Money Money Money

Sorry – couldn’t resist the link …

But its actually not an ABBA revival (much as we would love one) but actually about a LOT of funding opportunities coming through – so first off:

The Digital Innovation Fund is now live: UWE Bristol announces a second round for its £1m Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Following on from a successful first round, UWE Bristol has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, a £1m Covid-19 recovery fund open to SMEs in the West of England. 

The programme is supporting Research and Development projects in a range of industries and will be creating more innovation opportunities with this second round.  The scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers eligible businesses innovation grants from £10,000 to £40,000 to fund 35% of project costs.

Grants are open to businesses in any sector that want to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19. Applicants must be small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and based in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. Deadlines for applications: 10 November 2020. Apply now:  www.digitalinnovationfund.co.uk 

And some more funding from Rosa

Covid-19: Current Funding Opportunities

Existing inequalities mean that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on women – especially women who experience discriminations that intersect race, gender, class, ability, and migration status. We know this means women’s organisations in the UK are under enormous pressure to support their communities, while also dealing with their own internal challenges.

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Back every Monday (except holidays) 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. We have a general intro – then run through some of the 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 us on our meetup page here.

Each for Equal in Systems Engineering

We’re speaking at this one on friday so thought its worth a mention and would love to get more men involved in the converstation to help them make informed decisions when gender comes up in the conversation.

Our first equality and diversity event, that was planned for March this year to celebrate International Women’s Day, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to go ahead and host it as a virtual event this autumn, bringing it to an even wider audience across the country. The theme of the event (and the 2020 IWD campaign), #EachForEqual, is adopted for both female and male systems engineers in mind and we’re planning to explore steps we can take to create a culture of equality in which everyone can advance and thrive.

From the business perspective, equality can be a great performance accelerator as a more inclusive and diverse range of participants is likely to achieve higher levels of innovation, and greater levels of risk reduction in projects and programmes through greater diversity of thinking and experiences.

Inspirational speakers will share their experiences

Expect a lively and interactive virtual event with inspirational speakers, panel discussions with live Q&A, great insights and the opportunity to network with other fellow professionals across different sectors. You will also have the opportunity to stay online for some informal, post-event networking.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Data science online co-working group with the Jean Golding Institute

Come and join the Jean Golding Institute community and dedicate two hours on Tuesday afternoon to your data science research.

By working together we hope we’ll hold each other accountable to really focus on our projects and get to know each other in the process.  You are very welcome to join us for as long as your schedule allows and on whatever type of task you may be working on. This may be data analysis, software development, writing (papers, documentation, thesis, a grant) or something else.

SPE: Software Product Engineering looking for companies to engage

Bristol Uni are currently looking for project proposals for our software engineering unit – you could have a group of our talented students design and build a software system just for you! Within this unit, teams of students develop their software engineering skills, acting as a software consultancy for real-world clients.

This is fantastic opportunity to get involved with the Department of Computer Science. We welcome project ideas from individuals and organisations, from the public and the private sector, both within and outside the IT sector. Read on to find out if your project idea is suitable…

Conferences

Exploring Data Institutions September the 16th

Join us for this online event to learn more about our work and hear from organisations building and advancing the cause of data institutions from around the world.

AI Applications Virtual Summit September the 17th – 18th

With recently confirmed speakers from BNY Mellon, HomeDepot, Salesforce, the National Bank of Ukraine, PGS Software and ASOS, make sure you check out the latest schedules for the AI Applications Virtual Summit with tracks focusing on Retail, Marketing, Finance, Insurance and RegTech!Early Bird discounts are available until 14 August!

Open Data Science Conference Conference September the 17th – 19th

Accelerate your data science knowledge, training, and network.  All in one event.

ODSC Europe Virtual Conference 2020 is one of the largest applied data science conferences. Our speakers include core contributors to many open source libraries and languages. Attend ODSC Europe Virtual Conference 2020 and learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from some of the best and brightest minds in the field.

WebAssembly Live! On Air September the 18th

WebAssembly (abbreviated Wasm) is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine. Wasm is designed as a portable target for compilation of high-level languages like C/C++/Rust, enabling deployment on the web for client and server applications.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

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

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

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

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.