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Our aim is to empower and bring together a diverse community that represents the digital world. We strive to innovate, educate, and inspire future leaders of technology. 

SODA Social is our pioneering, innovative networking platform and online networking platform, created to bring together digital experts for networking and knowledge-sharing. It allows us – and you – to engage with us and our digital world in a relaxed, informative, and light-hearted way. Our unique initiatives range from panel discussions, talks, and workshop layouts, so keep your eyes peeled for our next initiative, especially as we have a global reach across the UK, Europe, and the US.

Our SODA Social initiatives enable our community to discuss and debate hot topics, market trends, opportunities, threats, and all things related to technology. Over-subscribed and cutting-edge, our events are aimed at digital professionals across the Design, DevOps, Software Engineering, Product Management, and Data sectors. Join our social movement to become part of a networking revolution. 

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Webinar #11 - Pride in Tech: Amplifying the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community

Our first virtual Pride in Tech panel discussion took place in a forward-thinking debate that uncovered companies that are bringing LGBTQIA+ visibility to technological innovation. Our panel discussed how pride creates an environment where the LGBTQIA+ community can be their authentic self, it is an opportunity to reflect on historical moments, celebrating progress and far how LGBTQIA+ rights have come but also that there is still work to be done to reach inclusivity for all. Our panel debated the impact technology has had on virtual and physical life, from dating apps to the contribution to queer culture. We discussed how technology has the ability to enhance safety and provide a visual representation. View the video footage here.

  • 13/07/2021
Emre Celik (he/him)
  • Google
  • Company:Google

Emre Celik (he/him)

Emre is an Employee Relations Partner at Google. In his role, Emre looks after the well-being of Google's employees - investigating possible discrimination, harassment and other workplace disputes where viewpoints have hardened. Emre supports different local LGBTQ+ NGOs with career sessions, donation events and educational work. His focus areas are LGBTQ+ youth education and educational work in soccer.

Jana Sloan van Geest (she/her)
  • Wooga
  • Company:Wooga

Jana Sloan van Geest (she/her)

Jana is a Senior Writer and People Manager at mobile development studio Wooga in Berlin. Prior to joining Wooga, she worked on game titles such as Assassin's Creed Origins, Battlestar Galactica: Squadrons, and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. She is the founder of the Pixelles Game Writing Incubator, a specialized training program for women in the field of video game writing.

Leon Witzel (he/him)
  • N/A
  • Company:N/A

Leon Witzel (he/him)

Leon is a spatial visionary, psycho-social advisor and trained hiking guide. For more than 15 years he has been fighting for the rights, emancipation and empowerment of the LGBTIQ+ community (mostly in Germany) especially with an intersectional focus on trans people. Leon is a qualified geographer and is currently working on his PhD thesis. He often looks forward to his green balcony and his two rescued cats after trans activist contexts.

Santiago Canepa (he/him)
  • Microsoft
  • Company:Microsoft

Santiago Canepa (he/him)

Santiago Canepa is a Senior Software Engineer in the Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are important to Santiago and Microsoft CSE as a whole, with the focus on efforts being ingrained into the team culture and not an ‘add-on’. Santiago is an active member of CSE’s Ambassador Program, a volunteer effort to improve visibility and celebrate the tech contributions and personal stories of diverse individuals.

Dean Corbett (he/him)
  • Avado
  • Company:Avado

Dean Corbett (he/him)

Dean is Chief People Officer at Avado, a tech-enabled learning provider of apprenticeships, professional qualifications and organisation-wide development programmes across agility, data, digital, people and marketing. As Executive facilitator of Avado’s culture of success and belonging, Dean works with all Avado people to co-create the experiences that Avado people have of working there. 

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SODA SOCIAL was founded in 2015 to create a stronger community of Digital professionals across Design, Tech and Marketing sectors. We teach our community how to build successful careers.