If you'd like to take a quick look at what Ada's List Conference 2018 looked like, here you go.
We also now have videos of the main talks from the day.
Åsa Nyström gave the opening keynote for the conference. It was very enlightening - Buffer operate on the principle of transparent salaries, and hearing about how they work transparently (the highs and the lows) made for a fascinating talk.
Next we had Dr. Aygul Zagidullina talk about building apps for the next billion users of the internet, people living largely in emerging markets. Aygul works on Google Assistant and had a lot of insight into how those markets operate, and what we can learn from them.
Aygul's talk was followed by 3 workshops: Kate Rees on role modelling vulnerability, Vini Bance on analysing a business and raising its value, and Corinne Card on how to make your tech company famous. After the lunch break we had Emily Tate, US General Manager for the brilliant product community and conference Mind The Product, who gave us so much insight into stakeholder management for women in tech. We're thrilled Emily could be here for the conference from her usual US home. Have a look at what she said, well worth your time if you're keen on building a career in tech.
Next up was Fiona Vallance, Global Research Lead at Idean UK and co-founder of Amble Maps, personalised walking routes based on safety as a consideration. If design research is your thing, you'll want to listen to this.
This was followed by 3 workshops again, all really hard to choose from, even if I do say so myself! Rachelle Denton told us how to use data to create a powerful digital campaign, Babs Ofori-Acquah talked to us about our self-care non-negotiables, and Josie Young made us think about feminist chatbots. Abi Ramanan followed in the main space, all the way over from California, speaking about what she's doing with her company Impact Vision to use advanced imaging technology for a better food system. Here she is:
Mounia Lalmas-Roelleke is Research Director in the User Engagement Team at Spotify, and an Honorary Professor at University College London. There were a few technical bits in her talk, but it was really interesting to get an insight into how Spotify playlists work. Did you know that for regular playlists, 30 seconds of playtime make it 'successful', but for sleep playlists that period is 20 minutes?! More from Mounia here:
Last but not least was our closing keynote speaker, Sitar Teli, Managing Partner at Connect Ventures. Sitar spoke to us very humbly and honestly about running a venture firm that has invested in some very successful startups like Citymapper, Pact Coffee and Boiler Room, while trying to make sure that her own firm implemented lessons around team management and culture that are crucial to success.
None of it would have been possible without our sponsors: Spotify, Accenture Digital, Idean UK, Beamly, Charlie HR, Pearson (and their cool immersive tech demo at the event), FutureGov, Scott Logic and our venue host Pivotal! THANK YOU all once again.