Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 November 2015
Nottingham University Business School
Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK is an exciting two-day event, bringing together academics and practitioners working in the fields of creative industries and digital enterprise.
What is it about?
A collaboration between the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Digital Women UK, this ‘thought space’ will allow female digital entrepreneurs and academics to discuss professional challenges and concerns, share insights and learn from each other’s experiences and studies of digital entrepreneurship.
The event’s title, Missing in Action, reflects the fact that although women digital entrepreneurs are working widely in the UK, very little is known about who they are, which communities they come from and which entrepreneurial activities they are engaged in.
For example, statistics show that women of colour in the US are driving growth in entrepreneurial activity, much of which is underpinned by the digital environment. Yet there is no equivalent information about women’s experiences in the UK.
We believe that increasing the visibility and knowledge-base around UK women working in digital will enable us to develop and champion more targeted professional support. This event is one step towards helping to fill het information vacuum.
Who should attend?
If you are a woman who has, or hopes to start, a digital business, or if you are an academic interested in how digital enterprise is affected by issues of gender, then this event is for you.
Benefits for aspiring or existing digital business owners:
- Keynote talks and masterclass by industry experts
- Panel and roundtable discussions with other practitioners
- Skill-building, education and networking opportunities
Benefits for academics:
- Hear from and connect with practice communities to understand their needs
- Gain insight for future research agendas and the development of key messaging
- Unify advocacy work and strengthen drivers for policy change
This much-needed event offers a valuable arena for knowledge-sharing, which will benefit both digital entrepreneurs and academics, and has the potential to help shape future policy and practice in this field.
The final programme and details of how to book will be available by the end of August 2015 and will be posted on both Digital Women UK and the Haydn Green Institute, University of Nottingham’s websites.
Earlier this month Dr. Angela Martinez Dy of Nottingham University Business School participated in a Twitter Talk with Joy Francis of Digital Women UK on the subject of digital entrepreneurship. The talk explored Angela’s PhD research into the subject, focusing on what the landscape looks like for digital entrepreneurs and why the activity has particular relevance for women.
You can read the whole Storify here: http://www.digitalwomenuk.co.uk/storify-dwuktalks-with-angela-martinez-dy/
Angela can be contacted on Twitter at @eldiadia for follow-up questions.
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