Bath GirlGeekDinners back for 2020

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A big thanks to everyone for supporting our Workshop Wednesdays, now that we are structuring it with dedicated channels of learning we have a great turnout and feedback, so a BIG THANKS! See below an overview of everything we are currently planning to run at the next one!

Bath Girl Geek Dinners

The Copernican Calendar has transitioned to the year 2020 – so let’s get started with the amazing world of podcasting, one of Fran’s personal passions (listening that is, not yet making). However, if you have wondered, how these things get done, join us and our guest will tell us all about how she created her podcast and what is involved

Women in Innovation: Building Success – South West by The Knowledge Transfer Network

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As part of Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme, KTN will be hosting the sixth Building Success event on the 21st January in Bristol.

Take the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this exciting South West event. There will be a variety of practical workshops delivered by experts to accelerate your knowledge and an Innovation Canvas* session that will help identify your particular innovation challenges and prioritise what actions you should take next. You will also have the chance to learn about, and interact with, national and regional support organizations that can help take your business to the next level.

Female founders and women working within innovation from all industries are encouraged to attend.

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Workshop Wednesday kicks off its new term

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Our members and our collaboration with CodeHub has had loads going on behind the scenes with some very great free training options being offered up. So if you are interested in getting into tech, pop along and try it out for free before deciding or committing on your future options in a friendly and helpful pain-free way.

Women’s Tech Hub products

We have a new Candidates page and will advertise the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies). Please speak to us if you are interested in any of them – and if you are looking for a job in the area then please let us know and we can try and help you – mail us on info@wthub.org

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here. If you are interested in one of the roles then please contact us and we can help you consider if its a job that will suit you and make an introduction.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the workshop wednesdays – details here.

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Happy New Year (and what a year!)

A Big Happy New Year to you all and a round-up of all the great things we’ve been up to this year!

Tech³Shed Careers Fairs

We ran two super-inclusive careers fairs and would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for their support with our Tech³Shed incentive. These were all about having a truly engaged and inclusive place for companies to come and meet not only women looking for work but those wanting to know more about a career in Tech. Thanks to our sponsors:

  • Altran
  • BUD systems
  • Cookpad
  • Deloitte Digital
  • Desklodge
  • Esoterix
  • Graphcore
  • Jump Trading
  • KETL
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Newicon
  • Quadrotech
  • Scott Logic
  • Sparkol
  • Tech Talent Academy
  • The Growth Hub
  • Tumelo
  • UltraSoc
  • Women in Cyber Academy
  • Xavier Analytics

Careers Support

Free Three Fridays

Women: we moved our Free Free Fridays to be much more Career support based, helping, as much as we could support those members of ours who were looking to move, return or change careers. Through this, we have managed to see many of our members get great new jobs and/or careers.

To extend this we now include a Jobsboard and also a candidate page so we can offer up our members to companies looking for diverse candidates.

Workshops

Workshop Wednesdays

We Started our Workshop Wednesdays to host Workshops and peer to peer-supported learning and added an option to sponsor them and engage /run workshops. We have also partnered with our great Pals at Codehub bristol which mixes it up a bit – We’d like to say a massive thanks to both Desklodge and our supportive members for running the workshops. Our sponsors to date:

  • Desklodge
  • Toumetis

We will announce this years sponsors as they come – if you want to support these then please see our Workshops Page here.

Girl Geek Dinners events

Thanks to all of the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner sponsors

Highlights of the year:

We’d also like to say a big thanks to Fran for taking over Bath Girl Geek Dinners and thanks to their sponsors.

Their Years summary:

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Workshop Wednesdays: “INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON WORKSHOPS”

Python Training

We are really pleased to announce the return of the Python workshops from our very wonderful volunteers Kathryn and Alex (BIG THANKS!!). They have done some analysis of the feedback based on feedback from the attendees last year and have spent their time and energy putting together something more structured for you all. For those wanting to understand Python this is the perfect free intro with support from some great volunteers looking to support our members wanting to improve their skillsets and to get coding. Join up here.

Audience

This workshop is for those interested to learn Python and is aimed at both beginners and those with a little Python experience. The topics and examples are chosen such that you can directly use Python for a Data Science project afterwards. Someone who comes to all the sessions (and does some practising at home) will have covered the pre-requisites for a typical Data Science bootcamp by the end of the workshop.

Note that it is not necessary to come to all the sessions – you can pick the ones of interest to you if there are only some topics you want to cover. 

While it is not mandatory to bring your own laptop, it is highly recommended to bring one if you want to practise with us.

Format of the sessions

Each session will stretch for a duration of max. 2 hours and will be divided into two parts: a theory part and a practice part.

During the first hour of each session, we will present the topic and show a few examples on how to apply the theory. We will be using a combination of PowerPoint slides and Jupyter notebooks for this.

During the second hour, you can practise what you learned – either on your own or in small groups, as you prefer. A range of examples and mini-projects will be provided so that you can select an appropriate level according to your experience and ambition. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss any unclarities on previous weeks’ topics.

Discussions can continue during/after pizza, according to demand.

All material will be available online afterwards and we welcome questions anytime both during the sessions and afterwards.

Proposed Syllabus

Session Date Topic area Covering:
1 15 Jan ‘20 Setting up the Python environment Overview of workshops; Python installation; Anaconda; Jupyter notebooks; PyCharm IDE for debugging Packages and environments
2 29 Jan ‘20 Data Structures Data Types (strings, integers, floats); Lists; Dictionaries; Arrays (Numpy package)
3 12 Feb ‘20 Programming fundamentals Conditionals: For/while loops; Try/except statements
4 26 Feb ‘20 Programming fundamentals Functions; Debugging in PyCharm
5 11 March ‘20 Working with data Introduction to Pandas; Loading/saving/manipulating data with Pandas
6 25 March ‘20 Visualizations Introduction to Matplotlib
7 8 April ‘20 Testing Testing in Python OR Code Quality (Pep8) OR something else? (TBD)

Workshop Wednesdays 4th December

Workshop Wednesdays

This is our last Workshop Wednesday of teh year – but we have some very exciting options we are lining up for next year so come along to chat about them (hint: theres a lot of Data training and some great collaborations coming!

This final Workshop Wednesday on the 4th December 2019 will house:

~ Ceri Newton – Agile in a (pistachio) nutshell: a brief introduction to Agile ways of working
Ceri’s been coaching individuals, teams and businesses for well over a decade, and with her background in teaching and psychology, has been referred to more than once as the “Mary Poppins of Agile”. She will be running this hands-on session for anyone who wants to understand a little more about Agile – what it is, how it works and who it’s for. You’ll come out feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on your next Agile project!

~ JavaScript Self-Led Study Group
Calling all those who are interested in learning or improving their JavaScript skills in a relaxed, collaborative environment.

If you’re new to JavaScript, we’ll give you a quick introduction into what you can do with the language, then guide you through the basics by working through small projects together. Our aim is to help pave the way to creating your first website. You will learn skills you’ll need on the job and create a personal portfolio that will make interviews easier.

While the study group’s focus is to help those who are less experienced, we’d be happy to accept anyone who is interested in offering support. Additionally, if you’re looking to build on your existing JavaScript skills, we’d be happy to help on a range of subjects, such as: React.js, Vue.js, Node.js, npm, MongoDB, functional style programming and more.

~ Meet&Speak
A supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voice. For more information and purchase tickets on eventbrite

~ Python Self-Led Study Group – Hands-on Python Debugging
If you want to learn how to debug small Python projects, join us for a 1h hands-on tutorial with a few fun exercises starting at 18:30! The workshop is targeted at beginner/intermediate Python programmers and requires some pre-installed software. Please install *Anaconda for Python 3.7 and **PyCharm IDE for Anaconda before the workshop. No need to install any Python packages, we will go through all the steps together during the tutorial.
*https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/#download-section
**https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/promo/anaconda/

~ WebDev101
Calling all those interested in improving their knowledge of any subject in the field of web development. See CodeHub Group/Event link for sign up and more information:

~ Project Rainbow – WTH Supporting Non-Profits – Wrap Up session
Rainbow RDA is a charity based in Taunton in need of Web Presence to qualify for grants, attract volunteers, supporters and donations. The project needs additional team members of all walks of Digital Life to help bring their digital presence to light. They are affiliated with RDA.org
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Sign-up via this WTHub MeetUp event, stating eg ‘Agile’, ‘JavaScript’, ‘Python’,‘Rainbow’ or ‘Other’ in reply to the sign-up question

Please note places are limited, where necessary priority will be given to minority group members to ensure a diverse group.
Open to all those aged 18+