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2 DAY CONFERENCE

BeyondTech 2019

Topics covered at #BeyondTech

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

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

BeyondTech seeks to do something different. Through talks, round tables, and open-floor discussions, 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.

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, round tables and open forums, 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 Debbie Forster MBE, 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


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.


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

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.


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.



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

Day 1: Wednesday 1st May

Don't miss these amazing talks! Please note that this schedule is still subject to changes - watch this space :)

Track Track 1 Track 2
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


networking people diversity keynote
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

It’s Just Data

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper


transparency startup data ethics diversity

The Cost of Code

Dylan Beattie


real-cost-of-the-code codebase tech leadership ethics diversity
11:30

Break Out Session

12:00

Sapphire Mason-Brown - Diversity in Tech

Sapphire Mason-Brown


ethics beyondtech diversity

Neurodiversity in Tech

Ray Coyle


neurodiversity inclusivity beyondtech diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Designing a Feminist Alexa: An Experiment in Feminist Conversation Design

Dr. Charlotte Webb


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

30 Minute Session TBC


beyondtech diversity
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Keynote: Russ Shaw - Closing the Skills Gap

Russ Shaw


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

Break Out Session

15:45

Psychological Safety: Overprotection or Not?

Gitte Klitgaard


psychological-safety inclusivity ethics diversity

Inspire and Engage Digital Makers of All Ages and Backgrounds

Alan O’Donohoe


digital-makers stem diversity closing-the-skills-gap
16:15

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30

Hate Speech as a Service

Timothy Quinn


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

Diversity in Tech: Throwaway or Here to Stay?

Emma Obanye


inclusion diversity
17:00

Beer Break

17:15

Keynote: Digital Activism - Saving the World with Open Data

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE


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

BeyondTech 2019 Party with Pizza & Beer!

21:00

End of BeyondTech 2019 Day 1. See You Tomorrow!

Day 2: Thursday 2nd May

Don't miss these amazing talks! Please note that this schedule is still subject to changes - watch this space :)

Track Track 1 Track 2
09:00

Registration & Morning Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 2!

09:45

Keynote: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Jamie Bartlett


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


education whitefragility postcolonialism history diversity ethics
2

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry - Data Science for Good

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry


beyondtech tech-for-good diversity ethics
11:30

Break Out Session

12:00

Knowing Me Knowing you.... Ahaaaaa!

Jenny Martin


psychology people flow diversity

Social Problems have Social Solutions: A Case Study with Homelessness

Alex Stephany


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

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Kingsley Davies - Tech for Good

Kingsley Davies


leadership techforgood

Reema Patel - Responsible AI

Reema Patel


diversity ethics responsible-ai artificial-intelligence
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Panel Discussion


panel beyondtech inclusivity tech-for-good diversity 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


pinkumbrellastudios code4000 digital social-impact coding inclusivity diversity

Lightning Talk: Putting Top Coding Challenge Solutions to Work

Angela Bates


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

Wendy Devolder - Closing the Skills Gap

Wendy Devolder


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

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

Ali Chaudhry


closing-skills-gap tech-for-good diversity
15:45

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

Richard McMenamin


employment training disadvantaged asylum-seekers refugees diversity

Lightning Talk TBC (10 minutes)


beyondtech diversity
16:00

Break Out Session

16:30

Keynote: Inclusion and Diversity – Moving from the Why to the How

Debbie Forster MBE


womenintech inclusion keynote diversity
17:30

BeyondTech 2019 - Final Wrap-up

17:45

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

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 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.

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

Hold tight, skillscasts coming soon!

 

Overview

BeyondTech seeks to do something different. Through talks, round tables, and open-floor discussions, 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.

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, round tables and open forums, 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 Debbie Forster MBE, 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


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.


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

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.


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.



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

Day 1: Wednesday 1st May

Don't miss these amazing talks! Please note that this schedule is still subject to changes - watch this space :)

Track Track 1 Track 2
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


networking people diversity keynote
10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:00

It’s Just Data

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper


transparency startup data ethics diversity

The Cost of Code

Dylan Beattie


real-cost-of-the-code codebase tech leadership ethics diversity
11:30

Break Out Session

12:00

Sapphire Mason-Brown - Diversity in Tech

Sapphire Mason-Brown


ethics beyondtech diversity

Neurodiversity in Tech

Ray Coyle


neurodiversity inclusivity beyondtech diversity
12:30

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Designing a Feminist Alexa: An Experiment in Feminist Conversation Design

Dr. Charlotte Webb


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

30 Minute Session TBC


beyondtech diversity
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Keynote: Russ Shaw - Closing the Skills Gap

Russ Shaw


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

Break Out Session

15:45

Psychological Safety: Overprotection or Not?

Gitte Klitgaard


psychological-safety inclusivity ethics diversity

Inspire and Engage Digital Makers of All Ages and Backgrounds

Alan O’Donohoe


digital-makers stem diversity closing-the-skills-gap
16:15

Tea & Coffee Break

16:30

Hate Speech as a Service

Timothy Quinn


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

Diversity in Tech: Throwaway or Here to Stay?

Emma Obanye


inclusion diversity
17:00

Beer Break

17:15

Keynote: Digital Activism - Saving the World with Open Data

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE


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

BeyondTech 2019 Party with Pizza & Beer!

21:00

End of BeyondTech 2019 Day 1. See You Tomorrow!

Day 2: Thursday 2nd May

Don't miss these amazing talks! Please note that this schedule is still subject to changes - watch this space :)

Track Track 1 Track 2
09:00

Registration & Morning Refreshments

09:30

Welcome to BeyondTech 2019 Day 2!

09:45

Keynote: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Jamie Bartlett


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


education whitefragility postcolonialism history diversity ethics
2

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry - Data Science for Good

Tom Wagstaff and Christine Henry


beyondtech tech-for-good diversity ethics
11:30

Break Out Session

12:00

Knowing Me Knowing you.... Ahaaaaa!

Jenny Martin


psychology people flow diversity

Social Problems have Social Solutions: A Case Study with Homelessness

Alex Stephany


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

Tea & Coffee Break

12:45

Kingsley Davies - Tech for Good

Kingsley Davies


leadership techforgood

Reema Patel - Responsible AI

Reema Patel


diversity ethics responsible-ai artificial-intelligence
13:15

Lunch

14:15

Panel Discussion


panel beyondtech inclusivity tech-for-good diversity 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


pinkumbrellastudios code4000 digital social-impact coding inclusivity diversity

Lightning Talk: Putting Top Coding Challenge Solutions to Work

Angela Bates


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

Wendy Devolder - Closing the Skills Gap

Wendy Devolder


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

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

Ali Chaudhry


closing-skills-gap tech-for-good diversity
15:45

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

Richard McMenamin


employment training disadvantaged asylum-seekers refugees diversity

Lightning Talk TBC (10 minutes)


beyondtech diversity
16:00

Break Out Session

16:30

Keynote: Inclusion and Diversity – Moving from the Why to the How

Debbie Forster MBE


womenintech inclusion keynote diversity
17:30

BeyondTech 2019 - Final Wrap-up

17:45

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

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 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.

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

SkillsCasts

Hold tight, skillscasts coming soon!