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WELCOME TO CFG
CODE FEST 2022

15 & 16 SEPTEMBER

OUR ANNUAL EVENT THAT BRINGS TOGETHER OUR CFG COMMUNITY OF MEMBERS, LEADERS & COMPANY PARTNERS
Code Fest is hosted over two days with an in-person event that will be live-streamed to our wider community. Those attending and watching online can expect a range of talks, panels and interactive chats. At Code Fest, you’ll meet fellow CFG members, our Ambassadors, Instructors and of course, some of the amazing company partners we work with.

ENGAGE WITH COMPANIES, TECH LEADERS AND ROLE MODELS
Code Fest is a great way to engage with a range of tech leaders, role models, speakers and company partners, with live in-person and online Q&A, interactive events and in-person networking opportunities.

THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE EVEN BIGGER!
The community loved Code Fest last year and we are hoping to deliver an even bigger event this year. Two days full of tech talks, career booster ideas and our CFG awards (plus more), we expect 2022 to be our best yet!  

EVENT DETAILS:

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE: TECH TALKS

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Day one of Code Fest will cover loads of interesting tech topics! From the climate crisis to work burnout, we’ll get into the weeds and uncover all kinds of fascinating insights from tech leaders across the industry. Presented by our sponsor NatWest and with loads of other companies across the talks and panels, you can watch and learn from super inspiring experts. 

Day one will be both in-person and live-streamed and we’ll be taking LIVE questions from all audiences on the day!

DAY TWO: CAREER BOOSTER

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Day two of Code Fest 2022 gives you the insights and inspiration to boost your career into tech super-stardom! We’ll be diving into a range of topics across tech applications, allyship, a cost of living challenge, knowing your worth and more. Presented by our event sponsor, NatWest with a host of other companies speaking and taking part, you’ll be able to learn from a wide variety of people in tech!

Day two will also be both in-person and live-streamed and we’ll be taking LIVE questions from all audiences on the day!

DAY TWO CLOSING EVENT

CFG SUMMER PARTY

Day two of Code Fest 2022 will close with a fun-filled Summer party, bringing together our community, client partners, ambassadors and instructors. We had a great time last year, and it’s a great chance for CFG members to meet each other, have a boogie, and enjoy some (free 🥳) yummy food and drinks! We will be allocating tickets to this event, so make sure you sign up for Code Fest below!

AND AT THE LIVE, IN-PERSON EVENT ...

CONNECT WITH OTHER CFG MEMBERS

AMAZING SPEAKERS AND WOMEN IN TECH

MEET & NETWORK WITH COMPANIES

LOADS OF FUN PHOTO OPPS for the gram

GIVE-AWAYS & FREEBIES

CODE FEST 2022:

SCHEDULE

We are excited to present Code Fest 2022 along with our headline event sponsor:

Banner Partners

DAY ONE SCHEDULE

We are currently firming up some of the content and timings, so there may be some small changes to the content in the schedule below. Either way, it promises to be a fab day of Code Fest!

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER - 11.00 AM START

KEY NOTE
WELCOME TO DAY ONE!
11:00AM - 11:20am
JOIN NATWEST FOR OUR WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF CODE FEST
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Our partners at NatWest are the headline event sponsor and will be welcoming our community, alongside our CEO Anna to day one of Code Fest. You’ll hear from Jenny Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Services at NatWest who will be delivering an inspiring keynote to get Code Fest 2022 off to a brilliant start!

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

COMPANY TECH TALK
THE SECRET RECIPE FOR TECH INNOVATION: A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH KFC
11:20AM - 11:50am
JOIN SARAH FAN, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
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The first tech talk of Code Fest 2022 will unlock the secret recipe of KFC … in terms of tech innovation! We are excited to have our one of our #represent campaign presenters, Sarah Fan, joining Anna for a fireside chat about all things tech innovation. 

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PANEL DISCUSSION
THE CLIMATE CRISIS - CAN TECHNOLOGY REALLY SAVE US?
11:50AM - 12.20PM
PANELISTS: KALUZA, NATWEST, ZUHLKE & CFG
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Our first Code Fest panel discussion looking at the ongoing climate crisis we are all facing. What can tech do to help move the dial in a positive direction? Can technology provide us with better resources and intel to tackle this crisis? And how could tech help individuals have an impact? We’ll look at these areas and more as part of our first panel discussion for the day.

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET KAREN KERRIGAN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF MONEYBOX
12.20PM - 12.40PM
FIRESIDE CHAT
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now. 

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
12.40PM - 1.00pm
QUICK 20 MIN BREAK
A quick 20-minute break before we return with a Company Tech Talk @ 1.00PM

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COMPANY TECH TALK
MY JOURNEY AS A CTO & BUILDING A HEALTH TECH COMPANY
1.00PM - 1.30Pm
JOIN GEORGINA KIRBY, CTO OF VINEHEALTH
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Part of the Forbes 30 under 30 (in 2020), CTO and Co-Founder of Vinehealth, Georgina Kirby will be showcasing her career journey as a CTO of a health tech company. Vinehealth is a mobile app that helps cancer patients manage their treatment by tracking symptoms, progress, and medication. 

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PANEL DISCUSSION
The burnout is real: navigating the demands of work and home in a post-covid world
1.30PM - 2.00PM
PANELISTS: FORD, CTS & CFG COMMUNITY LEADERS
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How we can all adjust in this ‘new-world order’ post covid? From looking at mental health to time management and everything in between, we will bring together panellists with different experiences, learnings and ideas on how to tackle our new normal, and how companies, leaders and colleagues can support new ways of working. 

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET KATHLEEN BREITMAN, CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF TEZOS​
2.00PM - 2.20PM
GUEST SPEAKER TALK
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
2.20PM - 3.00pm
LUNCH BREAK
A late lunch break to enjoy some food and refreshments, and use the bathroom! We'll be back for a Company Tech Talk @ 3.00PM

SIGN UP FOR THE CHANCE TO  ATTEND CODE FEST LIVE AND IN-PERSON BELOW

COMPANY TECH TALK
The positive impact of tech: how tech is shaping the world we live in for good
3.00PM - 3.30Pm
JOIN LARISA CREANGA, SENIOR HEALTHCARE INNOVATION MANAGER
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Whilst tech can sometimes seem like the wild west when you hear about the negative stories, there are loads of ways that tech is being used for good.  From helping communities to medical breakthroughs, new communication options and information access – tech can be a powerhouse for good in the world! This exciting talk looks at the positive impact of tech and how it is shaping our world.

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

PANEL DISCUSSION
The rise of the non-techy – why a non-STEM background has a place in tech
3.30PM - 4.00PM
PANELISTS: REDKITE, BRIT INSURANCE, DICE, ATTEST & NATWEST
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We are bringing together panellists to talk about how a non-STEM background can lead to a successful career in tech. Our community members are a great example of this, and in this panel discussion, we’ll look at how different pathways into tech can create a competitive advantage for companies, how this may evolve in the near future, and how we can encourage more non-STEM candidates to make the switch to tech!

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET ELSPETH LAWSON, PARTNER & DEPUTY CPO AT ENTREPRENEUR FIRST AND PAHINI PANDYA, CO-FOUNDER & CEO, PANAKEIA
4.00PM - 4.20PM
GUEST SPEAKER TALK
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET DR ANNE-MARIE IMAFIDON, CO-FOUNDER & CEO, STEMETTES
4.20PM - 4.25PM
GUEST SPEAKER VIDEO
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
4.25PM - 4.40pm
QUICK 15 MIN BREAK
A quick 15-minute break before we return with a Company Tech Talk @ 4.40PM

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COMPANY TECH TALK
The smart device explosion. What ethical challenges do we face in a hyper-connected world?
4.40PM - 5.10Pm
JOIN TEAM MEMBERS FROM BANK OF AMERICA
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Join Anthony Walker, Head of Corporate Mobile and Francesca Butler, Mobile Application Engineer at Bank of America for an exciting talk about smart devices and some of the ethical challenges we face today. Being hyper-connected has loads of positive impacts, but what are the “call-outables” that we need to be aware of and where can/could tech go down a dark ethical rabbit hole? 

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Rising to the top - advancing you career in tech: lessons, leadership and levelling up
5.10PM - 5.40PM
PANELISTS: CFG COMMUNITY PANEL
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Once you’ve broken into tech, how can you advance? Expanding your tech skills, jumping on growing fields, and targeting higher-paying roles all help tech professionals move up the ladder – we’ll discuss with our panel members how they’ve found success, lessons learnt, what makes a great tech leader and explore what skills, knowledge, and strategies will help you level up in tech.

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET RUPA POPAT, FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER OF ARAYA
5.40PM - 6.00PM
GUEST SPEAKER TALK
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY ONE LIVE ON YOUTUBE

CLOSING REMARKS
CLOSING REMARKS FOR DAY ONE OF CODE FEST
6.00PM - 6.10Pm
JOIN NATWEST FOR CLOSING REMARKS OF DAY ONE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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And that’s a wrap for day one! join Margaret Jobling, Group Chief Marketing Officer at NatWest and our CEO, Anna Brailsford for some closing remarks around day one and the incredible tech talks, panels and special guest speakers you have heard from! And most importantly, get ready for DAY TWO… 

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DAY TWO SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER - 10.00AM START

We are currently firming up some of the content and timings, so there may be some small changes to the content in the schedule below. Either way, it promises to be a fab day of Code Fest!

KEY NOTE
WELCOME TO DAY TWO!
10:00AM - 10:20am
JOIN NATWEST FOR OUR WELCOME TO DAY TWO OF CODE FEST
NatWest Logo

Our partners at NatWest are the headline event sponsor and will be welcoming our community, alongside our CEO Anna to day two of Code Fest. You’ll hear from Wincie Wong, Head of Services Technical Capability at NatWest with an inspiring intro to kickoff day two of Code Fest!

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

COMPANY TECH TALK
STARTING YOUR CAREER IN TECHNOLOGY
10:20AM - 10:50am
JOIN THE TEAM FROM STARLING BANK FOR THIS COMPANY PANEL TALK
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Banking was broken – so we decided to fix it. The vision? Fast technology, fairer service and honest values. All at the tap of a phone, all the time. Come along to this panel to hear about how we think about careers in technology and to learn from some of our employees about how they have helped build a bank from scratch and the challenges on the way!

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SPECIAL EVENT & PANEL
CODE FEST MOOC CHALLENGE HACK: How can tech help us battle the rising cost of living?
10:50AM - 11.20AM
JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE CODE FEST MOOC CHALLENGE HACK
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We will be launching our 2022 Code Fest MOOC Challenge Hack with our partners, NatWest, at Code Fest 2021! We’ll announce the challenge statement and open applications on the day of the event, and follow up with a panel discussion with our MOOC challenge judges from NatWest, Avast and CFG.

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET MERI WILLIAMS, CTO, ADVISOR & NON-EXEC DIRECTOR
11.20AM - 11.40AM
FIRESIDE CHAT
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
11.40 PM - 12.00 pm
QUICK 20 MIN BREAK
A quick 20-minute break before we return with a Company Tech Talk @ 12.00 PM

SIGN UP FOR THE CHANCE TO  ATTEND CODE FEST LIVE AND IN-PERSON BELOW

COMPANY TECH TALK
The Sustainable Developer: How Your Software Could Code a Greener Future
12.00PM - 12.30Pm
JOIN THE DELOITTE TEAM FOR A TECH TALK
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Do you know what YOUR carbon footprint is? We’re not just talking about the planes you take, the food you eat…we are talking about the tech YOU make. Join Deloitte team members to experience ‘A day in the life of a sustainable developer’: how everyday decisions you make have a direct impact on carbon emissions. This is your chance to learn how you can encapsulate green engineering practices into your everyday decisions and the impact you can have on the world!

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Allyship: how to drive change and build a supportive culture in tech
12.30PM - 1.00PM
PANELISTS: BRIT INSURANCE, SLALOM BUILD, BEAZLEY, CLIFFORD CHANCE AND CAPITAL ONE
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A 30-minute panel discussion looking at allyship in tech. How can both companies and individuals demonstrate allyship in the workplace? As part of this panel, we’ll discover what has worked, what hasn’t, and how we can all continue to evolve in this space.

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET SARAH WOOD OBE, DIGITAL ENTREPRENEUR & TECH INVESTOR
1.00PM - 1.20PM
FIRESIDE CHAT
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
1.20 PM - 2.00 pm
LUNCH BREAK
A late lunch break to enjoy some food and refreshments, and use the bathroom! We'll be back for a Company Tech Talk @ 2.00PM

SIGN UP FOR THE CHANCE TO  ATTEND CODE FEST LIVE AND IN-PERSON BELOW

COMPANY TECH TALK
How to confidently enable agility in a digital world
2.00PM - 2.30Pm
JOIN THE DUNELM TEAM FOR THIS TECH TALK
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Who doesn’t love a big shop up at Dunelm for the home? But if you lift the lid, there is a whole ecosystem going on to make those products available to us all! Dunelm are going to showcase how they get things done, leaning on being agile – a word you’ll hear a lot in tech. Being able to confidently enable agility is a key skill to have, and Dunelm will give you some insight into how it’s done!

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SPECIAL EVENT & PANEL
RESEARCH PAPER LAUNCH & PANEL DISCUSSION
2.30PM - 3.00PM
PRESENTED BY NATWEST
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Code First Girls has partnered with NatWest to deliver a research paper entitledTech and Social Mobility: How to empower minority groups with economic opportunities by building diverse tech teams. Built on data from our largest ever community survey, the insights from this piece of research will be invaluable for any organisation committed to enabling intersectional diversity and flourishing within their teams.

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SPECIAL: WOMEN IN TECH
MEET MARLA SHAPIRO, FOUNDER & CEO OF HERMESA
3.00PM - 3.20PM
GUEST SPEAKER TALK
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

BREAK
3.20 PM - 3.40 pm
QUICK 20 MIN BREAK
A quick 20-minute break before we return with a Company Tech Talk @ 3.40PM

SIGN UP FOR THE CHANCE TO  ATTEND CODE FEST LIVE AND IN-PERSON BELOW

COMPANY TECH TALK
Careers in the Cloud: Breaking Down Barriers
3.40PM - 4.10Pm
JOIN THE TEAM FROM CTS FOR A TECH TALK
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In case you didn’t know, CTS are seasoned experts in cloud technologies (the clue is in their name “Cloud Technology Solutions”). The cloud is currently the fastest growing technology, but most people only think it exists on their iPhones! So cts will be introducing you to a vast, exciting, and ever-expanding world. While starting your career may seem daunting, cts will be showcasing how every cloud has a silver lining.

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PANEL DISCUSSION
Know your worth – how to ask for money, mentors and more training
4.10PM - 4.40PM
PANELISTS: INTERACTIVE INVESTOR, NATWEST, KPMG, FANDUEL
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A 30-minute panel discussion where we will bring together different tech community members who will showcase their experiences, learnings, and insights as to how to get the most out of your career – from the money, to mentors, progression, training and more. 

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SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
MEET MABEL OCHEBIRI: THE MODERN TECH INFLUENCER
4.40PM - 5.10Pm
GUEST SPEAKER TALK
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This year, we are bringing you a range of amazing tech role models and women in tech who are doing great things. Each of our guest speakers will be talking about their journey into tech, topics they are passionate about and how they have got to where they are now.

WATCH DAY TWO LIVE ON YOUTUBE

SPECIAL EVENT
CODE FIRST GIRLS
"ONES TO WATCH" AWARDS
5.10PM - 5.50PM
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
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It’s no secret that the Code First Girls community is made up of some of the most impressive women on the face of the planet. So we’re going to highlight some of them with shiny awards! Each award is sponsored by a partner company and highlights the individual achievement of a CFG alum in different sectors. 

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CLOSING REMARKS
CLOSING REMARKS FOR DAY ONE OF CODE FEST
5.50PM - 6.00Pm
JOIN NATWEST FOR CLOSING REMARKS OF DAY TWO
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Are we here already?! We know Code Fest will be so fun that the time will fly past and our headline event partners, NatWest, along with our CEO, Anna Brailsford, will be signing us off for day two (and the last day!) of Code Fest. Join Jen Tippin, Group Chief People and Transformation Officer at NatWest for the final remarks for Code Fest 2022!

For those at the live event, you’ll be in for a treat with our Closing Event Summer Party kicking off straight after! 

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CODE FEST 2021

Code Fest 2021 was a fun-filled two-day celebration of Code First Girls, our members and partner companies that are doing cool stuff in the tech space.

Day one saw a virtual event day with loads of companies and panels giving insightful tech talks to an online audience. 

Day Two was our live-streamed in-person event at Level39 with the Career Booster theme with loads of great topics and interactive sessions.

CODE FEST 2021 – MORE DETAILS
If you would like a little taster, check out the pics to the right (below if on mobile) or scroll down to check out the videos for each day for Code Fest 2021 (timestamps for sessions are available on the watch on YouTube link). This year we will be dialling it up a notch or two!

WATCH CODE FEST 2021

WATCH DAY ONE CODE FEST 2021:

TECH TALKS

WATCH DAY TWO CODE FEST 2021:

CAREER BOOSTER