Girl Geek Dinners are back

Robot playing a rubiks cube

Bath and the Bristol ones are running this week

Bristol GirlGeekDinners : GGD #77 Data Management and Security – a partnership, with Lloyds Bank

Whose data is it? You and your Digital Footprint

  • What is a Digital Footprint?
  • Securing your digital footprint – common sense or hard work?
  • Practical steps and things to try

We Have a couple of Great speakers for this month’s Girl Geek Dinner.

Kate Brooks is Head of Data Management at Lloyds Banking Group; A chief data office role where I have responsibility for Data Quality and Metadata within the group.

Gudrun Fedororich is a Cyber Security specialist and Senior Manager at Lloyds Banking Group.

Kate and Gudrun will do their talks on “Data Management and Security – a partnership”.  There will also be a talk from their colleague Emily Turner about her career journey.  Emily works in our Chief Security Office in the “Business and External Engagement” team.

As it is at Lloyds they have a strict security policy so could you all please ensure that you have a photo ID with you on the night.

Bath Girl Geek Dinners: BGGD Reloaded #8 – Let’s talk about AI

Hosted with support of Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries and the South West Creative Technology Network, thanks Kate Pullinger and Rachel Pownall.

Our first speaker will be Coral Manton who is planning on talking about Women in Tech focusing on live coding, games development and Women in AI.

Second Speaker still to be announced …

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Workshop Wednesday

Is getting its own post as it has so much going on! Last Wednesday was brilliant so a big shout out to all that came and all the brilliant Volunteers – we’ll update with more info on whats going on as we get it!

The upcoming one on the 25th is kindly sponsored for Pizzas by Toumetis – Big Thanks!!

This is a shared area to support beginners, returners and people wanting to learn more about tech or looking to return or upskill, with multiple areas and workshops. We are looking for sponsor companies to support us with pizzas and drinks in return for an opportunity to present and communicate either as an engagement or a recruitment piece. Women’s Tech Hub runs a no recruiter and a strict social media policy that you can find in our Code of Conduct.

Workshop Wednesday 25th September 2019 will house:

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Did we mention our Careers Fair?

Tech3Shed

Tech³Shed

Tech3Shed returns for its second outing at this year’s’ Bristol Technology Festival. It’s super-inclusive and exists to help companies get past the barriers to recruit diverse tech teams into industry. So rather than repeating a line like “but no women ever apply” come, be at the fair, speak to the women and other potential employees that don’t look like your standard ‘superstar’ dev and find out why. The Tech3Shed fair is about engagement and showing that you are open to all rather than just ticking a ‘diversity’ checkbox.
For anyone wanting to come & meet companies whether you are currently skilled and looking, returning after a career break or simply tech-curious then this is the Fair for you. We promise you will NOT be ignored due to not looking like or being ‘BOB’ .. and we are happy to introduce you to companies that you are interested in. You are all welcome to come for FREE .. signup here on Eventbrite

So sign up now if you are looking for a new role or mail us at info@wthub.org if you are a company wanting to sponsor and truly support diversity in Tech.

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Mayden Academy announces new funding scheme to encourage more women into tech careers

Mayden Widjet

During the week we popped over to have a chat with Mayden about their latest initiatives and were suitably impressed! They are now able to offer apprenticeships and have also got the latest funding to support getting women into Tech (YAY!!). Any companies wanting to talk about getting women into tech then we are happy to talk about how this may fit in with a reskilling or returners programme.

Coding bootcamp Mayden Academy has announced a new funding scheme to encourage more women to embark on careers in coding.  

The scheme will offer female students a 70% reduction in course fees on the Academy’s Full Stack Track – an intensive 16 week training course for aspiring developers from non-tech backgrounds.

The course is designed to cover the most in-demand skills that tech companies are looking for, and teaches the fundamentals of coding for front and back-end, along with user design and agile project management.

Students do not need to have any previous coding experience or a background in tech. To date every graduate has been offered a developer role within 90 days of completing the course.

The scheme is being offered in order to address the need for more diversity in the UK tech industry, as part of the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) skills programme, run by The West of England Combined Authority with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The funding is available on Mayden Academy’s Full Stack Track coding course until February 2020.

Mayden Academy is also offering a series of free coding taster workshops for women to explore whether programming could be the career path for them.

Mike Oram, director of the Academy, said: “We are committed to driving diversity in the tech industry and want to support more women into exciting new careers as software developers – where they can be creative, solve problems, and enjoy new challenges every day. Programming offers so many opportunities to develop and grow in your career, and we believe those opportunities should be open to everyone.”

Mayden Academy joins Bath College, boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project as WIDJET partners.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “Tech businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in the future. Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by working with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region.”

Women who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to change their career can find out more at https://mayden.academy/widjet.

Notes to editors

About Mayden Academy

Mayden Academy teaches people to code, preparing them for new careers as software developers in just 16 weeks. The Academy is one of the top coding training providers in the UK, with a 100% graduation rate and a 100% post-course employment rate.  The Academy is committed to improving diversity in tech, and works with a range of industry partners to improve access and representation.

www.mayden.academy

Please contact margaret.davidson@mayden.academy for further information.

About WIDJET

More details about WIDJET can be found at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/skills/widjet/ or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

Conferences and Collaborations

collaborative working
We had a great turnout for our first collaborative project last tuesday at CodeHub, they kindly supplied pizzas for us.  As we are quite a large (and hungry) group,  we would love to get some sponsored pizzas.  You can mail us on info@wthub.org if you fancy it (think poor starving geeks).
We started out looking at the use-case and followed with a github setup, a dedicated slack channel thread  and being tasked with scoping out the business as a whole(I think it may be called homework!). 
It’s a great opportunity to work through all the layers of a project and you don’t need any skills to join in, so feel free to pop along,  just sign up here CodeHub.