Engineering Curiosity

Engineering cards

Curiosity Connections

We had a chat a while ago with a great group called Curiosity connections, a network for people and organisations supporting and delivering STEM education in primary schools across the West of England. They were looking for some members working in the field to feature, and a couple of our brilliant members stepped up. So Big thanks to Elena and Chew .. see if you can spot them!

Engineering Curiosity is a set of 52 ‘top-trump’ style cards, each themed on a real-life local engineer from the West of England region. Through the cards, children can explore the diversity of engineering, its people, skills and future career opportunities.

If that also sparked your curiosity and you’re interested in Engineering it may be worth popping onto Bristol Universities talks about postgraduate learning in:

  • MSc Aerial Robotics
  • MSc Biorobotics
  • MSc Robotics

Sign up under their postgraduate events page.

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So – do you #choosetochallenge ?

International Women's Day 2021

IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

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Getting ourselves ready for International Womens Day

A Doudna Chemist

Obviously, we don’t do anything special as its Women’s Day every day of the year for us but we’ll try and point out some of the things happening in the area that may be of interest. And yes there is an international man’s day if you get asked its the 19th of November – not really sure what the guys do to celebrate.

YTKO

YTKO West of England is celebrating International Women’s Day with the launch of our networking group, Get Social | Women’s Bristol Network. This informal one-hour networking group will bring Bristol-based female entrepreneurs and business owners together to discuss this year’s theme, Choose to Challenge, and build lasting Bristol-based business connections. If you would like to join the group on 11th March, you can register here.

There new programme is now available to help entrepreneurs and business owners in Bristol. North and East Bristol Support (NEBS) is fully funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority, delivered by YTKO, to provide business support to pre-start, start-up and SME businesses outside of South Bristol.  We are looking at working with them to support our Women tech founders group as we realise that many members are interested in setting up on their own and this is a great place to get the support.

A couple of the statements in the report:

The support is available via a range of workshops, training, 121 advice and networking events to help businesses develop, grow and recover from Covid-19. This includes specialist workshops on marketing, social media, finance, branding, sustainability and much more, as well as access to two award-winning platforms which help you to build business, marketing and finance plans.

If you would like to find out more and enrol for this fully funded business support, visit them here. If you have any further questions on the programme or the networking event, please contact Sarah Ives, Project Manager, Sarah.Ives@ytko.com

Other IWD events that we have spotted so far…

TIP International Women’s Day

Join the Telecom Infra Project on International Women’s Day and hear from female industry leaders on topics ranging from transitioning from a tech focused role to business mid career, forging a path to your leadership goals, and becoming an influential leader in a digitally disruptive, male-skewed environment.

IWD: Comedy and Communication

We all love a bit of a laugh, but how can you use comedy and comedic techniques in your day-today science communication, outreach and teaching? Our panel will talk about how comedy works and how you can use comedy techniques to elevate your communications work.

Bristol Women’s Voice

Menopause the Basics: What EVERYONE needs to know

Women Leading in Business – Bristol

The event is organsied by Women in Business Task group, a member group of the Mayoral Women’s Commision.

Mentorship: Start of the Program and Panel Discussion. #IWD2021

Women Who Code London is excited to invite you to the official kick-off of our mentorship program. What a better date to announce it than around International Women’s Day? IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. We, at Women Who Code, choose to challenge the fact that women are less likely to have a sponsor who advocates and opens doors for them (source: https://leanin.org/mentor-her).

Amnesty LIVE! International Women’s Day

Poland has a long history of women standing up for their rights and the recent announcement of a near-total ban on abortion has led to some of the largest protests the country has ever seen. This International Women’s Day we will hear from four inspiring women who are standing up for a more equal Poland.

D & I Reports

We also spotted Barclays inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Report which has just been released and might be a handy item to read through if you are considering releasing one for your company.

GirlGeekDinners

Also on the 25th of March we’re back with GirlGeekDinners

Events

There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

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. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back next Wednesday the 10th of March with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101. For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us at info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

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 into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it (very eco this week!)

Mashable:
David Attenborough-voiced AR app lets you fill your home with extinct animals

Seeing a saber-toothed tiger on your TV screen is all very well and good, but what about sitting next to one on the couch? A new David Attenborough-fronted app, Museum Alive, aims to let you do exactly that, using AR technology to turn your home environment into a prehistoric history lesson.

MIT Technology Review:
A first-of-its-kind geoengineering experiment is about to take its first step

Harvard scientists plan to launch a balloon this summer to test the equipment needed for the first geoengineering experiments in the stratosphere.

BBC Tech News:
Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. (Can we do a crowd funder and just buy the whole thing up and give it to the indigenous people? …. just a thought!)

Conferences

WISE 2021 Conference 2nd and 9th of March

WISE Logo

In 2021, the UK needs inclusive growth AND transformative action that delivers sustainability. Women and men working together to solve the challenges of the future. The WISE Conference 2021 brings these issues together for the first time:

  • Inclusion delivers innovation
  • Innovation delivers sustainability
  • Inclusive STEM attracts and keeps the best talent

DVCON 1st – 4th of March

The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) is the leading event covering the application of languages, tools and intellectual property for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits. Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative™, DVCon brings chip architects, design and verification engineers, and IP integrators the latest methodologies, techniques, applications and demonstrations for the practical use of EDA solutions for electronic design

The Online Digital Transformation Conference 4th of March

The 3rd event in a series of online digital transformation conferences, focussed on digital workforce within global organisations head quartered in Europe. Bringing together leaders who are spearheading digital initiatives in their organisations to offer insights into their digital transformation journey’s.

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.

GirlGeekDinners & Cyber Security Taster Day

Eye retina check

Cyber Security Taster Day with the University of Bristol

The university of Bristol are hosting their first online Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Taster Day on this Thursday 25 February 2021 (10:00-17:00) for members of the community who are under-represented in the field of cyber security or come from a non-traditional educational route or background. The purpose of the CDT Taster Day is to explore the research opportunities available within our Trust, Identity, Privacy & Security (TIPS) CDT programme in Cyber Security and across standard PhD programmes.

During the CDT taster day, attendees will:

  • experience the world of postgraduate research;
  • discover how it engages with the current and future global challenges of cyber security; and
  • learn about postgraduate research opportunities.

A couple of the statements in the report:

Sessions will include:

  • Perspectives on interdisciplinary cyber security research
  • Why cyber security research matters
  • Thinking like a researcher
  • Being a researcher
  • Framing research questions
  • Career opportunities for a PhD student
  • Discuss the student experience with current CDT students

GirlGeekDinners

Also on the 25th of February we’re back with GirlGeekDinners with All roads lead to Rome – How different types of training and career paths can take you to landing a job in data analytics/science. Full details of the agenda and the BIOs of the great women doing the talks can be found on our new GirlGeekDinners event page here.

This is Engineering new Image Library

We spotted this and thought for those of you out there looking for some diversity pictures for your media and websites that this may be of interest to you: This is Engineering Image Library

Events

There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

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. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back this Wednesday the 24th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101 . For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us on info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

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 into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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

Mashable:
Google fires yet another AI ethics lead and we’ve gotta ask: What’s going on over there?

Google fired Margaret Mitchell following her support of Dr. Timnit Gebru, another fired Google AI ethicist. Dr. Gebru’s dismissal on Dec. 2 followed an internal email she sent addressing the lack of women being hired at Google, in addition to an internal debate about one of her research papers. 

Mercedes-Benz recalls almost 1.3 million U.S. cars over software fault

Good job we didn’t buy one then! Its actually not too major and recalls are pretty common with new technology but nice to know all the same.

MIT Technology Review:
What we can learn from the Facebook-Australia news debacle

Democracies are right to look for creative ways to direct money from big tech to the news industry.

The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought

Cygnus X-1’s black hole was first discovered more than half a century ago. But it continues to teach us new things.

BBC Tech News:
Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down

The American space agency has released an astonishing image sent back from Mars by its Perseverance rover.

It shows the robot heading down to the ground on Thursday to make its landing. It was acquired by the rocket cradle that placed the vehicle on the surface. and on that note take a look at one of the engineers behind this A Female Engineer At NASA Is Conquering Mars — And Gender Equality

Conferences

ICT Congress 2020 – London, UK | Proceedings by Springer 20th – 21 February, 2020

The fifth edition of ICT conference will target state-of-the-art as well as emerging topics pertaining to ICT and its Supported e-Agriculture and Rural Development Technologies, e-Education and Computing Technologies, e-Mining and Inclusive Technologies for implementation for Engineering and Managerial Applications through ICT.

The Battery Technology Show & Future of Hybrid and EV Conference February the 23rd
Battery Technology Show Logo

Innovation in battery technology is moving at an incredible pace, with applications across every aspect of our lives, whether automotive, aerospace, manufacturing or consumer technology.

The Battery Technology Show brings together thousands of delegates to discover the latest developments. The event’s two conference tracks will also allow visitors to hear from some of the leading companies and individuals shaping the forthcoming revolution.

Next In Tech: Blockchain Summit is a 2 day, live, programme discussing the impact of Blockchain and crypto currencies on financial services. 23rd of February

30 industry leading speakers will provide insight and opinion on the current market landscape and what the future holds for 2021 and beyond!

Supported by Big Tech, partnered with leading trade associations and championing Startups, Blockchain Summit brings together finance and technology decision makers to debate the latest industry trends and future innovations.

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.

A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

Social Justice Day

That’s the 2021 Theme for World Day of Social Justice

Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy. The crisis has also laid bare and exacerbated the growing digital divide within, between and across developed and developing countries, particularly in terms of the availability, affordability and use of information ICTs and access to the internet, deepening existing inequalities.

There’s an event that you can attend but its running on the 23rd as this falls on a Saturday see details here and if you want to get active in this area maybe take a look at the Not Equal Tech Group

Not-Equal is a UKRI funded network, NetworkPlus, that aims to foster new collaborations in order to create the conditions for digital technology to support social justice, and develop a path for inclusive digital innovation and a fairer future for all in and through the digital economy.

A couple of the statements in the report:

GirlGeekDinners

On the 25th of February and is entitled All roads lead to Rome – How different types of training and career paths can take you to landing a job in data analytics/science. Full details of the agenda and the BIOs of the great women doing the talks can be found on our new GirlGeekDinners event page here.

Events

There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

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. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on Wednesday the 24th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101 . For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us on info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

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 into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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

Mashable:
Lego’s interactive quiz teaches kids online empathy

Lego has launched a new interactive experience that aims to teach kids online empathy.

Timed to launch with this year’s Safer Internet Day, the educational online quiz is part of a new partnership with digital education think tank DQ Institute.

‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ gets a Grammy-worthy, COVID-themed parody

You may recognize the UK-based family of six from their YouTube channel, which helped them go semi-viral last March with a pandemic-themed cover of “One Day More” from Les Misérables. Now, they’re back with an exquisite parody of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — fittingly retitled “Totally Fixed Where We Are” — which has over 1.2 millions views at the time of this writing.

MIT Technology Review:

Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix

AI audits may overlook certain types of bias, and they don’t necessarily verify that a hiring tool picks the best candidates for a job.

The battle of algorithms: Uncovering offensive AI

As machine-learning applications move into the mainstream, a new era of cyber threat is emerging—one that uses offensive artificial intelligence (AI) to supercharge attack campaigns. Offensive AI allows attackers to automate reconnaissance, craft tailored impersonation attacks, and even self-propagate to avoid detection. Security teams can prepare by turning to defensive AI to fight back—using autonomous…

This is how we lost control of our faces

The largest ever study of facial-recognition data shows how much the rise of deep learning has fueled a loss of privacy.

BBC Tech News:
Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut

Its Wall Street success made 31-year-old boss Whitney Wolfe Herd a rare self-made female billionaire. Bumble, which also owns Badoo, is one of less than two dozen US firms to list publicly while led by a female founder.

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.

Conferences

International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion 15th – 16th of February

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion.

International Conference and Expo on Otolaryngology 15th – 16th of February

This conference has some unique offerings which is unmatched and rare. We are introducing a direct approach for small & local businesses, scientific organizations and hospitals, research centers to grow and expand more in their continent. So that they can work with large enterprises in a promising manner in any upcoming hard days.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference February the 17th

Helping you support and enhance diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion has a major link to how a company performs – diverse teams show greater innovation which can directly link to higher financial results. Evidence shows that more inclusive workplaces lead to higher employee engagement, satisfaction and performance.

So join us for the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference 2021 and uncover how you can make real changes in your organisation to support your D&I agenda, improve employee engagement, and drive innovation.

999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology 18th – 19th of February

The Academics World 999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology (IACDST) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Development in Science and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the fields of Development in Science and Technology.

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.