There is a 25% discount for the BCS Women membership for tickets to Wuthering Bytes Festival Day on Friday 2 September 2016. Use discount code: BCSWOMEN.

The great lineup of Festival Day speakers includes the following inspiring women:

Dr Lucy Rogers
From hacking robot dinosaurs to calculating the probability of spacecraft being hit by space debris, Dr Lucy Rogers is an engineer and maker with a wide experience of solving problems. She makes gadgets and gizmos, runs workshops, gives lectures and blogs and vlogs her making experiences.

Lucy is also a judge on BBC Robot Wars. She is well known and well connected in the Maker community, both in the UK and Internationally. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster University, and was also awarded her PhD (for studying bubbles) from the same department.

Rachel Coldicutt
Rachel Coldicutt is a strategist and service designer who has spent the last 20 years helping organisations to make interactive things and work out what’s next. She’s currently Director of Products and Services at Doteveryone, running a team that prototypes for public good.

She’s a lexicographer by training and is perhaps the only person to have worked at the Royal Opera House by day and on Big Brother at night. She’s also the founder of Culture Hack and a co-founder of Caper.

She sometimes blogs at

Hwa Young Jung
Hwa Young Jung is a multidisciplinary artist working in the arts, cultural and sciences, facilitating collaborative workshops and projects. Based in Manchester, she has been involved in grassroots led community spaces, makers and artists in the North and internationally for over five years – running hackathons, exhibitions, workshops and few laser cut trophies along the way

She is ¼ of Re-Dock, a artist collective working with people and technology based in Liverpool & Manchester. She is ⅓ of Domestic Science, a collective of artists using interactive non-fiction to explore narratives around science and data that surrounds us everyday.

Irini Papadimitriou
Irini Papadimitriou is Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, mainly responsible for programmes such as, the annual Digital Design Weekend, an event that brings together artists, designers, engineers, technologists and other professionals with the public to present intersections of art, design, science and technology, and engage in dialogue about the impact of technology in society and culture; the monthly Digital Futures, an open platform for displaying and discussing work, bringing together people from different backgrounds and disciplines with a view to generating future collaborations.

Irini is also Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation presenting innovative work and supporting artists working with technology, where she is curating the exhibition programme and an annual Digital Performance Weekender exploring networked performing practices.

Irini is also one of the organisers for London’s Mini Maker Faire, and one of the co-founders of Maker Assembly, a critical gathering about maker cultures.

Amy Mather
Amy Mather has grown up in Manchester’s tech community. After her first brush with technology at the Manchester Science Festival at age 11, her interest in coding and making has taken her to amazing heights.

Now 17, Amy encourages others to try STEM activities by highlighting the creative side of technology. She uses code to solve real life problems and was honoured with the European Commission’s first European Digital Girl of the Year Award in 2013.

Amy has spoken in front of expert audiences at industry events all across the country, these include The ODI Summit, Wired Next Generation, Campus Party at London’s O2 Arena and The Royal Institution. This year she was the coding expert on two BBC Live Lesson broadcasts for the Micro:Bit.

Dr Laura James (Compére)
Dr Laura James engineers new technologies to help people and society, and has very varied experience getting things done in innovative and evolving organisations.

Laura is Technical Director at Doteveryone, showing how digital technologies in healthcare and public sectors can help more excluded communities. Laura is also a co-founder at Field Ready, an NGO enabling humanitarian supplies to be manufactured in the field, working with local people at the point of need.

In 2010 Laura co-founded Makespace, a community workshop and inventing shed in Cambridge, which has now been open and thriving for over 3 years. She was previously CEO of Open Knowledge, a global non-profit network unlocking knowledge to empower people. Laura has worked at startups including, a connected home system, where she was the first employee and VP Engineering, and (now part of Amazon), building an AI platform for conversational search. Laura has also worked in R&D at AT&T Labs in the US and UK, and as Chief Operating Officer at CARET, an innovation department of the University of Cambridge, developing open source systems to support teaching and research.

Laura holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, received the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Award and a NESTA Crucible Fellowship, and is a Chartered Engineer. Laura is an advisor to Weir PLC, Polysolar, Good Night Lamp, and the ContentMine.

Also the same discount is available for Open Source Hardware Camp on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September. 

To get tickets for any of the above days for only £7.50 + booking fee (includes lunch!) you just need to use the code: BCSWOMEN

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