Marija Butkovic is a business, PR and marketing consultant and startup mentor who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, IoT, tech and fashion.
She is a co-founder of Kisha Smart Umbrella - a wearable tech startup behind the world's smartest fashion tech umbrella, and Women of Wearables. As PR strategist and journalist Marija has worked with and been profiled by some of the world's leading tech and business magazines and portals (Wired UK, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, Business Insider, London Evening Standard, etc.). She is member of Tech London Advocates - an organisation aiming to support technology startups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth and Women Techmakers - Google’s global program providing visibility, community and resources for women in technology.
Prior to working in the tech industry, Marija was a corporate lawyer and consultant for legal trade journals. She holds a Master of Laws degree (Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia) and was also awarded a diploma from the Startup Institute in London.
Michelle Hua is a public speaker, writer, Founder & CEO of Made With Glove Ltd, a UK wearable tech start-up designing fashionable heated gloves for women based in Manchester. She is also the co-founder of Women of Wearables, an organisation that supports, inspires and connects women in wearable tech, fashion tech, the IoT and AR/VR through events and wearable tech workshops in Manchester and London. Michelle delivers the WoW wearable tech workshops with Rachael Yeung. In 2014 Michelle led Made with Glove to being in the Top 150 Most Influential Brands in Wearable Tech and in 2015, received the highly commended blogger award at the UK Blog Awards in London for her Wearable Tech Fashion blog series. In 2016 Michelle was the recipient of the UK TechNation Exceptional Talent Visa for her significant entrepreneurial contributions in the digital technology sector and her work in promoting, mentoring and supporting Women in Tech.
Michelle worked as a commercial solicitor in private practice, in- house and the Western Australian Government in Australia and New Zealand for 8 years prior to starting her wearable technology company. Michelle holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce (Curtin University) and Laws (Murdoch University) from Perth, Western Australia.
Rachael Yeung is a Wearable Tech Assistant at Women of Wearables and Made With Glove Ltd.
Rachael graduated with a Textiles in Practice degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, and combined her love of fashion and technology to become a wearable technology assistant. She blogs on WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion blog as well as her own lifestyle blog. At MadeWithGlove Rachael created her own wearable tech projects such as a self lighting bag, LED light up shoes, and even a UV sensing hat that reminds you to reapply your sunscreen! During her recent talk at Manchester Girl Geeks annual #BraCamp she inspired girls of all ages to be persistent and dream big for their careers. She now strives to encourage young girls to consider a career in STEM by delivering wearable tech workshops as a taste of a role job that entails engineering, coding and fashion!