Lack of women speakers at events is an important topic at the moment – not just in Cardiff/South Wales but worldwide. Recently I had the idea to look at the speaker gender divide of all the tech/digital meetups in South Wales that I could find which took place in 2017. Thankfully, with many of them hosting their meetups on sites like Meetup.com or Eventbrite, which don’t remove the info of past events, I was able to dig through their event archives and get a good idea of how the events’ speakers were advertised.
Altogether I looked at 136 events run by 22 different meetup organisations during 2017. Topics ranged from software development, cyber security and agile, all the way through to tech startups, blogging and SEO.
My goal here isn’t to point fingers or name and shame individual organisations. Therefore I’ll be keeping the names anonymous (sorry). The goal is to look at the wider industry/scene as a whole.
The result: out of the 173 speakers who spoke at those events last year, only 28 were women, compared to 145 male speakers. That’s 16% vs. 84%. Ouch… 😔
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This is the first of a series of Q&A interviews we’ll be holding with meetup organisers based in South Wales. Want to be interviewed? Let us know!
First up we have Steph Locke (@SteffLocke) of Locke Data, who runs multiple meetups in Cardiff.
Hi Steph! First of all, please introduce yourself and your business.
Hi! I’m Steph Locke and I run a data science consultancy here in Cardiff. Education and skills development has been a huge part of my life for the past decade with user groups and whatnot so I extended that into my business. I help organisations upskill, recruit, and implement data science instead of doing it for them. It’s a great experience growing my own business and helping others grow theirs.
What meetups do you run? Please tell us about them.
I run CaRdiff, an R user group, and MSFT Stack, a general Microsoft group. I’m currently growing new teams to take these over as I’ve been running MSFT Stack for seven years now.
Which meetup did you start running first, and what inspired you to start running a meetup in the first place?
I technically started running MSFT Stack first, although back in the day it the SQL Server user group. I took over the SQL group when Adam Morton moved out of the area. I was 23 at the time and clearly had “mug” written across my forehead! I’ve been organising it ever since. A while back I felt like there wasn’t enough provision for R users like myself and .Net devs. I set up the R group and co-founded a .Net group with Mike Hole. When I was contemplating adding an Azure user group too, I thought I’d better consolidate as running 4 user groups would be insane.
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