Hackathon event in Brighton targets gender inequality in the workplace

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Brighton welcomes the hackathon known as SINC_HACK >17%. As part of the Brighton Digital Festival and Ada Lovelace Day, Sussex Innovation Centre will be hosting the free event to celebrate diversity in the workplace. Situated on the University of Sussex campus, the company aims to unite developers, creatives, freelancers, students and researchers, targetting the all-important figure of ‘17%’.

17%’ refers to the percentage of start-ups who have female founders, and also the proportion of women who are workers in the UK tech industry. This figure is the wake-up call many women need to be part of a cultural change within the business world and of course the gender pay gap. Sussex Innovation Centre has devised this event to reduce the stigma against women in technology-orientated jobs, discussing the ever-topical gender pay gap and the absence of women in managerial roles.

The event has been co-organised by Daisy Wood and Chloe Peacock from Sussex Innovation Centre to decrease the expectation of male-only traditions within business models. Daisy spoke to Brighton Journal and has high hopes for their first hackathon event: “It will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with ‘like-minded’ people, but also with people you might not meet in your day-to-day life.” 


Some of the female members of the Sussex Innovation Team.


The event has been designed as a platform to praise diversity not only in the technology sector but in the workplace as a whole. 2018 has welcomed mainstream discussion of gender inequality, with many businesses coming under fire as their shocking gender pay gap has been exposed. The Centre has carefully curated a timetable for the hackathon to offer a number of bite-size learning sessions, focusing on topics such as ‘Emotional Intelligence’, ‘Business Model Canvas’, and ‘Presentation and Communication Skills’. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the sessions, delivered by the Centre’s team and their partners.

Daisy added: “Hopefully, teams will gain insight into how they might be able to take their ideas forward, and the winning team will be offered a ‘Discovery Meeting’ with a member of the Centre’s Support Team. Most importantly we want attendees to enjoy themselves and have fun working collaboratively and meeting new people. It’s going to be an intense day so I’m sure at the end everyone will feel a great sense of achievement!”SINC_HACK >17% is free and will take place at the Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton BN1 9SB, on Saturday, 6th October 2018, 8am-8pm. Register your interest here.

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