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

Welcome to an online SheSays evening of inspiring talks. Come and celebrate on International Women’s Day 2021. Our speakers are: Rachel McConnell, content strategist at BT and ex-Clearleft content designer. Rachel is the author of ‘Why You Need A Content Team’; Johana Riquier, business strategist at Unity. She’s a prominent advocate for minorities in the gaming space; and Michelle Steele, lead software engineer and head of TransPride volunteers.  Click the button to watch the video.

In this session Rebecca Kimber of Create.net will share 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 how you can improve the number of visitors who complete your objectives and how to ensure your website reflects you. Plus the ways web designers make a website look more professional that you can implement yourself. The workshop will be a friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. No coding is required and you’ll learn to use Create.net’s tools to build your site.

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

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.

As our work and home lives merge, are you finding it increasingly difficult to set boundaries? What’s stopping you from turning off all your devices – a fear of missing out, or the pressure to keep on top of everything all the time? Join our experienced facilitators, Rachel Gilmore and Sarah Scarratt, in this participatory workshop where we’ll be exploring what it’s like to establish those limits and how to get more of what you want in your lives.

This workshop introduces you to the concepts and models of mental toughness and why it is essential to develop mental toughness in ourselves and as a team. We will:

  • Explain the background to mental toughness and how it builds on the concept of resilience
  • Share the 4Cs model in detail with examples to enable you to assess your own mental toughness
  • Give you some core tools to enable you to develop your mental toughness

Are you glued to your smartphone or stuck in a never-ending cycle of Teams & Zoom calls, Slack messages and emails? Are you aware of how multitasking affects your productivity levels? As more of us are working from home, it’s important to take a moment to reflect and change unproductive behaviours into amazing skills. In this interactive digital wellbeing workshop, you will explore the impact of multitasking on your productivity, focus and your overall sense of wellbeing, with Elina Koussis (Learning Leader at GE) & Georgie St Clair (Creative Facillitator & Artist).

This event is an interactive talk led by two female founders that are carving a path in the male-dominated gaming industry. Sarah Ticho of Hastumi and Hazel Reynolds of Gamely Games will be discussing their inspiring stories, how to run a kind business, why there is a lack of women in gaming tech, what the future looks like, and, most importantly, a demonstration of their products.

Do you feel you have to wear bright colours and make more noise to be seen and heard in the digital world? The days of shoulder pads and stilettos may be long gone from the Boardroom but how many stereotypes still prevail? Is it fair to extol the virtues of female leadership? Join our experienced Facilitators, Rachel Gilmore & Sarah Scarratt, in this participative workshop where we’ll explore such questions and invite you to get curious about your own prejudices and assumptions in a safe and non-judgemental space.

Join us to hear our leading experts from Amazon, QuantumBlack, Napier AI, WorldRemit, BJSS, and Pension the Pennies. They will be sharing their insights on how you can be a part of Women building Technology, in such fields as Product Management and AI. Seize the new work opportunities by upskilling, reskilling, and pivoting in your career. You do not need to know anything about Product Management or Artificial Intelligence to be part of this event.

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

Ever dreamed of starting your career again from scratch? Join this informal lunchtime panel discussion to learn from three Brighton women that have completely changed their working lives later in life. Learn how to set a new direction in life, find a passion project post-motherhood and overcome obstacles. The speakers will also share their missions to connect with communities, improve diversity in the workplace and support marginalised voices.

Join us for a self-coaching workshop in a relaxed and friendly environment as we learn how to develop new self coaching strategies. This is followed by a Business Clinic where you get to take advantage of a room full of business women brainstorming about your business and challenges, to find solutions from a different perspective with Calandra Balfour and Lara Sheldrake. 

Another session with Rebecca Kimber of Create.net who’ll share 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 how you can improve the number of visitors who complete your objectives and how to ensure your website reflects you. Plus the ways web designers make a website look more professional that you can implement yourself.The workshop will be a friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. No coding is required and you’ll learn to use Create.net’s tools to build your site.

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