Spring Forward Festival 2020

Baby it’s cold outside, but Spring is just around the corner. Back for its sixth year, we are proud to announce SPRING FORWARD 2020, Brighton’s huge month-long season of digital community events to celebrate women in digital culture. Events run by women for women. There’s a different event every evening in March! Highlights for 2020 include:

SheSays Brighton: International Womens’ Day special
Monday 9 March 18:00 @ Brighton Girls School, Montpelier Road
Come and celebrate their successes on International Women’s Day 2020. We’re honoured to hear from Bethanie Mardon, marketing director at Brighton based digital agency RocketMill; Myra Appannah award-winning immersive tech specialist and director of BRiGHTBLACK; freelance strategy director Catherine McPherson, and equality & diversity expert Sarah Pickthall. Supported by RocketMill, Madgex, Plus Accounting and Brighton Girls. A Refigure event.

Codebar Brighton 
Tuesday 10 March, 17 March and 24 March 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
CodeBar runs free weekly workshops or women, LGBTQ and people who are underrepresented in the tech industry to get to grips with the basics of programming and web development.

Ladies That UX:Design Thinking
Wednesday 11 March, 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
A workshop led by Sarah Corney and Sam Whittaker: How to create a culture for innovation: A Design Thinking approach. How do you develop and sustain a culture of innovation? How do you consistently deliver a great customer experience? Are you a leader struggling to help your organisation remain agile and responsive to external challenges?

Meet the Rocketmill women
Friday 13 March, 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
We are an agency built for today’s economy. We no longer buy a piece of media to advertise to its entire audience.We use data and technology to make choices about advertising to an individual in real time, with the right message.Our marketing puts people first.

Go Freelance, Go Big!
Wednesday 18 March, 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
Speakers share their stories and provide insight to empower portfolio career professionals to go freelance or help freelancers struggling with low rates and high turnover to up their game and go big.

Create your own website
Thursday 19 March 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
Need a website but not sure how to do it? Join us for a practical session designed to empower you to build your own website and feel more confident with technology.

Show Up, Be Heard, Be Valued! with Career Garden
Friday 20 March 18:30 @ 68 Middle Street
How to claim your personal power. What if you knew you could confidently show up as yourself and make the impact you want to make at work? Professional career and leadership coaches from Career Garden and Hayley Lawes show you how.

Breakfast with INSHUR – new start-up in town
Wednesday 25 March, 08:15AM  @ 1 Jubilee Street
Come and meet the team at INSHUR, over coffee and pastries. With offices in New York and Brighton this growing tech company, share their values and answer your questions about working in the industry.

How to succeed at Crowdfunding & Finances
Wednesday 25 March, 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
We’ve got Emma Hardwick from Plus Accounting to answer your questions from business structures to cloud computing. You can also learn all about crowdfunding from specialist Jes Bailey of Crowdfund 360.

Brighton Digital Women – leading with purpose
Friday 27 March, 18:30  @ 68 Middle Street
This event is about leading by example, being inspiring and communicating the passion to those around you. We’re exploring how we can all lead with purpose with some truly inspirational female leaders.

We are super grateful to all our amazing sponsors, we literally couldn’t do this festival without you! Legal and General, Clearleft, 68 Middle StRocketMill, InshurBalsamiq, Cogapp, and Refigure Ltd.

Spring Forward launched in 2014 by Jenni Lloyd and Viviana Doctorovich and for the past four years organised by Rifa Thorpe-Tracey. https://www.wespringforward.com

Running in March to coincide with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, each year Spring Forward fills the month with events run by and/or focused on women in digital. Our ongoing mission is to encourage women to take a greater role in tech by creating a range of platforms that promote digital community events that place women at their centre.

Visit https://www.wespringforward.com to find out more – keep checking back as more events will be added soon! 

Thank you for spreading the word.
See you at an event, come say HI!
Love Rifa