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2 DAY CONFERENCE

BeyondTech 2019

Topics covered at #BeyondTech

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

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

BeyondTech seeks to do something different. Through talks and round tables, it is a conference that moves beyond just talking about tech to find the solutions that those in the community can take to make an impact on the future of tech.

Don't miss BeyondTech 2020!

Tickets on Sale Now

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Going BeyondTech - Responsible AI, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tech for Good & Closing the Skills Gap

Today, every business is a tech business. The biggest change we have witnessed as a community has been tech's shift from a standalone industry to one that permeates almost every aspect of modern society, and we are just at the starting line.

If you are not a part of the conversation about change, you cannot affect it. This is where BeyondTech comes in. We want to find real actions that individuals and companies can make to guide tech forward. To this end, we have broken the conference up according to four themes: Responsible AI, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tech for Good and Closing the Skills Gap.

Across two days of talks, and round tables, BeyondTech aims to do four things: take a deep look at the ways in which we frame discussions around the ethics of automation and AI; promote real actions that can be taken to create a diverse and inclusive ecosystem; see how tech can be used to solve some of societies biggest problems and meet the challenge of bridging the skills gap in tech head on.


Keynotes Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Jamie Bartlett, Jaya Chakrabarti MBE and Russ Shaw will be joining us to all give a Keynote Talk at BeyondTech 2019!

Check out the rest of Conference talks here



Accessibility at BeyondTech 2019

As BeyondTech strives to be as accessible and inclusive as possible for our attendees we have gathered all the information regarding access here.

Diversity Scholarship Plan

The BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan is now closed, thank you to all those who applied, and please feel free to apply again next year..


Call for Papers is now CLOSED!

The Call for Papers is now closed! Thanks for submitting a proposal, the response's been overwhelming and we are currently working on selecting talks. Click here to stay up to date and find out more on speakers as we'll start publishing the line-up very soon!


Code of Conduct

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

Excited? Share it!

Thanks to our sponsors

Day 1: Wednesday 1st May

Don't miss these amazing talks!

Track Track 1: CTRL Track 2: TAB
09:00

Registration and Breakfast Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 1!

09:45

Keynote: Networking at Conferences for Autistic People and Introverts

Dennie Declercq

Diversity & Inclusivity


networking people keynote diversity
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

Just Add Diversity - Why a Diverse Tech Industry Isn't Enough

Sapphire Mason-Brown

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity ethics diversity

Data for the public good.

Reema Patel

Responsible AI


artificial-intelligence responsible-ai ethics diversity
11:30
2

Round Table Session: Diversity & Inclusivity

Holly Rafique and Isabel Chapman

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity diversity roundtable

Round Table Sessions: Responsible AI

Sam Mercer

Responsible AI


responsible-ai data ai ethics diversity
12:00

Psychological Safety: Overprotection or Not?

Gitte Klitgaard

Closing the Skills Gap


psychological-safety inclusivity ethics diversity

It’s Just Data

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Responsible AI


transparency startup data ethics diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Designing a Feminist Alexa: An Experiment in Feminist Conversation Design

Dr. Charlotte Webb

Responsible AI


feministtechnology alexa voicetech ethicalai feministinternet ethics diversity tech-for-good

Effective Ethics for Busy People

Kingsley Davies

Tech for Good


techforgood leadership ethics
13:15

Lunch

14:15
2

Keynote: Closing the Skills Gap: Russ Shaw in Conversation with Sarah Luxford

Russ Shaw and Sarah Luxford

Closing the Skills Gap


leadership digital-skills fireside keynote closing-the-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good
15:15

Round Table Session: Youth-Led Inclusion

Femi Owolade-Coombes

Closing the Skills Gap


young-coders inclusion skills-gap diversity

Round Table Session:Tech for Good

Tom Wagstaff

Tech for Good


diversity roundtable tech-for-good
15:45

Inspire and Engage Digital Makers of All Ages and Backgrounds

Alan O’Donohoe

Closing the Skills Gap


digital-makers stem closing-the-skills-gap diversity

Neurodiversity in Tech

Ray Coyle

Diversity & Inclusivity


neurodiversity beyondtech inclusivity diversity
16:15

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30

Hate Speech as a Service

Timothy Quinn

Tech for Good


data-analytics big-data content-moderation hate-speech nlp data ai diversity

Diversity in Tech: Throwaway or Here to Stay?

Emma Obanye

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity
17:00

Drinks Break

17:15

Keynote: Digital Activism - Saving the World with Open Data

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Tech for Good


supplychaintransparency modernslavery opendata tech-social-enterprise diversity
18:15

BeyondTech 2019 Party with Pizza & Beer!

22:00

End of BeyondTech 2019 Day 1. See You Tomorrow!

Day 2: Thursday 2nd May

Don't miss these amazing talks!

Track Track 1: CTRL Track 2: TAB
09:00

Registration & Morning Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 2!

09:45

Keynote: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Jamie Bartlett

Responsible AI


emerging-technologies internet democracy tech diversity ethics
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

Why Ethics Matter And What we Forget About Our Past

Stella Windsor

Responsible AI


education whitefragility postcolonialism history diversity ethics
2

Altruistic Algorithms? Data for Good Done Right

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry

Tech for Good


beyondtech diversity tech-for-good ethics
11:30

Round Table Session: Tech for Good

Ellie Hale

Tech for Good


diversity roundtable tech-for-good ethics

Round Table Sessions: Responsible AI

Ali Chaudhry

Responsible AI


data ai diversity roundtable ethics
12:00

The Cost of Code

Dylan Beattie

Responsible AI


real-cost-of-the-code codebase leadership tech diversity ethics

Social Problems have Social Solutions: A Case Study with Homelessness

Alex Stephany

Tech for Good


work socialimpact closingskillsgap crowdfunding homelessness techforgood employment training diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

UKBT Presentation – Making the UK the most diverse tech sector in the world

Mark Martin

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity tech diversity

Knowing Me Knowing you.... Ahaaaaa!

Jenny Martin

Diversity & Inclusivity


psychology people flow diversity
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusivity in Tech hosted by Nancy Evbuomwan

Nancy Evbuomwan

Diversity & Inclusivity


panel beyondtech inclusivity diversity tech-for-good ethics
15:00

Tea & Coffee Break

15:15
2

Lightning Talk: From Prison to Start-Up Entrepreneur; Digital Solutions that Pave the Way in Social Tech

Michael Vreugdenhil and Sabine Vreugdenhil

Closing the Skills Gap


pinkumbrellastudios code4000 digital social-impact coding inclusivity diversity

Lightning Talk: Putting Top Coding Challenge Solutions to Work

Angela Bates

Tech for Good


data-driven callforcode diversity tech-for-good
15:30

How Continuous Learning Helps Closing the Skills Gap In Software Engineering and Development

Wendy Devolder

Closing the Skills Gap


closing-the-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good

Lightning Talk: Diversify your Company: Providing Skills and Employment to People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Richard McMenamin

Tech for Good


employment training disadvantaged asylum-seekers refugees diversity
15:45

Lightning Talk: Quality Education for 25 Million Out of School Kids

Ali Chaudhry

Closing the Skills Gap


closing-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good

Lightning Talk by Sara Shahvisi

Sara Shahvisi

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity
16:00

Round Table Session: Diversity & Inclusivity

Jennifer Riggins

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity roundtable

Round Table Session: Closing the Skills Gap

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Closing the Skills Gap


inclusion skills-gap diversity roundtable ethics
16:30

Keynote: Walking the Walk - Moving from the Why to the How

Sinead Bunting

Diversity & Inclusivity


digitalskills keynote inclusion diversity
17:30

BeyondTech 2019 - Final Wrap-up

17:40

End of BeyondTech 2019 - See you in 2020!

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.

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CodeNode

10 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB, GB


View details, travel and nearby hotels

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.

BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan

The BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan is now closed, thank you to all those who applied, and please feel free to apply again next year.

Call for Papers are now CLOSED

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED! Thanks for submitting a proposal, the response's been overwhelming and we are currently working on selecting talks. Click here to stay up to date and find out more on speakers as we'll start publishing the line-up very soon!

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team:

Thanks to our sponsors

Press Pass Registration

Skills Matter gives out Press Passes to both in-house and freelance editors, journalists, bloggers and influencers. We encourage those who have a genuine passion for tech and love to share great stories with tech communities and industries to apply.

Apply for Skills Matter Press Pass

Overview

BeyondTech seeks to do something different. Through talks and round tables, it is a conference that moves beyond just talking about tech to find the solutions that those in the community can take to make an impact on the future of tech.

Don't miss BeyondTech 2020!

Tickets on Sale Now

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 - Responsible AI, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tech for Good & Closing the Skills Gap

Today, every business is a tech business. The biggest change we have witnessed as a community has been tech's shift from a standalone industry to one that permeates almost every aspect of modern society, and we are just at the starting line.

If you are not a part of the conversation about change, you cannot affect it. This is where BeyondTech comes in. We want to find real actions that individuals and companies can make to guide tech forward. To this end, we have broken the conference up according to four themes: Responsible AI, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tech for Good and Closing the Skills Gap.

Across two days of talks, and round tables, BeyondTech aims to do four things: take a deep look at the ways in which we frame discussions around the ethics of automation and AI; promote real actions that can be taken to create a diverse and inclusive ecosystem; see how tech can be used to solve some of societies biggest problems and meet the challenge of bridging the skills gap in tech head on.


Keynotes Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Jamie Bartlett, Jaya Chakrabarti MBE and Russ Shaw will be joining us to all give a Keynote Talk at BeyondTech 2019!

Check out the rest of Conference talks here



Accessibility at BeyondTech 2019

As BeyondTech strives to be as accessible and inclusive as possible for our attendees we have gathered all the information regarding access here.

Diversity Scholarship Plan

The BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan is now closed, thank you to all those who applied, and please feel free to apply again next year..


Call for Papers is now CLOSED!

The Call for Papers is now closed! Thanks for submitting a proposal, the response's been overwhelming and we are currently working on selecting talks. Click here to stay up to date and find out more on speakers as we'll start publishing the line-up very soon!


Code of Conduct

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

Excited? Share it!

Thanks to our sponsors

Programme

Day 1: Wednesday 1st May

Don't miss these amazing talks!

Track Track 1: CTRL Track 2: TAB
09:00

Registration and Breakfast Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 1!

09:45

Keynote: Networking at Conferences for Autistic People and Introverts

Dennie Declercq

Diversity & Inclusivity


networking people keynote diversity
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

Just Add Diversity - Why a Diverse Tech Industry Isn't Enough

Sapphire Mason-Brown

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity ethics diversity

Data for the public good.

Reema Patel

Responsible AI


artificial-intelligence responsible-ai ethics diversity
11:30
2

Round Table Session: Diversity & Inclusivity

Holly Rafique and Isabel Chapman

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity diversity roundtable

Round Table Sessions: Responsible AI

Sam Mercer

Responsible AI


responsible-ai data ai ethics diversity
12:00

Psychological Safety: Overprotection or Not?

Gitte Klitgaard

Closing the Skills Gap


psychological-safety inclusivity ethics diversity

It’s Just Data

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Responsible AI


transparency startup data ethics diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Designing a Feminist Alexa: An Experiment in Feminist Conversation Design

Dr. Charlotte Webb

Responsible AI


feministtechnology alexa voicetech ethicalai feministinternet ethics diversity tech-for-good

Effective Ethics for Busy People

Kingsley Davies

Tech for Good


techforgood leadership ethics
13:15

Lunch

14:15
2

Keynote: Closing the Skills Gap: Russ Shaw in Conversation with Sarah Luxford

Russ Shaw and Sarah Luxford

Closing the Skills Gap


leadership digital-skills fireside keynote closing-the-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good
15:15

Round Table Session: Youth-Led Inclusion

Femi Owolade-Coombes

Closing the Skills Gap


young-coders inclusion skills-gap diversity

Round Table Session:Tech for Good

Tom Wagstaff

Tech for Good


diversity roundtable tech-for-good
15:45

Inspire and Engage Digital Makers of All Ages and Backgrounds

Alan O’Donohoe

Closing the Skills Gap


digital-makers stem closing-the-skills-gap diversity

Neurodiversity in Tech

Ray Coyle

Diversity & Inclusivity


neurodiversity beyondtech inclusivity diversity
16:15

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30

Hate Speech as a Service

Timothy Quinn

Tech for Good


data-analytics big-data content-moderation hate-speech nlp data ai diversity

Diversity in Tech: Throwaway or Here to Stay?

Emma Obanye

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity
17:00

Drinks Break

17:15

Keynote: Digital Activism - Saving the World with Open Data

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

Tech for Good


supplychaintransparency modernslavery opendata tech-social-enterprise diversity
18:15

BeyondTech 2019 Party with Pizza & Beer!

22:00

End of BeyondTech 2019 Day 1. See You Tomorrow!

Day 2: Thursday 2nd May

Don't miss these amazing talks!

Track Track 1: CTRL Track 2: TAB
09:00

Registration & Morning Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 2!

09:45

Keynote: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Jamie Bartlett

Responsible AI


emerging-technologies internet democracy tech diversity ethics
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

Why Ethics Matter And What we Forget About Our Past

Stella Windsor

Responsible AI


education whitefragility postcolonialism history diversity ethics
2

Altruistic Algorithms? Data for Good Done Right

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry

Tech for Good


beyondtech diversity tech-for-good ethics
11:30

Round Table Session: Tech for Good

Ellie Hale

Tech for Good


diversity roundtable tech-for-good ethics

Round Table Sessions: Responsible AI

Ali Chaudhry

Responsible AI


data ai diversity roundtable ethics
12:00

The Cost of Code

Dylan Beattie

Responsible AI


real-cost-of-the-code codebase leadership tech diversity ethics

Social Problems have Social Solutions: A Case Study with Homelessness

Alex Stephany

Tech for Good


work socialimpact closingskillsgap crowdfunding homelessness techforgood employment training diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

UKBT Presentation – Making the UK the most diverse tech sector in the world

Mark Martin

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusivity tech diversity

Knowing Me Knowing you.... Ahaaaaa!

Jenny Martin

Diversity & Inclusivity


psychology people flow diversity
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusivity in Tech hosted by Nancy Evbuomwan

Nancy Evbuomwan

Diversity & Inclusivity


panel beyondtech inclusivity diversity tech-for-good ethics
15:00

Tea & Coffee Break

15:15
2

Lightning Talk: From Prison to Start-Up Entrepreneur; Digital Solutions that Pave the Way in Social Tech

Michael Vreugdenhil and Sabine Vreugdenhil

Closing the Skills Gap


pinkumbrellastudios code4000 digital social-impact coding inclusivity diversity

Lightning Talk: Putting Top Coding Challenge Solutions to Work

Angela Bates

Tech for Good


data-driven callforcode diversity tech-for-good
15:30

How Continuous Learning Helps Closing the Skills Gap In Software Engineering and Development

Wendy Devolder

Closing the Skills Gap


closing-the-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good

Lightning Talk: Diversify your Company: Providing Skills and Employment to People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Richard McMenamin

Tech for Good


employment training disadvantaged asylum-seekers refugees diversity
15:45

Lightning Talk: Quality Education for 25 Million Out of School Kids

Ali Chaudhry

Closing the Skills Gap


closing-skills-gap diversity tech-for-good

Lightning Talk by Sara Shahvisi

Sara Shahvisi

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity
16:00

Round Table Session: Diversity & Inclusivity

Jennifer Riggins

Diversity & Inclusivity


inclusion diversity roundtable

Round Table Session: Closing the Skills Gap

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Closing the Skills Gap


inclusion skills-gap diversity roundtable ethics
16:30

Keynote: Walking the Walk - Moving from the Why to the How

Sinead Bunting

Diversity & Inclusivity


digitalskills keynote inclusion diversity
17:30

BeyondTech 2019 - Final Wrap-up

17:40

End of BeyondTech 2019 - See you in 2020!

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

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.

BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan

The BeyondTech 2019 Diversity Scholarship Plan is now closed, thank you to all those who applied, and please feel free to apply again next year.

Call for Papers are now CLOSED

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED! Thanks for submitting a proposal, the response's been overwhelming and we are currently working on selecting talks. Click here to stay up to date and find out more on speakers as we'll start publishing the line-up very soon!

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact the team:

Press

Press Pass Registration

Skills Matter gives out Press Passes to both in-house and freelance editors, journalists, bloggers and influencers. We encourage those who have a genuine passion for tech and love to share great stories with tech communities and industries to apply.

Apply for Skills Matter Press Pass

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