Extra Day anyone?

Leaping Woman

Yep- its a leap year so that apparently means …

Women Propose to Their Men: According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

12 Pairs of Gloves: In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

Just what we always wanted eh? and in other news …

MATCHESFASHION is coming to Bristol!

Tech Talks with MATCHESFASHION!

Join them for all things tech with MATCHESFASHION as a number of their Engineers delve into the exciting world of fashion-meets-tech! Includes an Introduction to MATCHESFASHION by Dan Knight, CTO, Engagement team talks with their Tech Team Lead a Lightening talk on A/B Testing (Mobile) and another Lightening talk on Co-ordinator Design Pattern (Mobile)

Workshop Wednesday **Intro To** is to SQL!

No previous knowledge required for this one, its open to all and you can sign up here

SQL

I’ll be presenting some slides on SQL, relational databases and how to use them to store information. Then there will be at least one database server to play with, so please bring a laptop and you can try a few things.
We’ll look at how we create a database, query a database and, if we have time, structure it to optimise for different tasks.

by James (& Ben)
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Half Term Gardening anyone?

Heavy Rain in Garden

We hope you’re all enjoying the break

If you need to get out of the house we are still running this week and have the Brilliant Candide Hosting the GGD this week

GGD #80 Data Fuelled Growth: Why and How to implement with your product Thursday the 20th

Candide

Data fuelled Growth
How can you use data to make fast, confident decisions? Pippa will discuss how to use data and experiments to grow your product and how data can align marketing campaigns, engineering and product.

About Pippa Churcher
Pippa is head of Growth at Bristol-based Candide, the app for plant-loving humans founded in 2018. She manages experiments to optimise acquisition and retention, but her career initially started by studying Anthropology at university. She then worked at the National Trust, connecting people with conservation through events and marketing, moving to another technology company before finding Candide, where she helps create a digital space for plant and nature lovers.

She also climbs a lot of mountains – the relevance of which will be divulged during her talk!

Happy Pluto Day! (not the cartoon dog)

There’s not a lot else on Monday the 18th so maybe check out some facts about the 9th planet (there’s even a festival in Arizona called I heart pluto). The celebration of the frosty ninth planet in cold and snowy Flagstaff, Arizona, where it was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh 90 years ago on February 18, 1930.

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Baths’ Week of Women in Science

Week of Women in Science Poster

In the week of 10-14th of February the NWP (Network of Women in Physics) together with the Student Chapter of the Optical Society at the University of Bath will host the Week of Women in Science conference.

– FREE LUNCH Monday 12:15pm, Physics Square
– Lunchtime talks from 5 inspirational women in physics
– Pub Lecture ‘Hunting for Planets with Citizen Science’
– Pub quiz (prizes given!)
– ‘From the Perspective of Women in Physics’ panel discussion
– Networking

More information on the lunchtime lectures can be found on the Bath section of the events below. For the free lunch, you can sign up to the Monday lecture and let us know about your dietary requirements!

Looking forward to seeing you there! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners Upcoming Event

GGD #80 Data Fuelled Growth: Why and How to implement with your product Thursday the 20th

Candide

Data fuelled Growth
How can you use data to make fast, confident decisions? Pippa will discuss how to use data and experiments to grow your product and how data can align marketing campaigns, engineering and product.

About Pippa Churcher
Pippa is head of Growth at Bristol-based Candide, the app for plant-loving humans founded in 2018. She manages experiments to optimise acquisition and retention, but her career initially started by studying Anthropology at university. She then worked at the National Trust, connecting people with conservation through events and marketing, moving to another technology company before finding Candide, where she helps create a digital space for plant and nature lovers.

She also climbs a lot of mountains – the relevance of which will be divulged during her talk!

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Boosting Diversity in Tech: Make the Levy Work for Your Organisation

Data Science keyboard

Our friends at Cambridge Spark are hosting a webinar to help support companies looking to use the apprenticeship Levy to upskill. We are hopefully going to get Cambridge Spark into the city, so if you are interested please let us know on info@wthub.org.

This webinar will use the National Apprenticeship Week theme of “Look Beyond” to share factual information about how apprenticeships can be used to increase diversity and bring business benefits to your organisation.  Anyone with hiring, training or management responsibility for organisations of any size is welcome to attend. The focus will be on the diversity of subjects available and the range of people who can become apprentices. We will look at different training options, including degree apprenticeships and programmes delivered on-site.

At the end of the webinar, attendees should have an understanding of how they can look beyond the myths and stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships in order to make the most of these training programmes within their modern workplace. If you are building a data science team, please join us on 6th February to be part of the conversation.

Careers in Tech Week

The Careers Service from Bristol University are running a Careers in Tech Week for students from 2 – 6 March and a couple of events within the week may be of interest to your members. If either are of interest then please feel free to contact them directly on employer-services@bristol.ac.uk.

Monday 2 March, 5:30 – 7 pm – Working in tech from a non-tech background panel event. We are looking for Bristol Alumni who work in tech but don’t have a technical background to sit on a panel. 

Wednesday 4 March, 5:30 – 7 pm – Women in tech panel event. The aim of the event is to celebrate women in the tech industry and to inspire our female students and highlight the opportunities of a career in tech.

Thursday 5 March, 5:30 – 7 pm – Tech start-up panel event. Have you started a tech company or work in one? Come and share your experience and inspire our students.

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Digital Cities Bristol 2020 & Plant Swaps

Plant Swap

Digital Cities Bristol 2020

BBC Digital Cities will be returning to Bristol in 2020 with a week-long series of events for the creative industries. Starting on Saturday 25 January, there will be a full and varied schedule across the week, offering insights and free digital skills training.

Amongst the partners delivering events are BBC Academy with our Digital Skills Day, which includes the chance to find out about podcasting, TikTok, Instagram and filming on your smartphone, BBC Young ReporterBBC Stem and digital arts and creative conference, Hello Culture Remixwill be making its debut in the city. 

Boomsatsuma will once again be opening up their doors for an Ask Me Anything event and Bristol Media‘s How to Get Your Dream Job event will be taking place at the BBC Bristol.

Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio will be hosting a special lunchtime session on the Friday with the BBC’s Makerbox and We The Curious are running their awe-inspiring Planetarium Nights.

There will also be a day of events on Thursday 30 January at Watershed. Called Screen Futures, it will feature Bristol UNESCO City of FilmInto Film, ScreenSkills, Cables & Cameras, TEDxBristolBBC WritersroomBFI NETWORK, Calling the Shots and BBC Upload and many more fantastic organisations, and will give you the chance to find out what schemes and opportunities they can offer.

Also, recent arrivals to the city – Channel 4 – will be talking about their latest apprenticeships and trainee schemes and not to be missed out, tech and digital creators will be able to attend UWE’s Global Game Jam.

Get Involved with a Plant Swap

Candide are setting up a Plant swap to encourage employee wellness at work. Details wise, we’re looking to hold the plant swap on an evening or during the day, whatever suits! For people to join in the plant swap, employees can either come along and buy a plant or they can bring one along to swap with someone else’s or one of theirs 🙂 If they just want to browse that’s also fine! If you know any companies who would be keen or would like to get involved please mail directly to Zoe.

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