Good Tech Conf

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.


19th and 20th November, 2018. Brighton, UK.

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This year, Good Tech Conf is focusing the discussion around technology that can have an impact in reducing food and packaging waste, and homelessness.

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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19th and 20th November, 2018.

Brighton, UK.


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Alex Stephany

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.

Lucy Shuker

Environmental Science Advisor

Cartographer Studios

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)

Principal Enginee

Infinity Works

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.

Hollie Lubbock

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)

Creative Developer

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.

Alex Fefegha

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 and

DataKind UK

DataKind UK

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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Lizzie Hodgson

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.

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Dave Gurnell



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.

Anne Currie

Chief Strategist

Container Solutions

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.

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  1. 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM : Welcome Coffee
  2. 09:30 AM - 09:40 AM : Welcome Talk
  3. 09:40 AM - 10:30 AM : Keynote - Alex Stephany
  4. 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM : Coffee Break
  5. 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM : Alex Fefegha - AI, Ethics and Data
  6. 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM : DataKind - The Companies We Keep
    The Companies We Keep
    Using network graphs to map corporate control, with DataKind UK and Global Witness
    How many companies did you control as a toddler?
    Stupid question, right? Yet according to UK public data, there are over 4,000 people under the age of two listed as beneficial owners of corporations – with one still yet to be born.
    This was just one of the findings revealed when DataKind UK and Global Witness teamed up to tackle the largest ever analysis of UK beneficial ownership company data. Over seven months, a team of four pro bono data scientists helped Global Witness to produce the world’s first network graph mapping all UK public data on those who control corporate interests in the UK – with more than 4.5 million companies and 4 million individual people represented.
    In this talk we’ll tell you how we did it, what we found out, and most importantly, what happens next.
  7. 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM : Coffee Break
  8. 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM : Anne Currie - AI, Ethics + Resource Consumption
  9. 12:45 PM - 13:00 PM : Lightning Talk 1
  10. 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM : Lunch
  11. 14:00 PM - 14:15 PM : Lightning Talk 2
  12. 14:15 PM - 14:45 PM : Dave Gurnell - Environmental Issues and Data
  13. 14:45 PM - 15:15 PM : Coffee Break 3
  14. 15:15 PM - 15:30 PM : Lightning Talk 3
  15. 15:30 PM - 16:00 PM : Aptivate - Consensus and case studies
  16. 16:00 PM - 17:00 PM : i360 Flight
  17. 17:00 PM - 17:45 PM : Panel Discussion + Drinks
  18. 17:45 PM - 17:55 PM : Closing Remarks
  19. 17:55 PM - 18:00 PM : Leave Venue
  1. 09:30 AM - 10:00 AM : Welcome
  2. 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM : Hack
  3. 16:00 PM - 16:40 PM : Review

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Join us at the base station of the world’s tallest moving observation tower.

We have the ultimate beachfront venue with unrivalled views of the sea and the iconic West Pier.

Your conference ticket includes a trip up to enjoy stunning views of Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline.


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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.



The Good Tech team are proud to support and collaborate with the following groups and events:

Coed Ethics

A conference about practical tech ethics from a practitioner's perspective

(London, 13th July)

Meaning Conf

Inspirational conference for people who believe in better business

(Brighton, 15 November)

Think Nation

Humanising the impact of technology on young people