Ready for 2021 – lets hit the ground running

Or at least lets get our shoelaces tied!!

Help us alleviate digital poverty at Cotham School

We got behind the Cotham school campaign this week as they set up a crowd funder to get some Tech equipment for their pupils who had no digital access. The great thing is that they hit their initial goal – the second is that they’ve just released a statement saying that they will use any extra money they get to also support the other schools.

We are so moved by the generosity of our donors so far. Thank you so much. If we get enough to ensure that each of our 1550 students does have their own device to work from, we’ll use the rest of the donated money to help other Bristol schools to alleviate #digitalpoverty as we know that this issue is bigger than just our school.

We love collaborations so a big thanks to all our members for helping out and a big thumbs up to Cotham school for their collaborative message. If anyone wants to chip in then the fundraiser continues to run and you can find it here.


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 11th of January – this is an online drop-in session. Alternatively, you are welcome to pop into our workshop Wednesday sessions for an informal chat while the presentations are running (details below)

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on the 13th, although currently we are rolling back in slowly (this is the tying our shoelace bit) and the main one this week is WebDev101 who are going to be building a great new website to support kids with tech. Its a great project and whilst aimed at beginners wanting to build up a portfolio it welcomes anyone wanting to come and support through mentoring or to help with content. This week Rob will be introducing the project which is called Bristol Tech Fair

For the rest of the workshops – we will be chatting PyLabs which will continue with James but in a slightly different format.

The first workshop will be an introduction to how we will start with the Scrum ceremonies. We’ll start to prepare and refine our first user stories and establish a cadence for the group. If you’d like to know a little more about writing code as part of a team, what Agile code development means or have something you’d like to contribute, please join us. There’s no expectation of commitment beyond the workshop.

The central session is also available to discuss future workshops and support, feel free to pop along just to catch up and discuss these with us.

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 or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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

Google bans Parler from its app store after Apple threatens to do the same thing

Google Play is pulling Parler, a social platform popular with far-right extremists and conservatives, from its app store until Parler addresses content moderation concerns.

Hyundai and Apple are talking about Apple Car production

The discussions are still in early stages, and “nothing has been decided,” Hyundai said.

The 20 most useful free iPhone apps, according to Reddit

Redditors are providing an online public service by recommending extremely helpful iOS apps that are absolutely free. There are adventure apps, sleep apps, education apps, sleep apps, mental health apps, food apps, sleeeep apppppps. Yeah, you get the point. 

MIT Technology Review:
Why 2020 was a pivotal, contradictory year for facial recognition

There’s more attention on AI’s influence than ever before. Let’s make it count.

What Buddhism can do for AI ethics

Buddhism teaches us to focus our energy on eliminating suffering in the world.

Succeed in tough times: Make a digital pivot

The coronavirus pandemic has forced companies to reformulate tech strategies and pivot to IT agility, resilience, and speed.

BBC Tech News:
Covid-19: Government denies ‘snubbing’ BT’s wi-fi for pupils offer

BT said the government had “struggled to distribute” the wi-fi vouchers and “effectively handed them back to us”.

Nottinghamshire YouTuber fails to cross US in mobility scooter

He was stopped by police twice, his scooter was confiscated 500 miles into his journey due to concerns it was not roadworthy.

Roku snaps up Quibi’s collection of short shows

Quibi broadcast short programmes less than 10 minutes long, but collapsed just six months after its launch.


We’ve not spotted any currently for this month – in fact, the first ones we have spotted are in March. We’ll keep checking and updating though and you can check out the current year’s lineup on our conferences page. Also if you have a conference you want us to publicise then contact us on and if you give our members a discount we may even put out a blog piece on it.

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.