Happy Easter

Ahh – its spring, the suns out and we get to eat chocolate, what a great time of year. There’s not too many events on this week but we’ll share a couple of things we’ve recently spotted.

Girls into Electronics online course

Girls into electronics

We spotted this from our friends at the UKESF (UK Electronics Skills Foundation) and although there is a cost they are also open to applications from those that can’t afford it. We love the work that the UKESF are doing and know that we have a future issue with a lack of electronics engineers coming through the system.

Content and delivery for this online course for current Year 12 (S6 Scotland, Year 13 NI) is by UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), in conjunction with Aston University and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Course session timings: 13 – 15 July 2021. Each day: 9:30 – 13:30 hrs. There will also be a session about careers – timings tbc.

Happy First Contact Day

Are you one of those people who is considered to be a real, committed Trekkie? Did you spend your youth trying to Vulcan Nerve Pinch those problems away? Is there a regulation StarFleet uniform in the closet and is speaking Klingon as a second language a lifelong pursuit? 

Then it’s time to get that uniform on and prepare to celebrate First Contact! Star Trek First Contact Day is celebrated by fans everywhere. Even those people who don’t know Zefram Cochrane from Zac Efron are still absolutely welcome to join in!

South West TECH Daily

Looks like there’s a new tech magazine just been launched which is actually covering the South West. It would be great to actually have a bit more Tech content and less about money – and more about the issues around diversity in the industry since we spotted that we are the worst area in the UK for gender diversity in the TechNation report recently. We’re on a lets wait and see for now but possibly worth knowing its out there.

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

Mashable:
Apple’s latest Siri voice update is a baby step towards inclusivity

It looks like Apple is finally acknowledging that Siri’s default female voice isn’t a good look. According to TechCrunch, the latest public betas for iOS and iPadOS require users to select their preferred voice for Siri. (To be fair after listening to the video it imply sounds like 2 male and 2 female voice options)

MIT Technology Review:
Beauty filters are changing the way young girls see themselves

Today, though, more and more young people—and especially teenage girls—are using filters that “beautify” their appearance and promise to deliver model-esque looks by sharpening, shrinking, enhancing, and recoloring their faces and bodies. Veronica and Sophia are both avid users of Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok, where these filters are popular with millions of people.

BBC Tech News:
Tech Tent: Is Arm the future of computing?

“We’ve been developing capabilities in our processor that allow more and more complex AI algorithms to be run on the processor itself,” he explains – and the new chips will also have a focus on security. Dedicated AI chips are the next big thing in the semiconductor industry, with specialist companies like the UK’s Graphcore already making an impact. Arm is hoping that Nvidia’s technology and financial firepower will give it an edge.

Events

Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re taking an Easter break but will be back on the 21st of April with WebDev101 project and PyLab. 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 info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

GirlGeekDinners

Girl Geek Dinners Logo

Will be back on the 29th of April – we’ll put out details once we have them, but just to let you know it’s about Data! Sign up on the Bristol GGD #83 Hold this date/a science or Bath BGGD Reloaded #14 – Hold this date

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 info@wthub.org.

Conferences

EAI ICMTEL 2021 – 3rd EAI International Conference on Multimedia Technology and Enhanced Learning 8th – 9th of April

ICMTEL

In 2020, EAI successfully launched an online conference format to ensure the safetycomfort and quality of experience for attendees and a successful course of the events, all while retaining fully live interaction, publication and indexing. Due to the unrelenting global pandemic, this will also be the case in 2021.

Introduction to AI technologies for business 8th – 9th of April

Introduction to AI technologies for business

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming organisations both internally in terms of operations, as well as externally, by providing enhanced customer experiences and interactions. The introduction of AI technology, however, requires a structured, strategic approach in order to be successful, allowing humans to identify relevant opportunities and applications. This training is intended for professionals aiming their company to thrive by adopting AI technologies.

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.