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Google Women Techmakers Summit Belfast 2018

Building a New Horizon

Saturday Apr 14, 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 (UTC +01:00)

W5 - The Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ, UK


Saturday Apr 14, 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 (UTC +01:00)


The Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ, UK

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Who are Women Techmakers Belfast?
Women Techmakers is Google's global program and brand for women in technology. As part of the global event series, we are hosting WTM Summit Belfast 2018 in celebration of International Women's Day.

What is WTM Summit?
In it's 3rd year, Belfast's edition of the global Women Techmakers event has grown with the community, and this year we're responding with our biggest event yet - a full day where we hear from speakers who will inspire, motivate, enthuse and relate to our audience of everyone, with talks highlighting the achievements of local women.

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!

Where & when?

This year, we're taking on a whole day (including lunch) - Saturday 14th April - and taking over the lecture theatre at W5 in Belfast.  Professional childcare will also be available onsite for those parents that need it.

Workshops & Afterparty
We're also planning an evening of practical workshops in conjunction with @womentechspace (including food) on Friday 13th April at The Hive @ PwC (as detailed at, and of course an afterparty on Saturday night - unwind, network and celebrate!  Details to be confirmed.

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.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets before they sell out!

More details on all to follow soon - follow @WTMBelfast and check out for the most up to date info, or  please contact [email protected]

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Conference Schedule

09:30 - 10:00

Doors Open

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:45

Open Source Changed My Life and It Can Change Yours Too - Heather McNamee

10:45 - 11:00

Leading a Software Delivery Team to Success - Joan McAleer

11:00 - 11:30

Accessibility for Everyone - Claire Wilgar

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:00

A Female Perspective of Architecture - Brenda Hutchinson

12:00 - 12:30

Conversation as Code: Building an Enterprise Digital Assistant - Gillian McCann

12:30 - 12:45

"How to be a Time-Travelling Productivity Wizard Whilst Working". Or HTTP://WWW for short. - Claire Burn

12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Educators Panel

14:15 - 14:30

Making Pain Fun with VR/AR - Deepa Mann-Kler

14:30 - 15:00

Middleware Integrations: An Innovative Approach to Connecting Enterprise Applications - Desy Kristianti

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:30

The Science of Where - Rachel McKane

15:30 - 16:00

I'm a Design Thinker - What's Your Superpower? - Gosia Pytel

16:00 - 16:15

Utilising Tech within Psychology - Anna Szabelska

16:15 - 17:15

Emerging Tech and Rule Bending - Rachel Gawley

17:15 - 17:30


Social Policy

Women Techmakers Belfast is an inclusive event, and will follow Google Event and Community Guidelines. For accessibility information regarding the conference venue for 14th, please see the venue's website.

Heather McNamee

Heather McNamee, Open Strategy Partners, is a technical communication and marketing professional with an MSc in Learning and Technology. Her experience in open source technologies and associated start-ups started with using Drupal in 2002 in a not-for-profit.

Joan McAleer

Joan is a Senior Software Consultant for Deloitte Digital, having just returned from a year leading a product Development team for Deloitte Ventures. She has a diverse career spanning 13 years with experience in delivery of large scale financial enterprise systems, product development & integration.

Claire Wilgar

Claire Wilgar is a frontend developer with a passion for accessibility, currently working for Bazaarvoice Belfast. She is an avid speaker at conferences & meetups, and organises local events and groups such as Women in Tech Lean In Belfast, Global Game Jam and BelfastJS.

Claire Burn

I'm Claire. I'm currently a software engineer at the cyber-security company Rapid7, and a massive self-professed nerd. I recently completed an MSc in Cyber Security at QUB, passing with Distinction after completing my BEng Computer Science a year prior.

Gillian McCann

Head of Cloud Engineering & AI @Workgrid Software Certified AWS Cloud Architect. Prior to WorkGrid Software was Architect & Technical Product Owner of the Liberty Mutual Cognitive Technology team and as such responsible for the explorations into how Chatbots and Conversational AI could be leveraged

Brenda Hutchinson

I'm the Billing architect for Allstate Insurance, in the role since January 2015. Last year I had architecture responsibility for evaluating legacy transformation of the Billing space. We are currently designing the foundational infrastructure that will enable us to migrate to a new platform.

Deepa Mann-Kler

Deepa Mann-Kler is CEO & Founder of NEON creating immersive technology software applications for health and well-being in virtual and augmented reality. She directed and produced her first virtual reality experience called “RETNE” which was built for HTC Vive and demoed at SxSW17.

Desy Kristianti

Desy Kristianti works in Technology Consulting at Deloitte. Her specialisation is within Enterprise Integrations. Outside of work, Desy is a City Leader at Women Who Code (WWCode) Belfast, and also co-founded Women of Indonesia (WIN) Career Network and acts as the Events VP.

Rachel McKane

Rachel McKane is a Customer Success Manager for Esri Ireland working primarily with utility companies such as NI Water to deliver end to end mapping and GIS solutions. Rachel was elected to the position of Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in September 2016.

Gosia Pytel

A teacher by education and an innovative optimist by choice. As a certified Instructional Designer, Gosia is professionally focused on designing and optimizing e-learning solutions (mostly for IT). As a Design Thinking coach, she leads problem-solving projects for educational and business orgs.

Anna Szabelska

Anna is in the last year of her PhD in cognition. She's also a methods consultant in the Psychological Science Accelerator; youth STEM ambassador; an instructor for Code First: Girls, and Code Club Holywood.

Rachel Gawley

Rachel is a software specialist, CTO and founder of MedTech company, AppAttic. She was named as one of Innovate UK's Women in Innovation 2016 and has led AppAttic to be named as one of the Disrupt 100 “businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets” in 2017.


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