OUR FRIENDS

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Faye Pressly

A massive thank you to Faye, without whom none of this would have happened or been possible. Her passion and enthusiasm for Women in Tech has really shown through her dedication to ensure DIDFest comes to life and runs as smoothly as possible for all involved.

Since the idea was born, she has worked super-hard to inspire action and coordinate all of the activities across the region. A big thanks to Vanti also, for allowing her the headspace and time to get all this done within five short weeks!

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Javier Miranda - Studio Victoria

Javier is a total legend. He’s been a friend of Silicon Canal’s for a while and is always there at every event to help us build this community. When it came to working on how to pull together all the events for DIDFest, he was the first to volunteer to help us build the website. He’s been working all of the hours in the evening and weekends to help make this come to life. Massive thank you to him!

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Gavin Scothorn - Davies and Scothorn

Thank you Gavin for designing and creating our beautiful logo and artwork. We only gave you a simple brief, and you hit the nail on the head first time round! We were super excited to get this through, and to share it with the rest of the community.

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Pauline Roche

Thank you so much Pauline for being part of the DIDFest planning team, presenting your ideas, sharing your contacts and spreading the word. There is no one more passionate about seeing behaviour change than you!

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Camille Fenton

Camille has been a part of the Silicon Canal Women in Tech group from the start. Camille really knows the challenges our industry faces, and what we all need to do to help close the diversity gap. She’s come to every meeting with passion, enthusiasm, ideas and connections, all of which helped to inspire the overall DIDFest plan. Thanks Camille.

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Manpreet Kandola

Thank you so much Manpreet for being part of the DIDFest planning team, presenting your ideas, spreading the word and maintaining your cool, calm and collected head! We’ve loved involving people from ‘outside’ the tech industry, which is what this is all about!

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Rebecca West

Rebecca joined the Silicon Canal Women in Tech Group late last year, but has had her sleeves rolled up since she did! Without Rebecca’s time, input and connections, we wouldn’t have the brand we do or the superb content. Thanks so much for getting involved and helping out wherever you possibly can. You bring a tonne of enthusiasm and expertise which we’re super thankful for.

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Debbie Assinder

Thank you so much Debbie for being part of the DIDFest planning team amongst everything else you do! Debbie without a doubt, brings the most amount of energy to EVERY meeting, and a tonne of ideas and connections. We’re excited to see how DIDFest will help link into the Women in Tech Awards that she’ll also be running later this year.

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Silicon Canal

Without Silicon Canal, who knows if this may have even happened! It was during the Silicon Canal Women in Tech working group meeting that we came up with the idea to not run just one Silicon Canal event, but instead look to the already existing workshops, events, conferences and hackathons throughout the city, and help to bring them together to create more aware and impact throughout the ecosystem. Silicon Canal have allowed the DIDFest team to purposefully and authentically, work with a whole range of people and organisations throughout the region, to help focus on achieving our goal - closing the diversity gap in our industry.

Thanks so much for believing in this and giving us the freedom to initiate action.

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Molly Thompson

Molly is a natural when it comes to connecting and supporting individuals and companies in the tech community. She’s been involved in DIDFest from the start and has helped to promote the purpose of the event throughout the city with individuals and businesses, whilst also working behind the scenes to help bring it to life and make sure it’s a success for all involved. Thank you so much Molly for everything you’ve done!