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Diversity in Digital Festival is under way

Birmingham’s first Diversity in Digital Festival is well under way but there's still time to get involved.

Diversity in Digital Festival (DIDFest) aims to change behaviour and close the digital diversity gap, this year focusing on women in tech, addressing the lack of gender diversity in the digital sector. It is running for four weeks, consisting of over 45 events across the city of Birmingham, covering four themes: play, inspire, community and leadership.

Faye Pressley, chief operating officer of Vanti (an internationally award winning technology and digital company), said: “We understand that making a difference to the gender imbalance that exists isn’t going to happen overnight, but we hope that the range of events happening throughout the festival, will help to encourage, empower and inspire more girls and women to get into STEM, and to thrive in STEM careers.”  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“The festival wouldn’t have been possible without the support and time given by local organisations and individuals. It’s been put together with zero funding and sponsorship – just pure hard work, volunteered time and support. True Brum style!”

Each theme of  DiDFest focuses on different groups of people, has clear ways for attendees to get more involved and to take the next steps in developing their understanding of how to join local communities.

The festival is focused on how to engage, attract, retain and develop more women in the tech industry, looking to educate organisational leaders on the benefits of an ‘inclusive workforce’ and to engage with:

It is said Birmingham is forecast to become the UK’s second plural city (where no ethnic group is the majority) by 2024, as one of the most diverse cities in the U.K.

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