Monday Blues?

Yep – its that time of year that they call blue Monday – although secretly the name just reminds us of the rather cheerful New Order song

Knowing what a bit of a rubbish time most of us have been having recently we have been looking at some support options that people might want to plug into.

One of our favourite spots is the Frazzled Cafe which was set up by Ruby Wax – its not mental health and the tag line is: its ok to be not okay which resonates with most of us currently

Frazzled Cafe is about people coming together to share their stories, calmly sitting together, stating their case and feeling validated as a result. Feeling heard, to me, has always been half the cure.

Ruby Wax, OBE

Mind has some great resources to help you self Manage issues such as anxiety – its includes things like looking after your diet and health, managing your worries through diary keeping and alternative solutions such as yoga and meditation.

There’s a full list also on the NHS Website which also has support for everything from relationship issues, abuse and addictions.

For those of you just feeling a bit blue though lets look at what great fun things we have coming up to brighten your lockdown evenings.


There’s a list of this week’s events and conferences on our usual pages. Also, 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.

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 18th 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 on the 27th with the WebDev101 project and the PyLabs group then theres also a spot to drop in on the Hack Night @CodeHub with CodeHub.

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 I case you missed it

Car screens didn’t just go big at CES. They went 3D, with game-worthy graphics.

The upcoming Cadillac Lyriq SUV is the first electric car for the Cadillac car brand, but it’s the reimagined dashboard display spanning 33 inches across that attracts the most attention.

TCL’s Wearable Display will finally be available later this year

But rather than a clunky headset, the device comes in the form of sunglasses equipped with dual 1080p displays.

Twitter taught me I have no visual imagination

…By the time I finished reading the excerpt, however, I could tell this stranger was about to describe my own lifelong experience with mental visualization.

MIT Technology Review:
Worried about your firm’s AI ethics? These startups are here to help.

A growing ecosystem of “responsible AI” ventures promise to help organizations monitor and fix their AI models.

AIs that read sentences are now catching coronavirus mutations

NLP algorithms designed for words and sentences can also be used to interpret genetic changes in viruses—speeding up lab work to spot new variants.

Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language

They also reveal an easy way to make them better.

BBC Tech News:
Online clothes sellers targeted by ‘creepy’ messages

All we can say is ew … Women selling clothes online are being sent explicit messages, with requests for sex and “worn” garments.

CES 2021: ‘Wearable tech that’s like using the Force’

Some of the devices featuring at the 2021 CES technology expo have been designed to help users avoid touching items like computers, phones and touchscreens.

Are women let down by period trackers?

When journalist Orla Barry received a notification from her iPhone informing her that her period was due “any day in the next three weeks”, she shared it on social media with wry amusement.



GESAwards finals event will showcase the 23 finalists representing the different world regions, and will crown the most promising Edtech startups of the year.

Ruby Meditation #31. Online Saturday the 23rd of January

Type checking in Ruby (ENG) – Mykhailo Bortnyk, Ruby developer & Development with bicycles. (ENG) – Markus Schirp

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.