Women In Tech May 2018
This month we are really excited to welcome Alexa and Dr Adigo Atabo to Women in Tech, who will respectively be giving talks on how to approach the development of self-care technologies and avoid the pitfalls of a sedentary occupation.
Designing and Developing Self-Care Technologies
Inspired by movements like #Code4Good and ideas of the quantified self, people in technology are engaging with a wide variety of causes for the “greater good” — including the development of mental health technology. However, designing for mental health management is tricky to get right and potentially dangerous if implemented incorrectly. Based on Alexa’s research, this talk will signpost and offer insights of how to approach the development of self-care technologies. This includes an exploration of participatory design, societal stigma of mental health and asking what “doing good” actually means.
Alexa is a creative technologist and researcher in human-computer interaction currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Nottingham, where they are currently investigating digital self-care technologies in a public setting (in partnership with the National Videogame Arcade).
Sitting is the New Smoking
Long hours spent in front of a screen puts techies at risk of sedentarism - definition, the habits and routines associated with relatively low levels of activity and movement, leading to health related problems. In a lighthearted talk, Dr Atabo will review the health science of sedentarism, and suggest simple ways to avoid the pitfalls.
About Dr Atabo
After a decade as a hospital doctor, Dr Atabo retrained as a developer and worked at ThoughtWorks, London. She subsequently returned to medicine. Dr Atabo is a Functional Medicine Specialist managing chronic disease through the lens of systems theory. You can read more about her story here.
Win Free Stuff At WiT Notts!
This month at Women in Tech we'll be giving away a copy of the book, Forgotten Women: The Scientists, which celebrates 48 Nobel-prize-winning women in science whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world.
Attend and tweet on the #WiTNotts hashtag to be in with a chance of winning this fascinating book!
Join in with the Nottingham Tech Community online
The conversation continues online in the Tech Nottingham Slack group, which is a bustling, friendly online community with a channel for (almost) everything you can think of from #pets-corner to #devcorner, #podcasts to #design and everything in between. We'd love to see you there!