Cheeky bit of promotion for an awesome woman …

A bit cheeky as its not techy but as Beth is such an awesome person, friend, and inspiration we are unashamedly selling this film about her epic swimming Against the tides film screening in Bristol on the 12th May. The screening only goes ahead if they sell all the seats hence the plug … AGAINST THE TIDES follows marathon swimmer, Beth French, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world. For extreme swimmers, it’s the ultimate test; the equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering. Only a handful of people have ever completed it, but Beth aims to become the first person ever to swim all seven in one year. “

AGAINST THE TIDES_TRAILER from Against the Tides on Vimeo.

Back to normal service!

Bristol GirlGeekDinners will be at the ACCU on April 11th and sponsored by Bloomberg. We will be announcing and giving details of some of the local groups helping promote women into tech so The Women in Cyber’ academy – a collaboration between our sister Women’s Tech Hub and QA will be there to provide an overview and answer questions, KWMC (Knowle West Media Centre) will be there to announce their ‘Making It’ funded program ” Through practical sessions, you’ll learn a range of skills including how to use digital design software and follow a design process, operate machinery including laser cutters and 3D printers, and design for materials such as wood, fabric, acrylic and card. Open to women aged 16+ from the Bristol county area, and people of any gender aged 16+ from South Bristol “

We’ll also be at the Security Cleared Expo on Thursday with Womens Tech Jobs training academy (mentioned above) so pop along and have a chat if you are there.

Another funded training opportunity is the partnership between Corsham Institute and the Harvey Nash Future Skills Programme: “You are invited to attend an exclusive launch event for a new Level 4 Apprenticeship training programme in Software Development and Data Analytics Concepts for employers in the South West. This exclusive event will take place at the beautiful Hartham Park Estate in Wiltshire on Tuesday 30th April 15:00 – 16:30. It is an opportunity to find out more about the Apprenticeship programme and how it can solve your resourcing challenges. To secure your place, please RSVP via our Eventbrite page here:

There’s also a couple of Bristol is Open opportunities for involvement (unpaid) 1) For one of our projects we are looking at air quality in the city and would like to involve a group of students in live trials that focus on “greener” route mapping tool. 2) We are working on a Horizon 2020 EU project called BigClouT which focuses on newly developed (or in development) applications and tools that can be applied to real life scenarios in cities across the world. Contact for further details

This week we were told about Data Week 2019 at the Jean Golding Institute on the 20th – 24th May – 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 — book in quick as they fill up pretty quickly!

News, events coming up & speaker requests!

  • b-sides The south-west’s all new community-driven and industry-supported cyber security conference hosted in sunny Bristol 20th – 21st June 2019 at the UWE”.
  • The PHP meetup group is looking for diverse speakers The theme is anything PHP or the related ecosystem – contact­
  • Future of IoT: Manuf-Action Conference is running again this year on the 25th April and also looking for some female panelists especially experienced aerospace engineers – contact The conference is free (but I have to warn you that the booking system is one of the most convoluted we have ever seen!)
  • DDD southwest is coming on the 27th April ” DDD Southwest is a free-to-attend conference for software developers. “

This Weeks happenings

District 1 – Bristol

Monday the 1st

Tuesday the 2nd

Wednesday the 3

Thursday the 4th

Friday the 5th

District 2 – Bath

Tuesday the 2nd

Thursday the 4th

District 3 – Weston-Super-Mare

Tuesday the 2nd

  • Boomsatsuma Launch Event

Friday the 5th

Did we miss anything?

If you have any events that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.