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Date: 7 Oct

Announcing the first (of many) TECwomen CONNECT events.

Through her organisation TECgirls, Cornwall’s Digital Skills Partnership’s chair Caitlin Gould has been committed to shining a spotlight on women working in TEC.

Their series interviewing TECwomen has helped to share the stories of over 20 women who work in the technology, engineering and creative digital industries in Cornwall.

But we’ve started to think it isn’t enough just to celebrate these women. We want to give them a place to meet, discuss ideas, and support one another. And like all great ideas, we were not the only ones thinking that.

We don’t have a bat signal, but we do have a pretty good network of proactive women, so we put out the call. Our amazing network didn’t disappoint. It’s been a little over a week since our first zoom chat and we already have a logo, a venue, sponsors, speakers, and over 40 women signed up to join us for our first event on the 12th of October, which appropriately is Ada Lovelace Day.

So just like that TECwomen Connect is go. And we can’t wait.

There is still time to sign up to join us. We have space to safely host up to 80 women and would love to have as many women join us as possible. The event is from 17:30 – 19:30 pm at the Launchpad building at Falmouth University. There will be food from the wonderful Sabzi Deli and sponsored by Falmouth Launchpad, drinks sponsored by Halo PR, and talks from women across Cornwall. We’ve had help with the organising from Cornwall Council, Software Cornwall and of course TECGirls. Thanks to all those wonderful women, the event is totally free to attend. 

Here is a rough idea of what we have planned for the night:

  • Keynote from Jess Ratty at Halo PR
  • Updates on Cornish projects supporting girls and women in Cornwall
  • Pitches from 3 female start-up founders
  • Networking and a chance to catch up

The night will also be an opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback on how we can make these events valuable for women in Cornwall. While we love a chance to connect, we don’t want to create just another chance to get together. We want to harness the power of the women in the room to push forward real change for Cornwall while also supporting one another.

The team is doing all we can to make this event COVID safe. We are asking everyone to please take a lateral flow test before you arrive, even if you are double vaccinated. Mask wearing on the night is optional, but please do if it makes you feel safer. We will also have the windows open and will be able to safely distance within the space. There will also be spaces for people to get a breath of fresh air if getting together with so many people is a bit strange at first. We understand that while everyone wants to see each other again, it can be a bit overwhelming.

We would love it if you could join us and we can’t wait to see how TECwomen evolves. If we can plan an event in a couple of weeks with a network of 8 women, imagine what we can do with a network of 80!