Getting ourselves ready for International Womens Day

Obviously, we don’t do anything special as its Women’s Day every day of the year for us but we’ll try and point out some of the things happening in the area that may be of interest. And yes there is an international man’s day if you get asked its the 19th of November – not really sure what the guys do to celebrate.


YTKO West of England is celebrating International Women’s Day with the launch of our networking group, Get Social | Women’s Bristol Network. This informal one-hour networking group will bring Bristol-based female entrepreneurs and business owners together to discuss this year’s theme, Choose to Challenge, and build lasting Bristol-based business connections. If you would like to join the group on 11th March, you can register here.

There new programme is now available to help entrepreneurs and business owners in Bristol. North and East Bristol Support (NEBS) is fully funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority, delivered by YTKO, to provide business support to pre-start, start-up and SME businesses outside of South Bristol.  We are looking at working with them to support our Women tech founders group as we realise that many members are interested in setting up on their own and this is a great place to get the support.

The support is available via a range of workshops, training, 121 advice and networking events to help businesses develop, grow and recover from Covid-19. This includes specialist workshops on marketing, social media, finance, branding, sustainability and much more, as well as access to two award-winning platforms which help you to build business, marketing and finance plans.

If you would like to find out more and enrol for this fully funded business support, visit them here. If you have any further questions on the programme or the networking event, please contact Sarah Ives, Project Manager,

Other IWD events that we have spotted so far…

TIP International Women’s Day

Join the Telecom Infra Project on International Women’s Day and hear from female industry leaders on topics ranging from transitioning from a tech focused role to business mid career, forging a path to your leadership goals, and becoming an influential leader in a digitally disruptive, male-skewed environment.

IWD: Comedy and Communication

We all love a bit of a laugh, but how can you use comedy and comedic techniques in your day-today science communication, outreach and teaching? Our panel will talk about how comedy works and how you can use comedy techniques to elevate your communications work.

Bristol Women’s Voice

Menopause the Basics: What EVERYONE needs to know

Women Leading in Business – Bristol

The event is organsied by Women in Business Task group, a member group of the Mayoral Women’s Commision.

Mentorship: Start of the Program and Panel Discussion. #IWD2021

Women Who Code London is excited to invite you to the official kick-off of our mentorship program. What a better date to announce it than around International Women’s Day? IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. We, at Women Who Code, choose to challenge the fact that women are less likely to have a sponsor who advocates and opens doors for them (source:

Amnesty LIVE! International Women’s Day

Poland has a long history of women standing up for their rights and the recent announcement of a near-total ban on abortion has led to some of the largest protests the country has ever seen. This International Women’s Day we will hear from four inspiring women who are standing up for a more equal Poland.

D & I Reports

We also spotted Barclays inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Report which has just been released and might be a handy item to read through if you are considering releasing one for your company.


Also on the 25th of March we’re back with GirlGeekDinners


There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

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. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back next Wednesday the 10th of March with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101. For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us at to arrange a 121.

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 into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it (very eco this week!)

David Attenborough-voiced AR app lets you fill your home with extinct animals

Seeing a saber-toothed tiger on your TV screen is all very well and good, but what about sitting next to one on the couch? A new David Attenborough-fronted app, Museum Alive, aims to let you do exactly that, using AR technology to turn your home environment into a prehistoric history lesson.

MIT Technology Review:
A first-of-its-kind geoengineering experiment is about to take its first step

Harvard scientists plan to launch a balloon this summer to test the equipment needed for the first geoengineering experiments in the stratosphere.

BBC Tech News:
Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. (Can we do a crowd funder and just buy the whole thing up and give it to the indigenous people? …. just a thought!)


WISE 2021 Conference 2nd and 9th of March


In 2021, the UK needs inclusive growth AND transformative action that delivers sustainability. Women and men working together to solve the challenges of the future. The WISE Conference 2021 brings these issues together for the first time:

  • Inclusion delivers innovation
  • Innovation delivers sustainability
  • Inclusive STEM attracts and keeps the best talent

DVCON 1st – 4th of March

The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) is the leading event covering the application of languages, tools and intellectual property for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits. Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative™, DVCon brings chip architects, design and verification engineers, and IP integrators the latest methodologies, techniques, applications and demonstrations for the practical use of EDA solutions for electronic design

The Online Digital Transformation Conference 4th of March

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

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.