Half-Term Break

Half term break so not so much on this week, for those of you needing a break, enjoy it, for the rest of you there are a couple of things that might interest you still…

Enterprising Women Showcase 2020

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SETsquared Bristol are delighted to showcase 18 women-led startups that have been supported by the Natwest funded Enterprising Women 2020 Pre-Incubation programme. The programme helps innovative early stage women-led businesses  access elements of SETsquared’s world-class business support and work towards commercialisation.    

All are invited to tune in for this live-streamed pitching event to find out more about the progression of this diverse cohort of exciting startups, from augmented reality to hydroponic systems.

Obviously there’s still a load of meetups going on which you can find here on our Events page as ever

International Internet Day!

Why don’t you start your celebration of Internet Day by visiting the original website, which just so happens to still be online! Take a moment to gander at its high-quality graphics, it’s utterly sleek and streamlined design, and the sheer high-tech embodied by the first website ever. Absolutely stunning? No?

Workshop Wednesday

Will next be back this week on the 4th of November – sign up here for the following workshops:

PyLAB, Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning & WebDev101

We are looking at our possible speakers for the event and are moving so that we only have single speaker spots moving forward so you don’t have to choose between the speakers. From last week’s talk we are having a follow-up to James Containers and Docker on the CodeHub Tuesdays which we will leave open for our members to attend every week so sign up here (this will be managed by the CodeHub team)

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

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Looks like theres a load of stuff about future careers, hiring and general careers this week so we thought we would share them with you

The Future of Jobs Report 2020

The Future of Jobs report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualized within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years.

Design of Hiring Algorithms Impacts Diversity

We know that right – however MIT have done a more comprehensive study of the mathods of analysis and their effects. MIT Sloan Prof. Danielle Li looked into the use of automation in hiring and found that algorithms which value exploration improves the quality of candidates while also increasing demographic diversity.

Li said that typical hiring algorithms are designed to solve a static prediction problem by looking at a historical data set of people who were previously selected to predict who will be a good hire from a pool of current applicants.

Machines to ‘do half of all work tasks by 2025’

BBC piece on automation – which sounds like a big training shift is required for manual workers (we’re ersonally hoping it will simply leade to a 4 day working weeks on the same wage .. we can but hope!)


In machines we trust

What weird bugs did you pick up last time you rode a subway train? A global network of scientists mapping the DNA of urban microbes and using AI to look for patterns pivots to tracking covid-19. Join host Jennifer Strong as she rides along on a subway-swabbing mission and talks to scientists racing to find an existing drug that might treat the disease.

Robot Rights with David Gunkel

This episode we’re chatting with David Gunkel on AI ideologies, why write the Robots Rights book, what are rights and categories of rights, computer ethics and hitch bot, anthropomorphising as a human feature, supporting environmental rights through this endeavour of robot rights, relational ethics, and acknowledging the western ethical view point.

From the AI re.work group:

WEBINAR: Challenges & Solutions for 3D LiDAR Annotation & 3D Data Sets

Experts Pick Their Dream AI Panel

Why Social Media Is So Good at Polarizing Us


Tech Swindon Summit

The Tech Swindon Summit is a week of virtual events showcasing the scale
and diversity of our tech community in Swindon and the surrounding areas.

We had planned to make it a one-day event at Steam but 2020 threw a curveball
into that idea so instead we’re running a week of events covering
all things tech – a virtual summit – which allows us to increase the number of topics
we can cover and reach a wider audience.

Our core themes are Tech, Talent, Business Resilience and Innovation –
our community has had a roller coaster ride of a year but we look forward with
optimism and together we’ll have a stronger 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.