We’ve been having talks with women working in tech over the years and discussing the issues they face, we’ve decided that its worth having a wider conversation to help people have awareness of some of them. To start off we are tackling the Recruitment process both internal recruitment processes and external recruitment companies appear to have or are blockers for our women. We were really first made aware of this at our tech3shed recruitment fair where we were talking to the managers/CTO’s/CEO’s who attended and were bemused by how astonished they were by the number of high-quality female candidates they were seeing. Apparently they were not seeing them at all when they were recruiting, and when we spoke to the women it wasn’t like they hadn’t been applying. So the question for you all is – what’s actually blocking them? ……. We don’t have all the answers but check out this piece to start off your thinking on the interview process for those that do get that far.
Women Tech Founders
… have run off on holiday but assured us that they will be back in September. As with everything we are still available for 121’s if you send us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org, we can arrange a call or zoom.
We have new Jobs coming in every week for those of you looking check out our Jobs Board. For Companies looking for diverse candidates then please also check out our candidates page as we also have new members on there every week.
Check out this one for example – its supports remote working, is a charity and is bending over backwards to create an inclusive team. They are also upskilling in house to keep their employees careers moving, if we had a checklist for suitable companies they would have passed – solutions-developer.
The next online Workshop Wednesday will host four workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. The workshop agenda is :
Workshop #1 Software Testing Donna Grimmer presenting:
Join us for a chat and presentations relevant to Software testing and how it plays an integral part of software development.
Workshop #2 Bristol Data Science & Machine Learning: Self-paced peer-supported study session : Will share some useful tips and tricks for Python, Jupyter notebooks, and Data Science. Plus share info about upcoming events, workshops, and interesting meetups related to Data Science and Machine Learning. Then they will carry on learning! Or talk about difficulties and challenges since the last session.
Workshop #3 WebDev101: If anyone wants to go work on a web project then we will open WebDev101 from 6.15 – and Rob will be there to host
Workshop #4 Webdev 101 with Rob Squires: continues – there may be a presentation/workshop in this half
Workshop #5 Kathryn Armistead running: Lesson 5 of Udacity Python Course which covers functions, including scope of variables, lambda expressions and iterators.
8:30 – 9pm: Central chat and call out for any projects that people want to support etc.
Sign up here (or in the individual group meetups on the links above) and feel free to join us for just the part that interests you, we will showcase what’s on from 6 – 6.15 before starting the talks.
If you wish to do a talk then please let us know by email on email@example.com.
We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.
Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on
SWCTN Data Prototype Call is open
The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) aims to promote creativity, innovation and resilience within the creative technology sector across the South West of England. SWCTN are looking to invest in prototypes within the field of data with funding of between £10,000 and £40,000 available for projects that challenge the status quo, opening up data work to new voices. Ideas should relate in some way to one of the following themes: inclusive data, data literacy, data rights, data in relation to climate change & sustainability or data in relation to health, care & wellbeing. Find out more here
Women in STEM – changing perceptions to shape a new ‘norm’
Interesting piece with some great stats on the numbers of women in the (US) industry and how its flatlined. Check it out here.
The Ai Ethics Journal
…is looking for submissions if anyone wants to submit something aiethicsjournal
BSides Bristol 2020 29th of June
Founded in 2018, BSides Bristol is a two-day Information Security conference held annually and organised by local volunteers not-for-profit, to benefit the Information Security community within Bristol and surrounding areas. The conference is part of the international BSides movement, which was founded in 2009 as an alternative to mainstream ‘vendor’ led conferences. BSides Bristol volunteers provide two days of cutting-edge talks, workshops and challenges to bring people together and share the latest ideas and initiatives championed by people and organisations in the area.
This Week’s happenings have moved to a dedicated page
Event listings are now updated weekly basis on our Events page
We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.Domestic Violence Support
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If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next
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
Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).
We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.
If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.