities (VR-AR-MR) having recently authored a cutting-edge report for Lloyd’s of London. She also specialises in the future of retail, AI and IoT, and runs the Inition Insight Studio in the heart of East London. Amelia has lectured at Cambridge University, written a multi-award winning book, and directed the first burlesque show in 360° film. Her writing is often featured in WIRED UK, IBC365, and The Big Reveal, her popular monthly innovation newsletter.

Vix Forbes, IT Trainer, Tees Law

Vix a technology learning and development professional with over 7 years of IT training delivery, management and strategy experience in the Legal and Higher Education sectors. Her passions are IT skills portfolio development, e-learning platform integrations, IT skills content development, and IT communications planning in large organisations. As well as this she also owns Pop of Silver, an Essex native pop up and online jewellery shop. Her IT and entrepreneurial experience can offer students guidance on working within Information Technology and the leadership skills needed to start and run their own successful business.

Konstantina Tagkopolou, Account Executive at Zappar

Konstantina is part of the Zappar team which have created ground breaking experiences for the world’s biggest brands – showcasing how AR technology can transform packaging, illuminate events and elevate marketing campaigns with innovative, engaging content. Zappar makes Augmented Reality experiences and are an AR platform and creative studio rolled into one. ZapWorks toolkit puts the power of AR in the hands of designers and developers, enabling them to push the boundaries of interactive creativity, both with and without code. Zappar are also the proud creators of ZapBox, the first affordable, MR kit that allows developers and businesses to reimagine how they design, build and create 3D experiences.

Once the speaker programme is finished, pupils will undergo a workshop to challenge their skills before the opportunity to quiz the speakers in a panel Q&A.