Bath Digital Festival 2020

The same great festival, just a little bit different

Bath Digital Festival is happening! Get yourself ready for the biggest celebration of digital and tech in the South West. Make sure to block out your diary and join us on 20th – 24th October 2020 for the virtual event of the year.

You might not be able to soak up the sights and smells of our historical and innovative city but, we promise a fun-packed online programme for the entire family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

This year, our event series will focus on recovery, skills and talent plus, we’ll be launching our brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme. So, if you’re looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who’s recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there’s an event for you. 

Learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, discuss the modern ethics, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech. Our online programme will  offer plenty for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

Get your Pass here

Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays

Will be back this week on the 21st – sign up here for the following workshops:


Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning


and the following talks:

‘intro to’ Talk with James on Containers and Docker

Approaching app security from a hackers perspective by Matt Brunt:

Much in the same way that to secure a house it helps to know how to break in, knowing how to attack our systems will help us secure them. You have a lot of data in your organisations. Whether you think it’s sensitive or not, it has value. Whether an attacker wants data for profit, a grudge, or just for fun we need to ensure that we don’t just leave the door open for them to take what they want. In this session we’ll start to think like a hacker. The what, why, who, where and how of an attacking mindset will leave you with practical steps you can take away and use to start protecting your systems a little better.

Manic Mondays is open for anyone wanting to catch up as always – just signup here.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Data visualisation interest group – network visualisations 19 October 2020, 1.00 PM – 19 October 2020, 2.00 PM

Chris Moreno-Stokoe and Gareth Jones via Zoom Seed corn

funding information and networking event 21 October 2020, 2.00 PM – 21 October 2020, 3.00 PM via Zoom

Face / On by Rachel Smith

Inter­ac­tive instal­la­tion play­ful­ly engag­ing with ideas around facial recog­ni­tion technology

Face / On takes the form of an interactive door embedded with a facial recognition system. On approach, a persona is allocated at random, for example, Female 47. Only a face fitting the criteria in the eyes of the system will be permitted entry. It may be necessary to adopt a disguise in order to gain access. Using available tools (face swapping, filters, or ageing apps) it becomes possible to fool the door. In doing so, we build up an idea of how the system decides on such personal labels as age and gender. Do they align with our own ideas of identity? Where have these rules come from and what are the consequences? Face / On is an invitation to playfully engage with ideas around facial recognition technology.

TwimlFest .. almost finished (20th)

TWIMLfest features a wide variety of engaging content—from live keynote interviews, panel discussions, interactive learning sessions, to enjoyable entertainment experiences. We’re still adding sessions, so be sure to check back often. Also, be sure to check out our “unconference” session proposals and vote for your favorites.

Women in AI Podcast Ep 181 – Rosana de Oliveira Gomes, Lead Machine Learning Engineer at Omdena

Interview with Maithra Raghu, Research Scientist at Google Brain

New deep learning-based technique could boost drug development


EmTECH October 19th – 22nd October

EmTech Logo

What are the next big innovations – and how can they help us
solve the world’s toughest challenges?

Reimagined for the virtual environment, this year’s EmTech MIT presents an in-depth, multi-session online program bringing together leaders, researchers, and innovators from across the globe for four days of inspiration, insight, and connection. EmTech MIT brings bold thinking and innovative ideas to life as we examine the technologies and forces influencing our digital world today – AI, Biomedicine, Cybersecurity, Diversity, Equality, Global-Scale technology, and more – and explores how to make sense of these innovations and trends in light of the events of 2020.

SnykCon 2020 21st – 22nd October

SnykCon is a free, multi-track event designed to help development, security and operations teams accelerate the development of secure software. 100% of the proceeds will benefit our charitable partner The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Codemotion October 20-21-22, 2020

The multitrack tech conference made by developers for developers.

One ticket, four conferences on Software Architecture, Frontend and Design, AI/Machine Learning and Team Growth and IT career. We’ll gather all IT professionals with different backgrounds and levels of experience providing them with technical excellence, cutting-edge technologies as well as hands-on activities, best practices & case studies.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.