Technology, similar to comedy, has always been a very male domain. It’s a masculine, alpha pursuit both in respect of employment and even leisure activity. Girls are not meant to be leaders in anything that requires the beady eye of a man…
OK so who ran Bletchley Park then? 8,000 women worked there during the Second World War making up 75 percent of the code breaking workforce. And then there was the revolutionary F International in 1962, which transformed ‘home working’ and released thousands of brilliant women from the kitchen sink and into the evolving virtual workplace.
Women have been the invisible workforce, propping up technological advancement with their attention to detail, dogged determination and sheer hard work. They are now fully evolved and fast being recognised as brilliant creators, coders, innovators and technicians right across the digital landscape.
Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March) by joining forces with other like-minded organisations and I am super proud that my company Funny Women is working with Techerati to bring our own innovation in workplace comedy to the Techerati event series incorporating Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud & Cyber Security Expo, Big Data World, Blockchain Technology, Smart IoT and Data Centre World (12th – 13th March).
HERlarious is our newest diversificaton of all that we do to develop and promote new talent at Funny Women. We have taken the tricks of the trade, gleaned from 16 years working on the frontline of the ultimate ‘boys club’ of comedy, and turned them into an interactive fun packed experience. Our special edition Techerati HERlarious, which will be hosted in the Techerati Keynote Theatre from 17:30 on 12th March, is no exception and we have geared up a series of workshops, a panel discussion and headline entertainment aimed at women in tech, and men too, who want to learn while having some fun.
We will help you explore how to express your ideas more confidently and freely, and get some insights and inspiration to build your career, start a business or reinvent yourself! Get valuable advice on how to ‘perform’, write great copy, bring your ideas to life and develop techniques to communicate more effectively. We will show you how to create your own ‘material’, tell your story and become more confident and memorable.