Geeky Hats and Gloves

At our drinks last week we found out about e-stitches and their great mix of tech and fashion! 

‘Tis the season for woolly hats and gloves – 6:30pm on 11th December at The Pervasive Media Studio

For this session we’re going to be looking at soft circuits in hats and gloves. We discussed in last month’s session the use of conductive pompoms to light up woolly hats, and we’ve also found these gloves instructables projects for woolly gloves or cycling gloves

Basic materials to make something will be provided but if you have specific ideas that require materials please bring them along. Any of the following would be useful if you have them and could bring them;

Materials
  • A funky hat or some stylish gloves, Felt or fleecy fabric off cuts, Coloured wool, Conductive wool, LEDs, Button battery or a couple of AAAs, Battery holder or some thick elastic, Conductive thread, Any kind of switch you would like to incorporate
Equipment
  • Pom-pom maker, Crochet hook/knitting needles, Thin nose pliers, Sharps Needle, Darning needle, Scissors, Pencil

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We signed up to the Bristol Equality Charter

On monday we went to the Bristol Equality Charter launch event.  Rather than describe it in detail you can read the  BBC overview.   The initiative has come from Councillor Asher Craig  who presented on it with great passion.  We loved it and were more than happy to be one of the underlying signatories.

One of the points that Marvin mentioned in his talk really resonated with us. He said that whenever people talk Diversity there seems to be competition with people saying “what about” BAME/Women/Age/Disabled/LGBT?

We believe we are inclusive of all as a group and do not segregate members. To us everyone is equal and we are simply trying to push tech into being more inclusive.  We happily work with other organisations to support them but we are simply concentrating on our area of knowledge.

For those wanting more information here’s the charter Bristol Equality Charter and you are free to sign it Declaration Form and send it to equality.network@bristol.gov.uk  if you want to be part of it .. which we can’t see that anybody reading our posts wouldn’t want to be.

Conversations with OPUS

We’ve been talking to Alex Crass at OPUS Talent Solutions about ways to increase diversity in tech, exploring recruitment processes and our ideas on changing company cultures to be more self-aware and inclusive in their practices.

OPUS want to support us to bring our ideas to an even wider audience and are generously supporting an event to bring together leading members of the business community who are in a position to effect change, with members of the Women’s Tech Hub. Continue reading “Conversations with OPUS”

Pointers for Women in Tech from Women Who Code

This was posted on Geekwire a couple of days ago – an article by Madeline Vuong with the sort of title that gets us all reading:  “6 secrets for success in the tech industry” based on talks from a Women Who Code conference in Seattle, USA. Have a read, it covers the sorts of conversations that we have been having here and why we set up Women’s Tech Hub in Bristol. Not least the statement:

“Diversity and inclusion is everyone’s issue to move forward and to help solve”

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