Lauren Alie is a PwC technology degree apprentice at the University of Birmingham, who is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Since starting her degree apprenticeship, she has shared her journey to encourage young people from underrepresented backgrounds in technology to consider a career in this industry. Lauren has taken on several opportunities to give back to her community. This includes being a Code First Girls fellow, where she taught women web development through online classes, and an apprenticeship mentor for the Black Excellence Network. Lauren is the Outreach Lead for Hackathons for Schools, a non profit organisation aiming to increase technology opportunities for 15 to 18 year olds. Lauren has been recognised in various awards including the BAME Apprenticeship Awards, Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards and FDM Everywoman in Tech Awards. Lauren hopes to use her platform to continue demystifying technology careers for young people. In the last year, she has been part of the core team of the D.A. Network, which aims to connect and support degree apprentices.
She is currently working in the Technology and Investments team at PwC and is involved with the Women in Tech and Design Thinking for Good initiatives at the firm.
Outside of her studies, Lauren is working in a team on Curo, an online solution that provides sustainability ratings for brands while you shop. She hopes to continue working on projects like these that use technology to solve real-world challenges. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing in a steel band.
Lauren can found on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-alie/
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