Written by:
Georgia Harris

Ada Lovelace Day: celebrating Bristol’s Female Tech
Facilitators!

It’s Ada Lovelace day!

For those of you who might not know, Ada Lovelace is a pretty big deal. She was the world’s first EVER programmer, all the way back in the 1800s. Ada paved the way and inspired the women in tech of today, from Martha Lane Fox to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.

It’s no secret that STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are typically male dominated sectors. Especially tech. Today is all about recognising the talented females who are innovating and improving the world through their work in STEM industries.

To celebrate, we’re giving a shout out to some of the fantastic females who work hard to facilitate the tech ecosystem in our area- Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas. 

Keep reading to meet them…

Zara Nanu – Gapsquare

Zara is CEO and founder of Bristol-based Gapsquare.

Zara is a diversity and inclusion champion. She’s an entrepreneur who truly believes businesses can generate social impact as well as profit and has built a business that emulates that exact ethos.

Gapsquare provides innovative solutions that ensure all work is fair. Tackling challenges such as the gender pay gap, diversity and inclusion and more. They do this through embracing AI and data as well as self-use software, software packages, and their own tailored consultancy services based around specific organisation needs.

Find out more about the brilliant work Zara and her team are doing here.

Abby Frear – TechSPARK

Abby is director at online information hub – TechSPARK

Tech Spark is the go to destination for everything tech in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas.

Abby’s work sees her manage a number of projects at TechSPARK which are key in facilitating the tech ecosystem in the west of England, including Silicon Gorge – an investment pitch event and the annual Sparkies award ceremony which shines a light and recognises all the best people, products and companies contributing to the vibrant tech scene in region!

Find out more here.

Joyann Boyce – The Social Detail

Joyann is founder and inclusive marketing consultant at Bristol based agency – The Social Detail.

Joyann started her business with a mission – to help her clients deliver inclusive marketing that helps them thrive in an ever-changing world. 

Diversity and inclusion are no longer just a ‘nice to have’ – they’re a must-have! Joyann is helping her clients identify where they are now and what steps they need to take next to make sure their marketing is hitting the mark.

Joyann and her team have facilitated a number of Bristol tech companies with inclusive marketing including tech incubator – Set Squared.

Natasha Guerra – Runway East

Natasha is CEO of Runway East which is on a mission to become the backbone of the UK Tech economy.

Natasha and her team facilitate some of the brightest minds in tech in both Bristol and London, offering innovative co-working and office space.

Runway East’s Bristol locations are home to big names such as Deliveroo, Immersive Labs and BJSS to name a few.

It’s been 6 years, and Natasha and her team have grown to five locations, over 2,000 members and watched their companies raise over £500 million.

Find out more here.

Vicky Hunter – Tech Nation

Vicky Is South West Entrepreneur engagement manager at Tech Nation – and is the ultimate hype girl for all south-west based start-ups.

Tech Nation has a number of different resources for digital tech companies such as their Digital Business Academy, the Tech Nation Visa and their support programmes for various tech sectors and different growth stages. Vicky’s job involves promoting these to the right people, as well as all the other opportunities available locally, nationally, and sometimes internationally, that scaling companies can benefit from. She does a brilliant job of it.

Find out more about Vicky in her recent Revoco Talks Q&A here.

 

Dr Stephanie Campbell – OKKO Health

Stephanie is CEO and founder of OKKO heath – the smartphone software that is leading the way in home monitoring of eye health.

With a PHD in vision science, Stephanie founded OKKO health to use science to give great care and communication, to every patient, every time.

Female founders like Stephanie are fantastic role models to young girls in the Bristol area looking to pursue technology careers.

Check out Stephanies TedXBristol talk here:

 

There are so many more women we could shout about who are contributing to the tech ecosystem in a big way. Here is just the starting point. We nominate you to join us in celebrating Bristol’s Female Tech facilitators, by giving those who inspire you, a shout out on Twitter/ Insta or Linkedin using the hashtag #AdasBristolFTF (…make sure you tag us @Revoco) . We can’t wait to meet more of the amazing females flying the flag for tech in the region!

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