Bath Digital Festival 2020

Bath Digital Festival

The same great festival, just a little bit different

Bath Digital Festival is happening! Get yourself ready for the biggest celebration of digital and tech in the South West. Make sure to block out your diary and join us on 20th – 24th October 2020 for the virtual event of the year.

You might not be able to soak up the sights and smells of our historical and innovative city but, we promise a fun-packed online programme for the entire family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

This year, our event series will focus on recovery, skills and talent plus, we’ll be launching our brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme. So, if you’re looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who’s recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there’s an event for you. 

Learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, discuss the modern ethics, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech. Our online programme will  offer plenty for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

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Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 21st

Workshop Wednesdays

Next weeks great lineup is as great as ever – and, as ever, it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

Workshop #1 PyLAB

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PractPyLABising is cool


… we will continue with current projects as we all had more to do – either to finish or to improve. Also, @gicela has been looking at a few resources for a possible longer-term project, and @Jack Quinton suggested that we might choose an API to develop a tool/app

Workshop #2 WedDev101

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WebDEV101

Workshop – to be confirmed what on – currently possibly 90-minute prototypes…

Followed by a project surgery/open discussion for anyone with projects to share, questions to ask, support wanted etc

Workshop #3 Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning

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BDSML

Time to carry on learning! Or talk about difficulties and challenges since last session – we are here to help. We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders 2020’ course (https://course.fast.ai/)

Workshop/Talk #4 ‘intro to’ Talk with James on Containers and Docker – and apparently this is nothing to do with ships!! .. who knew??

Workshop/Talk #5 approaching app security from a hackers perspective by Matt Brunt

Much in the same way that to secure a house it helps to know how to break in, knowing how to attack our systems will help us secure them. You have a lot of data in your organisations. Whether you think it’s sensitive or not, it has value. Whether an attacker wants data for profit, a grudge, or just for fun we need to ensure that we don’t just leave the door open for them to take what they want.

In this session we’ll start to think like a hacker. The what, why, who, where and how of an attacking mindset will leave you with practical steps you can take away and use to start protecting your systems a little better.

This isn’t a picture of him btw (honest)..

For those of you who either couldn’t make it last week OR couldn’t decide between the 2 great talks we are lucky that Zack recorded his talk on TDD (Test Driven Development) and it is now available on youtube.

‘Access for All’ & new ADA lovelace building

Ada Lovelace

Timely as we are heading for ADA Lovelace day and we spotted this: The Ada Lovelace Building: a new home for Engineering Mathematics at Bristol University.

Engineering Mathematics embedded in an Engineering Faculty is a unique proposition in the UK. The department combines world class teaching, multidisciplinary staff, strong industrial partnerships, and world leading research. Head of department Professor Anthony Mulholland explains what the new space means for staff and students and why we’ve named the building after Ada Lovelace.

We work all year round on women in tech so it’s just another day for us but there are some groups out there celebrating and you can peruse the main of them in the finding ADA website here. And on eventbrite with the search term ADA here – we’ll leave you to choose your event…

The Macquarie Group Scholarship Program

EDX offering – thanks for the heads up Kathryn & Alex

edX

We’re proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind scholarship! The Macquarie Group Scholarship is the first named scholarship in our Access for All scholarship campaign. This $1 million scholarship program is to support low-income and underrepresented groups of learners that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in the following countries; Australia India United Kingdom United States You may be eligible to receive funds from the scholarship, which can be used for any course or program, including our newly launched MicroBachelors Programs. Apply today and you could be gaining the knowledge and skills you need to propel your career forward in the future! Apply Now

The Gov sponsored Skills Toolset

This is a givernment backed free online training helping signpost to a variety of learning options. Worth taking a look at and does include some around machine learning, CV writing, maths and plenty more. Obviously we also have a wide remit of free or affordable training options on our training page.

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Anthropology and Tech, Echoborg & Bonnie Binary

AandT Conference

It’s back and as big as ever this year despite being virtual. Obviously we want to give a big shout out to the brilliant Special performance of I Am Echoborg:
Join your fellow delegates over virtual drinks and enjoy this amazing show. This is also available to non-attendees and well worth going to for some AI fun and thought-provoking conversation.

FinTech: Talks 

  • AI in financial services; personal risk assessments; what kind of financial society do we want to shape.
  • Artistic methods for engaging with algorithms; the circular economy and local money; countering inequality in financial services.

Health Tech: Talks

  • Using deep learning to identify disease; data privacy and cybersecurity in relation to health data; digital health technologies.
  • Making tech accountable; deploying AI responsibly in health tech; tackling health disparities through data.

Smart Cities: Talks

  • Human-centred design in smart cities; sociotechnical processes to support ethical best practice in tech; humanising data and AI.
  • Social value and the built environment; why representation really matters in smart cities; the “smart enough” city.
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Workshop Wednesday Workshops info

Workshop Wednesdays

As ever we are bringing you some great workshops alongside our great speakers this week – it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

PyLAB: Improving through experimentation

PyLAB is for those who want to continue to develop their Python skills, typically after completing a beginners’ course: the emphasis is on learning through doing, with the active support and collaboration of similarly-minded individuals.

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