Good Tech Conf is a non profit conference bringing together 200 technologists with a passion for large scale computer systems, ethics, and diversity.
We will be exploring, discovering, and inspiring the use of technology for social good.
We will celebrate - and contribute to - projects supporting the ethical application of current and near future technology.
This year, Good Tech Conf is focusing the discussion around technology it's design, delivery and the how we can build software that is both ethical and sustainable.
After a day of tech talks from project teams using their skills for social good, you’ll have the chance to take part in workshops and hackathons to use your own talents for a worthy cause.
The sessions will give you the opportunity to build and deliver working software to one of this year’s named causes.
Note, a flight in the i360 is included for all conference attendees. There are local hotel discounts available upon request for attendees.
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Consultant and Co-founder
Sigma and Tech For Good Live
Having spent over a decade working with international clients on award-winning digital projects, Rebecca now specialises in the use of technology for social good. A firm believer in the need for responsible product design, Rebecca champions tech ethics and accountability within the digital industry.
Rebecca co-founded and hosts the podcast Tech for Good Live and works with pro social clients at digital UX agency, Sigma.
Caroline Beavon Ltd
Anne Currie has been in the tech industry for over 20 years working on everything from Microsoft Back Office Servers in the 90's to international online lingerie in the 00's to cutting edge devops and the impact of orchestrated containers in the 10's.
Anne has co-founded tech startups in the productivity, retail and devops spaces. She currently works in London for Container Solutions.
Head Creative Technologist + Founder
Alex Fefegha is a creative technologist bridging the gaps between art, design and technology, the physical and the conceptual, virtual and the real worlds. Alex is a co-founder and head creative technologist at Comuzi, an experimental research agency working at intersection of emerging technology and culture. Alex’s research is focused on using future mapping techniques to investigate the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence as outlined on http://futuresofai.com and https://aicheatsheet.comuzi.xyz.
Director and Founder
As Director and Founder of ThinkNation, Lizzie Hodgson focuses on how emerging and present technology impacts on young people. While building reach through partnerships, her drive is to ensure the experiences shared by young people through ThinkNation are heard and acted on.
With a background in tech startups, digital strategy, magazine editing, speechwriting and communications in UK Government, she has extensive experience in reaching a range of diverse audiences. Passionate about the impact of tech on society, she’s a Katerva Gender Equality Expert Panel Member.
CTO and Serverless expert
Paul is CTO of Movivo which is a startup working in 20 countries to provide free top up/recharge to those who struggle to afford it. He has built it on a fully serverless architecture (on AWS) and blogs about it on Medium. Paul was CoFounder of ServerlessDays (formerly named JeffCon), and ex-AWS Serverless Snr Devekloper Advocate.
Paul has previously been a consultant CTO to a number of startups as well as developing mobile products and solutions for global brands such as Sony. Paul also is a director of a community energy scheme that is aiming to take it’s community ‘off grid’ and lives a bit outside of London in Milton Keynes (there are bits of the UK that aren’t London!) with his wife and 5 kids.
Director for Digital & Resources Adur & Worthing Councils
Paul Brewer is Director for Digital & Resources at Adur and Worthing Councils, leading the introduction of government as a platform and user-centred design to the councils and their partners. Paul is a specialist in technology strategy, service re-design and delivery, and is passionate about the role of digital in disrupting outdated business models. Paul has worked as a consultant for the public sector, has 15 years’ experience inside local government and 7 years in the private sector.
Black Pepper Software
Sam is a graduate of the University of Warwick. Currently, I help make cool things happen with Black Pepper Software in my role as a software consultant. When I'm not working (or nerding out over whatever side-project I'm working on), I help maintain a couple of open-source GitHub repositories for a learning-to-program platform, attend as many hackathons as I can cram into my life, play/watch sports, and solve Rubik's cubes as fast as I can. I live and breathe software, and I'm a huge believer in coding for social good! I love chatting to anyone and everyone, hoping for new viewpoints to look at these problems from!
Tech For Good Live
Jonny Rae-Evans is the head of product innovation at the Big Lottery Fund, designing and building products that enable communities and civil society organisations to flourish across the United Kingdom.
Before moving to the Big Lottery Fund he worked at a variety of award-winning design agencies with clients such as Terrence Higgins Trust, Virgin Care, Age UK, Royal Society for Blind Children, BBC Children in Need, the NHS, Manchester University and Bentley CSR. Before deciding to use his skills to make the world a better place, he used to sell his soul designing for the gambling, travel, e-commerce and sports sectors.
He believes that designing for people is a great responsibility and is an international speaker on the topic of designing for good and social change. He is a co-founder of Tech for Good Live, and guest lecturers and mentors design students at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Founder & CEO
Alex Stephany is the CEO of multi-award winning company Beam, the world's 1st crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to help a homeless person to train up and get into work. Beam is funded by The Mayor of London, Nesta and some leading UK entrepreneurs. Before founding Beam, Alex ran tech startup, JustPark, for which he raised the largest ever equity crowdfunding round for a tech startup. That was when it first occurred to him that crowdfunding might be a powerful tool to achieve more social ends. Alex has also written a book on the sharing economy, The Business of Sharing, published by Macmillan
Alan McNeil Jackson
Alan is an expert in the use, risks and benefits of ICTs in the international development sector. His key interests are Agile methodologies, Participatory approaches to international development and Consensus decision making.
Alan constantly drives the team to innovate and comes from a successful commercial IT background. He is a qualified paragliding instructor and experimental musician.
Environmental Science Advisor
Lucy is a chartered environmental advisor (C.WEM, C.Env) with expertise in environmental monitoring and data analysis for evidence building and fundraising for partnership organisations, trusts, and other local stakeholders and community groups, to support the delivery of environmental improvements and objectives.
Lucy's professional experience encompasses work on pristine to heavily modified and urban river systems. Her specialisms include river restoration appraisal; citizen science survey design and monitoring strategies; data interpretation and presentation; ecosystem services and natural capital accounting.
Miles Sabin (Mentor)
Miles has been doing stuff with Scala for more than ten years, currently with Underscore Consulting. He is a cofounder of Typelevel and his best known project, the Scala generic programming library shapeless, is the weapon of choice wherever boilerplate needs to be scrapped or arities abstracted over.
Jon Barber (Mentor)
Jon is a Principal Engineer at Infinity Works, where he helps teams solve hard problems.
He's been paid to write software for over 20 years, and is a huge fan of Extreme Programming and Continuous Delivery.
Recently he's been spending a lot of time looking after distributed systems and helping >teams adopt DevOps approaches.
Currently he's very interested in ways organizations can spread engineering maturity as a deliberate practice - it's always about the people.
Interaction Design Manager
Hollie is an Interaction Design Manager at Fjord, where she focuses on helping clients create products and services that excite audiences and drive engagement.
Over the last ten years she has worked in the luxury, culture and publishing sectors, collaborating closely with clients to create user centred designs for a wide range of digital products, from large-scale collections systems to small innovative app projects.
Cassie Evans (Mentor)
Cassie is passionate about web animation, SVG and pushing the limits of CSS. She is a core organiser of codebar Brighton, a non-profit initiative that runs free programming workshops to tackle the diversity gap and currently works as a Creative Developer in Brighton.
DataKind™ harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. We engage data science and social sector experts on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems and lead the conversation about how data science can be applied to solve the world’s biggest challenges.
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Dave is a developer, trainer, and partner at Underscore. He has spent over a decade creating software using functional programming, and has authored and co-authored several books about Scala.
His current passion is building a SaaS called Cartographer that collects and reports on geographical data for environmental groups.
Dave got his start in geographical information systems by developing a database and suite of web tools for scientists involved in the Urban River Survey project at Queen Mary University of London.
The Good Tech Conf team are keen to promote diversity, opportunity and inclusion for both speakers and attendees to the conference. As such, if you are a member of an under-represented group in tech, the team are happy to provide financial assistance, mentoring and coaching support and advice.
Please get in touch providing some detail and a member of the team will contact you.
Through Connected Futures we harness innovation to build trust in the digital infrastructures that underpin modern lives and to ensure that they benefit everyone.
Our research addresses the critical issues of living and working in the digital age and focuses on the rapid contemporary changes in the interactions between people, material objects and digital media worlds. From how to develop the internet of things in safe, human-centred and reliable ways to exploring how digital technologies can enable the creation and distribution of content for social, cultural and business purposes and enable transactions in secure and trusted ways. Collaborating with industry, we turn ideas into reality and advance our connected lives.
A community to learn and share skills with thousands of developers passionate about software craftsmanship and progressive technologies.
Underscore Consulting is a provider of professional services relating to the Scala programming language. Headquartered in the UK with offices in the US and Australia, they provide a full range of services including consulting on architecture and design, training for all levels of Scala developers, and a complete software development service.
Underscore was formed to meet a growing demand for Scala professional services, and provide the level of service that large organisations need. Their combined skills give Underscore a depth and breadth of technical expertise in the Scala ecosystem that is unmatched by any other consulting organisation.
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