Vanessa Thornton
Vanessa Thornton


Vanessa Thornton
Chief Technology Officer at Empathix

As the current CTO of a pioneering, all-female-led tech startup, I bring a wealth of experience from my previous tenure of almost 8 years at a major tech corporation, where I honed my skills in innovation and leadership. I'm a mum, tech-nerd, and engineer passionate about fostering diversity and driving change in the tech industry. I'm here to be the next disrupter, and take our little start up to global success.


From Big Tech to Leading Edge
Careers & Teams Breakout Session

In this talk, I'll share my transformative journey from a secure role in a leading tech company to the challenges and triumphs as the CTO of an all-female-led early-stage startup. This narrative will explore the lessons learned in adapting to a lean, fast-paced environment, overcoming gender biases in tech, and the importance of building a culture of resilience and innovation. Attendees will gain insights into the unique trials and tribulations faced by tech leaders and the invaluable experiences that shape our approach to technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship.


How to make your smart TV even smarter - Voice control for your smart TV
Hot & New Breakout Session

Come on a journey with me to explore the world of IOT and serverless. This talk takes you through the architecture and code needed to be able to voice control your smart TV through the use of Amazon's echo dot. It also explores controlling your home media server via voice control including downloading new content, providing information on the latest completed downloads, and information on new shows available. This talk requires some knowledge of node and AWS serverless components.


An Introduction to Serverless
Hot Technology Breakout Session

Taking you through from whoa to go, with everything you need to know to get your first serverless application up and running in the wild. Perfect for developers and tech folk alike who wish to gain an entry level understanding of what is serverless, and how to architect, develop, and deploy serverless applications, this talk requires no previous knowledge about serverless and is language agnostic.