Celebrating women's past + empowering our future

Spring Forward is a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women's History Month.

Our mission

To encourage women to take a greater role in digital by creating a platform that promotes digital community events organised by women for women.


SheSays Brighton

Thu 8th March, 18:00 Fabrica Brighton

Welcome to a special SheSays Brighton panel event.

Featuring writer and activist Emily Yates; senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Dr Aristea Fotopoulou; Tasha Mansley, expert on social issues for young people; local award winning 'mum blogger' Bridget McGrath and Sunetta Kiarie from the Goodall Foundation.

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Brighton Digital Women

Thu 8th March, 18:00 PLATF9RM Brighton

With venue sponsorship by Platf9rm, Brighton Digital Women and Pure360 have teamed up to bring a gender inclusive International Women’s Day celebration to Brighton and Hove.

Join us for a prosecco drinks reception and photo boothing fun! Tickets are FREE but limited. Grab one now to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you!

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One Girl Band

Thu 8th March, 18:00 OGB, 8 Vine Street Brighton

One Girl Band celebrates it's one year aniversary at Vine Street with an International Women's Day event.

You'll be hearing from 5 speakers on topics that will set you up for success as a One Girl Band. Pizza and prosecco will obviously be involved, too.

Profits from ticket sales will go to Rise, and we will also be collecting donations of tampons and other sanitary products for Whitehawk Food Bank.

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How to Create Your Tribe

Mon 19th March, 19:00 68 Middle Street Brighton

They say it takes a village to raise a child, I think it takes a Tribe to support our creative selves in this world of complexity.

Come together to hear my story and how my Tribe helped me be the person I want to be, sharing tips and ideas on how you can bring together your Tribe in a supportive way and will give you a format for your get-togethers that really works.

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Girl Game Maker Day

Sat 24th March, 13:00 Unity HQ Brighton

Back by popular demand! Unity has teamed up with Spring Forward Festival to host another Girl Game Maker Day.

Learn to make video games and get hands on with code, art, and making games fun.

This GIRLS ONLY event is a completely FREE session aimed at girls between 9 -14 who are interested in learning more about game making in a safe and fun environment! No previous experience needed.

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No Longer the ManMADE Object

Wed 28th March, 16:30 M2, Grand Parade University of Brighton

Brighton University presents: No Longer the ManMADE Object

Hear from women academics and researchers as to their career paths, interests, passions, responsibilities and experiences to gain an insight in to the world of STEAM* work for women.

Get the chance to ask questions and gain advice on the ways into STEAM careers that the University provides through teaching, research and enterprise.

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Thu 29th March, 18:00 68 Middle Street Brighton

BelongCon is a unique event that provides a safe space for people to share their stories and be open, honest, and vulnerable with each other.

This time, all our speakers are women, talking candidly about issues that impact women: from overcoming imposter syndrome, to managing post-natal depression, to discovering self-empowerment.

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Get involved!

Are you planning an event that supports the involvement of women and girls in tech and would like to be part of our programme for 2018? Or maybe you'd like to be a Spring Forward volunteer?

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Spring Forward wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our sponsors

Headline sponsor

  • Brighton University - Connected Futures

University of Brighton – Brighton Futures

Brighton Futures use research and enterprise to tackle global challenges, solve practical problems and improve lives and environments. They describe who we are, what we do and the futures we are helping to build – they are Connected, Creative, Healthy, Radical and Responsible. Connected Futures harness innovation to build trust in the digital infrastructures that underpin modern lives and explore new discoveries with transformative potential.

Gold sponsors

  • Pragmatic
  • Clearleft

Silver sponsors

  • Ocasta - App Development Company
  • DabApps - Design and Build Applications
  • Unity
  • MAG Interactive

Bronze sponsors

  • Plug-in Media

Supporters and Friends

  • Sworkit by Nexercise Apps

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