Education Education Education

International Day of Education

It was International Day of Education on the 24th of January and this year the UN are concentrating on :

Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation

The International Education Day occurs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to a global learning disruption of unprecedented scale and severity. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries. As a new year begins, now is the time to step up collaboration and international solidarity to place education and lifelong learning at the centre of the recovery and the transformation towards more inclusive, safe and sustainable societies.

And on that note, we want to share the thanks from Cotham School for everyone who helped out by sharing or supporting them in their fundraiser, we love the community support out there.

Our GoFundMe page has had a staggering response and we have already been able to order 70 new Chromebooks and 20 dongles to supplement our supply of equipment to those families who need it. We continue to be truly humbled by our parents and the public’s response to our fundraising efforts.

Some of you may also have dropped off to us directly your unwanted computers so here is a general update: This week we have released significant numbers of new and ‘gifted’ used laptops and desktop computers to our students in need- 186 in total. THANK YOU so much to those of you who have donated to our GoFundMe page and in other ways to support our students.

And a picture of some sims and routers from them


There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages. Highlights that we spotted this week that we like the look of (Other than our events obviously!) are Tech Tutors: How do I start a Tech4Wildlife collaboration? and Roads vs Rail: Reducing Emissions by 2030

Keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates. We have a whole load of new jobs on there this week, so if you are currently looking for a job or considering a move feel free to mail us for a chat on

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 25th of January – this is an online drop-in session. For individual meetings then feel free to request a meeting via email on

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back this Wednesday with the WebDev101 project and the PyLabs group. There’s a separate blog with details of whats happening in each of the workshops.

Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays also you can pop in to CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it

Alphabet gives up on balloon-powered internet

Alphabet’s Loon is no more. The idea was to provide internet access to areas that are remote or have poor infrastructure using balloons that sail at about 65,000 feet of altitude.

Italy cracks down on TikTok following child’s tragic death

The 10-year-old girl was reportedly participating in a viral “challenge.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the dawn of the quantum internet

Technology is changing faster than our ability to make sense of it, yet much of it is geared towards dealing with an uncertain future. Each episode of this series curates one genius moment being developed now to improve our lives tomorrow.

MIT Technology Review:
Why Trump’s last-minute cyber order could have limited impact

One of the outgoing president’s last acts was to ask for more regulation and security for cloud computing companies.

Vaccines are the latest battleground for doctors on social media

After months fighting covid misinformation, medics are using apps like TikTok to allay vaccine fears. But some have found that sharing has risks.

BBC Tech News:
The great graphics card shortage of 2020 (and 2021)

One of the reasons demand is so high is that the new cards are actually much better than many expected, with performance improvements of anywhere from 50-90% over the previous generation. The two main graphics card makers – Nvidia and AMD – can’t make product fast enough.

Cyber criminals publish more than 4,000 stolen Sepa files

Cyber criminals who stole thousands of digital files belonging to environmental regulator Sepa have published them on the internet. Sepa rejected a ransom demand for the attack, which has been claimed by the international Conti ransomware group. Contracts, strategy documents and databases are among the 4,000 files released.

New light shed on Charles Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’

The famous naturalist was haunted by the question of how the first flowering plants evolved. Darwin feared this inexplicable puzzle would undermine his theories of evolution, says Prof Richard Buggs.


dSPACE Digital 2021 27th – 28th of January
dSPACE Digital

Autonomous driving and e-mobility are two of the largest ventures to ever be taken on by the global transportation industry. Developing these technologies requires a very well-thought-out strategic approach, advanced technical capabilities and tightly integrated solutions. Attend dSPACE Digital Jan. 27-28th to gain first-hand information that will drive your project to the next level!

The Online Digital Transformation Conference | Europe | 2021 28th of January
Digital Transformation Conference

The 3rd event in a series of online digital transformation conferences focussed on the digital workforce within global organisations headquartered in Europe. Bringing together leaders who are spearheading digital initiatives in their organisations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey’s.

AgriTech 4.0 29th of January

With digital technology changing the face of the agricultural world how can we continue to utilise and implement new and existing digital technology into the sector. Many nations are looking to further update their processes, technology and systems to implement more efficient and environmentally friendly methods of farming to meet the new demands of the 21st century.

BUIDL Crypto REsolutions- FREE 72 Hour LIVE Global Blockchain Conference 31st of January
BUIDL Crypto REsolutions

REIMAGINE 2021 invites you to celebrate the New Year and help reimagine 2021, after the wild year of 2020. Gather around with your best ideas, and celebrate as we explore and predict the impact of Crypto’s Future. FIRST MONTH of a brand new world 2021……

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.