women in tech



About the conference

8th March 2024 | Friends Meeting House, Manchester

On International Women’s Day, Manchester Tech Festival will welcome over 320 techies to our first ever Women in Tech Conference.

Why is women in Tech [Unfiltered] different?

Because our content is targeted towards everyone who believes that the tech industry requires more diversification if it is to deliver fantastic products tailored to everyone. That includes women aspiring to be in leadership roles, women in leadership roles, and male allies who support our goals. Driven by the same team who bring you Manchester Tech Festival, we also promise that the conference will be raw, authentic and unapologetically honest – with no topic out of bounds.

What to expect

Women in Tech [Unfiltered] is designed to cater for all, wether you want to get hands on in one of our workshops, boost your network in our after party or have your voice heard in our 99 second talks – there is content for everyone. 

Hear from a number of keynote speakers delving into topics such as finding funding as a loan founder, how to forge connections as a woman at the top and why going from member to manager is a career change. Our speakers have been chosen for their experience in the tech industry and the rawness of their talk topics. 

Alongside the main stage, you will have the opportunity to get hands on in a number of workshops that delve deeper into some of the conferences most important topics. 

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to forge connections with the Manchester Tech Community. From our breakout areas and tech showcase to our evening social – you can connect with members from every corner of the industry.

At MTF we are dedicated to ensuring the conversation and support doesn’t stop at the end of the day, that’s why we are inviting women led businesses, allies, mentors and champions to come forward to offer their support beyond the conference.

Our website will continue to be a hive of discussion and thought provoking content from women working in the tech industry and a source of trusted suppliers for those looking to enhance their business with suppliers who share the same vision of increasing diversification. 


“My career in tech has changed my life, but it’s not always been easy to get where I am today. I want to support more women from similar backgrounds like myself, get that first senior role and to make it a little less lonely when they get there”

Lauren Gibson, Organiser of  MTF Women in Tech 2024.

KEynote Speakers

Click the bio’s below to find out more!

Kanika Selvan

Digital Strategy Lead
Beetroot Consulting

Kanika Selvan

Digital Strategy Lead
Beetroot Consulting


Discover our line-up of inspirational tech talks, click the bio’s below to find out more! 

Princess Mavuru

Data Engineer

Toni Phoenix-Coles

Define talent

Kanika Selvan

Change Consultant & Managing Director
Beetroot Consulting

Jennifer Dootson

Lightbulb Moments

Ruth Mills

IT Consultant and Senior Software Engineer

Roxana Lawton

Director of Innovation Programmes & HOST
IN4 vGroup

Becki Howarth

Senior Product Delivery Manager

Sherelle Fairweather

Digital Strategy Lead
Manchester City Council


Founder & Festival Director
Manchester Tech Festival

Vernon Richards

Senior Expert Quality Engineer


Head of HR & OD
The Big Life Group

Ayan Mohamed

Executive Director
Digitech Oasis

Clare Sudbury

Independent Technical Coach
Sudbery Software Engineering Ltd

Janet Coulthurst

Chief of Staff
6point6 | Part of Accenture

Talks & AGENDA

Women in Tech [Unfiltered] is a one day conference taking place at Friends Meeting House Manchester. During the day our main stage will be presenting the topics that matter most to our community. Curated by our organising board, each topic has been chosen to reflect the intersectionality of women working in tech.

Throughout the day, a number of workshops will be running concurrently with the main stage, giving you the opportunity to break off and delve deeper into the topics that matter most to you!

Purchase your pass

Tickets for Women in Tech [Unfiltered] are £36 each and include admission to the day conference at Friends Meeting House and the after party. Ticket price also includes refreshments.



Following the conference, we will be hosting our inclusive and accessible after party at DiSH MCR, giving you the opportunity to network and forge connections in the community. During the evening we will have live music, mocktails, a smoothie bar and somewhere comfy to sit. There will be positive networking opportunities and the chance to grab a bite to eat from Caribbean Kitchen, a local family owned caterer (a popular at our events!)


Thank you to our sponsors and patrons, who are making Women in Tech [Unfiltered] a reality