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 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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British Science Week: Come learn about tech!

Women Scientists

With our ……. Workshop Wednesdays

What better manner to celebrate British Science Week than coming along to a super friendly meeting where there’s plenty to learn, either through coding or just chatting to people who are really keen to tell you about Tech and how/what you might want to do. We offer up a speaker’s corner for those wanting to practice their tech talks on a friendly audience and welcome suggestions on topics that you want to group together for. We also offer super companies the change to come, support, pitch their jobs and offer workshops should they wish to – see details here. This week it’s SG Digital, who have just dipped their toes into Bristol and are recruiting!!

SG Digital

SG Digital are sponsoring this week’s workshop Wednesday on the 11th of March – check out our Jobs Board to see what they are recruiting for and check out their new offices in the Quorum. They will be running a 10-minute presentation at 8 pm just before the pizzas!

Everyone is welcome – you don’t have a to know a thing, there’s no testing you or judging your knowledge, just come along for some free learning about tech. This week we shall have the following:

  • Just popping along for some co-working with Women’s Tech Hub – all welcome, tech-curious, questions or support or anything really. We are considering setting up a group to discuss UX so pop along if you are interested in getting something started on that.
  • Python beginners – this is a managed set of workshop sessions moving towards a good foundation for data analytics/science etc and also just to learn some python – this week is about working with data (quelle surprise!). Introduction to Pandas & Loading/saving/manipulating data with Pandas
  • Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning Study Group – this is a supported group helping people learn and self-study in
  • CodeHub’s WebDev101 – for anyone doing any web development or simply interested in setting up a website and with questions to ask
  • CodeHub’s Python code dojo – this is for all levels of python coders and runs with us monthly
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International Woman’s Day and British Science Week

Each For Equal

International Women’s Day on the 8th of March and British Science Week from the 6th to the 15th of March – sounds like a week especially made for us. There’s some hashtags out there for you to use #IWD2020  #EachforEqual

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

It’s late notice but the cabinet office did mail us to ask if we could help out (we can’t do much as its a busy week OBS!!) but if anyone else wants to get involved ….

We’d be grateful if you could consider: 

  • Incorporating #SheWritesHistory (for International Women’s Day) or #BSW (for British Science Week) into your social media posts. 
  • Directing audiences towards careers advice via
  • Recording a 30-second video featuring a female member of your organisation/network speaking about which a woman who inspires them, or sharing any advice for young people starting out in their careers. Please send this to us and post it on your own channels with #SheWritesHistory. 
  • We’re equally keen to hear from men, speaking about a woman who inspires them. 
  • Highlighting any interesting science roles that are non-traditional and challenge perceptions – e.g. Graphic Design Technicians, Sound Engineers etc. using a short video and sharing these with #BSW20. 
  • If it’s not possible to source or record video, do let us know as images and quotes would be appreciated too. 

Contact us on and we can intro you

Next Bristol GirlGeekDinners is on the 26th of March

We loved the last one with Candide – note they are holding a pop-up plant shop/swap this week ” Pop-up plant shop for well-being hosted by Candide and LOOF ” and also all those lovely members that are interested in the Candide product (we know there are a few!) then they are happy to take any feedback or suggestions

” Our user testing team would really welcome any feedback sent to  (in any format; text, screen recording etc.).  We also do user testing in the office so if people are keen we can put them on the list 🙂 “

Our next one we are just putting together:

GGD #81 Girlgeek Dinners, Women’s Tech Hub & Bloomberg live at the ACCU!!

Networking event hosted by the ACCU and sponsored by Bloomberg. Showcasing the local tech groups supporting gender diversity in the region

We are kindly being hosted by the ACCU again this year at their conference and brilliantly sponsored by Bloomberg.

The event will start with a presentation from Bloomberg (Details to be added)

We will then, as we do every year, use the event to give an overview of the GirlGeekDinners events – what we’ve been up to and are in planning for the year. We will also update on Women’s Tech Hub workshops and it’s networking events. Then we will be inviting our partners and collaborators to present what they are up to. KWMC, Ladies that UX, WISE, Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning Study Group, CodeHub, Webdev101, Python Dojo and others ???

This year we have invited other meetups in the area who are looking to increase their Diversity to showcase what they offer.

Currently this is the new South West Business Analysis group, PHPSW, SW mobile and anyone else that comes to us wanting to showcase. Mail us on if you want to be included.

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