Celebrating women’s past + empowering our future

Spring Forward is a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women’s History Month. Rifa Thorpe-Tracey has been Festival Director since 2016.

Our mission

To encourage women to take a greater role in digital by creating a platform that promotes digital community events organised by women for women.

Events

In a day-long programme of talks, workshops and special features, a group of #BoldAndBorderless women join forces to tell us their incredible stories and show us how we can be part of a very different future. After two long years of separation, we can’t wait to come together – IRL and online – with the goal of finding the silver linings of what we’ve endured and breaking down barriers to connection and inclusion for women everywhere. We’ll share knowledge and insight, and offer practical ways to become a truly #BoldAndBorderless women.

2 days of events to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). All profits to charities: RISE, Equality Now and Play Action International 1st section – Social “Drinks to Links”, including Happy Hour 7.30-8.30pm. 2nd section – Quiz: 8.30 – 11pm. Ticket Prices: £4 (+bf), £2 (+bf) students/concessions. First 10 BIMM students get a free reusable safety drink cover. Safety Drink Covers on sale to keep you safe whilst out in the city. This event has been set up by the BIMM Student Association.

2 days of events to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD). All profits to the charities: RISE, Equality Now, Play Action International. Break the Bias – Music Event showcasing the talents of women in music based in Brighton & Hove. A jam-packed night filled with a range of music: 5pm until late. Ticket Prices: £6 (+bf) general public | £3 (+bf) students/concessions. This event has been set up by the BIMM Student Association.

Welcome to an online SheSays evening of inspiring talks. Come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2022. Speakers include Rebecca Sampson,  Director of Operations at Hangar Games & GamesIndustryBiz Top 100 Influential Women; Emma Topping, Executive Producer at Viv Loves Film and Stephanie Prior, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Healys Law Firm and former Miss Sussex! Can’t wait to see you there – via Zoom.

Codebar is a community run free event, every other week, aiming to increase diversity in the tech industry through teaching coding skills to people under-represented in the tech industry. Developers volunteer to mentor codebar students to learn coding skills, often starting with web development. You do not need any prior coding experience to sign up as a codebar student, the idea is to come along and give it ago in a friendly and supportive environment. Please join us on in March for a special Spring Forward codebar workshop and learn coding skills with the help of a friendly mentor.To attend you will need to sign up as a student or mentor on the codebar website. Any questions? email: brighton@codebar.io

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Like your friends or colleagues are going to discover you’re a fraud, and you don’t actually deserve your job and accomplishments? These feelings are know as Imposter Syndrome and up to 70% of us will struggle with it at some point in our lives.Led by Sarah Scarratt and Rachel Gilmore from We Are Clean, both certified facilitators in Clean Language and Systemic Modelling. This 60 minute session is open to anyone who is interested. We ask that people come willing to learn, share and have their cameras on (where possible).

At 54, Sue Nelson set up Breakthrough Incentives, an independent tax consultancy focusing on R&D, took it from zero to a £2.5m profitable turnover company in 5 years, and then sold it to the multinational EY. The company processed over 1,000 R&D tax claims and generated more than £60million for tech businesses across the UK. This led to the creation of 150 new jobs. Hear Sue talk about: founding a company in your 50s, going from employee to employer, how to differentiate your business to make it stand out, growing a company for sale, and much much more.

In this session Rebecca Kimber of Create.net shares what makes a successful website, how to look critically at what you have, and how to understand what needs to change. You’ll learn how you can improve the number of visitors who complete your objectives and how to ensure your website reflects you. Plus learn how web designers make a website look more professional that you can implement yourself. Learn in a friendly and supportive environment. No coding is required and you’ll learn to use Create.net’s tools to build your site.

Challenge the perception around self-promotion with an #IamRemarkable workshop: Many of us struggle when it comes to talking about our own accomplishments and, during a global pandemic, it can feel even harder to be cheerleaders for ourselves. Join Susan B. Bentley, Coach and Trainer, for this 90 minute workshop where we’ll take a deep dive into the importance of self-promotion in your professional and personal life as well as gain the tools to develop this skill.

Join us for a special Spring Forward WorthingDigital LunchtimeTalk on Thursday March 17th, 2022. Hear from Kayleigh Nicolaou, Director of Kakadu Creative who will be sharing her vegan design agency story and why they put planet before profit and support ethical businesses. The event is organised by Meg Fenn, creative designer and marketer and WorthingDigital committee member. Meg is passionate about supporting women in business, giving back to the local business community, and she is a champion of creativity.

Codebar is a community run free event, every other week, aiming to increase diversity in the tech industry through teaching coding skills to people under-represented in the tech industry. Developers volunteer to mentor codebar students to learn coding skills, often starting with web development. You do not need any prior coding experience to sign up as a codebar student, the idea is to come along and give it ago in a friendly and supportive environment. Please join us for a special Spring Forward codebar workshop and learn coding skills with the help of a friendly mentor.To attend you will need to sign up as a student or mentor on the codebar website. Any questions? email: brighton@codebar.io

Join us on 23 March for a Xero Training Workshop with Emma Hardwick, Head of Plus Advisory, as part of the Spring Forward Festival. This event is aimed at entrepreneurs, freelancers, and business owners, however, anyone is welcome to come along. If you’re moving to digital software or already using it, and want to get the most from this financial investment, you can do so in this workshop.

A 2-day Hackjam for female-identifying musicians and sound artists exploring the sonic parameters of Virtual Reality. This is an experimental safe space, designed to support and nurture female collaboration to allow participants to think about potential future practice, digital expansions, and new routes for experimentation. No previous VR experience is required. Led by Inkibit, a female-led creative collective.

Sponsors

Spring Forward wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our sponsors:

Gold sponsors

  • Balsamiq – Rapid, effective and fun wireframing software

    Balsamiq – Rapid, effective and fun wireframing software

Silver sponsors

  • Refigure - reframe, refresh, refigure

    Refigure - reframe, refresh, refigure