Bristol Data Science and machine Learning are back!

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The group are coming back as part of the Workshop Wednesday bi-weekly event starting this Wednesday the 15th! And they have a great new Logo…

Self-paced peer-supported study session

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WE ARE BACK!!!
After a break to re-arrange and adjust to the new situation, we are re-joining Workshop Wednesdays!

This coming meeting will focus on YOU – the learning group, and will also follow a new format.

6pm : (Zoom) Start – as part of Workshop Wednesdays

6:15pm: (Zoom) Community news and cool tools
We will share some useful tips and tricks for Python and Jupyter notebooks, plus talk about upcoming events, workshops and interesting meetups related to Data Science and Machine Learning.

6:45pm: (Zoom) Discussion on your wishes for this study group – format, tools, etc. Bring your ideas and your calendars.

7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – as part of Workshop Wednesdays

7:30pm: Study time – yes! Time to carry on learning! This will not be moderated and not on Zoom. Just you and your laptop.
We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders v3’ course (https://www.fast.ai/)

8:30pm: Central chat and updates – as part of Workshop Wednesdays

9pm: Close

Note: Everyone is welcome to join. Together with Women’s Tech Hub Bristol, we are here to encourage diversity in STEM.

Join up on their meetup here

Women’s Tech Founders

Kissy Kissy Game

Come along to the next Women Tech Founders on Monday and help support Constance practicing her pitch for her kissy kissy game. You don’t have to be an actual tech founder, just an interest in what it’s like to be one, wanting to support others or simply being a bit curious – it helps to be or identify as a woman though as this is the support network for you!

Supporting women founders:

It’s hard to work stuff out when you are right in the middle of things. This month we are introducing a regular 20-minute slot called “Its not about the nail” to work talk through your ideas, projects and business conundrums.

1. Intros and catch ups
2. Agreeing the rules
3. Its not about the nail – with Constance Fleuriot and Pretty Digital
4. Planning for the year – sessions ideas

Watch this video for some background on what we mean by “its not about the nail

The aim is to give one person each month some space talk about their business, bring their whole selves and to be listened to. WTF’s agree to listen appreciatively to each other and give one person a safe space to share and think through their problem. This can only work if we listen attentively and don’t rush to fix things.

Guidelines for speakers are:

To be brief, be specific, be positive, and take responsibility. You can bring everything in your life to the discussion – it’s not always about the business. Other participants should exercise good listening skills by using open-ended questions, acknowledge the problem without being judgemental, and not try to fix everything (with the proviso that occasionally people do want to hear ideas and solutions). We also agree not to repeat or discuss anything you learn from these discussions.

This is probably not the final set of guidelines – lets discuss this too!

Join via our meetup group HERE

Day 7 in the Big brother house

Cabin Fever

Anybody who wondered what the Big Brother house was like to be in? At least you don’t have an audience of people watching and commenting on your every mood swing so that has to be good – right?

There’s obviously not a lot going on and to be fair the phone autocorrected a word to be webinarse – and we can’t say we blame it so are making it the word of the month. Catching up with reading old fashioned books is working well and keeping us away from the screen, which is like a breath of fresh (or rather house) air.

Things to Like!

Some things that we’ve spotted that are now pretty accessible are:

The artificial intelligence festival – there are free tickets to limited talks or only $99 for access to all areas, remote of course! It’s running from June the 8th til the 12th.

Support Folding@home It is a project focused on disease research. The problems they’re solving require so many computer calcul­ations – and need your help to find the cures! Be part of a bigger solution with your time and compute power (you don’t need to be a genius)

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Time to upskill

Home learning

You have probably already gotten through all your boxsets and caught up on all your reading/housework/DIY this week so we’ve decided to put some activities together to keep you all busy during this time of self isolation.

Being a glass half full lot we think that if we actually had the time on our hands to do stuff during this time then what better way than to use the time to upskill. For companies closed or struggling with reduced workload its the perfect chance to upskill your staff. For those who are in other industries who are in shutdown currently – take a look at the free or affordable online training options.

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So – what’s (not) on?

Coronavirus Closed

Looks like we are taking an enforced break for the foreseeable future while we watch the city and country react to the Coronavirus impact. There’s some great datasets in the MIT update here for those bored data people out there to play with, for the rest of you we suspect we will bump into you in B & Q / Ikea /garden centre or in the supermarket queues when you realise you forgot to stock up on chocolate oranges!

Update on our Events

Workshop Wednesdays

So for Women’s Tech Hub & CodeHub’s Workshop Wednesdays – we have to announce cancellations as Desklodge have very sensibly cancelled external events, they’ve suggested it’s just for March – however, we will keep the events for April open but are playing those by ear so we really don’t know 🤷‍♀️! Keep an eye on the codehub slack as they may run some remote sessions…

Bristol GirlGeekDinners

For the Bristol GirlGeekDinners at the ACCU – there is no longer an ACCU conference 😢 they were very good and happy to support until the very end with sponsorship from Bloomberg even though they were not coming! So big thanks to the ACCU conference and Bloomberg and sorry that you have to cancel! We’ll try and put together an alternative dissemination event later in the year if we can and look forward to ACCU 2021!

Free Three Fridays (f3F)

Currently, we are continuing with these as they are limited in numbers and Desklodge is still open for co-working. If these do get cancelled we will be happy to meet with members in other public spaces to continue with our support for you. Please keep an eye out for the updates and if you would like to meet up individually during this period (all members) please email us on info@wthub.org and we will try and arrange a meeting.

While we are still running the fridays then please follow:

  • If you think you may have flu, please do not come in
  • Please frequently wash/sanitise your hands
  • If coughing or sneezing, ensure it’s into your elbow or a tissue and avoid touching your face (we know its the start of hayfever season)
  • Avoid being tactile i.e. handshaking, kissing, hugging etc (this is just us generally, can we keep this longterm please?)
  • If you have come back off holiday in the last 14 days (from anywhere really) please do not attend … we also have holiday envy!
  • We don’t have pizzas on fridays but if we did: we would cut the pizzas cleanly so you can pick up slices and not ‘tear and share’

Most importantly – support the people that made need help are they in isolation? do they need provisions? And most of all stay well out there 😷

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