#BuildTheBBC – Women in Technology – Salford

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#BuildTheBBC – Women in Technology – Salford

This event is a great opportunity for individuals interested in a career in software or product development to hear from different areas of our Design and Engineering department.

The evening will consist of two main speakers along with several lightning talks giving you an insight into different topics from our colleagues across the BBC.

Talks cover a range of topics such as an individual’s personal career journey in tech, engineering best practice, and accessibility in the workplace. You’ll be sure to leave energised and with lots of discussion points to take home with you. As well as seven BBC employees presenting 5 minute lightning talks, we also have our very own Alice Webb (Director – BBC Children’s & BBC North) and guest speaker Natasha Sayce-Zelem (Head of Technology at Sky) giving 15 minute presentations also.


18:00 – 18:30 – Arrival

The event will start at 18:30 prompt so please ensure you arrive at least 15minutes early to avoid disappointment.

18:30 – Introduction

Hear from our Director of Digital Platforms, Matt Grest as he introduces you all to the event and to our speakers for the evening.

18:35 – Natasha Sayce-Zelem (Head of Technology – Sky) @unharmonic

“Taking a leap…” – I, like many others in the Digital sector sidestepped into a Tech career using transferable skills (and a bit of luck). In my talk I will discuss my somewhat unusual career path and offer advice on why you should take a leap into a Tech career. Crucially, it’s never too late to do this and the opportunities are endless.

18:50 – Lightning Talks

  • Karen Pudner (Software Engineer – Platform API) @kpudner

“Change as a constant” – Becoming a software engineer was a huge career change for me, but that was only the start. Working at the BBC has given me the opportunity and the support to develop my career in a constantly changing industry.

  • Claire Miller (Software Engineering Team Lead – Children’s Apps) @RedDread

“Making interactive experiences for our youngest audiences” – CBBC and CBeebies have been in the forefront of developing linear content for children and are trusted by parents. In BBC Design & Engineering we are closely collaborating with our editorial partners to reinvent children’s interactive and online experiences. This talk will be a brief insight into some of the work being carried out by the apps team on the road to Kids2020.

  • Marc Littlemore (Software Engineering Team Lead – Platform API) @marclittlemore

“BBC account: Building Applications At Strictly Scale” – Learn how the BBC account team use engineering best practices to build a sign-in system at scale.

  • Vivi Campbell (Project Manager – Voice Services) @VivianeCampbell

“A long road – my journey into project management” – I will be discussing my personal journey in to Project Management.

19:10 – Refreshment break

19:25 – Lightning Talks

  • Suzanne Clarke (Senior User Experience Designer – Children’s) @suzanneclark

“Making Accessible Games at Children’s BBC” – Working in partnership with game design agencies, local charities, academics and care givers, Childrens’ BBC are conducting ongoing user research projects to understand the various access needs of our audience.

  • Marc Burrows (Senior Full Stack Engineer – Platform API) @Marc_Burrows

“Let’s all think about accessibility” – 1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability. How can you make sure that you’re catering for them, as well as those who have temporary or even situational disabilities? Can accessibility benefit everyone?

  • Rob Scott (UX Architect) @robscottsays

“Cross-Reality at the BBC” – A whistle-stop tour of BBC VR experiences, and why now is the best time to take an interest in every two-word tech that ends with “Reality”.

  • Claire Johnson (Senior Product Manager) @clairejohnson81

“BBC Simple Live Video Service” – Claire Johnson, Senior Product Manager responsible for the Simple Live Video Service, talks about the product delivery approach, from idea to minimum viable product, that has been taken to deliver a simplified solution that empowers content production teams across the BBC to stream more live video to audiences than ever before.

19:45 – Alice Webb (Director – BBC Children’s)

Details of Talk TBC.

20:00 – 21:00 – Networking, food and drinks

At the end of the presentations, there will be BBC staff dotted around the event to network with, so if you want to chat in more detail about the products we have, the way we work, or to discuss opportunities within the BBC in Salford, London or Glasgow please don’t be shy in introducing yourself (we’re a friendly bunch).

Doors open at 17:30 with talks starting promptly at 18.30. Food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening.


Please register your interest to attend. Due to limited availability tickets will be issued by invitation only.*

February 06 2018


Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
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