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Martha Lane Fox & Raspberry Pi: 5 reasons to go to Women of the World Festival

By Kitty Knowles 8 March 2016
Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre. Pic: Women of the World.
Summary

So many reasons to get down to the South Bank & celebrate women this week.

Today is International Women’s Day: just one of many, many reasons you should book in a visit to London’s Southbank Centre this week.

Kicking off today, is the 5th the annual Women of the World Festival, and it’s positively brimming with more than 100 exciting talks, performances, pop-up installations and events.

What’s on?

Tonight you could catch Caitlin Moran discussing her new book Moranifesto, you could take a same sex dance class in the Rivoli Ballroom, or you could hear BBC1’s Gemma Cairney chatting away with Sisiter Sledge.

Other highlights throughout the week include performances of The Fruit Trilogy, a new play from rom Eve Ensler (the Tony Award-winning writer of The Vagina Monologues), an evening with Annie Lennox, and standup from the incredible Women’s Eqaulity Party founder, Sandi Toksvig.

If you want to talk politics, a Mayoral Debate will feature Sadiq Khan, Caroline Russell, Baroness Kramer, and Sophie Walker; while MPs Tania Mathias and Tulip Siddiq will discuss how they got into politics (the UK has plummeted to 65th in the world for women’s political representation!).

There are even children’s sessions like Muslim Girls Fence and the under 10’s feminists corner, so there’s no excuse not to get stuck in this weekend.

Now see our top five digital highlights…

Martha Lane Fox, Women of the World festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.
Martha Lane Fox, Women of the World festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.

Women and technology

Expect a keynote speech from Martha Lane Fox on women in tech, new opportunities and why women have to steer the industry forward.

The digital leader will then be joined by Romaney O’Malley, from insurance company AI, and Sinead McSweeney of Twitter, to discuss to discuss how they are bringing about new waves of innovation.

Friday 11 March, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 1.15pm – 2.15pm

Tech Speed Mentoring, Women of the World Festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.
Tech Speed Mentoring, Women of the World Festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.

Tech Speed Mentoring

Mingle with the best and brightest as women from across the industry gather to share challenges and ideas.

If you attend you’ll get four 15-minute sessions with four different mentors where you can iron out business problems or seek new tech inspiration – it’s a open space for whatever you need.

Free but ticketed, Level 5 Balcony Bar at Royal Festival Hall, 11.15 – 12.45

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Acts of Looking, Women of the World Festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.

Acts of Looking: Digital Projection Series

Beautiful digital artworks will be projected on to the exterior of Royal Festival Hall throughout the festival, showing a range of imagery created and curated by female creatives.

Look up and get a glimpse at another female perspective.

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 March. FREE. Festival Terrace at Royal Festival Hall, 6pm – 11pm

Wow Near Space Programme, Women of the World Festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.
Wow Near Space Programme, Women of the World Festival. Pic: Southbank Centre.

WOW Near Space Programme

Two schools are set to use weather balloons to send a small satellite into near space, at altitudes of around 30km. This will carry a Raspberry Pi computer which will capture images from afar.

When the weather balloon bursts, the device will parachute back to earth, to be retrieved and tracked. Far out…

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 March. FREE Leval 2 Screens at Royal Festival Hall

Kitty Bhaman UBS, will lead Getting Personal with Finances at Women of the World Festival. Pic: Kitty Bhaman.
Kitty Bhaman UBS, will lead Getting Personal with Finances at Women of the World Festival. Pic: Kitty Bhaman.

Getting Personal with Finance

Whether it’s earning less or saving less, women face unique challenges when it comes to finance.

Learn how to address these challenges and be more effective with money with the help of Kitty Bhaman, Executive Director and Client Advisor at UBS.

Included in Friday Day Pass (£20) & Weekend Pass (£45). Friday 11 March 2016 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Find out more about Women of the World Festival here.