EVENT: Croydon ‘Women in Tech’ special – Thursday 23rd March 7pm @SI_Croydon


By - Tuesday 21st March, 2017

Unveiling the stellar lineup for this Thursday’s #Croydon #TechCity event at Sussex Innovation Centre


A Croydon Tech City WiT event.
Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.

Following on from International Women’s Day earlier this month, we are excited to announce an event featuring three leading professionals carrying out incredible work in our very own borough.

Get ready for an evening of inspiration and learning from the award winning crowdfunded Detective Dot series that aims to promote STEM to children, to exclusive insights into the digital workings of The Body Shop (whose HQ is in Croydon), plus hear all about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent visit to the BRIT school – it’s not just all about performers and musicians!

To sign up to this Thursday’s Women in Tech special at Sussex Innovation Centre Croydon, please register here.

Alison Pemberton

Head of Digital Media at The BRIT School

Photo by Alison Pemberton, used with permission.

Perhaps better known for producing musicians and performers, the BRIT School also teaches young people who aspire to a career within the media industries as content creators, filmmakers, writers and broadcasters. Learn about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent visit and find out how the BRIT School is leading the way in education and support of the new digital age with Alison Pemberton, Head of Digital Media & Interactivity.

Harriet Williams

Chief Digital Officer at The Body Shop

Photo by Harriet Williams, used with permission.

Harriet Williams is the Chief Digital Officer at The Body Shop where she is leading their global digital transformation across ecommerce, CRM, loyalty, digital marketing and social media.

Previously Harriet has held global digital leadership roles at Gucci, JAB Luxury (Jimmy Choo, Bally and Belstaff), and Debenhams. Harriet graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences. She started her career as a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates, advising clients including Nordstrom, Cardinal Health and Alcan.

Sophie Deen

Creator of Detective Dot

Photo by Sophie Deen, used with permission.

A former lawyer, techie and school counsellor, Sophie Deen is the founder of Edtech company Bright Little Labs – Sesame Street for a digital age. She was voted Computer Weekly’s ‘Rising Star’ and 2016 Innovator by the British Interactive Media Association for her work in bringing gender equality to kids’ media.

She previously worked at Code Club, alongside Google and the DfE, to help introduce the coding curriculum, before setting up Bright Little Labs in 2015 to make interactive stories with diverse role models. Detective Dot, her first story-app, teacher kids about computer science, is backed by Bethnal Green Ventures and reached over 30 countries on Kickstarter. Detective Dot was recently awarded the STEM Pulse Award by EDF in 2016 and Sophie is a finalist for the Start-up Founder of the Year FDM/Barclays Award. Sophie is extremely passionate about holistic, creative education for children, and teaching all kids to code.

To sign up to this Thursday’s Women in Tech special, 7pm at Sussex Innovation Centre Croydon, please register here.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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