Women Techmakers South-West provided an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in technology to come along and explore the industry. It offered audiences an impressive variety of lectures, presentations, talks and workshops delivered by high-end experts, some from within the Southwest, others, kind enough to travel to Cornwall for the event.  

These incredibly successful women were not only inspiring, but demonstrated just how achievable and diverse careers in tech can be, something which maybe some attendees hadn’t realised up until that point.

Everyone at Hi9, was super-proud not only to sponsor the WTM-SW and assist in its set-up, but also to have two of its own team members, Chloe Pattison and Mimi Beard, included in the presentations.

Chloe, working alongside Amanda ‘Chibi’ Cavallaro, a software developer working at Resolver and a leading member of Women Techmakers, gave a talk on basic bot creation, plus the fundamentals of understanding and researching persona development, assisted by Mimi who demonstrated persona roleplay. The talk raised some interesting and challenging points which made for thought provoking discussions.

Chloe said “My first time being a presenter at a tech event was a little nerve wracking, but the other speakers made me feel more comfortable and confident and I thoroughly enjoyed it…

“ Everyone that came to the event was really receptive and had some great questions. It was a fantastic starting point for me and a great learning experience.’


Chatbots, were far from the only areas explored. Women Techmaker member and Android App developer, Bursa Deniz, hosted a coding workshop, followed by Fiona Crump from Yellow Dot Women demonstrating skills on how to deliver better presentations – something we can all benefit from!

Lightning motivational talks and workshops were given on a range of topics from coding with Natalia Waniczek (Nixon Design), to copyrighting, from Fiona Campbell-Howes (Radix Communications); Belinda Waldock demonstrating Being Agile to Gail Eastaugh, (Aerospace Cornwall) discussing women in aerospace. This highlighted the multiple pathways and career options open to women in technologies, which was exactly what the event set out to achieve.

Other speakers included

  • Jordan Barkaway – Being a Software Developer Apprentice
  • Caitlyn Gould – Maternity Discrimination
  • Lorna Dallas – Networking
  • Katherine George – Social Media
  • Emma Cheney – Headforwards

Like all good events, the WTM -SW was also a brilliant place to network. Attendees of all ages and skill sets, from students to experienced coders grabbed the chance to find out what other people were up to, what new products and ideas were floating around the community, plus of course, make invaluable connections, something particularly important when you’re working in a remote rural location.

To see so many women finding the confidence to start out or extend there ventures and ideas in tech was awesome, in fact you couldn’t have asked for more; and come to mention it, couldn’t have had more attendees!

But none of this would have been achievable without backing from its sponsors (see below), the ongoing support from Software Cornwall, Lyssa Fee-Crump, Head of Marketing at Headforwards, Natalia Waniczek, Nixon Design and of course Cornwall College for hosting the event.

For some it was a game changer, for others thought provoking, for everyone, huge amount of fun. We’re all looking forward to see what the future brings and doing it all over again next year.

Full list of sponsors:

Radix Communications


AeroSpace Cornwall

CIOS Skills Hub




Being Agile


Oh So Social

Cornwall College

All images courtesy of Tom Wood