International Women’s Day 2024

IWD 2024 Hosted by GDG London

Celebrate IWD 2024 with GDG London!

Location

Venue has informed us that we are going to use a different entrance and not the standard Huckletree one.

  • The entrance of the venue will be from Worship Street, use these coordinates if you have difficulty locating the entrance: 51°31’19.8″N 0°05’10.5″W
  • IWD 2024 will take place at Huckletree Shoreditch
  • The nearest underground stations are: Liverpool Street and Old Street

Schedule

Speakers

  • Nishi Ajmera

    Nishi Ajmera

    Publicis Sapient, Senior Associate

  • Nageela Yusuf

    Nageela Yusuf

    Founder and CEO, TikBox.io and Cerebriam Studio

  • Renuka Kelkar

    Renuka Kelkar

    Flutter GDE | DevRel Advocate @ Invertase | Founder@TechPowerGirls

  • Ayesha Bhatti

    Ayesha Bhatti

    Policy Analyst for the Center for Data Innovation

  • Annalisa Arcella

    Annalisa Arcella

    ML Engineer Manager – NLP lead – Google Women Techmakers Ambassador

  • Natalie Godec

    Natalie Godec

    Cloud Architect | Google Dev Expert in Cloud

  • Deepali Narsiker

    Deepali Narsiker

    Allyship Head at Women in Streaming Media

  • Jai Campbell

    Jai Campbell

    SRE | Architect

  • Mohima Ahmed

    Mohima Ahmed

    Senior Product Manager

  • Dr. Rashmi Kulkarni

    Dr. Rashmi Kulkarni

    Director and co-founder of ARNA Genext Solutions Private Limited

  • Gayle Thompson-Igwebike

    Gayle Thompson-Igwebike

    Director, Next Tech Girls.

  • Aga Bielak

    Aga Bielak

    Google – Technical Cloud Solutions Specialist

  • Ishita Narsiker

    Ishita Narsiker

    Computer Science Undergraduate Student – University of Glasgow

  • Teresa wu

    Teresa wu

    VP Engineer at J.P. Morgan, GDE Flutter/Dart

  • Chinmayee Murugkar

    Chinmayee Murugkar

    Freelance Product Designer

  • Ines Rigaud

    Ines Rigaud

    Data and Innovation Analyst

  • Sumith Damodaran

    Sumith Damodaran

    Sumith Damodaran – I Build Products !

  • Christenica Malonzo

    Christenica Malonzo

    Publicis Sapient- Junior Associate Software Engineer

  • Alejandra Stamato

    Alejandra Stamato

    Tech Lead, HubSpot

  • Louisa Andrianopoulou

    Louisa Andrianopoulou

    Strategic Leader in Enterprise Transformation | Agile Expert | Driving Innovation and Excellence in Global Business Environments

  • Isha Upadhyay

    Isha Upadhyay

    Publicis Sapient – Associate Software Developer

  • Sunaina Aytan

    Sunaina Aytan

    Senior Cyber Security Specialist

  • Eddie Jaoude

    Eddie Jaoude

    Open Source DevRel, founder of EddieHub community

  • Sarah Abail

    Sarah Abail

    Client Advisor at Gartner | Speaker | Metaverse | Augmented Reality

  • Shijimol A K

    Shijimol A K

    Partner Engineer At Google, Mom & DEI champion

Sessions List

    • Shijimol A K

    Embrace cultural diversity with AI, beyond language and representation

    Imagine a world where AI celebrates , not homogenises culture. This talk will focus on a journey beyond translation, and focus on transformative potential of AI to transcend borders, redefine representation and becomes the catalyst for global empathy . We will dive into practical applications of AI that helps bridge the cultural differences, and ignite understanding.

    Auditorium
    Sat 10:20 am – 10:50 am
    • Aga Bielak

    Scaling AI workloads with Kubernetes: orchestrating success

    Deep dive into how Kubernetes effectively manages the unique containerization and resource needs of AI projects. Discuss deployment, scalability, and optimization using Google Cloud tools. Crete GKE cluster with help of Duet AI!

    Room 2
    Sat 11:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Dr. Rashmi Kulkarni

    Empowering Women in Tech: Nurturing Wellness through Gut Health

    In this enlightening talk, Dr. Rashmi Kulkarni, renowned microbiome expert and Director of ARNA Genext Solutions, delves into the crucial link between gut health and overall wellness, with a special focus on its significance for women in the tech industry. Attendees will gain deep insights into the intricate science behind the microbiome’s role in maintaining physical and mental well-being. Dr. Kulkarni will discuss how gut health influences decision-making, leadership capabilities, and stress management, offering practical strategies for optimizing gut health in the fast-paced tech environment.

    Drawing on cutting-edge research, this session will explore the profound connections between nutrition, mindset, and emotions, shedding light on how they collectively impact health and performance. Attendees will learn actionable tips for incorporating gut-friendly practices into their daily routines, empowering them to prioritize their health as they navigate the demands of the tech world. This holistic perspective on wellness will equip women in tech with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive both personally and professionally.

    Auditorium
    Sat 11:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Ines Rigaud

    #IAmRemarkable Workshop

    Imposter syndrome. Stereotypes. Culture. For many reasons, lots of us feel uncomfortable sharing our achievements. During this workshop, you will learn the importance of self-promotion in your personal and professional life and be equipped with tools to develop this skill. #IAmRemarkable is a global movement that empowers everyone to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond

    Workshops
    Sat 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Alejandra Stamato

    The Modern Android Developer: Trends, Tools, and Techniques

    The Android landscape is constantly evolving, with new technologies and best practices emerging at a rapid pace. In 2024, modern Android development is about more than just writing code; it’s about understanding the latest trends and tools to build beautiful, high-performance and engaging apps that cater to our diverse user base.
    This talk will delve into the key aspects of modern Android development in 2024, covering Jetpack Compose, modern state management and kotlin coroutines, persistence and navigation, form factors, testing your app and more.
    There’s always something happening in the world of Android development, and you don’t want to miss it!

    Room 2
    Sat 11:35 am – 12:05 pm
    • Louisa Andrianopoulou

    Einstein Meets Executive: A Bold Exploration of Physics in Leadership

    The Intriguing Intersection of Physics and Leadership

    In business transformation, the most impactful leaders often draw inspiration from unexpected sources. One such source is the world of physics. At first glance, the laws governing the physical universe might seem distant from the nuances of leadership and team management. However, upon closer examination, there’s a profound correlation that can provide unique insights into the art of guiding large-scale business transformations.

    This session explores how principles from Einstein’s theories of physics can be innovatively applied to team coaching and leadership. As we delve into this bold exploration, we’ll uncover how the fundamental laws of physics can offer a fresh perspective and approach to managing people, processes, and change in the dynamic business landscape.

    Auditorium
    Sat 11:35 am – 12:05 pm
    • Teresa wu

    Accelerate frontend development with Gemini

    In this talk, I will give a brief overview of a few keywords in the AI and Machine learning world, such as types of ML, LLM, NLP, generative, GPT, and prompts, which then leads into the conversation of how AI helps engineers to work better, giving a demo of making a front-end application using Gemini.

    Key takeaways:
    – Demo the process of creating a front-end project using Gemini
    – Understand how AI can accelerate the project development and release process
    – No-code and Low-code platforms
    – The benefit of using IDX – an AI-powered IDE to accelerate the development process

    Room 2
    Sat 12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
    • Sunaina Aytan
    • Aga Bielak
    • Sarah Abail

    Panel Discussion – My Journey

    Join us for an empowering panel discussion, a highlight of our International Women’s Day event, where we celebrate the remarkable journeys of women in technology. This session features three inspiring female leaders who will share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs in navigating the tech industry. Our esteemed speakers come from diverse backgrounds and have paved their way to success in a field that continues to evolve rapidly. They will offer invaluable insights into their personal and professional growth, shedding light on how they have shaped their careers in tech. Whether you’re just starting out, considering a career shift, or looking to be inspired by powerful stories of resilience and achievement, this panel promises to provide guidance, motivation, and strategies to thrive in the tech world. Don’t miss the chance to gain perspective, connect with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the achievements of women in technology.

    Auditorium
    Sat 12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
    • Mohima Ahmed

    Exposing the Barrier: Institutionalised Classism and Its Impact on Talent Acquisition

    Talking about institutionalised classism being the number 1 barrier to getting talent in through the door

    Workshops
    Sat 12:10 pm – 12:25 pm
    • Natalie Godec

    All of your data needs, solved: a cloud-native data platform

    In today’s world data is king. It is everywhere, collected seemingly by everyone, yet so many industries lack a good data platform. And it gets even more difficult when you take into account the privacy aspects of health data.

    This talk will touch on 2 aspects of building a modern, flexible and secure data platform:
    1) how to enable innovative, AI-driven products when dealing with highly sensitive data, and
    2) when the market gives you all the tools you can imagine, how do you pick which ones you use? And marry them together?

    Room 2
    Sat 1:35 pm – 2:05 pm
    • Gayle Thompson-Igwebike

    From Empathy to Empowerment: Navigating the Path of Selfless Assistance.

    In this thought-provoking session, we will delve into the transformative journey of selfless service and its profound impact on personal development. Titled “How Can I Help?”, this talk aims to inspire individuals to embrace the ethos of giving without expecting anything in return.

    Through real-life anecdotes and insightful reflections, attendees will explore the inherent rewards of offering assistance to others altruistically. We will discuss how acts of kindness, big or small, can make a difference in the lives of others but also lead to personal fulfilment and growth.

    From cultivating empathy to fostering a sense of purpose, this session will highlight the many ways in which selfless giving enriches our lives and strengthens communities. Whether it’s lending a helping hand to a friend in need or getting involved in volunteer initiatives, attendees will gain practical insights into harnessing the power of generosity for their own well-being and that of others.

    Auditorium
    Sat 1:35 pm – 2:05 pm
    • Sumith Damodaran
    • Renuka Kelkar

    Workshop: Building an Gemini AI-Powered Emoji Movie-Guessing App with Flutter and Firebase

    In this workshop, participants will dive deep into the latest advancements in Flutter and Firebase technologies. They will learn how to leverage Gemini API, a cutting-edge tool for AI integration, to build an exciting Flutter emoji movie-guessing app. Through hands-on exercises and guided instruction, attendees will explore advanced concepts in app development, including prompt engineering techniques. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills to create intelligent, interactive applications that harness the power of AI.

    Workshops
    Sat 1:35 pm – 2:35 pm
    • Nishi Ajmera

    Harnessing Human Feedback for Reinforcement Learning using Vertex AI

    In this talk, we will dive into Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF) and how to leverage vertex AI for implementing it. By exploring a practical use case, we will understand how AI models can improve through direct human interaction, analyze the feedback loop, and discuss the integration of this approach using vertex AI.

    Room 2
    Sat 2:10 pm – 2:40 pm
    • Deepali Narsiker

    Navigating the Tech Ecosystem: The Power of Allyship, Sponsorship, and Mentorship

    In the ever-evolving world of technology, building a successful and fulfilling career can be a daunting journey. Join Deepali for an insightful lightning talk on the crucial roles of allyship, sponsorship, and mentorship in helping professionals thrive in the tech industry.

    This talk will explore how allyship fosters an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, sponsorship propels careers by providing opportunities and advocacy, and mentorship offers guidance and support. Through real-life stories and practical strategies, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to leverage these essential relationships to advance your own career and contribute to a more diverse and equitable tech community.

    Discover the power of collaboration, support, and empowerment in technology, and learn how these key relationships can make a meaningful difference in your professional journey. Whether you’re a tech professional looking to advance your career or an organization striving for greater diversity and inclusion, this talk will provide valuable insights and actionable takeaways for all.

    Auditorium
    Sat 2:10 pm – 2:40 pm
    • Isha Upadhyay
    • Ayesha Bhatti
    • Christenica Malonzo

    Exploring The Importance of Open-Source Development In The Pursuit Of Innovation

    In today’s ever-evolving landscape, the role of open-source software cannot be emphasized enough. It transcends mere utility; it serves as a catalyst for progress, igniting collaboration, transparency, and innovation.

    In this presentation, we delve into the pivotal role of open-source development in driving innovation forward. From nurturing diverse communities to expediting technological advancement, open-source stands as a cornerstone of modern innovation ecosystems. We’ll examine concrete examples illustrating how open-source projects have disrupted industries, empowered start-ups, and revolutionized problem-solving methodologies.

    Take TensorFlow, for instance, an exemplary open-source machine learning framework crafted by Google. Its purpose? To facilitate the creation and deployment of machine learning models across a spectrum of tasks and platforms. With its adaptable architecture and extensive libraries, TensorFlow empowers developers to construct and refine neural networks and various machine learning algorithms.

    Yet, the significance extends beyond the product; it’s about the journey itself. Open-source development fosters a culture of shared knowledge and perpetual enhancement, democratizing access to cutting-edge technologies and nurturing a collaborative ethos.

    Join us as we uncover the untapped potential of open-source development and witness how it’s reshaping the landscape of innovation, one line of code at a time.

    Room 2
    Sat 2:50 pm – 3:20 pm
    • Nageela Yusuf

    Art & Generative AI: the Next Frontier of Human Communication?

    We can now use our words in the form of text prompts to generate images, often believing that the output image merely depends on the text prompt.

    In reality the output, including any creative essence, depends on the text-image pairing, the diversity and amount of each category of text-image pairing, the abstraction by the model, temperature and similar parameter controls, the user prompt, and the model’s understanding of the user prompt.

    There is plenty if scope for things to be “lost in translation” so to speak.

    Join us for an engaging discussion about how we might push the boundaries of current image generation systems to help express complex concepts, emotions, and narratives, and ultimately tell the stories of us, and our human experiences.

    Auditorium
    Sat 2:50 pm – 3:20 pm
    • Eddie Jaoude

    Are you scared of public speaking?

    Whether you have done public speaking before, you have your first presentation coming up or this is an area you would like to get into – but is there something holding you back from taking the leap to start or your nerves are getting the better of you, then come to this workshop.

    In this workshop, I will share my tips and we can face your public speaking fears together so you can be ready to speak to any audience.

    I will make this interactive so be prepared to come and join me onstage – but, if this is not for you then take in the participants’ experiences and cheer them on.

    Let this be the start of your journey into public speaking and take away steps you can practice.

    Workshops
    Sat 2:50 pm – 3:20 pm
    • Chinmayee Murugkar

    Demystifying Product Strategy: A Designer’s Guide for Tech Startups

    n the dynamic landscape of tech startups, a clear and well-defined product strategy is crucial for success. Yet, many startups struggle to navigate the complexities of product strategy, often leading to misalignment and missed opportunities. In this talk, we’ll demystify product strategy for startups, focusing on how designers can play a pivotal role in shaping and communicating a cohesive vision. By breaking down the fundamentals of product strategy into actionable steps and accessible language, designers can empower startups to make informed decisions and drive sustainable growth. Drawing from real-world examples and practical insights, this talk will equip designers with the tools and techniques to make product strategy easily accessible for startups, fostering collaboration, innovation, and success.

    Room 2
    Sat 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Ishita Narsiker

    Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Women at the Intersection of Tech and Social Impact

    As a computer science postgraduate student and advocate for bridging the gap between academia and industry, I’m excited to share insights from my journey and experiences at the intersection of technology and social impact. Join me for an engaging discussion on how we can empower students to drive innovation and create positive change in their communities. Drawing from my role as the chapter lead at Google Developer Student Clubs in Glasgow and as a Women Techmakers ambassador, I’ll highlight the importance of mentorship, collaboration, and diversity in fostering a thriving tech ecosystem.

    Through personal anecdotes and real-world examples, I’ll explore the transformative power of women leaders who are driving innovation in their workplaces and making a difference in their communities. From leveraging technology to address pressing social issues to creating inclusive spaces for learning and growth, we’ll examine how students can harness their skills and passion to make a meaningful impact.

    Whether you’re a student eager to embark on your tech journey, an industry professional seeking to support the next generation of innovators, or simply curious about the intersection of technology and social impact, this talk will inspire you to take action and be a catalyst for change. Let’s come together to bridge the gap, empower students, and build a brighter future for all.

    Auditorium
    Sat 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Annalisa Arcella

    NLP 360º

    This workshop will provide you with all the tools you need for your NLP project. You will learn what NLP is, why it is so popular in industry and different levels of development for your use case. I will start with an overview on the evolution of NLP followed by a demo of a use case developed with AutoML of VertexAI/GCP. At the end of this workshop you will have a clear understanding of the different NLP architectures and when/how to use them. This session is meant to be hands-on, therefore feel free to come with your own laptop and GCP environment.

    If you don’t have a CGP account you can create a three months free tier one, otherwise the slide of the demo will be shared.

    Workshops
    Sat 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Jai Campbell

    Explore Site Reliability Engineering Best Practices with Gemini

    Elevate developer productivity in our SRE-focused session, leveraging Duet AI (Gemini) and GCP’s native observability. I will discuss the challenges implementing SRE and introduce Duet AI. Explore a GKE-deployed e-commerce demo, unveiling Duet AI’s prowess in assessment, troubleshooting, and suggesting improvements with native APIs. Enhancing SRE capabilities with increased team efficiency. Saving time in the cloud console and within IDEs.
    Join us for a transformative experience.

    Room 2
    Sat 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm
    • Sarah Abail

    Shaping the Metaverse for Her: A Conversation on Female Leadership and Innovation

    Imagine a future where the metaverse isn’t built for him, but for her. A thriving digital frontier shaped by female leadership and innovation. I’ll discuss with the audience how in my session: Shaping the Meraverse for Her. We’ll talk about the women already redefining the virtual world, and explore the challenges they face such as a gender gap in leadership roles, inequality in funding opportunities,… . But most importantly, we’ll discover actionable steps to build an inclusive metaverse, together. Let’s rewrite the code, pixel by pixel, and create a future where “her” story becomes our story.

    Auditorium
    Sat 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm
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