23 OCTOBER 2019, 10AM-5PM

Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture introduces the inaugural THE MEET UP event on 23 October 2019 to set the scene for one of the UK’s leading digital culture festivals. The event will bring together the collective voices of the creative industries to explore ways in which we can move diversity forward in a technological age and help shape the future of digital.

Taking place in the stunning, historic City of Lincoln, THE MEET UP 2019: #1 Women in Tech will be a packed day of influential speakers, creative technology showcases and panel discussions to reflect, debate and empower.

Ghislaine Boddington, Co-Founder and Creative Director of body>data>space / Women Shift Digital and an award-winning curator specialising in the future human, body responsive technologies and immersive experiences, is co-curating and co-hosting THE MEET UP 2019 alongside Uzma Johal MBE, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Threshold Studios and Co- Director of Frequency Festival.

For leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, technologists and anyone who likes to connect, exchange ideas and be inspired.

Tickets: £65*

Students: £40 (must bring Student ID)

Freelancers: £50 (must bring freelancer business card)

Email enquiries to events@frequency.org.uk

Follow #TheMeetUp and #Freq19 for announcements

*Frequency believes that everyone has the right to access ideas, space and a platform to debate. We work on the principle that events should be low cost and high value – ensuring everyone is able to voice their opinion and connect with great minds. As we are a non profit social enterprise, ticket prices are set to cover the budget of putting on the event, enabling us to keep costs as low as we can for our attendees.


Ghislaine Boddington

Ghislaine is a Co-Founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, a pioneering interactive design collective who have advocated for the living body to be at the heart of digital debate since the early 1990s. As an advocate for diversity and equality she is a co-founder of Women Shift Digital (2012 to date), a Trustee for the Stemettes and the Spokesperson for the successful Deutsche Bank / NWES “Women Entrepreneurs in Social Tech” Accelerator. @GBoddington 

Uzma Johal MBE

Uzma is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Threshold Studios and Co-Director of Frequency Festival. Uzma drives the ethos and vision behind the organisation and passionately advocates for initiatives that prioritise participation, innovation and development of creativity in the technology and creative sectors. In 2016, Uzma was recognised on the New Years Honours List and received an MBE for her contribution to the Digital Economy. @GlamYoda


Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

A recognised thought-leader in the tech sector and listed among the world’s top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes (2018). Anne-Marie is Co-Founder of the Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors, and her vision of the future is for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.


The focus of this opening panel is on young female creatives and digital makers talking about their own experiences as women working with technologies. Exploring their routes to skills development and examining the issues they have faced in learning and work environments today, this panel will set off discussions, to be continued throughout THE MEET UP, on the challenges and on potential positive solutions for moving forward into an inclusive and equal world.

CHAIR – Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Head Stemette, CEO & Co-founder of Stemettes. @aimafidon


Akeelah Bertram – Creative Director, Ultiverse. Visual artist creating dynamic environments from light and sound. @akeelahbertram

Jennifer Mackown – Senior Software Developer at ScholarPack @__jcmc__

Rebecca Evans – Artistic Director and Choreographer at Pell Ensemble @PellEnsemble @notrebeccae


The afternoon panel will lead us into the Debate Groups and move us into a provocative discussion about the key reoccurring issues holding women back in technology linked careers, in the arts, in enterprise and in corporate culture. The panellists will talk from their own experiences about the positive ways they have found to move forward, sharing tips and good advice.

CHAIR – Donna Close, Director, AMP Culture, Associate Director at Festivals and Events International, Associate Director Threshold Studios @donna_close


Joanna Clarke – Group CEO of NBV, Nwes & Enterprise for London Enterprise Agencies which provide dynamic, accessible & high quality, business start-up and SME support. @JClarkeNBV

Kerryn Wise – Choreographer exploring the intersections between performance and technology. Researcher and lecturer at De Montfort University, QuestLab Digital Dance Artist and Dance Ambassador, National Dance Company Wales. @KerrynWise 

Faye Bowser – Head of Distributed Energy Systems UK at Siemens. @faye_bowser @Siemens_Energy


Presentations by Rebecca Evans (Pell Ensemble), Serena Tabacchi (MoCDA), Fanny Lakoubay (CADAF), Anna Luisa Schaffgotsch and Sybille Lambotte (IMPLI) and Martina Tsiora PHD and Gemma Hackney (Sensory Traveller).