Women to the fore at festivals
Music innovation festival Music Tech Fest will comprise at least 50% female participation across all areas of this year’s event, including speakers, performers, hackers and technology-based leaders.
Why the 50% women policy?
“We are at a pivotal moment in history,” believes festival director Andrew Dubber. “This is a point of enormous paradigm shifts both technologically and politically. The decisions that guide innovation today will shape the kind of world we live in tomorrow. Women leaders can contribute considerably to creating a better future.”
Music Tech Fest will feature Imogen Heap who is heading up the Mycelia blockchain initiative, Robyn, the founder of technology workshops for girls outfits Tekla, Nancy Baym of Microsoft Research New England and Danica Kragic of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, among others.
In London, Wireless Festival has announced an all-female stage during the 2018 event, scheduled to kick-off in the UK capital this week. Wireless had been criticised for the paucity of women in the original line-up, with just three from 37 acts being women.
Also in the UK, AllBright has hired Debbie Ward and Amy Oldham as CCO and head of partnerships and live, respectively. The outfit comprises women-only clubs, networking platform AllBright Academy, and a festival for working women, FoundHER.
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