OB partners with Hotels.com

  • Lisa Hon
  • AUTHOR: Lisa Hon
  • Posted: 16/08/2017
OB partners with Hotels.com

Oliver Bernard are excited to have partnered with Hotels.com to host the latest in CTOs in London event.   The CTOs in London group is aimed at discussing trends in technical leadership and best practices.  This event partnership focusses on women in technology and creating discussion around the movement in the UK tech market and what works and what doesn’t when it comes to building and retaining teams. 

Recently there has been lots of press relating to the gender gap in the tech industry – even Google has come under fire.  Unlike our Scandinavian and Eastern European neighbours, the UK doesn’t share such an equal balance when it comes to men and women across engineering, so we’re helping to host discussion as to what’s occurring in the UK tech market and what’s happening at companies to improve this uneven balance in gender.

Our hosts for the evening are Su Crighton, Senior Director and Thierry Bedos, VP & CTO from Hotels.com [Expedia.com] – a global travel brand that leverages the most advanced technology in the industry.  By revolutionizing travel through the power of technology, Hotels.com make travel easier for millions of people who want to step out of their homes and into the world.

On the night, Su will be discussing what it’s like to be a woman in technology in addition to her career journey and why her career is cool and defies gender.  Thierry will be delving into the world of Hotels.com and sharing with us some of their initiatives.  They are facing their gender imbalance head on and will discuss the gap they are experiencing as a company as well as within their Technology group; highlighting what works for them and what doesn’t from recruitment to employee engagement.    

There are lots of online and company specific initiatives in place, as well as groups and programmes whose efforts are aimed at addressing the shortfall of engineers and not only attracting engineers to these roles but attracting girls and women generally into the field.  The 2017 Engineering UK: the state of engineering report points to positivity with England seeing the highest number of apprenticeship starts than it has for ten years.  Yet there are real concerns that efforts to attract women into engineering are falling short as reports show 1 in 8 of the engineering workforce is female. 

We aim to conclude the evening with an interactive and open discussion on these topics in addition to the problems incurred in attracting strong female engineering talent to companies, team imbalance, how to improve these gaps and what measures individuals and teams can take to improve the number of female engineers.

Have an idea or story to share?  Do you want to share your knowledge of the industry such as how IT teams are run, or raise awareness about the latest emerging technology?  Start the discussion, share your stories and have some pizza with us – get in touch to discuss your ideas and opportunity today.  


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