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. First started in 2014 by Viv Doctorovich and Jenni Lloyd, the current festival director is Rifa Thorpe-Tracey.

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 a massive SheSays evening of inspiring talks and networking with four fantastic speakers. Come and celebrate their successes on International Women’s Day 2020. We’re honoured to hear from Bethanie Mardon, marketing director at Brighton based success story RocketMill; Myra Appannah immersive tech specialist and director of BRiGHTBLACK; ex-Grey digital stategy director Catherine McPherson, and equality & diversity expert Sarah Pickthall. 

Codebar is a community run free weekly event, 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 10 March for a special Spring Forward codebar workshop and learn coding skills with the help of a friendly mentor. There will also be food and refreshments, thanks to Spring Forward sponsors. To attend you will need to sign up as a student or mentor on the codebar website. Any questions? Email brighton@codebar.io

Ladies that UX is a monthly meetup that creates a welcoming, transparent community of women that work in UX, who positively promote and teach each other. Not got UX in your job title? That doesn’t matter! If you’re inquisitive, enthusiastic and interested in making the world a better place for users, you’re one of us! We will be running a workshop hosted by Sarah Corney and Sam Whittaker: How to create a culture for innovation: A Design Thinking approach. How do you develop and sustain a culture of innovation? How do you consistently deliver a great customer experience? Are you a leader struggling to help your organisation remain agile and responsive to external challenges? Or are you a change agent passionate about your customers? Building on the Design Thinking framework, this playful workshop will provide you with ideas, tools and techniques to take back to your organisation to build a culture for innovation.

RocketMill

Fri 13th March, 19:00 68 Middle Street, BN1 1AL

People first. It’s modern marketing.We are an agency built for today’s economy. We no longer buy a piece of media to advertise to its entire audience.We use data and technology to make choices about advertising to an individual in real time, with the right message.Our marketing puts people first.

PLATF9RM Presents: Kickass Women

Sat 14th March, 10:00 Platf9rm, Hove

PLATF9RM is inviting you to a day of compelling talks, conversations and interactive activities. We want to highlight all the kickass women making this city flourish, and helping us all make strides towards a more gender balanced world. We’ll be inviting women from all industries to share their tales and insights of how they continue to reign in their fields. It’ll be a super inspiring day with plenty of opportunities for networking.

According to the Vision for Women in VR report, 14% of immersive tech companies in the UK are women. Women still lack representation both in front of and behind the screen, but what is represented and the topics explored often only shy away from subjects considered taboo or niche. Why do we still find it so difficult to discuss feminine health, and how can immersive technologies shine a light on some of these issues? Join Immerse UK, Barclays Eagle Labs and Hatsumi for an evening of talks and conversation exploring the therapeutic value of immersive storytelling, the future of femtech and the importance of representation when it comes to developing innovative technology.

Codebar is a community run free weekly event, 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 17 March for a special Spring Forward codebar workshop and learn coding skills with the help of a friendly mentor. There will also be food and refreshments. To attend you will need to sign up as a student or mentor on the codebar website. Any questions? Email brighton@codebar.io

We’re on a mission to give agency to freelancers. Creating a ‘CV’, relying on LinkedIn or creating an entire brand website isn’t always a viable or effective option for freelancers. FRiBE enables you to create a showcase profile as a freelancer and build freelance collectives for specific projects or join forces with freelancers who share the same values and are on the same mission. Speakers will share their stories and provide insight that will empower portfolio career professionals to go freelance or help freelancers struggling with low rates and high turnover to up their game and go big. There will also be some practical exercises to help you refine your personal brand and get started.

Need a website but not sure how to do it? Join us for a practical session designed to empower you to build your own website and feel more confident with technology.We will help you plan out who your website is for, what your visitors will do when they go to it and the actions you want them to take. You’ll leave with a clear understanding about how you can use a website to your advantage and our aim is for you to build at least a home page. 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.

How to claim your personal power and make the impact you want at work. What if you knew you could confidently show up as yourself and make the impact you want to make at work? Professional career and leadership coaches from Career Garden and Hayley Lawes Coaching invite you to learn alongside your peers in a practical and interactive workshop. Increase your self belief, show up authentically and be heard in the way you want. You’ll come away with a clear action plan you can use right away to make 2020 a turning point in your career. We look forward to seeing you.

Codebar is a community run free weekly event, 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 24 March for a special Spring Forward codebar workshop and learn coding skills with the help of a friendly mentor. There will also be food and refreshments. To attend you will need to sign up as a student or mentor on the codebar website. Any questions? Email brighton@codebar.io

Thrive’s Meetup for Female Founders and Women in Business is a two-hour peer-to-peer business support session for any female entrepreneur, creative, changemaker, or women in business who would like to find solutions to the challenges they are facing, generate new ideas, and meet like-minded people. Bring your thinking caps, an open mind, and a willingness to help other women in business! Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided. There is a £5 charge for this event.

Get top tips for business success and financial independence from the experts. We’ve got Emma Hardwick from Plus Accounting to answer your questions from business structures to cloud computing. You can also learn all about crowdfunding from specialist Jes Bailey. This event is aimed at entrepreneurs, freelancers and business owners, however, anyone who wants to make more money is welcome to come along. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Sponsors

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

  • Legal & General – Investments, Retirement, Life Cover & Insurance

    Legal & General – Investments, Retirement, Life Cover & Insurance
  • Gold sponsors

  • Clearleft – Strategic Design & Innovation Consultancy

    Clearleft
  • 68 Middle Street – Events and Meeting Space in Brighton

    68 Middle Street - Events and Meeting Space in Brighton
  • RocketMill – Digital Marketing Agency

    RocketMill | Digital Marketing Agency
  • INSHUR – Private Hire Taxi Insurance Quotes & Cover

    INSHUR – Private Hire Taxi Insurance Quotes & Cover
  • Balsamiq – Rapid, effective and fun wireframing software

    Balsamiq – Rapid, effective and fun wireframing software
  • Silver sponsors

  • Cogapp - digital media projects

    Cogapp - digital media projects
  • Refigure - reframe, refresh, refigure

    Refigure - reframe, refresh, refigure

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