Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
11:00 AM till 15:00 PM February 3rd 2018Book your free ticket
Federation street Manchester
Have you always wanted to become a tech conference speaker? Let 2018 be the year that you make that dream a reality! Save the date - Saturday 3rd February 2018 11-3 The Federation, Manchester.
On Saturday 3rd February 2018 there will be numerous workshops hosted around the globe encouraging and advising newbie speakers to put together your very first talk proposal and share your own individual perspective on any subject of interest to people in tech. Each workshop will have experienced speakers on hand to:
Give you a warm, inclusive welcome in a safe space (check out our Code of Conduct which all participants must adhere to) mentor you with your proposal, provide speaking advice and share their enthusiasm to get you to the stage!
We recommend you bring a notepad or laptop, but we can help you out if you don’t have any.
The Federation has an on site cafe for food and drink during the day.
Anna Holland-Smith - The BBC/ Code your future
Rebecca Rae-Evans - The Federation
Jonny Rae-Evans - Big Lottery Fund, Tech for Good Live
Richard Sullivan - Co-op Digital
Llara Geddes - Ladies that UX/ Beauty Bay
Timeline for the day:
11-12 Arrival and welcome
12 - 2:00 Picking a topic and constructing a talk section
2:00 - 3:30 Delivery of talk and prep for the event section
There will be workshops, talks and activities through the day that you can get involved in.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I want to help people get better at public speaking and I want to be a part of this global initiative. Looks fun.
About Rebecca: Rebecca Rae-Evans has a varied and extensive background in design and digital, working with blue chip clients on award winning research, marketing and website projects. She now specialises in the pro-social and tech ethics sector, setting up the Tech for Good Live events and podcast series and working with The Federation, a community of digital businesses looking to create a more inclusive digital economy. She is a media commentator and has spoken at international conferences and has been an associate lecturer and mentor at a variety of HE organisations including MMU, The University of Salford and the acclaimed Hyper Island.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I recognise the value of empowering traditionally unheard and under-represented voices in tech to speak up through public speaking training.
About Anna: Anna is a Software Engineer with the BBC, having career-changed from Criminal Law in late 2016. Having been selected to participate in Tech North's 'Northern Voices' speaker training programme, Anna speaks regularly at Tech events and conferences and now seeks to empower others to have the confidence to do the same. A vocal advocate for a more representative Tech workforce, Anna is one of the organisers behind Codebar in Manchester and a volunteer instructor for CodeFirst:Girls. Anna remains committed to addressing important social issues through her work with CodeYourFuture and Code4000 and was motivated to set up and organise CodeYourFuture in Greater Manchester, an area with the highest population of refugees and asylum seekers per head in the UK, after having graduated from a coding bootcamp herself and recognising the opportunities that such an education might present to those who are currently under-represented in the tech industry and under-served by the technology being created.
Reason for being involved in workshop: I think the workshop is a great idea to provide mentoring and help for people who want to give speaking a try. I would like to help more people to share their experiences and expertise. Conversations that embrace diverse voices are richer for it. I would also like to help people benefit from the valuable networking opportunities speaking can give them. I'd love to help new people step forward.
About Richard: Richard is an experienced presenter with over a decade of experience professionally developing and delivering presentations. Richard believes public speaking is something you can learn to do better and that knowledge of techniques and practice will allow you to improve.
Reason for being involved in workshop: There is a distinct lack of diversity and new speakers at tech events. I'd be delighted to play a part in helping support others.
About Jonny: Jonny is the Head of Product Innovation at Big Lottery Fund. Before that he was Head of Design & UX at Reason Digital; an agency that has worked exclusively over the past 10 years in creating digital solutions that have a positive social and environmental impact. Working with clients such as The Samaritans, Bentley CSR, Alzheimer's Research UK and the Royal Society for Blind Children. He has a wealth of design experience working with clients across a variety of industries and sectors including education, sports, travel, retail and finance. Jonny is an international speaker, has been published in Creative Bloq and co-founded the organisation Tech for Good Live.
Getting to the venue
Is there a public transportation stop near the venue? Yes
We are across the road from Victoria station and the Shudehill bus and tram stops
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using mobility devices? Yes
Are public transportation stops accessible to people using service animals? Yes
Are public transportation stops accessible to people who are sight impaired? Yes
Is the area around the venue safe and well-lit? Yes
How close is parking to the venue?
city centre parking - Arndale, Printworks, Victoria or Shudehill
Are there costs associated with parking?
yes, around £6 a day
Is the parking lot well-lit? Yes
Is the parking lot gated? Yes
Is the parking lot guarded? No
Accessing the venue
Is there any building security? Yes
What is the process for entering?
Buzzer and then sign in
Are there steps going into the building or space?
yes on some entrances
Are there ramps or elevators?
Are elevator buttons of an appropriate height for wheelchair users to reach?
Is there affordable childcare at or near the venue?
not that I'm aware of
Is there a quiet room? Yes
Not a specific one but there are plenty of spaces we can make avalible
Is there a nursing room for mothers with a newborn? Yes
Not a specific one other than the single stall toilet but there are plenty of spaces we can make avalible
Is the venue safe for small children? Yes
Is the space easily navigable for people using mobility devices or service animals? Yes
Do chairs in the venue have arms? No
Are food and (non-alcoholic) drinks allowed in the space? Yes
yes. and there is an on-site cafe
How many bathrooms (both single and multiple occupancy) are available?
How many handicap stalls or single-occupancy bathrooms are there?
How many gender-neutral bathrooms are available? If none is it possible to make some gender-neutral?