Bristech are very aware that there currently exists a distinct lack of diversity in the IT industry in general.

As a tech conference who heavily engage with people who work in this industry, we are working hard to ensure that the opportunities for speaking and attending our events are as diverse as possible.

This encompasses the following groups:

  • Women in Tech

  • BME representation

  • LGBTQ+ representation

Women in Tech

There are a number of ways in which we engage with the industry-wide problem of the lack of women in tech.

This includes:

  • Engagement with women-specific groups in the promotion of our annual Call for Speakers (CFS)

  • In our speaker selection process, we are conscious of bias, both negative and positive and work hard to ensure no bias in our speaker selection processes. For example, the proportion of female submissions in the CFS is 19% and the representation of female speakers is 19% (i.e. 4 speakers from 21). Note - this doesn’t include female panellists in Silicon Gorge, etc. so the actual figure is higher.

  • Talks specifically focused on the lack of diversity, intended to stimulate debate and conversation on the topic. For example, Dora Militaru with her talk “Where are the women?”.

  • The promotion of women in the industry, including specific engagement with groups such as Women’s Tech Hub (WTH), Girl Geek Dinners (GGD), Women Who Code (WWC)

  • Good representation of women as volunteers & organisers of our events.

We want more women involved in what we do.

If you want to get involved and have ideas about how we can do more, then please do reach out [email protected] We would love to hear from you. Thanks!