The Sharp Project invites digitally-minded women to career workshop

The Sharp Project invites digitally-minded women to career workshop

Posted 13th Feb 2013 at 02:21 by Tom Clarke

Digital Teapot

The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital content production complex, is hosting an International Women’s Day event called ‘Digital Teapot’ to encourage more young women to think about working in the creative digital and technology sector.

The free one-day workshop, which is supported by International Women’s Day, Cisco, Manchester City Council and Oldham Council will take place on Thursday 7 March. Up to 100 free places are available and open to any women over 16 and from Greater Manchester.

Rose Marley, Director of SharpFutures said: “This year’s International Women’s Day theme is science, technology, engineering and maths so we wanted to play our part in redressing the balance and encouraging more women to think about entering this sector. The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the North West. Manchester is the largest creative digital hub outside London, creating 305,000 jobs across the North West of which 63,000 are in Greater Manchester. There is a global opportunity in this sector from boutique business to remote working. Digital technology is enabling a female entrepreneurial revolution.”

The Sharp Project

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Chair of the International Women’s Day Steering Group for Manchester City Council said: “Our theme this year aims to raise awareness of the careers available to women in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics industries an area where women are massively under represented with only 9.1% of women working within them in the private sector in the UK.”

The day will include workshops on:

  • How to blog successfully,
  • How to get funding for a creative idea,
  • How to use social media for professional gain,
  • How to become an on-line retailer

There will be lunch and tea and cakes sponsored by Cisco. In the afternoon session a series of talks from high profile business women from the Creative Digital sector including music PR Sarah Pearson, CBBC Production Executive Claire Coldwell and from the world of technology Jan Collins from Virgin Media and Michelle Cowan from Cisco. Ward Hadaway’s lawyer, Laura Harper specialising in Intellectual Property and digital entrepreneur Lou Cordwell from Magnetic North will also be on hand to inspire those attending.

The full list of ‘Tea note’ speakers includes:

  • Claire Coldwell, CBBC
  • Lou Cordwell, Magnetic North
  • Sue Woodward, OBE, The Sharp Project and Manchester’s Creative Champion
  • Samantha Horrocks, Cisco
  • Nicola Briggs, Cisco
  • Michelle Cowan, Cisco
  • Jan Collins, Virgin Media
  • Laura Harper, Ward Hadaway
  • Carol Isherwood, Ward Hadaway
  • Sarah Pearson, Wasted Youth PR
  • Dr. Maria Stukoff, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited

UPDATE >> Digital Teapot is now sold out but if you would like to be added to the reserve guestlist please email 

The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
M40 5BJ
United Kingdom