Behind and in front of the curtains.November 18, 2012
I’ve been producing events on occasion and it was my great pleasure to produce the Mozilla Festival for the second year in a row. The event was very well reviewed but the most pleasurable part of it is being able to plan an event in a very small team of 5 women, Michelle Thorne the Festival Lead, Diana Proca who leads the army of volunteers who make this a really unique event and Ravensbourne College’s leading ladies of events Claire Selby and Laura Lillepruun. Directly after the Festival I flew over to Barcelona to talk about smart cities and the Good Night Lamp on a panel at the Smart City Expo World Congress.
There’s something important in being able to exist on both sides of the equation as a woman in technology. Producing an event of around 1K attendees in a small team, it’s like running a small company for a short period of time. Speaking at events on the other hand is an opportunity to distill professional experiences and share it with others. I would hope that projects like Lady Ada Day and Articulate are the starting point of a generation of women who are certain that what they make is also worth sharing with others in a public context. It takes confidence, but there is no other way.