Sneak Desklodge House Preview !

Desklodge mince pies

Seems like we’re reaching the end of the party season but we still have a sneaky one up our sleeve for this week.

It’s at the NEW Desklodge House on the 19th Mince Pies and Mulled Wine @ Desklodge House. As we all know Desklodge are the best for culture and inclusion and are asking people to put into the fundraiser for DigiLocal. Digilocal supports around 12 communities, with over 100 kids each week, and nearly 30 industry volunteer mentors. All having fun with tech and encouraging the next generation of high tech innovators!

We may even take some photos of the exciting spaces .. including the alice in wonderland area, the wall of books and maybe even Rome if you’re lucky and we can get out of the Galleon area!

As a christmas treat we thought some of you would like to see the much talked about Quadrotech film .. we believe the method acting to be out of thie world (or rather we simply found it pretty amusing!) check it out here The Spy Who Hacked Me

Next week will be a quiet one (at least we hope so) as its Christmas so we’ll wish you all a great Christmas break, a fun New Year and hope to see you on the other side.

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Spread some Christmas Cheer and support the children!

Big Call of the week!! 

DigiLocal has set up a crowdfunding campaign DigiLocal Crowdfunding.  The work that they do to support getting children into coding, working tirelessly into the weekends and evenings for little reward we recognise.  We love the fact that It’s been so succesful based on what we see as plain air and tenacity, working on encouraging inclusion into the realm of Tech – we are in awe!  Everyone wants to ensure theres an inclusive talent pipeline coming through so we would love to see all Tech companies to put thair hands into their pockets in this festive season and support this (it’s that or we put out a John lewis style Christmas AD about it .. just replacing the Piano with a laptop)

Now where are all the xmas parties…

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Christmas Parties & Digital Cities Bristol

Digital Cities Bristol

It’s party season so …

We’ve teamed up with One Health Tech and Techspark on the 6th December Eventbrite details here , its being hosted at The Boardroom which just happens to be near the St Nick’s Night market event.

Theres also the  Bristech annual conference on the 6th December at the Watershed

Digital Cities Bristol 2018 is running this week so we thought we’d highlight the main happenings.  Theres also a load of Open Doors which you can check out here Open Doors Digital Cities

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We signed up to the Bristol Equality Charter

On monday we went to the Bristol Equality Charter launch event.  Rather than describe it in detail you can read the  BBC overview.   The initiative has come from Councillor Asher Craig  who presented on it with great passion.  We loved it and were more than happy to be one of the underlying signatories.

One of the points that Marvin mentioned in his talk really resonated with us. He said that whenever people talk Diversity there seems to be competition with people saying “what about” BAME/Women/Age/Disabled/LGBT?

We believe we are inclusive of all as a group and do not segregate members. To us everyone is equal and we are simply trying to push tech into being more inclusive.  We happily work with other organisations to support them but we are simply concentrating on our area of knowledge.

For those wanting more information here’s the charter Bristol Equality Charter and you are free to sign it Declaration Form and send it to equality.network@bristol.gov.uk  if you want to be part of it .. which we can’t see that anybody reading our posts wouldn’t want to be.

Conferences and Collaborations

collaborative working
We had a great turnout for our first collaborative project last tuesday at CodeHub, they kindly supplied pizzas for us.  As we are quite a large (and hungry) group,  we would love to get some sponsored pizzas.  You can mail us on info@wthub.org if you fancy it (think poor starving geeks).
We started out looking at the use-case and followed with a github setup, a dedicated slack channel thread  and being tasked with scoping out the business as a whole(I think it may be called homework!). 
It’s a great opportunity to work through all the layers of a project and you don’t need any skills to join in, so feel free to pop along,  just sign up here CodeHub.