Christmas is coming

The new John Lewis Advert is out so we now know that Christmas is coming to distract you all from lockdown

If you are not soo keen on saccharine adverts it looks like Lidl also isn’t and is even taking a sideswipe at ALDI carrots in their Christmas Ad here. Although we still think that the music should be less soporific and much more Christmassy – get this old school recorded off the TV footage Andrex puppies and Slade singing – what’s not to love? (plus it gave us an excuse to put a puppy on our page – they are very on trend)

On the subject of Christmas has anyone checked out the new Mozilla Privacy not included site for when you consider your shopping options this year? Is your gift not creepy or very creepy when it comes to Data collection?

Other news this week there is the

Workshop Wednesday

Will next be back this week on the21st of November. After a chat with the groups we are planning on running one more after this on the 2nd of December and then taking a break for Christmas. Sign up here for the following workshops:

PyLAB and WebDev101

Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning are taking a break and coming back next year with a new fomat.

and a talk…

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.

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

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Some Mashable Highlights:

Home 3d printing

How to change your Google Meet background, and why you should

Google’s virtual reality Expeditions app is going away, but it’s not bad news

MIT Technology Review:

The key to smarter robot collaborators may be more simplicity

Humanity is stuck in short-term thinking. Here’s how we escape


Social media: How can we protect its youngest users?

Ticketmaster fined £1.25m over payment data breach

and a women in AI podcast about creating an inclusive culture in a multinational


Data Science Festival November (all month!)

Unlike physical conferences where you can end up sitting through content you just don’t need, Data Science Festival 2020 is delivered entirely online. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your learning and business, or catch them all. It’s up to you!

Digital Gaggle Conference – 19th of November

Burst that lockdown bubble – get inspired at Digital Gaggle.

Join hundreds of other marketing professionals at Digital Gaggle for a day-long festival crammed full of sessions designed to help you turn your digital strategy into a roaring success.

WES Virtual Student Conference Friday 20 November 2020

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The WES Student Conference takes place every year as a key fixture in the WES calendar of events. This year, owing to current restrictions, the event will take place entirely online on Friday 20 November 2020.

The event is aimed primarily at female engineering and allied undergraduates aged 18 & over.

During these unprecedented times, this event seeks to inspire students with talks, conversations, webinars, panel sessions and online ‘meeting spaces’ focusing on the theme ‘Shape the World’.

Along with key speakers from the world of industry, the conference will enable students to learn and hone useful personal and career development skills at this critical time in the employment market.

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.