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Women in Tech Belfast

Women in Tech Belfast is a Lean In circle for women who work in any area of the tech industry. The group is to support each other, learn new skills, and encourage each other to take on new challenges. Together, we are going further and standing up for equality.


We have regular workshops which can be signed up to via our Meetup account.  In future, these will be recorded and posted to YouTube.  You can also keep up to date via our Facebook group and Twitter account, or join us on the Lean In website.

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Meet the Team

Claire Nixon

Claire Nixon strives to make a difference to companies and individuals within the Northern Irish Tech sector.

A specialist in Technology Recruitment, Claire forms long-term partnerships with IT professionals and businesses within Northern Ireland, providing an expert insight into the IT market. These connections make her well placed in her new role as an Executive Committee member of Women in Tech (Lean In) to support tech companies’ aims of building more diverse teams – and to support and encourage women who are looking to improve their career prospects.

Claire loves helping people gain confidence in their own abilities so that they can stand up and be counted – and push forward in their career – and her favourite mantra is “Just Do It”!

Twitter: @ClaireENixon

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-nixon-b17a2a36/

Claire Wilgar

Claire Wilgar is a frontend developer with a passion for accessibility. She is an avid speaker at conferences & meetups, and organises local events and groups such as Global Game Jam, BelfastJS and the Women Techmakers Belfast conference. Claire is also the Community Manager for Farset Labs and has worked with the CoderDojo and other local and education events.


She joined the WIT Executive Committee to share her interest in tech and community involvement.

 

Twitter: @clairedotw

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairewilgar/
 

Lauren Foster

Lauren Foster is a data strategist, innovator and translator that thrives on discovering real impact and deep actionable insights from analytics. She is on the Women In Tech (Lean In) Executive Committee and a mentor for the CareerReady further education programme.  

 

Originally a ‘tech-switcher’, coming from a non-technical background, Lauren is an ardent advocate of ongoing learning and development, being adaptable and embracing change, and the value of mentoring and peer networks to achieve your goals. Lauren believes in being yourself in corporate and tech industries, and that you don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to be successful.

Twitter: @lauren_data

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenafoster/  

Lisa Donaldson

Lisa Donaldson is a tech evangelist!   She is a City Lead with Women Who Code Belfast, sits on the executive of Women In Tech (Lean In), a Code Club mentor and a STEM Ambassador.  She also founded the emerging Tech Education Network whose purpose is to share just how fulfilling a career in Tech can be with our young people and the wider community.

Lisa’s passion is to encourage returners, new entrants, entrepreneurs, creative innovators and our young in every Tech ambition they have.  She believes you are never too young - or old to learn, create and form new relationships.

Twitter: @liscagodo

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liscado/

Website: www.awomanwhocodes.co.uk

Rosie Cunningham

Roise Cunningham is responsible for leading data science within the Ireland division of Liberty Mutual Insurance. Experience of driving analytical strategy across the organisation, including machine learning models and big data. Recently spent 3 months in their Boston innovation lab, gaining experience of design thinking and product ownership.

 

Outside work interests include playing with smart technology in my new house, reading techcrunch articles and spending my Saturday mornings at yoga.

 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/r%C3%B3ise-cunningham-34932740/

Sarah Rudek

Sarah Rudek is a game developer, founder of Shieldmaiden Studios, occasional lecturer, podcast fiend, and terrible yet tragically enthusiastic woodworker. She also knows that Women in Tech and groups like it are essential until the current imbalance is corrected.

 

BTW, did you know women invented programming -- twice?


 

Twitter: @shieldmaid_n

Siobhan Gallagher

An experienced Technology Sales Leader who has worked within the software and cyber security sector for 15+ years.  

 

Siobhan Gallagher is the Cyber Business Lead for PwC, here in Northern Ireland, an OWASP Chapter Leader, a BringITOn Ambassador and a passionate supporter of diversity in tech.  In real terms that means she’s done the hard work and put in the long hours to achieve her goals.  

Siobhan is part of the Women in Tech Executive so that she can share her experience and skills to help make it easier for women to get involved and get ahead within technology.  It's great to see other women also benefit from the amazing range of opportunities that the sector presents, here in Northern Ireland and globally.  

Get in touch if you want to know more.  

 

Twitter: @cyber_belfast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siobhang/

Victoria McCallum

Victoria McCallum is a highly-driven professional with an insatiable appetite for people, learning, continuous improvement, and getting things done.

 

Victoria’s latest adventure is as a tech-switcher, and is focused on developing technical skills to enhance her existing skill-set to build a career within the tech industry.  Having worked as an apprentice software engineer, she is now contracting as a Technical Project Manager within the cloud architecture and engineering space.

 

Victoria is an active STEM ambassador and passionate diversity advocate.  She likes to laugh and not take life too seriously.

 

Twitter: @v_mccallum

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriamccallum/

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