Tech’s Role in Eradicating Inequality and Poverty

We’re very excited about our next meetup – which promises to be one of our best yet, with a fantastic group of speakers, sharing their first hand experiences of solving real world problems at scale. Meet Hephzi Pemberton, Kavita Kapoor,  Jenny Mulholland, Taryl Law, Elena Sinel and Anne Currie.

Too often at tech meetups we spend our time talking about software and hardware, rather than the social impacts or implications of the work we do, so the discussion promises to be fascinating. As ever we’ll have tasty healthy food, and plenty of time to chat and socialise.

The event is on the 21st November 2017, at a new location for us in Camden Market courtesy of our friends at You should sign up here.

Keynote – Hephzi Pemberton

Founder of Kiteka, a revolutionary new charity using disruptive technology to fight poverty and gender inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa


Hephzi is a business founder, angel investor and believer in the power of good business to transform society. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Oxford University, Hephzi began her career in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers. In 2009, she co-founded Kea Consultants, a financial headhunting firm that specialises in investment and high-growth organisations, which she quickly grew into a profitable and sustainable business


In 2016, Hephzi founded Kiteka to enable female entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa to access digital opportunities through mobile technology. Research shows that women across this region are 25% less likely to own a phone than men, but when they do it directly increases their income and the opportunities for themselves and their families. The vision for Kiteka is to create an all-female, all-mobile network across Africa that is connected to the digital economy and enabled through technology.

Next up will be a panel discussion on how Technology is being used to eradicate inequality and poverty. Our panellists are

Kavita Kapoor



Kavita is COO at the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. She is a programmer, software designer and technology strategist. Although she has won a BAFTA she isn’t a Bollywood star. Yet. She looks after Asia strategy for Tido Music, and is a published author. She has previously held positions at London 2012 and Channel 4 Television.


Jenny Mulholland


Jenny studied Physics at university and entered IT in 2006 as a graduate C++ programmer within Symbian’s Professional Services department, helping Motorola, Fujitsu and others make phones based on Symbian OS. In more recent years Jenny’s professional interests have extended into project management, and her current role in technical pre-sales where she helps Softwire’s customers explore their requirements and writes bids for new projects.

Taryl Law


Taryl is an experienced educational social worker, specializing in work with young people with learning disabilities and their families. She is also cofounder of How Do I, an award-winning social enterprise that supports life and vocational skill development for people with additional needs, raising aspirations and providing real-time support into employment and independent living through assistive technology.



Elena Sinel

Elena is the founder of Acorn Aspirations, an education start-up which designs learning experiences where young people across the globe interact with leading experts in artificial intelligence, virtual, augmented and mixed realities, entrepreneurs, designers and marketeers to create solutions that solve real life problems.

Prior to this, she worked as international specialist consultant with 9 years of experience in poverty reduction strategies, rural livelihood development and poverty alleviation with a specific focus on creation of small and medium enterprise development, product design, marketing and fundraising in Central Asia, the Balkans, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Panel Moderator – Anne Currie

anne currie


Anne is an Chief Strategist at Container Solutions. An engineer who is enthusiastic about container technology and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project




Tech’s Role in Eradicating Inequality and Poverty

Let’s all go cloud native!

Our next Meetup is on January 25, 2017.   To attend, RSVP here –>

This meetup will be all about how to get started with some of the exciting new tech for developing amazing apps.

We’ll kick off with a fantastic presentation:

“Getting the Cloud Business Ready”

Initially, cloud technologies were all about the infrastructure. But infrastructure is a funny thing because infrastructure becomes a commodity. This is why we’re at the edge of Cloud hitting its peak — and its first best use — via the platform layer. Abby Kearns will discuss the future of cloud technologies, what drives enterprises to adopt these technologies in droves, and which development languages matter now, more than ever, and why.

Speaker: Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation

A true tech veteran, Abby’s 18 year career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting at a mix of Fortune 500 and startup companies. As the first fellow at Cloud Foundry Foundation and VP of Strategy, Abby was responsible for structuring and executing operational and strategic initiatives, as well as leading the User Advisory Board and Industry Special Interest Groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was part of the Product Management team at Pivotal, focusing on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Previously, Abby led a Product Management and Product Marketing team at Verizon that focused on cloud services.

We’ll be following this with a panel discussion, featuring a great group of panelists, including:

Diane Mueller-Klingspor

Diane currently works as a Community Lead at Red Hat on their Kubernetes-based container application platform, OpenShift Origin.

Bridget McErlean

Bridget is a Software Engineer at Bitnami.


6.00pm – 6.30pm: drinks, food, networking

6.30pm – 7pm: presentation from Abby plus Q&A

7pm – 7.30pm: panel discussion plus Q&A

7.30pm onwards: drinks, food, networking

See you on January 25, 2017.   To attend, RSVP here –>

Thank you to the following sponsors!

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Shoreditch Works
Let’s all go cloud native!

I Learned About Software From That

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May the Fourth be With You

We’re on our 3rd COED:CODE Meetup and the date has been set to May 4 and it will be kindly hosted by Pivotal at Bentima House near Old Street Roundabout. Join us at 6pm.

This month we’re doing more of the popular white board sessions, with gentle learning curves and community participation. Of course we’ll have lovely health snacks again, and plenty of time to meet people rather than being talked at. We’re going to try an open mic experiment because we all have useful experiences to share. So what is the theme?

I Learned About Software from That

Anne Currie and Bryan Boreham will kick off proceedings with some stories about lessons learned, and how they learned them. Our very own Gen Ashley will be compere for the evening. We hope you’ll share some experiences too.

Anne – what I learned about thread safety (why x++ doesn’t play nicely).

Bryan  – how one failure triggered multiple restarts
– each component wanted to download its data from the central store at start-up
– “thundering horde” hit the central store and total meltdown

Thundering horde sounds scary, but don’t worry Bryan definitely isn’t. Please come – we cant wait to meet you.

I Learned About Software From That