It’s Launch (and Data) week

Woman throwing paper plane

Workshop Wednesdays starts on the 22nd

This is the week we have been waiting for as we finally kick off our Workshop Wednesdays taking over the entire third floor of the lovely Desklodge House. The space is open to all and you can join up on Women’s Tech Hub to pop along – and YES men are welcome as members with Women’s Tech Hub .. we considered maybe renaming it to “Wo Men’s” so it wasn’t so scarey but thought that really, the type of men we want to see, would get over their fear of the word and sign up.

We plan to run workshops around different themes so if you want to put together some training/workshops around Python, Javascript, UX, learning Salesforce etc then speak to us and we can plan it in. We are also planning on running some for our founders and start ups as well as supporting the local bootcamp cohorts to help them get work.

This week we have the wonderful Mia Impey ADLIB’s Diversity and Inclusion specialist doing a workshop on CV’s.

Amy Newton will be giving a talk on “Essentials of a business plan in raising bank funding for your business” to help out start ups – for this you can sign up on Women’s Tech Founders (same rules re gender as above … I mean it’s not like MANPOWER only get men into jobs – or do they?)

It’s Data Week 2019

The Jean Golding Institute is running a week long series of workshops, talks and events in the field of data science and data-intensive research. Including Python, open data, reproducible research, data analysis, live coding, deep learning and more. So rather than individually naming all the free data training options please click the link and sign up! So for all you Data geeks out there – sign up and pop along as they look great!

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Sparkols’ VideoScribe and CyberCon

cybercon

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

Graduation

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