After years of effort to increase the number of women in the UK technology industry, Sarah Burnett, Executive VP at analyst firm Everest Group, chair of BCSWomen and founder of AI Accelerator, will provide her candid views on the problem of too few women in the tech sector and what we need to do to tackle it. Male delegates need not fear this session – no blame will be apportioned here. The content promises to be thought provoking and insightful, with actionable steps for those who would like to increase tech skills in the UK by attracting more women to the sector.
Stream: Women in IT
Time: 15:15 - 16:15
Executive Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Everest Group BCSWomen Chair and founder of AI Accelerator Sarah Burnett is an Executive Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Everest Group with global responsibility for the company’s Service Optimization Technologies (SOT) research program. As part of this, she researches and advises clients on digital and automation technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and global service provider’s capabilities in these fields, best strategies for adopting and best practice in implementing them. Sarah is chair of BCSWomen, the women’s group of the British Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and founder of AI Accelerator, a programme of free AI events, seminars and webcasts by experts, to inform and educate participants. In 2018, AI Accelerator was a finalist in Equals in Tech awards. The award was set up by UN Women, ITU and other partners to encourage more women into the field of technology. Sarah is one of Computer Weekly’s 50 most influential women in UK IT (2016 – 2019), AI Leader finalist by Information Age in 2018 and Digital Leaders’ Champion for the UK South East 2017. As well as contributing to media, Sarah often speaks at clients’ and industry events and webinars. She is active in social media with frequent blogs and Twitter posts (@SarahBurnett).