Event: Croydon Digital Talks future tech talent, 18 September 5pm to 7pm

Book now for inspiring discussions on boosting the local talent pipeline and preparing for the careers of the future.

The next event in our Croydon Digital Talks series takes place on Wednesday 18 September, 5pm to 7pm, hosted by Croydon College. Book now (for free).

The topic this time is “future tech talent”, and we’ve lined up 3 truly inspiring speakers who’ll be giving talks on the changing skills landscape, how employers and educators can prepare for what’s coming, and how tech itself is helping positively disrupt education:

Gi Fernando

Gi Fernando MBE is the founder of Freeformers, an organisation that specialises in changing how people think and work for the digital age.

Catherine Knivett

Catherine Knivett is Vice Chair of techUK’s Skills and Diversity Council and recent interim COO of the Corsham Institute, a non-profit focused on upskilling people for the digital economy.

Koby Yogaretnam

Koby Yogaretnam is Business and Investment Lead at UCL Educate, the leading European research and business accelerator for EdTech.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Croydon Council’s Chief Digital Officer Neil Wiliams, on the subject of growing our local talent pipeline to address the needs of the tech community.

Panel members will include:

  • Caireen Mitchell, Principal, Croydon College
  • Karthi Velayutham, London director for Women Who Code
  • Kevin Standish, Principal, John Ruskin College
  • A representative of a Croydon tech business, tbc

Register now

The event is free to attend and open to anyone, not just people in Croydon! Space is limited, so booking is required.

Register via Meetup to book your place.

Full details

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Venue: Croydon College, College Rd, London CR9 1DX


  • 5:00pm: Networking and Drinks
  • 5:30pm: Welcome from Opama Khan, Head of Digital Place, Croydon Digital Service and Caireen Mitchell, Principal Croydon College
  • 5.45pm: Speakers
    • Keynote Speaker: Gi Fernando MBE, Founder of Founder of Freeformers – “Future Skills”
    • Catherine Knivett, Vice Chair – Skills & Diversity Council, Tech UK – “Diversity in Tech”
    • Koby Yogaretnam – Business & Investment Lead, EDUCATE, UCL Institute of Education – “The Golden Triangle: Evidence Informed Education Technology”
  • 6.30pm: Panel discussion – Developing a home grown talent pipeline for tech. What specific challenges to tech companies struggle to recruit for? What skills are lacking? How can we address this need? How do we link our young people to jobs?
    • Chair: Neil Williams, Chief Digital Officer, Croydon Digital Service
    • Caireen Mitchell, Principal, Croydon College
    • Karthi Velayutham – London director for Women Who Code
    • Kevin Standish, Principal, John Ruskin College
    • A representative of a Croydon tech business, tbc
  • 7:00pm: Close

Future events

Croydon Digital Talks focus on the issues the tech community cares about most. Let us know in the comments below or in person what you’d like to see covered in future events.

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