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.
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 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 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 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 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 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