Lauren

Tell us about your journey into tech?
I started my tech journey with my apprenticeship. I’m an enthusiastic problem solver who loved Maths in school, so decided to study Computer Science at university while gaining work experience at the same time. I wanted to be part of the tech industry which is constantly changing and has transformed our society.

How do you feel you have made a difference in what you do?
I advocate for apprenticeships for young people, particularly to enter the technology industry, as a fantastic opportunity to build your network early and to earn a salary, helping to improve social mobility. I’m active in organising and volunteering for events targeting underrepresented groups in the technology industry. I understand the importance of increasing the visibility of role models from all backgrounds to encourage more young people to consider tech as a career option.

What would you say is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is the week-long, online event I organised in August 2020 during the pandemic, to engage sixth form students interested in technology. I worked with student and industry volunteers from across the world to put together workshops and panel sessions for these young people. Leading this event was challenging but incredibly rewarding, and I learnt so much in the process.

How do you think people can go about making a difference, in regards to spreading awareness of Black Women in tech?
Celebrating and elevating the brilliant black women in tech is so important, and I believe showcasing black women to young people considering careers in technology will inspire them that there is a place for them in this industry. Mentorship is a brilliant way to increase confidence among black women beginning their tech careers and to share invaluable knowledge and advice.

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