WeRockTech empowers people from diverse backgrounds to become involved in the open source community. We want to ensure that open source truly is open by connecting a collaborative community of coders who can support and encourage each other.
People from ethnic minorities, and women in general, are underrepresented in the software development industry. Open source in particular suffers from a lack of diversity.
It’s important to increase the diversity of of the open source community to ensure that everyone has same the opportunity to contribute to open source projects, and we end up writing the best code.
To engage more diverse groups of people:
Kimberley is one of the key forces addressing the UK tech industry diversity gap. As one of the main organisers of codebar, she facilitates free weekly coding workshops for under-represented groups. She also organises one-off events, including beginner friendly hack days and workshops dedicated to first-time Open Source contributions. When not doing all this, she works at Shortlist Media reinventing the online presence of their magazines Stylist and Shortlist.Kimberley Cook full video discussion
After a degree in Music Informatics at Sussex University, she started out her career as a web developer at an agency called Datanauts. She has since moved to a company called StoryStream and co-organises codebar Brighton, which runs free weekly workshops teaching those underrepresented in the tech industry. She is also studying Maths with the Open University and takes any opportunity to fine tune her programming skills and aims to one day be steering a team of her own.Dorothy Wingrove full video discussion
Gemma is a Scottish creative science-nerd obsessed with technology, design, Irn Bru and pi. As Tech Innovation Strategist for Ogilvy Labs - Ogilvy & Mather's R&D Innovation Team – she seeks out future technologies, ideas and partners to bring to staff and clients for business innovation. Gemma has spoken at conferences globally such as SXSW, Cannes Lions and WPP Stream on Science Industry Disruption, Corporate Innovation and The Beauty of Maths.Gemma Milne full video discussion
We're planning a day packed full of motivational talks, insightful panel discussions, illuminating tech talks as well as networking and a chance to hear from tech companies about what they are looking for in candidates. Whether you are looking to become a developer, want to work in start ups, a big tech company or just want to see whether it could be for you, the conference will give you an insight into the amazing developments happening in technology, as well as inform you on how you can break your way in.
Maxine is currently undertaking a PhD at UCL in neuroinformatics, at the intersection of data science and dementia. She has also completed an MSc in Health Policy and Economics at the LSE and LSHTM. Maxine is the Managing Director of HealthTech Women in the UK, and has worked at the Royal Society, DFID, L’Oreal, Roche and as an MSc research assistant for NHS England on AHSNs.Maxine Mackintosh full video discussion
HaBaby strives to support pregnant refugees in transit. Our aim is to facilitate patient-doctor communication and make interactions with constrained medical personnel more effective and efficient. The app focuses on the ability to capture key symptoms and a lightweight patient history. It is accessible in multiple languages; Arabic and English to start. The name comes from combining the Arabic word “habibi,” meaning sweetheart or baby, with the English word “baby.” The app is being developed with partners at Doctors of the World (DOTW), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Muslim Doctors Association (MDA), Oxford University, and Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).
DrawMyLife presents a child’s perception of migration and exile through anonymised drawings and data. Our aim is to raise awareness about the impact of migration on children’s lives among campaigners, researchers, and the wider public, and in particular to advocate for psychological support for children who have experienced trauma. We are doing this by designing a friendly platform for use by NGOs working with refugee children, which enables them to upload the children’s drawings and quickly add important information about age, gender, mood - and the child’s own story. Making this evidence searchable is another aim of the project. We will provide simple curation tools to help our partners, Terre des Hommes, and others supporting the Destination Unknown campaign, advocate for the rights of children on the move. We are also working with UNOCHA to contribute to their Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform, and provide unique data on the psychological health of children on the move for use by NGOs, governments, and the media.
Angela is the Founder and CEO of Chime Advisors, which connects businesses (typically management consulting firms) with experts for research. Her previous experience includes consulting with McKinsey & Company, and launching and scaling a Y Combinator startup in Europe, also a platform model. Angela studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.Angela Bradbury full video discussion
Watch the final pitches for Empowerhack Health London, close to 10 teams prototyping for solutions from Hababy, supporting pregnant women refugees to DrawMyLife, highlighting psychological health for child refugees; Soul Medicine, a unique way of tackling isolation through SMS-based micro education; Record-on-the-Go, looking at putting medical records back in patients' hands; HealthStarter, improving education for fieldworkers working with vulnerable young families, and more.
How do you go from 0-60 and start to imagine tech interventions for humanitarian health issues from mental wellbeing for refugee children, better communication for reproductive health; education for non profit professionals entering tough field situations and more? Join our community as they share their insights and challenges in the first 24 hours of our Health Hack weekend.
EmpowerHack have launched a series of hackathons this month to create open source software solutions on health challenges of refugees women and girls. The hackathons will take place in Ghana, London and Amsterdam over a course of 2-3 day events. Medical Professionals, Humanitarian Workers, Marketers, Software Developers, User Experience Designers and Researchers will all come together in each city/country in a new kind of hackathon that is focused on inclusive design, sustainability and partnerships. Join Empowerhack. Share more about your inspiration at volunteer.empowerhack.com
Elizabeth is a client integration engineer by day and a UX superhero by night. She has been a long-term mentor with CodeFirst-Girls. Elizabeth also volunteers with Women Hack for Non-Profits and UX For Change designing apps for and non-profits. Her passions are dancing, photography, cooking and studying cultures surrounding her.Elizabeth Chesters full video discussion
Eleanor Harding is a Swiss-army-knife Product Developer with a track record of winning hackathons including TechCrunch Disrupt and the SA Microsoft Imagine Cup. She’s the founder of Rigby/Rose, a consultancy which turns big ideas into elegant products - currently working with the Open Space Agency on NASA’s Asteroid Grand ChallengeEleanor Harding full video discussion
First hackathon at EmpowerHack London April 2016. Nerdy, lefty feminist, charity worker and trustee of the amazing @WomenandGirlsN. Interested in international development and tech. All views my own.Rani Selvarajah full video discussion
Founder @AcornAspiration - inspiring the next generation of young entrepreneurs (age 5-19) through tech hackathons crowdfunding I edtech womenintechElena Sinel and Katerina full video discussion