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Event: Digital Women UK turns one

Event: Digital Women UK turns one August 14, 2014

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Digital Women UK turns one

Tuesday 30 September 2014 (9.45am-6.00pm)

Lift Islington, 45 White Lion Street London, N1 9PW

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Last chance! Half day, concessions and group tickets are also available. Take a look.

Registration is from 9.15am to 9.45am
Digital Women UK is celebrating its first anniversary by hosting a dynamic one day programme of activities on social media, technology and the arts for women who are, or who want to get, connected online.


Click here to see the full *programme


Special guest presentation (film)


My digital journey with Jude Kelly OBE
artistic director, Southbank Centre

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Jude was appointed artistic director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, in 2006. She founded Solent People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre. She has directed over 100 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Châtalet in Paris. In 2002 Jude founded Metal, which provides a platform where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts, with bases in Liverpool, Southend-On-Sea and Peterborough. Jude is a member of the London Cultural Strategy Group, and was part of the Cultural Olympiad, which was responsible for the ongoing framework for delivering the creative, cultural and educational aspects of London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. She created the WOW – Women of the World Festival in 2011, and it is now in its 4th year at Southbank Centre as well as taking place in other parts of the UK and in other countries all over the world. @JudeKellySBC @southbankcentre


Guest presenters


Tackling sexist trolling with Sunny Singh

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Sunny was born in Varanasi, India and graduated from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1990 with a degree in English and American Literature. She has a Masters degree in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona. Now based in London, she is head lecturer in creative writing at the London Metropolitan University. Sunny has produced guidelines for using social media safely with multiple strategies for different levels of abuse and scenarios. An expert on Bollywood, she is currently finalising a book on Amitabh Bachchan for the BFI/Palgrave’s series on film stars. Her new novel, Hotel Arcadia, will be published by Arcadia Books in the spring 2015. @sunnysingh_nw3


Digital Clinic Live! with Foluke Akinlose and Campbell X
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Foluke Akinlose MBE

Foluke is the founder of PRECIOUS ( and, the leading online network and resource for women of colour. Foluke’s career has taken in roles as internet Europe editor at – a Reuters backed technology start-up which provided business intelligence and news aggregation products for enterprises and consumers. She also served as editor of ATE Online, the world’s leading provider of business information and services to the international gaming, coin-operated and electronic amusements and leisure industries. She was honoured with an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for Services to the Creative Industries. In 2011 she was listed on One World Actions List of One Hundred (Unseen) Powerful Women who change the World, and in 2011 Foluke was invited to be a Titan for Doug Richards Creative School of Start-Ups.

@preciousonline @foluke

Campbell X

Campbell is an experienced web producer and social media strategist and analyst with 13 years experience. She has worked on award-winning campaigns and clients include the National Theatre, Channel 4, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and LUX. Campbell trains artists and creative organisations to build effective social media strategies and an online presence through her agency, and is the lead blogger for Digital Women UK’s popular Digital Clinic. Campbell is also an award-winning filmmaker and curator who has written, produced and directed Stud Life (2012) which was awarded the Screen Nation Independent Spirit Award in 2013. Campbell’s body of work was honoured by the Queer Black Cinema Festival in New York in March 2009.


Blogging for impact with Neela Debnath

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Neela is an online journalist at The Independent. She has worked there for four years and writes about arts and entertainment, as well as assisting with video and picture content. Neela was previously blogs editor for the website. She commissioned and edited posts from bloggers, along with regularly writing her own blogs. Before joining The Independent, Neela worked as a financial journalist for EuroMoney Institutional Investor. She has had experience across print, online and broadcast, from doing stints at the weekly magazine LondonCareers.Net to being a researcher for Channel 4’s Dispatches.



Digital publishing 101 with Joanna Ellis and Anna Evans

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Joanna Ellis

Joanna is the chief operating officer at The Literary Platform, an agency which works with publishers, developers, literary organisations and academic institutions on digital publishing projects. She is also the co-founder of The Writing Platform, a website and live events programme aimed at informing and inspiring writers in the digital age, and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, which champions the best British fiction writing. Prior to this she spent 14 years working in traditional publishing, most recently as the marketing director at Faber & Faber. She has been a speaker on brand (at St Brides and Wolff Olins), content strategy (for the Publishers’ Association), digital opportunities for writers (for New Writing South), communications and organisational change (London Book Fair, 2012) and the shifting landscape of publishing (at CONTEC in Brazil, London College of Communication, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Natur Och Kultur in Sweden).

@TheWritPlatform @TheLitPlatform @joannae

Anna Lewis

Anna is the co-founder of Valobox and CompletelyNovel. Her focus with both ventures has been connecting content creators with new technologies so they can build better relationships and experiences for their readers. She has also led cross-industry partnerships such as the Author Blog Awards and the 24 Hour Book project. Outside the world of publishing Anna has managed a series of international digital campaigns for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She has been a finalist for the Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award, and been funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation – an international organisation supporting social innovators.

@completelynovel @valobox @anna_cn

‘Women in tech’ panel
Hosted by Ladies that UX (London)


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Topic: “Is your desire to do a good job killing your career?”


Ladies that UX London

Ladies that UX is a friendly, welcoming and collaborative community, with a growing number of local groups based in cities worldwide. Sometimes there’s a speaker or a theme, sometimes you just eat, drink, and see where the conversation goes. The one thing Ladies that UX (London) can guarantee is that you won’t feel pressurised to present. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and if you want help with a particular UX challenge, you’ll find plenty of willing problem-solvers.


‘Women in tech’ panellists

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Clare Munday

Clare’s tech career started over 20 years when she designed safety critical UI for planes, cars and power stations. With the advent of the internet she moved into digital UX, when the UK’s first usability company was born, testing hundreds of users, designing products and interfaces. She has had a successful senior/director level career running large teams and accounts for the BBC, and Oyster (now LBi) delivering major projects internationally for clients such as BT, British Airways, Microsoft, Ocado, Monsoon, Waitrose, Directgov, Sainsburys, Dulux, Land Rover, Selfridges and John Lewis, delivering some of the UKs first digital services including the first red button TV service, first mobile news site and the first online shopping experience. Clare now runs her own company, collaborating with other digital “veterans” for clients, including the Scottish Government, Channel 4, HSBC, Vodaphone, the New Zealand Government, Microsoft,, Breast Cancer Care and The Telegraph.

Sophie Freiermuth

Sophie is an experienced designer, coach, teacher and mentor who delights in crafting elegant solutions for normal people’s problems and making teams work exceptionally well together while building useful, clever products. After years of agency life and juggling prestigious clients and their projects internationally, she now focuses on working with lean product teams and embedding efficient practices, including a healthy place for UX. She also teaches the UX Design Bootcamp at the General Assembly in London, an informative one day course giving participants an overview of the breadth and depth of UX.


Femi Adesina

Femi is a senior web technologist and scrum master. In her work she explores the intersection of technology development, UX strategy and management. Femi studied Discipline of Innovation at the Stanford Research Institute and has worked with the BBC, Honda, Money Advice Service, Really Useful Group, General Assembly among many others. In her spare time she explores photography and product ideation/development.



Matthew Curtis

Matthew is an industry vet with over 20 years of experience creating useful, usable and delightful digital products and services. He has worked with brands like HSBC, Vodafone, The Co-operative Group, Berry Brothers & Rudd, STA Travel, British Airways, T-Mobile, Capital FM, Nespresso, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Money Advice Service and Channel 4. After years working within big agencies he founded *friday* – a digital product strategy, service design and engineering company. After taking *friday* from three people to over 70, he has moved on and is looking for new creative adventures.



Digital poetry and performance with Malika Booker and
Jacob Sam-La Rose

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Malika Booker

Malika is a British writer, poet, playwright and multi-disciplinary artist, including digital, of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. With a career spanning 25 years, Booker is an unforgettable spoken word artist. The founder of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, she has represented British writing internationally, independently and with the British Council. Her first stage work Absolution was commissioned by The Austrian Cultural Institute and Apples & Snakes. Her poems are widely published in anthologies, and her poetry collection Pepper Seed was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013 and was longlisted for the OCM Bocas 2014 prize. Booker was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and she was also the first British poet to be a Fellow at Cave Canem, the prestigious African American poetry body. Pinterest @malikabooker

Jacob Sam-La Rose

Jacob’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. Shortlisted in 2012 for a Forward Poetry Prize and the Fenton Aldeburgh Award for his collection Breaking Silence, he is also widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor, editor and supporter of young and emerging poets. As the former director and lead developer for a web design and development studio in the early noughties, he developed websites for a range of literature development agencies and initiatives including Spread the Word, Apples & Snakes and Black Inc, and continues to be known as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and cross-art practice. Instagram Before it disappears @jsamlarose




DJ Chillz

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DJ Chillz is a versatile DJ with over five years experience within the music and promotions industry. Specialising in Afrobeats, Hip Hop and RnB, she also plays popular chart music, alongside House and Bashment. This skilled DJ who attended The London Sound Academy, is a resident DJ at Bootylicious, which is a popular LGBT club event located in Vauxhall, and Jumpoff TV presents TURNT, at Borderline Soho, a weekly RnB and hip hop night club. She has also played various club nights and events such as Jumpofftv Club (Scala), Harvey Nichols Fashion Show, UK Black Pride and iHost Night Club Birmingham. DJ Chillz has organised street team promotions for club events and has worked with major artists such as Taio Cruz, Estelle, Kano and Tinchy Stryder. Her credits include working with Soul2Soul, Soul2Streets, Universal Music and Stanton DJ. She was part of the collective team, known as The Getdown Crew, which organised and played at various events within the UK and internationally. In 2006 they won Best Night Club at the Urban Music Awards. DJ Chillz recently released her mixtape series called Music Without A Pause. Prior to this she did a series called Am Still in Love with H.E.R (Hearing Every Rhyme), which can be streamed from her website or on her Mixcloud account by typing in Djchillz. She has also started a web series called Hustle of a Female DJ which follows her professional journey as a female DJ in the UK.





Jacaranda Books

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Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd is a fresh and exciting new independent publishing house based in London. Founded by Valerie Brandes, it publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, which cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries. Through its authors and books, Jacaranda Books aims to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. It also seeks provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues. The publishing house has already garnered acclaim for its team and authors, including Jacaranda Books Commissioning Editor Rukhsana Yasmin who has been named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2014.
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To commemorate Digital Women UK’s first anniversary, Jacaranda Books is donating three exciting books – Fashion Africa by Jacqueline Shaw, The Colour Black by Maia Walczak and So the Path Does Not Die by Pede Hollist to be raffled at the event. Tumblr @jacarandabooks


…plus music, refreshments, stalls and quality networking.


LAST CHANCE to buy your tickets as spaces are limited.


*Programme may be subject to change.
Photo credits: Jude Kelly (Sara Shamsavari from Britain Retold: A portrait of London); Sunny Singh (Walter White); Joanna Ellis (Marcus Bastel); Jacob Sam-La Rose (Sam Burnett).