D&I and Tech4Good

Day Two

About the conference

Core Festival, Stage Two, Victoria Baths

Alongside women in tech and tech for social change, a deep understanding of neurodiversity and D&I is vitally important to us here at Manchester Tech Festival and to our community.

This track is designed to educate, empower and inspire those looking to promote and embed inclusivity in their professional and personal practices. Through a range of talks, panels and activities, we will seek to examine what neurodiversity and D&I looks like in tech, how our community is achieving inclusive practice, and what we can do to be better as an industry.

SPEAKERS

Check out our lineup of speakers by clicking their images below! We will be continuing to announce speakers over the next few weeks, so sign up to our newsletter to be the first in the know! 

Katie Roberts

Account Principal
Nearform

Matt Hunt

MD & Chief Performance Officer
Apadmi

Toby Sinclair

Employee Experience Director
JP Morgan Chase

Katie Roberts

Account Principal
Nearform

Jamie Kane

Lead User Researcher
Co-op Funeralcare

Toby Sinclair

Employee Experience Director
JP Morgan Chase

AGENDA

Woah! We’re still busy pulling together this year’s agenda, so check out the talks below and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear when new talks go live! 

Katie Roberts
Account Principal
Nearform

 

SESSION OVERVIEW: I was diagnosed as dyslexic in my final year of university.

Since then, I have faced some interesting challenges including some interesting challenges from others who dispute that I am dyslexic because I can do things like read.

As a result of this, I created this talk dispel some of the popular myths associated with dyslexia to support people’s understanding of this dyslexia, and unique insights that neurodivergent individuals, particularly those with dyslexia, bring to tech teams.

Dyslexia, often misunderstood as solely a challenge, can enhance creativity, strategic thinking, and complex problem-solving. I will share some real-world examples where dyslexic professionals have driven significant advancements and the positive impact on team dynamics and productivity.

The session will provide actionable strategies on how to create an inclusive environment that supports and empowers neurodivergent staff, fostering a culture where every team member can thrive.

Matt Hunt
Managing Director/Chief Performance Officer
Apadmi

SESSION OVERVIEW: Digital product experts Apadmi and the NHS Blood and Transplant team have been working together for a decade on life-changing tech. This talk focuses on TransplantPath (TxP); a newly launched application streamlining the evaluation process for organs. TxP facilitates efficient information sharing among transplant specialists, who are “utterly thrilled” with the product. We will share the journey of TxP; from user research through to design, development and deployment. With challenges faced on the way, we will share how we overcame these collaboratively to push forward with this life-saving tech. TxP will save approx. 61 days per year in manual processes, with an average time saving of 29.5 minutes for every organ offer. This means quicker decisions, better organ utilisation rates, and ultimately, more lives saved. This is an excellent example of how organisations can come together to make a real impact with tech for good.

Toby Sinclair
Employee Experience Director
JP Morgan Chase

 

SESSION OVERVIEW: Think back to when you last joined a team, company, or community. What were the initial conversations like? Often, the emphasis is on “fitting in,” with an unstated assumption: follow our ways, and you’ll fit in fine.
But employees crave more than just fitting in. They yearn to belong.
In this talk, Toby will explore how to move beyond “fitting in”. Instead, fostering an environment where everyone feels they belong, regardless of their identity or beliefs.
Only when employees feel that they belong can they achieve peak performance.
Despite numerous initiatives, few organisations have successfully cultivated a culture where everyone can truly say, “I belong.”
This is your chance to be one of those organisations.
You’ll learn how to:
-Equip managers with the tools to foster a belonging culture within their teams.
-Implement practices that support diversity and inclusion, ensuring everyone feels valued.
-Develop methods to assess and track the sense of belonging within your organisation.

Jamie Kane
Lead User Researcher
Co-op Funeralcare

 

SESSION OVERVIEW: Without research, design is just guesswork. This matters even more when you are designing services that get used by people who are going through bereavement.

Learn about how the UK’s largest funeral provider has researched and designed services to help:
– people who are terminally ill and their family members plan for their death
– understand what to do when you’re arranging a funeral for a child
– buying a funeral plan in a newly regulated industry

Get inspired and learn practical tips to help make sure you aren’t missing out on learning from peoples experiences in the most sensitive of situations. I will talk you through some fascinating case studies of doing research into peoples experience around death. The planning that goes into this can be applied to any work that deals with sensitive issues. Feel more confident researching, so you can design to help people.