Women in tech: The best female-led tech meetups in the UK

It’s not easy being a woman in the tech industry. For starters, we’re grossly underrepresented.

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According to PwC, women make up only 15% of all STEM careers. That number drops dramatically when you look at the amount of females in top paying positions.

So, how can we counteract this glaring diversity issue and counteract the perceived “Brogrammer” culture? By making the industry more open and inclusive. Women all around the world are rallying together to gain insights, network with their peers and create support systems.

As a result a growing number of groups have emerged in order to meet this need. These meetup groups organise various different events from weekend brunches to mid-week networking get-togethers.

If you’re working in the tech sector and would like some help and guidance (or just the chance to meet some like-minded people) then why don’t you check one out. Here are our favourite tech meetups for women.

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Women in Tech London

Women in Tech London

This tech meetup is focused on diversity and upskilling. In between face-to-face meetings they run webinar sessions covering topics like soft skills and confidence building.

  • Aims: 'Women in tech London provides those who are passionate about technology, want to diversify their workforce, upskill themselves and build great leaders and teams, a place to come together share ideas and hear from storytellers and inspirational ambassadors in tech.'
  • Where: London
  • Founded: 2013
  • How often: Every month
  • More information here.
Women of Wearables

Women of Wearables

Women of Wearables (WoW) is a global organisation that supports and connects women in wearable tech, fashion tech, health tech, IoT and VR/AR.

  • Aims: ‘To encourage more women and diverse teams to participate in building hardware and software products as designers, product managers and developers or being founders of their own companies, as well as create more jobs for women in STEM.’
  • Where: London
  • Founded: March 2017
  • How often: Every month
  • More information here.
GeekGirl Meetup
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GeekGirl Meetup

GeekGirl meetups can take the form of networking breakfasts, panel discussions, coding workshops, hackathons or summer parties. Plus they also run a blog and podcast so you can keep up to date if you miss an event.

  • Aims: ‘Our ambition is to get more women on stage to share their knowledge. We showcase thought leaders in tech, startups and design.’
  • Where: London
  • Founded: 2009
  • How often: Every 6 weeks
  • More information here
Women Who Code
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Women Who Code

Women Who Code is a community for professional women in tech careers including software engineers, developers, UX designers, data scientists and more.

  • Aims: ‘’We envision a world where women are represented as technical executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers.’’
  • Where:  London, Bristol, Belfast, Edinburgh
  • Founded: 2014
  • How often: Roughly every month
  • More information here.
Inspiring Women in Data Science
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Inspiring Women in Data Science

Inspiring Women in Data Science are a collective of educated and ambitious women who want to be on the cutting edge of innovation in data.

  • Aims: ‘’We aim to be a supportive and collaborative environment that helps to build skill and confidence by learning from the women who have already found success in data science.’’
  • Where: London
  • Founded: 2017
  • How often: Monthly
  • More information here
Code First: Girls

Code First: Girls

Code First: Girls works with companies, men and women to help increase the number of females in the tech industry.

  • Aims: Support women to further develop skills and connect with like-minded individuals.
  • Where: Mainly London, but also other cities across the UK
  • Founded: October 2013
  • How often: Monthly
  • More information here
Women Hack for Non-Profits

Women Hack for Non-Profits

As the name suggests this meetup is a community of women in technology, who write open source software for non-profits with a social cause.

  • Aims: ’We aim to not only increase open source footprint of women in technology but also help non-profits solve technology challenges they face.’
  • Founded: 2015
  • Where: London
  • How often: Monthly
  • More information here
Ladies Of Code

Ladies Of Code

This monthly meetup is geared towards experts in the field. If you’re new to coding or you’re just looking to find out more about the subject then this probably isn’t the meetup for you.

  • Aims: This meetup offers a space for women to discuss code, hear talks from leaders in the field and ’hack whilst developing our code-fu in the process’.
  • Founded: 2011
  • Where: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Paris
  • How often: Monthly
  • More information here
DevelopHer

DevelopHer

  • Aims:'dedicated to bringing women together to drive opportunities, develop confidence and create a network of support through events, networking and learning.'
  • Where:various venues, London
  • How often:events happening most months
  • More information here
London Women in Blockchain
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London Women in Blockchain

  • Aims:this group was started in order to 'meet other female blockchain enthusiasts and to provide a platform where we can share knowledge and experiences'.
  • Founded:July 2017
  • Where: various venues, London
  • How often:every month or so
  • More information here

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