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BBC Tech Meetup - 18/03/21 - Building the Internet, Leveling up, Unconscious Bias

The Talks

Unconscious Bias - Veronica Harradence

Veronica gives a brief overview of what Unconscious Bias is and why it is such a widely discussed topic at the moment and whether it even has a place in the tech industry. She also addresses how and why tech companies and organisations are now openly trying to overcome unconscious bias in the workplace and in AI.

Uncovering the Women Who Helped Build the Internet - Lydia Wozniak

Throughout the 20th century, women held a lot of technological responsibility but often are not credited for their contributions. Lydia shares the stories of hidden women who helped create the internet.

Lydia is a Software Engineer working in FrontEnd development at the BBC (Audience Platform - Participation). Lydia studied Architectural Design and worked as an architectural assistant before joining the BBC around 2 years ago.

Software Engineers : Levelling Up - Richard Owen

"This talk is an opinion piece based on what I have observed over my 25 year career, in particular, what I learnt as I helped engineers grow and improve at some of the world’s largest tech companies. It is a reflection of my time at Amazon, with a sprinkling of Facebook, and is about what I believe good looks like for each level of software engineer as they move from Junior to Principal and beyond. Hint: It's more than your technical ability to write code."

Richard Owen has been both a software engineer (12 yrs) and an Engineering Leader (13 yrs) at companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Nine Australia and the BBC. He has accidentally specialised in Video on Demand applications (across Web, Mobile and Connected Devices) with a focus on user experience and mentoring of my teams.