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.

Get your Pass here

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‘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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Where did all the engineers go?

Female Electronics Engineer

UK Electronics Skills Foundation

We love the UKESF and all the great work it does to encourage engineering as a career choice, including its efforts to reach out to girls and women so thought we would share their latest schools project.

For those that haven’t heard of the UKESF….

In the UK, the Electronics sector is big, valuable and growing; however, the demand for capable, employable graduates is currently outstripping supply. We are an educational charity, launched in 2010, with both public and private seed-corn funding. We operate collaboratively with major companies, leading universities and other organisations to tackle the skills shortage in the Electronics sector.

Make a real difference: help promote Electronics in schools by supporting our “Electronics Everywhere” project – click HERE to find out how.

Explore the UK Electronics industry with the UKESF Infographic.

We also spotted this great piece on Emily on the BBC – thanks Kathryn for highlighting it!

Emily Smithson, from Bristol, said the importance of playgrounds for children and parents had been underlined during the Covid-19 pandemic. She said she was frustrated no list of local play sites existed. Ms Smithson, 42, spent two years learning programming skills to design the free interactive app and game, which features play areas in her city. Playgrounds across England closed in March as part of the first wave of restrictions imposed to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in March.

You can get the app on Google or Apple

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We’re off to Leeds again (literally)

Leeds Signpost

Its Leeds Digital Festival 2020

Leeds Digital Festival Logo

We’re back! Join us from the 21st of September for two weeks of world-class events celebrating all things digital. We have a record-breaking 294 events so there’s something for everyone. See you there! We’ve put links to the events on our events page but they seem to cover everything Cyber, Careers, Podcasts, Design, Content, AI, Cloud Vue.js, Apps, UX, Social Media, Data, Ethics, Data Science, Safety, Agile .. blah blah blah – theres absolutely everything – even a tiny bit of engineering!

Manic Monday

Manic Monday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers suport and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

CodeHub Mentoring group kicks off on tuesday as a reminder for those of you that are signed up!. Check out the codehub Slack for details. We’re tempted to call it

Workshop Wednesday

This will be a quiet one – but just to give you all a heads up we have talks coming up on AI and Ethics, testing, containers and lots more..

PyLAB logo
Practising is cool

This week will be a discussion piece on setting up the New Python learning group – the details are on their webpage here.

WebDev 101 will be back at the following meetup and is being reorganised so it may be a drop in to discuss web development problems as well as looking at the latest, greatest web development going on in the industry. Bear with us while we set that one up.

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