Like many other black people around the world, this week has been tough. I have spent this week having conversations at work and with friends and family about: racism, what it means to be anti-racist and how to be an active ally. Now I’m bringing the conversation online.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and worldwide protests for justice to be served, many people have been speaking out against racism and many have been silent.
The events are happening in the US but racism is a worldwide issue. I live in the UK and this is an issue in the UK that is very much still present in our society and institutions. …
It’s the last day of 2019 and I’m amazed at how quickly the year went by. I wrote blog posts in 2018 and in 2017 to summarise my career journey and passion projects and I’ve decided to do it again to reflect on the year.
I’m the founder of a community called Witty Careers that helps women start jobs in the UK Tech sector. In 2018, we launched our community and ran engaging, well attended workshops. For 2019, my plan was to focus on fostering community. With the help of our team, volunteers and partners we have achieved four initiatives in 2019. …
Long time, no update! I haven’t been great with blogging my adventures on medium this year but I managed to document everything through pictures or other means. So here we go!
The next update from me will be in 2019! Enjoy the rest of the year and be epic :)
Conferences, hackathons, Beyoncé and other stories!
Before I continue from where I left off last time(previous post here), I’ll briefly mention some non-Tech related activities that I got to enjoy since I last blogged :)
My birthday(still accepting presents!) and I saw Beyoncé live(if you know, you know!)
Now back to what we’re here for.
To wrap up June (after back to back fun during London Tech Week), Witty Careers had it’s second event of the year. We were so happy to host it at one of the coolest developer spaces in London. …
Here’s what I got up to during London Tech Week.
First stop was the Tech for Britain conference. I was a speaker on a panel with some incredible thought leaders. We spoke about how to foster inclusivity in the workplace and the importance of role models in Technology for women and underrepresented groups. I really enjoyed the different perspectives shared: we all came from different backgrounds and all work in Tech but in completely different sectors(software evangelism, retail technology, fintech and recruitment), so it was a really refreshing conversation!
I was on Tech Days Online! Tech Days Online is a Technology show live streamed on Microsoft’s Channel 9. I had an interview for the communities spotlight segment and spoke about how Witty Careers helps Black women and women from ethnic minority groups get jobs in Tech. Really enjoyed the conversation and had so much fun in the Microsoft Reactor studio. …
First off- exciting news, I had a career change to push me deeper into the Tech industry :)
My official job title is no longer Software Engineer. I am a Technical Evangelist. As a Technical evangelist, my role is to collaborate with CTOs and developers across different industries to build their software. This collaboration comes in many forms: Delivering Tech talks and content, running architecture design sessions and hackathons, producing code demos, driving technology adoption and best practices etc. This Wikipedia article gives a general overview of the role.
I’ve also started a specialism in Cloud Services, Data and AI technologies. Over the past few months, I’ve worked with numerous companies implementing machine learning on their platforms and it’s great to see practical ways that AI is changing the world. In May, I delivered 2 Tech talks on Inclusion in AI- see picture above…
March has been jampacked (in a good way). Here are a few highlights.
Witty Careers hosted it’s Explore Technology careers in Tech event. I’m a member of the Witty Careers team and it was an honour to put on a practical event for women who want to join the Tech industry.
I was invited by Google to attend Google Sandbox which is their event series to engage local Tech communities.
The name “Google Sandbox” is inspired by the software development term “sandbox”, an environment for experimentation, testing, and…
I went to a conference today and the keynote speaker was Karren Brady.
If you don’t know who she is and the amazing things she has achieved, please do a quick google. She has defied the odds and excelled in a male-dominated field and she’s giving back by helping others have the opportunity to do the same.
There are 3 types of people in the world. People that:
Make sure you are #1.
Make sure you develop a good culture. As a leader you need to know what you want your company to stand for. You must also set the standard of how you treat people. Make sure everyone in your team does everything within their skillset to make the company successful. …
Hello! Simi here.
Can you believe it’s February already? Me neither.
My January was jam-packed. Started back at work after some well-deserved time off and worked on some promo for my passion project: Witty Careers, a careers development platform for Black and Minority women starting careers in Tech.
First stop in January was at AfroTech fest. I presented during the showcase hour about Witty Careers’ free events for female students launching in 2018. Our first one is coming up soon- more details here.
I started 2017 with a couple of ideas in mind. Not thoroughly planned, but I knew roughly what I wanted to achieve. Now 12 months later, I’m already planning for next year’s activities.
However, I’ve decided to start my 2018 planning a bit differently. I’ve decided to reflect on 2017 first. I reflect best when I write things down so I figured I blog about my (Tech related) wins in 2017.
In February, I participated in the African healthcare challenge, a 3 day hackathon run by the Kopfadeyemi fellowship. …