On 11 November SAE London Web Development lecturer, Dominic Patmore, will host a virtual panel event with speakers Nathaniel Dadzie, Kathryn Tingle, and Ashish Suri, discussing how we can tackle racism in the technology industry.
The event will be live-streamed from the London campus in Haggerston, which means SAE London students can attend in person if they select the correct ticket. In addition, members of the public and students and staff from SAE’s other campuses around the world will also be able to dial in virtually.
The speakers will draw on their own experiences as people of colour in the technology sphere to facilitate a thought-provoking conversation about how we can create tangible, lasting change. Following on from October, which is Black History Month in the UK, this panel event aims to help students of colour identify the challenges of working in tech and consider strategies to help them thrive. It aims to help the majority take conscious steps to address systemic inequality when they enter tech spaces, and help educators facilitate this process in the classroom, creating their own "brown eyes, blue eyes" experience.
Panellist Nathaniel Dadzie is a Software Product Manager, who trained in architecture for six years before deciding it wasn’t quite the right career path for him. His focus soon shifted to technology after he founded a startup targeting the hospitality industry. Within six months, the app he developed had been downloaded by over 2,500 businesses worldwide.
Panellist Kathryn Tingle is Technical Programme Manager at Sainsbury’s, leading high scale transformation programmes which creates significant tech and business benefits. Kathryn is also a Diversity and Inclusion Champion at Sainsbury’s, helping the retailer with their aspirations of becoming the most trusted and inclusive retailer in the UK. Kathryn is an experienced speaker, having chaired the Strategy and Innovation World Forum, exploring latest tech innovations with leaders from Google, Condé Nast and sat the Retail Tech panel plus more.
Panellist Ashish Suri has been working in technology for almost a decade now. He has worked as a Data and Strategy consultant within different industries which includes working for various organisations like Time Out, DHL, Institute of Cancer to name a few. His experience has made him work towards creating awareness about inherent racial stereotypes in workplace and, sharing insights into how organisations and employees manage and tackle these issues.
Panel chair and Lecturer Dom is a speaker, web developer, educator, powerlifter and gamer. He said: “2020 has thrown a spotlight on the lasting effects of colonialism and slavery on our communities, and while progress has been made in tech, there’s still we can do, both as people of colour and the majority."
#BlackLivesMatter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May 2020 continued to draw attention to structural inequalities within our society and racial biases, which extend to the technology sector. As an education provider, SAE Institute rejects any form of racism or prejudice in society and celebrates our diversity.
This is an important event for SAE students to attend, as it will ensure they are well equipped to challenge inequality in any future work environments.
SAE believes it is important to equip students with the skills they need to challenge discrimination of all kinds; we have hosted previous events aimed at making the tech sector more inclusive, including a guest talk with AbilityNet, who spoke to students about why it is important to consider accessibility throughout the design and development process, including the compelling business case, moral and ethical considerations and overlaps into usability and SEO.
We hope that you will join us for this important discussion.