Sound Women, the networking and development group for women in radio, is to host a panel discussion event on women in digital, interactive and developer roles.
The event is being held at, and in partnership with Absolute Radio at One Golden Square.
It’ll be opened by Clive Dickens, Chief Operating Officer and aims to raise awareness of Sound Women, the BBC and Absolute Radio amongst a digital community – particularly developers.
The panel discussion will be chaired by TV and radio presenter Maggie Philbin, known to many for her presenting role on ‘Tomorrow’s World’. Maggie is also CEO and founder of Teen Tech which runs events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Maggie will be joined on the panel by Clare Sutcliffe who founded Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. She will be joined by Belinda Parmar – CEO of Lady Geek – a campaigning agency changing the way tech & gaming companies speak to women by bridging the gulf between the people who make and market technology products and the women who buy them. Completing the panel will be Andrew Caspari – Head of Speech Radio and Classical Music Interactive at BBC, who oversees interactive editorial for, Radio 4, Radio 4 extra, Radio 3 and The Proms and 5Live and is currently undertaking a strategy of archive audio and discovery.
One of Andrew’s key priorities is encouraging female staff retention, particularly as they move into their 30s and within departments that have traditionally seen fewer female staff choosing to stay.
This event follows two previous networking opportunities in London and Manchester and the launch in April of a Sound Women mentoring scheme, run in partnership with the BBC Academy for thirty women working in audio.
Clive Dickens: “At Absolute Radio, we develop apps, write code and build websites in-house. We are keen to highlight future roles within developer, interactive media and digital roles as fantastic career opportunities within the vibrant radio and audio industry and welcome Sound Women to One Golden Square.”
Sound Women founder Maria Williams added, “Sound Women is all about unlocking the potential of women in radio. Within developer, digital and interactive media departments we see less women across the industry. We are keen to get together and find ways to encourage women to see career opportunities in these areas.”
The Sound Women ‘Women in Digital, Interactive Media and Developer Roles’ event will take place on Thursday 22nd November. See more at soundwomen.co.uk.