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margins conference

Free One-Day Conference

For and by marginalised people in tech

22nd June 2019
Nottingham, United Kingdom

About margins

margins is a free one-day conference for people from marginalised backgrounds that work in/with/around technology (or hope to break into the industry!).

Everyone is welcome to join us in Nottingham for a day filled with inspiration, solidarity and compassion.

Register for margins here!
What does “being marginalised” mean? That’s a really good question! “Being from a marginalised background” means that someone is part of a group that is being dismissed as “insignificant” or treated unfairly as “outside the norm” in society. This includes (but is not limited to) someone's gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class, dis/ability, physical appearanceo or body size. (Please talk to us to make this description better!)
As an attendee, what can I expect? margins is a small, intimate conference for about 100 people. It will be a day filled with workshops and talks that are centred around technology, inspiration and solidarity. The conference is split into two tracks that run at the same time: One for workshops and one for talks. In between, around and outside these tracks, the space offers a chance to chat, network and meet new people on the day. Lunch and snacks will be provided for free. While the schedule is not finalised, margins will run from around 10am until 4pm-ish.
Do I have to identify as “marginalised” to attend? The conference is open to everybody. If you're not from a marginalised background, if the term “marginalised” doesn't sit right with you, if you're not sure if you belong: Please come around! We would love to see on the day.


margins would not be possible without the support of these companies:

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Would you like to join this list by sponsoring us? Please email us!


What about food & drinks? The event includes free lunch and snacks! We will have different free drinks on the day, but depending on the weather it might be a good idea to bring a drinking bottle (the university has free water fountains). We will cater for the widest range of dietary requirements possible (vegan, halal, kosher, gluten-free!), but please get in touch if you have specific needs!
Is there a Code of Conduct? Yeah! Everyone who attends will need to follow it. You can read it here.
Could you tell me about the venue’s accessibility? Absolutely! The campus has several entrances and it itself is quite hilly and has several slopes. The most accessible route is to drive by car to Portland Building and park close to Trent Building’s parking lot. From there, it is 5mins on even ground to the venue. From the tram stop it is a ~10mins walk on uneven, slightly sloped ground.

The space in which the conference is being held (the Studio) is wheelchair accessible and on the ground floor. There are disabled toilets available around the space. We will have gender-neutral toilets on the day. A calm, low stimulus room will be available in the building.

Need info about something else? Please send Velvet an email (!
Is there a Travel Sponsorship? Yes! If you aren't able to attend margins without financial support, please send in an application so we can support you in attending (and hopefully having a good time)! Check it out here.
I would like to help out! Awesome, thank you very much! For volunteering, please send us an email ( If you'd like to give a talk or workshop, please check out our Call for Proposals!
Can I sponsor this event? Yes, please! Ping the lead organsier Velvet ( for more info.


Please note that this schedule is preliminary & will probably change!

Time What's On?
9:00 Registration
10:00-10:20 Welcome & Introduction
10:20-10:30 Break
10:30-11:10 Talk and Workshop
11:10-11:20 Break
11:20-12:00 Talk and Workshop
12:00-12:10 Break
12:10-12:50 Talk and Workshop
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:10 Talk and Workshop
15:10-15:20 Break
15:20-16:00 Talk and Workshop
16:00-16:10 Break
16:10-16:30 Wrap-Up & Goodbye


The conference is happening at the University of Nottingham, on its University Park campus in the Studio Space near Portland Building.

The campus can be easily reached via bus (NCTX, trentbarton) or tram (Stop: University of Nottingham). There are two free parking lots close to the venue (~5mins and ~10mins walking).

Please see our FAQs for Accessibility Requirements!

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