Monday Blues?

Blue Monday Balloon

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.

Events

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 info@wthub.org.

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 info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays also you can pop in to CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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Pylabs returns

PyLAB logo

Tomorrow evening Pylabs is back with a new format and with a new Host James Rennison, whom some of you may know from other workshops that he’s hosted over the past year with us.

A huge thank you to Kathryn for setting up and establishing PyLAB.

For 2021 we’re going to start developing an application with multiple interfaces, interacting with multiple third-party systems. We’ll start preparing Python packages, writing code that can be reused, tested and deployed.

To do this we are going to try to use some of the tools and processes adopted by a lot of organisations. The idea is to keep this fun and practical while allowing participants to get an idea not just about how to write great code, but also how to ensure the code meets a standard, priorities are delivered and dependencies identified.

We’ll try out different approaches to find out what works for us, but we will start with an introduction to the Agile methodology, Scrum and look to adapt it to our needs.

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.

Hope to see you on Workshop Wednesday! (signup under CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays if you are a member of Codehub)

Ready for 2021 – lets hit the ground running

woman jogger tying shoelaces

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.

Events

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 info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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WebDev101 @Workshop Wednesday

WebDev101 Logo

Rob Squires is running the WebDev101 this year with a great project that you can all get involved with

As of January 2021 WebDev101 will be focused on building a new website for https://www.bristoltechfair.org/

Whether you’re a complete novice or quite comfortable with your WebDev skills, there will be plenty of oppurtunity to learn new things! We’ll be building this website from the ground up so you can understand what goes into building a site from start to finish.

The project has been worked on with Marija Sta who has done all of the UX for it and has handed it over to the group for Development which Rob is keen to aiming at absolute beginners. Its also open though to anyone wanting to help out and add to their portfolios (more experienced) or mentor members and also non techies who are keen to get involved looking for resources and content for the site.

The Website is the one we used for our event last year and has such a great name that we’ve decided to put it to use to support younger members of school age to get into Tech. During the lockdown we are aware that some schools have been better resourced than others so we figured building something to support all schools to have the knowledge and access to the free resources out there made perfect sense both for the current crisis but also moving forward for children not engaging within school.

If you are involved with schools then this may also be of interest to you to feed into. It is obviously tech-related as that’s our specialism for the first pass, but we hope the community can build a great resource site to engage with children and give them an affordable and comprehensible way in which to engage with Tech.

There is no deadline for the website so people are welcome to work at their own pace with support from the group. We’re really excited about it as we’ve seen the UX design that Marija has done for it and it looks great.

It’s a collaborative project between women’s tech hub and codehub so we are hoping for a great diverse mix of people. It’s also a great place to come and learn new skills for free and there’s no prerequisite for knowledge so come along (they’re a really helpful bunch!).

You can sign up on Workshop Wednesdays or on CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Welcome to the other side now that 2020 is done

2021 keyboard button

It’s not been an easy year and we suspect that this year won’t be plain sailing either, but at least there are some solutions on the horizon and in the history of pandemics none have actually lasted more than a year or two, well other than Aids, Cholera and the Black Death apparently. So let’s start this year on a positive Vibe and watch the dancing robots which are both trending and a nice bit of showing off from Boston Dynamics (now Hyundai we guess since they were recently bought).

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 4th 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

These are back from the 13th – we will put out separate blogposts on what’s coming up as there’s some interesting projects coming to the workshops. Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays but if you want to speak to some humans before that then pop along to Hack Night @CodeHub and go say hi to the codehub bunch.

Events

As we’ve not been out and about over the holidays and its been relatively quiet the events page has been merged for the 2 weeks so check out any happenings on our Events page. One that caught our eye was Thursdays Tech Tutors: How do I build a community-owned conservation tech project?:

WILDLABS Tech Tutors launched in 2020 with the goal of bringing #tech4wildlife experts directly to you. Brought to you with the support of Microsoft AI for Earth, this series is all about providing you with the bite-sized, easy-to-understand building blocks you’ll need to broaden your conservation technology horizons, enhance your research, or launch a new collaborative project. Our new season will take you even deeper into those tricky “how do I do that?” questions of conservation tech, we hope you’ll discover new perspectives and ideas to bring to your own #tech4wildlife work.

Taking place every Thursday, each Tech Tutor will present a 30 minute tutorial guiding you through an aspect of conservation tech, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A session with the audience.

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