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Spring Forward announces events that celebrate women in digital

Spring Forward, Brighton, March 2015


Spring Forward, Brighton’s (and the UK’s only) festival focused on celebrating women working in digital, returns in March for its second year, having more than doubled in size with seven confirmed events. The Festival coincides with Women’s History Month and aims to empower and encourage more women into digital media and to celebrate the past achievements of women in the sector.

Festival Director at Spring Forward, Viviana Doctorovich, who is a leading User Experience Designer and runs one of the Spring Forward events (Ladies that UX) said: “Whilst efforts are currently being made to address the gender imbalance in the digital industry, I believe many women are still struggling to find a voice in a mainly male dominated work place. The aim of Spring Forward is to help women find that voice and encourage them to join this fulfilling and creative industry. My hope is that the festival will act as a springboard for the creation of a support network that’ll encourage women into taking a more active role in shaping the future of the digital industry.”

This year’s largest, and one of the most anticipated events, of the programme is She Says Brighton - “Speak Up!” on 24 March at Hotel du Vin. Having sold out in a record 12 hours, this event will feature talks with four MDs from Brighton’s leading digital companies including Caroline Walmsley, managing director at Brightwave.

American Express are the gold sponsor of Spring Forward, with Firefly, Brightwave, Madgex and Hatch being silver sponsors and 68 Middle Street is venue sponsor.

A full list of Spring Forward events can be found at and below:


Tuesday 3 March 18:30 @ 68 middle street.

Codebar is a free weekly coding workshop offered to women and LGBTQ who are keen to learn the basics of programming and web development.

Curiosity Hub

Saturday 14 March 10:00-15:30 @ 68 middle street

Sessions - 10:00 – 11:00, 11:15-12:15, 13:00-14:00, 14:15-15:15

Come and celebrate Mother’s Day by learning how to create stop-motion animation and make a short film together using a range of mediums such as Lego, play dough or paper and Learn to use SAM Animation Software to create your movie. This event is for girls aged 11 to 16 and their mothers or female mentors.

She Codes Brighton – Tech in 10

Monday 16 March 18:30 - 21:00 @ 68 Middle Street

She Codes will feature a series of ten minute talks from predominantly female speakers on various technologies such as Android, Drupal, Rails and others. This is an open event for men and women.

300 Seconds

Wednesday 18th March 18:30 - 21:30 @ 68 Middle Street

300 seconds unique format allows women to gain the confidence to speak in front of a large audience. This event will consist of a series of five minute talks on various diverse subjects of the speakers’ choice. This event is open to men and women.

She Says Brighton: Speak Up! – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 24 March 18:30 @ Hotel Du Vin

She Says - Speak Up! is a panel lecture and discussion lead by four female managing directors of Brighton’s top digital companies including Nicole Bradfield of Neo, Claire Hopkins of Ideal Networks and Melanie Hickmore of Nice Media. They’ll be discussing a range of topics from diversity and integrity to growth and community.

Ladies That UX

Thursday 26 March 18:30 – 21:00 @ 68 Middle Street

A friendly community event run by women who are interested in discussing User Experience, featuring speakers such as Jane Austin, Head of UX at The Telegraph. Topics will also cover perfectionism, confidence and leadership.

Pixels and Prosecco Friday 20 March 18:30 – 22:00 @ 68 Middle Street

An evening featuring 5 women in the games industry speaking about the great things they do, with the added bonus of plenty of wine and cake.

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