On Wednesday 23 October 2019, Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture will convene its first inaugural event bringing together the collective voices, from across the creative industries and education sector alongside key influencers and policy makers, to champion Women in Tech and help shape the future of digital for all.

Setting the stage for an exciting 5th edition of one of the UK’s leading digital culture festivals, THE MEET UP will explore ways in which we move diversity forward in a technological age. The focus for 2019 will bring passionate and committed individuals from across the UK to reflect and debate the issues of gender inequality in the tech sector.

THE MEET UP 2019 will champion Women in Tech by foregrounding the new frontiers of digital innovation and creativity. The gathering will advocate for diversity and social inclusivity in innovation processes, seeing this as a key driving force to attain an alternative future through cultural transformations.

We are faced today with a world in which technology embedded in our everyday lives is predominantly conceived and programmed from a one gender perspective – a perspective rooted in platforms controlling our social interactions, in products and services we use and in the content we consume, shaping the future to come.

Whilst we are seeing an inspiring rise of female influencers paving the way for the next generation of talent to enter the digital economy - our most active future sector – there is still much to do. We need to ensure we engage and encourage the coming generations to walk in the paths of these individuals who are charging forward and resetting the course of digital innovation.

Taking place in the stunning historic City of Lincoln, THE MEET UP will be a packed day of influential speakers, creative technology showcases, panel discussions and informal working groups. Activities across the day will be led by established professionals, influencers and inspiring individuals, who are regionally, nationally and internationally active in this issue; with a positive space to engage, encourage and enable an ongoing debate and achievable actions beyond the day.

Ghislaine Boddington, Co-Founder and Creative Director of body>data>space / Women Shift Digital and an award-winning curator specialising in the future human, body responsive technologies and immersive experiences, is co-curating and co-hosting THE MEET UP alongside Uzma Johal MBE, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Threshold Studios and Co-Director of Frequency Festival.

Ghislaine Boddington, body>data>space / Women Shift Digital said: “The need for increasing the confidence and advancement of women in all technology-led sectors has become imperative. In the context of Frequency Festival, The Meet Up focuses on the creativity and social awareness of women working with digital, an honest sharing and exchange of experiences and methods, a step towards ensuring equality at the foundation of our creative digital economy. As they say, if you can’t see it you can’t be it.”

The acclaimed Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, a recognised thought-leader in the tech sector and listed among the world’s top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes (2018), will be delivering a keynote at the event. Anne-Marie is Co-Founder of the Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors, and her vision of the future is for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.

Uzma Johal MBE, Threshold Studios said: “At the heart of Frequency Festival’s manifesto is the commitment to ‘digital is for everyone’. We have always strived for inclusivity for both audiences and creatives in the festival programme and we are delighted that we are now able to take this one step further by establishing an event that contributes to national debates, creating a supportive and proactive space for navigating through issues of inequality, representation and diversity.”

THE MEET UP will lead into the fifth iteration of Frequency, the biennial international digital culture festival in Lincoln from 24-27 October 2019. Frequency is renowned for city-wide digital takeovers in non-traditional spaces, including exhibitions of site-specific work, live performances, world-premieres, and interactive experiences open to all. Frequency 2019’s theme is Disruption = Cultural Reinvention, and will consist of four jam-packed days that will challenge perceptions, capture imaginations and inspire change.

Tickets to THE MEET UP are available to book via: Frequency.org.uk/TheMeetUp

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