Back to School/work/learning?

We’re back with some new offerings so check out everything thats on this week and moving forward. Looking forward to catching up with you all!

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Is kicking off this week – every Monday we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. The purpose is to replace the Free Three Fridays and fit it to work better with the new virtual norm. We will replicate the ’round table’ from F3F with an intro to everyone on the call and letting everyone know what they do and/or are looking to work in. Then we will run through some of teh upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like.

Join up on our meetup page here.

Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays

Currently, this is mainly supporting the python beginners as the Bristol Data Science and Machine learning group are taking a break while they consider the best format moving forward. We are still waiting to hear from Donna on the software testing and Rob on the WebDev101.

For Python Beginners: We will be finishing off lesson 6 next Wednesday and then there is just a very short lesson 7 to go;  the end is in sight so keep up the good work!

We’ll be online for the full schedule so happy to have a catch up with anyone wanting to do a talk etc – signup here.

CodeHub Mentoring Scheme last call…

If you would like to participate, please complete the on-line forms by Monday, 7th September.

What is the purpose of the scheme? The scheme enables a person with less experience in a given field (mentee) to ‘tap into’ a helpful voice, so that their ambitions can be realised with more direction and more quickly than otherwise. At the same time, the mentor also gains from the experience as it provides a perfect environment to develop and practise listening and coaching skills – an opportunity that does not always exist in the workplace.

Those who are interested in participating, either as mentors or as mentees, fill out the relevant application form (links above) by Monday, 7th September.

  • 22 Sept: Kick-off meeting – previously this was in person, but we are expecting that it will take place remotely this year. The meeting is an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and ask questions. We ask everyone to attend this meeting if at all possible
  • 22-30 Sept: We (ie CodeHub organisers) pair up the mentors and mentees, based on the information in the application forms. For example, for those looking for technical support we will pair them up with someone with experience in that topic. We will also take into account any stated constraints on availability from either party.
  • 30 Sept: Mentors and mentees are notified of their pairings and invited to liaise with each other to arrange the first meeting.
  • Start Oct: First one-to-one meetings are held: this is a key meeting as it sets the scene for the rest of the mentorship period and should result in a defined set of goals as well as agreement on how you will operate, eg frequency & timing of meetings, methods of communication etc. You will be provided with further guidance on the topics to cover during the meeting nearer the time.
  • Oct – Feb: A regular cadence of meetings – typically 1-2 hours every 2 weeks, but it can be whatever suits individual circumstances. Normally, the scheme runs for around 3 months and can run into 2021 if that works for both parties – particularly if you take a decent break over Xmas. Feb: Feedback so we can take on board your comments and make adjustments for future sessions. Draft guidelines for those participating can be found here: mentoring_guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact mentoring@codehub.org.uk or via the CodeHub #mentoring Slack channel (https://codehubbs.slack.com)

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Bonnie Binary Crowdfunder

As Bonnie Binary grows, we continue to research new ways in which sensory textiles can bring comfort to people’s lives.  We believe that sensory textiles are an exciting opportunity to help those in need of comfort, calm, and hugs. 
 

This is where we need your help. By donating to our Crowdfunder, you will be contributing to the ongoing research and creation of valuable products that can make a big difference to people’s lives. In return, you will have the opportunity to own a beautiful Bonnie Binary cushion from our very first collection. 

Civic Dinners Group

Civic Dinners is the platform that brings people together to have conversations that matter. With the help of technology, we create powerful conversations that inspire positive social change. By providing a simple framework for conversations that matter, anyone, anywhere, can use Civic Dinners as a tool for organizing and action.

The Stable Coworking Weston-Super-Mare

Is offering a free coworking week this week – we only spotted it on Facebook here

Wanting to earn some extra money ?

Take a look at people for research – they are a great small extra money earner with some great research opportunities – check it out and sign up here

Rolls-Royce announces breakthroughs in artificial intelligence ethics and trustworthiness

Rolls-Royce has announced two breakthroughs in artificial intelligence ethics, which could help gain society’s trust of the technology and accelerate the next generation of industrialization, known as industry 5.0.

Interesting google formula for Job applications

Okay, it is for Google applications but it does have some great pointers on what should and more importantly should not be included in a job application.

Machine Learning Mastery

Looks like an interesting resource to support Devs in AI mastery

Machine Ethics Podcast

From Ben Byford and his machine ethics podcast series

Responsible AI with Maria Axente

This month we’re chatting with Maria Luciana Axente about responsible AI, defining AI ethic terms and collaboration, where does the interest in AI ethics come from within organisations, how is it ethics for AI is related to good business outcomes, the connection of ethics and risk and much more…

Googles new degree replacement training

The tech giant Google has announced they will begin accepting Google Learning Certificates in place of college degrees, offering six-month courses for prospective employees to train for in-demand jobs in a fraction of the time it would take at University. The qualification will see successful students graduate with a Google Career Certificate, which will be viewed by the company as the equivalent of a four-year degree for similar roles.

New Careers Support for Women in North Bristol

 A new project offering career development support for women in North Bristol has been launched, aimed at mums with young children and women who are unemployed or in part-time work. Future Me provides one to one support to women looking to improve their employability and work towards a career of their choosing. The year-long programme offers a full package of support to help women identify their career goals, access the training and skills needed, and overcome barriers. Future Me is run by North Bristol Advice Centre (NBAC). The project is open to women who are not currently in full-time work. This includes unemployed and part-time workers. It’s particularly aimed at women with young children as it provides a unique opportunity to use the time before their children enter full-time education to start the process of part-time training to develop their own career.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Tanko

North Bristol Advice Centre 0117 951 5751 or 07887 397 021 katherine@northbristoladvice.org.uk

Virtual Jobs Fair

The next Virtual Jobs Fair is on 8th September,11.00 -12.30 We are running this jointly between DWP, National Careers Service and all four Local Authorities in the West of England which reflects the travel to work area we live and work in.  It will be held again on Twitter and Facebook and we are encouraging employers to make themselves available during the time so that they can answer questions by DM (which is as near as we can get to a face to face Jobs Fair at the moment).

Conferences

London Tech Week September the 1 – 11th

Join us virtually at London Tech Week 2020 where we’ll be celebrating the best of tech innovation. Welcoming world-class speakers and brands from across the globe, this is the unmissable tech event of the year!

We’ll be tackling the most pressing topics facing the tech sector and society today, across the future of work, diversity within tech, education, healthcare, the startup landscape, business transformation and much more!

Includes:

Founders Forum Climate Summit 8th

The Founders Forum Climate Summit will convene entrepreneurs, global leaders, corporate CEOs, investors, and activists to discuss critical issues, devise actionable solutions, and highlight the latest technologies supporting the climate crisis.

Founders Forum HealthTech Summit 8th

Founders Forum HealthTech convenes the most inspiring and celebrated minds from healthcare systems and digital health industries to ignite meaningful discussion and debate on the most pressing topics in global health, from COVID-19 and beyond.

Future of Work Summit 8th

Future of Work Summit 2020 is committed to delivering key insights and learnings from the last 6 months, to those driving organisational modernisation, workplace development, and inspiring employee talent – and those championing the tech that will lead the way.

Founders of the Future Forum 9th

Bringing entrepreneurs and investors together, the Forum connects, informs and inspires future founders and highlights the UK’s most promising emerging tech talent.

Global Leaders Innovation Summit 9th

Connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate growth and drive positive change

accelerateHER 11th

accelerateHER is a global events series and network bringing together a highly curated group of exceptional entrepreneurs, CEOs and global thought leaders in an environment conducive to catalytic discussion and collaboration. The driving force behind the accelerateHER community is that we are women first – uniting men and women to drive societal change through technology.

TechExeter Conf 2020 September the 9th – 10th

Our theme this year is “vision”, split across two jam-packed days

Weds 9th Sept : TechExeter
With topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Software and Web Development, Computer Vision Systems, Our Robot Future

Thurs 10th Sept : Digital Exeter
With topics such as UX, Design, Digital Marketing, SEO & Immersive Experiences

Lean Agile Exchange 2020 September the 10th – 11th

Lean Agile Exchange brings together the communities from Lean Agile Scotland, Agile Cambridge, Agile in the City: Bristol, Agile in the City: London and Agile Manchester for a new online event.

Our curated experience will include a mixture of inspiring keynotes, practical tutorials, engaging live sessions, interactive group sessions, speaker Q&A – plus the all-important hallway track.

Join to take part in a community that sits somewhere between a community of needs and a community of solutions. That seeks out better questions as well as better answers. Participants will be encouraged to tackle new, challenging ideas, and share their knowledge with others.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.

Did we miss anything?

If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on info@wthub.org. We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

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.