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Google Women Techmakers Belfast Summit 2017

Highlighting Achievement; Making Voices Heard

Friday Apr 28, 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 (UTC +01:00)

The MAC - 10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS, UK


Friday Apr 28, 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 (UTC +01:00)


10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS, UK

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Our 2017 event is here!

In recognition of International Women's Day and in conjunction with the Belfast Google Developer Group, we've a very exciting setup for the Women Techmakers (WTM) Summit in 2017.

Building on the success of last year, there will be two opportunities to get involved:

- Workshops: 27th April, 6pm - 8.30pm in the QUB Computer Science Building, with food provided. Workshops will include JavaScript and Python Codebar tutorials ( as well as technical CV & Interview Skills. These are suited to all skill levels so come along and give it a go (or show off your expertise!).


6.10pm - Welcome 

6.15pm - Workshops begin. CV/Interview skills workshop will cover confidence & communication skills.

7pm - Break for food & chat!

7.30pm - Re-commence workshops. CV/Interview skills workshop will have talks by recruitment professionals on the technical CV, interview prep and technical skills, whiteboard tests, salary negotiation and take any questions you have.

8.30-9pm - Finish

- Conference: 28th April, 6pm - 10pm in The MAC Belfast, with a wide variety of inspirational speakers and panel discussions. Food will be provided on the night.  (Accessibility information here:

There are a limited number of tickets available for both the workshops and our conference. You'll find prices below, with concessions available. Make sure to buy yours today to avoid disappointment, and please help us promote this unique event by sharing via your social channels.

What is Women Techmakers?

Women Techmakers is Google’s brand and global programme for women in technology. It is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of innovative female leaders in technology and inspire others to join the field. It does this through raising the visibility of women in tech, through online community-building, and through providing resources to support women develop their technical skillsets. The focus of WTM is on both local events, and higher-level resources and global community building.

What is the conference about?

There will be a wide range of speakers and panels at the conference, including inspirational talks from local entrepreneurs, discussion panels about the big issues in the industry at present, and technical talks from industry leaders. An agenda for the event will be available soon!

Who can attend the workshops / conference?

Anyone can attend both workshops and the conference - students within STEM, veterans of the technology industry, people working in other industries and everyone in between. 

ALL GENDERS are encouraged to attend as this event is about diversity and equality, and increasing the visibility of brilliant women within tech.

I have a question - who should I contact?

If you have any questions about the event please contact [email protected]

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confirmed speakers (full schedule & timings tbc)

18:00 - 22:00

Angie McKeown:   "Adjusting User Experience Design for VR"

18:00 - 22:00

Dr. Ciara Rafferty:   "Quantum-Safe Cryptography: Secure Communication in a Quantum Age"

18:00 - 22:00

Katherine Cancelado:   "Privacy and Cyber Security on the Internet"

18:00 - 22:00

Katie McKinley:   "Facilitating the Rapid Adoption of 3D Printing in Healthcare"

18:00 - 22:00

Marion Rybnikar:   "Implementing a Data & BI Strategy"

18:00 - 22:00

Mary-Jane McBride:   "Tech to Aid Eating Disorder Recovery"

18:00 - 22:00

Nuala Murphy & Victoria McCallum:   "LeanIn: Why Gender Equality is Good for Business"

18:00 - 22:00

Ritu Bhatt:   "Test Driven Development [TDD]"

18:00 - 22:00

Rory Hanratty:   "How Can I Help?"

18:00 - 22:00

Stephanie Craig:   "Cancer Research Using R and Other Languages"

18:00 - 22:00

Panel Discussion:   "Mums in Tech" with Joan McAleer, Lyndsey Parsons, Marion Rybnikar and Sinead Sharkey, led by Angela Byrne

18:00 - 22:00

Panel Discussion:   "Switching Into Tech" with Fiona Phillips, Jen Hanratty, Sarah Hannity and Victoria McCallum, led by Nuala Harden

Angie McKeown

Angie is all about tea @MissMcKeowns, gamification, VR, & small business issues. With 18 yrs’ experience in the tech industry, & founding 3 startups, she has had extensive experience of small business issues. In 2013 she founded NI Game Dev Network. She has Virtually given up on real life!

Ciara Rafferty

Ciara is a lecturer @CSIT_QUB. She holds a PhD from @QueensUBelfast investigating the optimised hardware design of fully homomorphic encryption. Her current research interests are in the area of quantum-safe cryptography. She has been working on the Horizon2020 SAFEcrypto project since 2015.

Claire Burn

Claire is a graduate of @QueensUBelfast with a BEng in Computer Science and a MSc in Cyber Security. She currently works at a Cyber Security analytics firm. A big advocate for diversity in the tech industry, she is the Youth Outreach Leader and a City Lead for @WWCBelfast, and founded @WTMBelfast

Katherine Cancelado

Katherine is a cyber security expert, penetration tester and consultant @DeloitteIreland. Katherine has over 3 years professional experience in penetration testing and vulnerability assessment; over 3 years experience as a network analyst, threat content creator and incident response.

Katie McKinley

Katie is Head of New Business at @Axial3D, a Belfast based healthcare start-up focused on 3D printing for medical applications.

Marion Rybnikar

Marion is an experienced Data Manager with twenty years' experience in the eCommerce, Financial Services and Telecommunications industries. She is the newly appointed Head of Data at @DanskeBank_UK. Marion will share her experiences of Big Data, Data Science and Business Intelligence.

Mary-Jane McBride

A final year Software Engineering student at @QueensUBelfast and coding enthusiast.

Nuala Murphy

CEO of @momenthealthapp, Belfast entrepreneur and marketing expert Nuala is a Regional Leader with the global organisation @LeanInOrg, and founder @LeanInBelfast and @LeanInIreland. Nuala works to empower women to achieve their ambitions & work towards gender equality in the workplace and society.

Ritu D Bhatt

Ritu is founder/CEO of @iEngageIT - a tech startup in Belfast. She started as a software developer 15 years ago and worked her way up through different tech teams. Awards: Finalist Best Startup / Innovation in IT in @wibni 2016 Ones to Watch – Ulster Business 2017

Rory Hanratty

Rory is Deputy CTO for Kainos Digital, a software architect, product manager and lapsed developer. Over the years he has worked in almost every role imaginable in IT, from testing to web design. He is regularly wrong and likes to help people learn from this by sharing his experience #sharethefail

Stephanie Craig

Stephanie is a PhD student @QueensUBelfast interested in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas and patterns in data who developed her coding skills for carrying out statistics and bioinformatics in her research.

Victoria McCallum

A formerly self-confessed technophobe whom failed at life so become an apprentice software engineer. @WTMBelfast co-organiser @LeanInBelfast WIT Circle instigator @CodeCoopNI instigator & co-organiser @WWCBelfast City Leader @CodeFirstGirls ambassador & course co-ordinator at @QueensUBelfast

Angela Byrne

Senior Manager for Product Technology @AllstateNI Angela is responsible for Core insurance systems with her 100-strong team based across Belfast, Derry, Chicago (USA) and Bangalore (India). Most recently Angela has championed the newly established collaboration between Allstate and Lean In Belfast

Fiona Phillips

After a varied career working in libraries and project administration Fiona went back to university and made a move into the software industry. She is a @WWCBelfast City Leader. She is interested in learning as much as she can about web development, UX Design and new technologies.


Recently switched from being a full-time parent of 3 children to a role the tech industry, which is practically the same thing anyway. Self-taught for over a year, 16 weeks of remote study and now onto the next phase of her journey and beyond! Working on being comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Joan McAleer

Joan works @DeloitteDigital leading the Product development team in Belfast for Deloitte Ventures, currently coding in .NET core & Angular 2 w previous experience in Java, Integration technologies and SQL. Before becoming a mammy was a keen kayaker & mountaineer though more focused on TV shows now.

Lyndsey Parsons

Technologist at @Aepona & mum to Oliver. Lyndsey has over 17 years professional experience in the tech industry, predominantly within the telecoms sector & most recently in IoT. Lyndsey thrives on problem solving, sorting through the hype and creating real value through technology focused solutions

Nuala Harden

Nuala is director of software engineering role @CMEGroup. Responsible for the execution and delivery of web applications in support of CME’s mobility, distribution and UX strategies by putting in place self-managing, agile teams whom take accountability for their execution and delivery.

Sarah Hannity

A marketing manager by day, teaching herself to code by night! Sarah first encountered the world of coding via the HTML emails which she had to build as a marketing assistant, and this opened her eyes to a whole world of possibility. Co-organiser of @WTMBelfast

Sinead Sharkey

Career coaching | women inspiring | confidence building | leadership developing | #riseandshine | brain rewiring | success making | equality #WEP & #LeanIn |


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