Sparkols’ VideoScribe and CyberCon

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Our lovely friends at Sparkol are running with TechSpark a Techie Brekkie event “Using video & animation to grow marketing reach & engagement” over at Desklodge House this week. They will show how their tool VideoScribe can be used to create your own videos for marketing, sales, HR or training purposes. See Videoscribe here

It’s free to attend and will take place on Thursday, 16 May from 8:00-9:30am. Registration is here: Techie Brekkie | Using video & animation to grow marketing reach & engagement.

The world’s first gameified Cyber conference is coming to Bristol!

We believe Cyber conferences should be fun and engaging – and open to all, regardless of experience. Thus BristolCyberCon was born!

At BristolCyberCon you’ll be incentivised to network with others through fun social engineering & gameification activities, encouraged to participate in the interactive events, and engage with our speakers throughout the day. We’ll also have our comedy duo doing cyber skits through the day (and in the bar afterwards) to keep the day enjoyable.

We’ve 4 interactive workshops, 2 hackathons, a Red Team vs Blue Team panel debate and 15+ inspiring speakers who will be discussing everything from social engineering your way into an office, building cyber diversity in the workplace, using GitOps to deploy software securely, to reverse engineering electric cars!

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WTH May Social – Celebration

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Congratulations to the Deloitte/Dev Academy Graduates!!

For this month we are catching up on our Social as it’s been a while. We would like to congratulate all our members who just graduated from the DevAcademy Fast Track Bootcamp in collaboration with Deloitte and also have a chance to mingle with the Women in Cyber Candidates to share experiences. Any other Bootcamp graduates/survivors also welcome as are the male species as ever on our socials. Women’s Tech Hub is open to all genders with only some of the events such as F3F being women only so get them to sign up or add them as a +1 on the meetup. We are planning on meeting at Prince street social this month as its reasonably priced and central and friendly.

Did we mention the Date? – It’s the week after Bank Holiday weekend Friday the 31st 7pm onward.

Introducing “Workshop Wednesdays”

Workshop Wednesdays

We have been discussing this for quite a while now and finally are getting it off the ground. Wierdly we can only pronounce it with a games programme style delivery – its …. “Workshop Wednesdays!” (sounding like captain cavemen the cartoon character).

So the plan is – that it will take place once every other week in the new Desklodge House on the 3rd floor from 6 – 9pm.

There are two large areas for coworking/peer-supported learning in a very similar remit to that of Codehub events. There are also a series of rooms in which we can do training shared projects or talks, these can host from 6 to 16 people and we are open to people contacting us if you wish to run something. The idea is that we may have one group learning a CRM such as Salesforce, for example, another running a UX group, then a python group, etc. The overall theme will be about collaborations and its mainly for mixed groups but some may be women only as its a WTHub initiative and we are aware that many women learn better in women-only environments.

We are looking for sponsor companies to support us with pizzas and drinks in return for an opportunity to present and commnicate either as an engagement or a recruitment piece. Women’s Tech Hub runs a no recruiter (other than an internal sponsor recruiter as noted above) and a strict social media policy which you can find in our Code of Conduct, the meetup is open to everyone (yes that includes men) so please join up and sign up if you want to come along.

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Mayden Academy announces new funding scheme to encourage more women into tech careers

Mayden Widjet

During the week we popped over to have a chat with Mayden about their latest initiatives and were suitably impressed! They are now able to offer apprenticeships and have also got the latest funding to support getting women into Tech (YAY!!). Any companies wanting to talk about getting women into tech then we are happy to talk about how this may fit in with a reskilling or returners programme.

Coding bootcamp Mayden Academy has announced a new funding scheme to encourage more women to embark on careers in coding.  

The scheme will offer female students a 70% reduction in course fees on the Academy’s Full Stack Track – an intensive 16 week training course for aspiring developers from non-tech backgrounds.

The course is designed to cover the most in-demand skills that tech companies are looking for, and teaches the fundamentals of coding for front and back-end, along with user design and agile project management.

Students do not need to have any previous coding experience or a background in tech. To date every graduate has been offered a developer role within 90 days of completing the course.

The scheme is being offered in order to address the need for more diversity in the UK tech industry, as part of the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) skills programme, run by The West of England Combined Authority with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The funding is available on Mayden Academy’s Full Stack Track coding course until February 2020.

Mayden Academy is also offering a series of free coding taster workshops for women to explore whether programming could be the career path for them.

Mike Oram, director of the Academy, said: “We are committed to driving diversity in the tech industry and want to support more women into exciting new careers as software developers – where they can be creative, solve problems, and enjoy new challenges every day. Programming offers so many opportunities to develop and grow in your career, and we believe those opportunities should be open to everyone.”

Mayden Academy joins Bath College, boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project as WIDJET partners.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “Tech businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in the future. Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by working with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region.”

Women who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to change their career can find out more at https://mayden.academy/widjet.

Notes to editors

About Mayden Academy

Mayden Academy teaches people to code, preparing them for new careers as software developers in just 16 weeks. The Academy is one of the top coding training providers in the UK, with a 100% graduation rate and a 100% post-course employment rate.  The Academy is committed to improving diversity in tech, and works with a range of industry partners to improve access and representation.

www.mayden.academy

Please contact margaret.davidson@mayden.academy for further information.

About WIDJET

More details about WIDJET can be found at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/skills/widjet/ or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

The F Factor: Bristol Regional Final

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Join us to see the best young entrepreneurs in your region. Our Co-founder Thanh will be on the Judging Panel too! Date: May 3rd, 2019 from 6pm – 9.30pm

The F Factor is the UK’s premier Start-Up for ambitious young entrepreneurs using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems. Taking inspiration from the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals, the competition is designed for 14-18 and 19-25 year olds across the nation and aims to encourage young bright minds to explore entrepreneurship. The competition is underpinned with active entrepreneurship education for students and graduates to harness cutting-edge innovation and shape them into solutions for the world’s most pressing problems.

The Regional Final is the 3rd round of the competition that started in November with 400+ participants in the 1st round and 100 in the 2nd round. During the Regional Finals, eight founders with brilliant businesses will compete in each of the five regions of the competition to find the very best ideas from across the UK. Get your tickets here.

Are you interested in how data can help us be more empowering and caring?

Join us for an afternoon event and help us explore how better use of data can improve the quality of lives of the residents and guests in our city.
We will consider how data and information could be used to help with local priorities and how we can best support the development of an empowered and caring City.
The session will include presentations ‘Our Data Project’ commission winners and local thematic experts. There will also be a world cafe style workshop to explore how data and information can be used in relation to the One City Plan themes.
Local strategic priorities and projects such as ‘Ending Period Poverty’ will be addressed.
We will uncover the challenges, identify available data, collate a wish list of data, map projects and document ideas.
The event has been designed to provide voice for:
Citizens ~ Developers ~ Community ~ Academia ~ Public sector ~ Businesses.


Our Data Bristol. Empowering and Caring
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