We were fed up with seeing all-male speakers, panel members and presenters at digital and tech events. With over two decades’ experience in digital industries between us, we know there are just as many amazing, talented and inspiring women out there. We want to give them a chance.

So we created 300 Seconds. We are:

Sharon O’Dea


Sharon O’Dea is Head of Digital Communications at Standard Chartered, a global bank. She began her career in publishing before moving into communications, working for a host of well-known public sector organisations and more recently in financial services.

An award-winning web and intranet expert, Sharon is one of the brains behind Intranetizen.com, a world-leading intranet blog,  and a regular speaker at intranet conferences.

Sharon blogs regularly on all aspects of digital communications, and is a contributor to Share This Too, the CIPR’s social media handbook for PR professionals.

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Ann Kempster

_P1_7577_smallAnn is a freelance digital project manager and award winning communications specialist. She was previously Delivery Manager at dxw.

Ann was previously a digital communications specialist in the civil service, where she was a trailblazer for open source, social media and all things digital. Ann is a natural networker and connector of people.

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Hadley Beeman


Hadley designs and delivers open data and social networking technologies. An expert on technology policy, she currently works as an advisor to Mozilla and GDS.

She is passionate about open data, which led her to found LinkedGov. Hadley also co-chairs the W3C Linked Data Working Group.

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Team members


Lily Dart is the Head of Service Design for dxw, an agency specialising in public sector digital. Her background is in front end development and user experience design, and she loves using her technical knowledge and design expertise to solve problems.

Lily is passionate about equality in tech, and has run and been involved with multiple events to support women in the digital sector. She also helps kids to learn how to code, and mentors at Young Rewired State every year.

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2 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. Hi. This is a great idea. Am sorry to see this event is sold out. Could you please add me to your waiting list in case one of your attendees cancels? Many thanks, M.

  2. Helllo 300s,

    I’ve applied for the 300s Manchester event a few weeks ago and I was wondering if I was chosen to present?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    All the Best


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