The Map

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We proudly partnered with United Nations Women to bring untold stories of Black Women to a global audience. Through a pioneering approach that merged the written word, visual arts, and multimedia technology, we aimed to create an immersive experience that highlights the achievements and challenges of Black women across various sectors.

The Book

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‘The Voices in the Shadow’ showcases the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK who impacted the tech industry. In turn, it gives Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.

The Festival

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The Voices In The Shadow Festival is committed to uplifting and celebrating Black women who have succeeded in tech, aspire to succeed, or wish to become successful entrepreneurs. During the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to discover new strategies, unlock potential opportunities, and network with our sponsors, speakers, and fellow participants. While the festival welcomes individuals of all levels, genders, and ethnicities, we proudly spotlight Black female excellence on our stage.

Since 2021

Pupils, parents, students, professionals reached through our book distribution to +2200 educational institutions

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Readers reached through media coverage in Forbes, The Times, ComputerWeekly, City A.M, Harper Bazaar, Computing and more

Love of Hair: A Form of Self-expression

What does hair mean to you? For many Black women, their relationship with their hair has a rich, complex history that intertwines with cultural identity, social norms, and political movements. For centuries, the hair of black women has been a canvas of expression and a symbol of societal standards.

This year we wanted to showcase that Black women’s hair is not merely a matter of personal style but a testament to a rich history of survival, resistance, and self-expression. It continues to evolve, reflecting broader societal changes and the internal dynamics of the black community, making it an ever-relevant topic of discussion in conversations about race, identity, and beauty.

Find out about this year’s theme.

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The under-representation of great Black women leaves Black women and young Black girls to accomplish their goals without role models or confidence. Therefore, an increase in representation is imperative to raise inspiration. Also, new research suggests that more than half of the UK workforce lacks essential digital skills needed for work, raising fears that the country is heading toward a digital skills shortage as employers begin ramping up their post-pandemic recruitment efforts.

‘The Voices in the Shadow’ showcases the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK who impacted the tech industry. In turn, it gives Black women and young Black girls the empowerment they need for them to feel that there is a place for them to flourish professionally.

Discover 5 Black female superheroes who will inspire you with their resilience, courage, and extraordinary abilities. Ardo, Imi, Minata, Rosaline and Sow are a beacon of strength, showcasing the rich diversity and the powerful stories of Black women. From the realms of magic and ancient lore to the cutting edges of technology and activism, these heroes invite you on an adventure where bravery and wisdom light the way to victory. 

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“Soul Deep” is a captivating card game designed to strengthen bonds and spark conversations around hair, technology, and culture. Featuring five inspiring Black female superheroes, the game educates and empowers players through their unique stories and challenges. It’s a simple yet impactful way to explore deep and often complex topics, celebrate diversity, and promote positive representation for everyone. Perfect for players of all ages, “Soul Deep” transforms game night into an enriching experience of learning, sharing, and growing together.

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After the success of volumes 1, 2 and 3, we have no doubt that thanks to your support, the success of volume 4 will continue. 51 new stories from successful Black women in tech in the UK, Ireland and the world will make up the hard copy, whilst additional stories will be featured in our digital version of the book. With these stories, we hope to inspire the next generation of Black women in tech.

You can pre-order a copy of The Voices In The Shadow Volume 4 below.

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To coincide with the launch of The Voices In The Shadow book, we have designed The Voices In The Shadow festival. The festival is not only a celebration of the amazing Black women in the book, but it is also a space for our sponsors to connect with talent within our network and empower attendees by providing them with the keys to elevate their professional success, inspire growth in their tech careers, or excel as entrepreneurs.

Throughout the day attendees can learn new strategies, explore untapped opportunities, and network with influential speakers, fellow delegates and our esteemed partners.

The Voices In The Shadow Festival 2023

Curious about last year’s festival experience? Check out the summary of The Voices In The Shadow Festival 2023 below.

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