Every Friday at our F3F we make a point of taking a break at 11am for coffee and group chat and catch up. It’s always a great source of news, inspiration and peer support and it is great to watch the connections between people develop. Great ideas have come out of our coffee talk discussions, which sometimes last a lot longer than the planned half hour break. The workshops offered by WTH members Sari and Ajara grew out of informal chats about what we felt we needed to give our cvs or linked in profiles a boost – both were very well-attended and we had great feedback, and we are now planning 2017 sessions to run alongside the F3F co-working. These will include informal learning workshops as well as fortnightly coffee-talks, where we invite interesting people along to share information about opportunities for women in tech to get involved.
F3F Coffee Talks
We kicked off our F3F coffee talks on 3rd Feb. with a visit from Penny Evans, Assistant Director at Knowle West Media Centre. Penny gave a potted history of the Media Centre and their past, present and future projects, including how it developed from a photography project a couple of decades ago to a whole raft of projects using all kinds of technologies, and the Bristol approach that they have developed:
The Bristol Approach: a way of working that aims to understand the issues people care about. Rather than ‘pushing’ technology or pre-determined ‘solutions’ onto people, The Bristol Approach focuses on supporting people to work together to ‘pull-in’ the knowledge, technology and resources needed to tackle a problem.
They hold regular events and hackdays, such as the We Can Make Homes hackday on using local data to inform the design of future housing in the area. KWMC offer working and event spaces and have an associates scheme for people who want to get involved. When we spoke to Penny they were in the throes of appointing an artist to work with them on a project on Women/Data/Futures, working with women in Knowle West and Merthyr on issues around privacy and the value of personal data. It was great start to our fortnightly talks. and we’ll be keeping an eye out for future developments.
Our F3F coffee talk on Friday 17th Feb is from Adam Dangoor of Karat, on how to ace those tech interviews.