Jx4dwwop5rkfvvsxxll3
2 DAY CONFERENCE

BeyondTech 2019

Topics covered at #BeyondTech

Wednesday, 1st - Thursday, 2nd May at CodeNode, London

8 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 9:00 AM.

BeyondTech is a new conference aimed at supporting discussions about the role of tech in society and our responsibilities around both the products we create and the environments in which we work.

Crowd at Skills Matter Conference
Crowd at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference

Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference


Going BeyondTech - Diversity, Tech Ethics & Tech for Good

For years we’ve been bringing communities together to share and learn new skills. Along the way, we’ve shaped technologies and helped launch new ones. Now we want to broaden the discussion.

Tech permeates our lives and while it has created many opportunities it has also created many challenges. It’s time to go beyond the technical specifications and talk about these challenges. At BeyondTech we aim to create new ideas and achieve shared understandings that can be used to grow powerful, diverse teams and to create products that have a positive impact on the world.


In Detail

BeyondTech is a forum for layered discussions on diversity and accessibility, tech ethics, and tech for good.

Across two days, speakers will look at what enterprises and individuals can do to encourage, manage and communicate diversity. The conference is an open conversation to dissect the paths taken in tech, the decisions we make and where they are leading society as a whole.

Discussions will dive into our accountability for what we create, and for who, why, and how we ship new software and concepts. Through these discussions, we hope we can learn how all of us can benefit from diverse perspectives to create products that have a lasting and positive impact on the future.

Book Now →


Announced


Debbie Forster MBE

Debbie Forster MBE


Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett


Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Call for Papers is now OPEN!

Would you like to speak at BeyondTech 2019? Talks will be selected by Skills Matter and the Programme Committee on the basis of making the conference a varied, diverse and valuable event.

Submission is open to anyone, and we encourage first-time speakers to submit a proposal. Members of the Programme Committee are happy to offer coaching and assistance on talk proposals. We strongly encourage first-time speakers to be part of our programmes. If your talk will be selected, you will have the opportunity to attend Jenny Martin's course "Giving Engaging Technical Talks at Conferences and Meetups". Following suggestions we've received from speaking to our Community and Programme Committee we would like to actively encourage submissions on the following topics in the form below and any others that you may have in mind!

Send your proposal here! Deadline for submission: Monday, January 14th 2019


Tickets

Registration is open now with our super-early-bird starting at just £50.

Book Now →

We are also offering Special Group Ticket Offers for:

  • Students
  • Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs
  • People working in Non-Profit Organisations

Please contact us here for more information.


Diversity Scholarship Plan

Skills Matter is proud to share our Diversity Scholarship Plan which provides support to those from traditionally under-represented and/or marginalised groups who may not normally have the opportunity to attend this event.

Read more about our Diversity Scholarship Plan.


Code of Conduct

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all. Learn more in our Code of Conduct.



Tickets

Payment by major credit/debit cards, PayPal & Bank Transfer is accepted.

Book Now →

Programme

Learn more about the expert speakers and topics.

View The Programme →

Speaker Blog

BeyondTech speaker Nathalie Christmann-Cooper shares the story of how she landed her first tech job.

Read Blog →



Excited? Share it!

Thanks to our sponsors

We are Super Excited for Jaya Chakrabarti MBE Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Join us for Jaya's Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jaya is a passionate advocate for engaging business with the community through technology to improve people's lives, and was honoured with an MBE in 2014's Queen’s honours list 'For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol'.

We are Thrilled to have Jamie Bartlett Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

We are thrilled to have Jamie join us for a Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett is the author of three books: The People Vs Tech (2018) about data and democracies, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and the best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society.

We are Delighted to have Emma Obanye at BeyondTech 2019!

We are delighted to have Emma join us at BeyondTech 2019!

Emma Obanye

Emma Joy Obanye is the Head of Delivery of Capital Enterprise’s ‘OneTech’. An entrepreneur, advisor, mentor and tech geek from Hackney, Emma has spent the last 15 years building products and leading teams in both the corporate and startup world.

We are Excited to have Debbie Forster MBE Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

We are excited to have Debbie Forster MBE Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

Debbie Forster MBE

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education.

Kingsley Davies - Tech for Good

Kingsley Davies

Kingsley is a Partner at Underscore consulting, and has spent nearly two decades designing, developing and supporting large scale systems for a number of clients including, Betfair, the BBC, Barclaycard and others that don't start with a B ;-)

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin coaches in Agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation gaming. She has a deep appreciation for business goal segmentation and the visualization of what she labels ‘horizons of value’ within business strategy.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie is an experienced and passionate designer, who learnt to code in her 40s to make the transition from graphic designer to an award-winning web developer. After dedicating 16 years of a career break to raising a family, Nathalie continues with her enthusiasm for coding and is loving her new role as a Full Stack Developer at Skills Matter, London.

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect, developer, and Microsoft MVP, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. He created his first web page in 1992, and he's been building data-driven interactive web applications since the days of Windows NT 4. He's currently the CTO at Skills Matter in London, where he juggles his time between working on their software platform and supporting their conference and community teams. From 2003 to 2018, Dylan worked as webmaster, then IT Manager, and then systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where his first-hand experience of watching an organisation and their codebase evolve over more than a decade provided him with a unique insight into how everything from web standards and API design to Conway's Law and recruitment ends up influencing a company’s code and culture.

CodeNode

CodeNode is the UK's largest venue dedicated to Technology events and was designed to provide a space for Skills Matter's community of software professionals to come together and enjoy meetups, conferences, training and networking events. With fantastic transport links and located in the heart of London's Tech City, Codenode welcomes thousands of engineers each year, who come together to learn and share skills, exoerience and collaborate on projects.

CodeNode features six dedicated event spaces, a large break-out area, complete with fully-licensed bar, reliable wifi, plenty of power sockets, and 6 dedicated event and collaboration spaces.

H0ychpcrxfvcdujzguuq

CodeNode

10 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB, GB


View details, travel and nearby hotels

Call for Papers are now open

Would you like to speak at BeyondTech 2019? Talks will be selected by Skills Matter and the Programme Committee on the basis of making the conference a varied, diverse and valuable event. Submission is open to anyone, and we encourage first-time speakers to submit a proposal. Members of the Programme Committee are happy to offer coaching and assistance on talk proposals. We strongly encourage first-time speakers to be part of our programmes. If your talk will be selected, you will have the opportunity to attend Jenny Martin's course "Giving Engaging Technical Talks at Conferences and Meetups". Following suggestions we've received from speaking to our Community and Programme Committee we would like to actively encourage submissions on the following topics in the form below and any others that you may have in mind.

Deadline for submission: Monday, January 14th 2019

Diversity Scholarship Plan

Keen to join the BeyondTech but in need of some assistance with the fees? Skills Matter is proud to bring together a diverse community from all backgrounds, genders, nationalities and otherwise - this is part and parcel of what makes our conferences so awesome! We are happy to share our BeyondTech Diversity Scholarship Plan which provides support to those from traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities who may not have the opportunity to attend BeyondTech eXchange for various reasons.

If you are keen to learn and be a part of the conversation around tech ethics, accessibility and diversity in tech and tech for good projects, and you consider yourself to be from an under-represented demographic and are in need of some assistance to cover the fees of a BeyondTech ticket, we will be delighted to support you with a scholarship -fill in the form below today!

Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and impact. Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary ticket to the conference.

Please note, travel expenses are not covered under this scholarship and are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Eligibility

Applicants should be from a traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities and be unable to attend without some assistance.

We look forward to having you at BeyondTech

To apply please fill in this form:

Volunteer at BeyondTech

Interested in tech for good projects, conversations around accessibility and diversity in tech, and the latest in tech ethics? You have the chance to get a free ticket to BeyondTech! All we need from you is some help in setting up the conference and some hours of your time on the days of the conference itself. You will be free to attend the conference for the remainder of the time.

Are you ready then? Email us at conferences@skillsmatter.com and we will put your name down as a volunteer for BeyondTech Shifts and detailed info will be confirmed about one month prior to the conference.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team:

Thanks to our sponsors

Hold tight, skillscasts coming soon!

 

Overview

BeyondTech is a new conference aimed at supporting discussions about the role of tech in society and our responsibilities around both the products we create and the environments in which we work.

Crowd at Skills Matter Conference
Crowd at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference

Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference
Audience Member at Skills Matter Conference


Going BeyondTech - Diversity, Tech Ethics & Tech for Good

For years we’ve been bringing communities together to share and learn new skills. Along the way, we’ve shaped technologies and helped launch new ones. Now we want to broaden the discussion.

Tech permeates our lives and while it has created many opportunities it has also created many challenges. It’s time to go beyond the technical specifications and talk about these challenges. At BeyondTech we aim to create new ideas and achieve shared understandings that can be used to grow powerful, diverse teams and to create products that have a positive impact on the world.


In Detail

BeyondTech is a forum for layered discussions on diversity and accessibility, tech ethics, and tech for good.

Across two days, speakers will look at what enterprises and individuals can do to encourage, manage and communicate diversity. The conference is an open conversation to dissect the paths taken in tech, the decisions we make and where they are leading society as a whole.

Discussions will dive into our accountability for what we create, and for who, why, and how we ship new software and concepts. Through these discussions, we hope we can learn how all of us can benefit from diverse perspectives to create products that have a lasting and positive impact on the future.

Book Now →


Announced


Debbie Forster MBE

Debbie Forster MBE


Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett


Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Call for Papers is now OPEN!

Would you like to speak at BeyondTech 2019? Talks will be selected by Skills Matter and the Programme Committee on the basis of making the conference a varied, diverse and valuable event.

Submission is open to anyone, and we encourage first-time speakers to submit a proposal. Members of the Programme Committee are happy to offer coaching and assistance on talk proposals. We strongly encourage first-time speakers to be part of our programmes. If your talk will be selected, you will have the opportunity to attend Jenny Martin's course "Giving Engaging Technical Talks at Conferences and Meetups". Following suggestions we've received from speaking to our Community and Programme Committee we would like to actively encourage submissions on the following topics in the form below and any others that you may have in mind!

Send your proposal here! Deadline for submission: Monday, January 14th 2019


Tickets

Registration is open now with our super-early-bird starting at just £50.

Book Now →

We are also offering Special Group Ticket Offers for:

  • Students
  • Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs
  • People working in Non-Profit Organisations

Please contact us here for more information.


Diversity Scholarship Plan

Skills Matter is proud to share our Diversity Scholarship Plan which provides support to those from traditionally under-represented and/or marginalised groups who may not normally have the opportunity to attend this event.

Read more about our Diversity Scholarship Plan.


Code of Conduct

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all. Learn more in our Code of Conduct.



Tickets

Payment by major credit/debit cards, PayPal & Bank Transfer is accepted.

Book Now →

Programme

Learn more about the expert speakers and topics.

View The Programme →

Speaker Blog

BeyondTech speaker Nathalie Christmann-Cooper shares the story of how she landed her first tech job.

Read Blog →



Excited? Share it!

Thanks to our sponsors

Programme

We are Super Excited for Jaya Chakrabarti MBE Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Join us for Jaya's Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Jaya is a passionate advocate for engaging business with the community through technology to improve people's lives, and was honoured with an MBE in 2014's Queen’s honours list 'For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol'.

We are Thrilled to have Jamie Bartlett Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

We are thrilled to have Jamie join us for a Keynote at BeyondTech 2019!

Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett is the author of three books: The People Vs Tech (2018) about data and democracies, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and the best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society.

We are Delighted to have Emma Obanye at BeyondTech 2019!

We are delighted to have Emma join us at BeyondTech 2019!

Emma Obanye

Emma Joy Obanye is the Head of Delivery of Capital Enterprise’s ‘OneTech’. An entrepreneur, advisor, mentor and tech geek from Hackney, Emma has spent the last 15 years building products and leading teams in both the corporate and startup world.

We are Excited to have Debbie Forster MBE Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

We are excited to have Debbie Forster MBE Keynote BeyondTech 2019!

Debbie Forster MBE

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education.

Kingsley Davies - Tech for Good

Kingsley Davies

Kingsley is a Partner at Underscore consulting, and has spent nearly two decades designing, developing and supporting large scale systems for a number of clients including, Betfair, the BBC, Barclaycard and others that don't start with a B ;-)

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin coaches in Agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation gaming. She has a deep appreciation for business goal segmentation and the visualization of what she labels ‘horizons of value’ within business strategy.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie is an experienced and passionate designer, who learnt to code in her 40s to make the transition from graphic designer to an award-winning web developer. After dedicating 16 years of a career break to raising a family, Nathalie continues with her enthusiasm for coding and is loving her new role as a Full Stack Developer at Skills Matter, London.

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect, developer, and Microsoft MVP, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. He created his first web page in 1992, and he's been building data-driven interactive web applications since the days of Windows NT 4. He's currently the CTO at Skills Matter in London, where he juggles his time between working on their software platform and supporting their conference and community teams. From 2003 to 2018, Dylan worked as webmaster, then IT Manager, and then systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where his first-hand experience of watching an organisation and their codebase evolve over more than a decade provided him with a unique insight into how everything from web standards and API design to Conway's Law and recruitment ends up influencing a company’s code and culture.

Venue

CodeNode

CodeNode is the UK's largest venue dedicated to Technology events and was designed to provide a space for Skills Matter's community of software professionals to come together and enjoy meetups, conferences, training and networking events. With fantastic transport links and located in the heart of London's Tech City, Codenode welcomes thousands of engineers each year, who come together to learn and share skills, exoerience and collaborate on projects.

CodeNode features six dedicated event spaces, a large break-out area, complete with fully-licensed bar, reliable wifi, plenty of power sockets, and 6 dedicated event and collaboration spaces.

H0ychpcrxfvcdujzguuq

CodeNode

10 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB, GB


View details, travel and nearby hotels
Get Involved

Call for Papers are now open

Would you like to speak at BeyondTech 2019? Talks will be selected by Skills Matter and the Programme Committee on the basis of making the conference a varied, diverse and valuable event. Submission is open to anyone, and we encourage first-time speakers to submit a proposal. Members of the Programme Committee are happy to offer coaching and assistance on talk proposals. We strongly encourage first-time speakers to be part of our programmes. If your talk will be selected, you will have the opportunity to attend Jenny Martin's course "Giving Engaging Technical Talks at Conferences and Meetups". Following suggestions we've received from speaking to our Community and Programme Committee we would like to actively encourage submissions on the following topics in the form below and any others that you may have in mind.

Deadline for submission: Monday, January 14th 2019

Diversity Scholarship Plan

Keen to join the BeyondTech but in need of some assistance with the fees? Skills Matter is proud to bring together a diverse community from all backgrounds, genders, nationalities and otherwise - this is part and parcel of what makes our conferences so awesome! We are happy to share our BeyondTech Diversity Scholarship Plan which provides support to those from traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities who may not have the opportunity to attend BeyondTech eXchange for various reasons.

If you are keen to learn and be a part of the conversation around tech ethics, accessibility and diversity in tech and tech for good projects, and you consider yourself to be from an under-represented demographic and are in need of some assistance to cover the fees of a BeyondTech ticket, we will be delighted to support you with a scholarship -fill in the form below today!

Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and impact. Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary ticket to the conference.

Please note, travel expenses are not covered under this scholarship and are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Eligibility

Applicants should be from a traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities and be unable to attend without some assistance.

We look forward to having you at BeyondTech

To apply please fill in this form:

Volunteer at BeyondTech

Interested in tech for good projects, conversations around accessibility and diversity in tech, and the latest in tech ethics? You have the chance to get a free ticket to BeyondTech! All we need from you is some help in setting up the conference and some hours of your time on the days of the conference itself. You will be free to attend the conference for the remainder of the time.

Are you ready then? Email us at conferences@skillsmatter.com and we will put your name down as a volunteer for BeyondTech Shifts and detailed info will be confirmed about one month prior to the conference.

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team:

SkillsCasts

Hold tight, skillscasts coming soon!