Welcome to the other side now that 2020 is done

It’s not been an easy year and we suspect that this year won’t be plain sailing either, but at least there are some solutions on the horizon and in the history of pandemics none have actually lasted more than a year or two, well other than Aids, Cholera and the Black Death apparently. So let’s start this year on a positive Vibe and watch the dancing robots which are both trending and a nice bit of showing off from Boston Dynamics (now Hyundai we guess since they were recently bought).

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 4th of January – this is an online drop-in session. Alternatively, you are welcome to pop into our workshop Wednesday sessions for an informal chat while the presentations are running (details below)

Workshop Wednesdays

These are back from the 13th – we will put out separate blogposts on what’s coming up as there’s some interesting projects coming to the workshops. Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays but if you want to speak to some humans before that then pop along to Hack Night @CodeHub and go say hi to the codehub bunch.

Events

As we’ve not been out and about over the holidays and its been relatively quiet the events page has been merged for the 2 weeks so check out any happenings on our Events page. One that caught our eye was Thursdays Tech Tutors: How do I build a community-owned conservation tech project?:

WILDLABS Tech Tutors launched in 2020 with the goal of bringing #tech4wildlife experts directly to you. Brought to you with the support of Microsoft AI for Earth, this series is all about providing you with the bite-sized, easy-to-understand building blocks you’ll need to broaden your conservation technology horizons, enhance your research, or launch a new collaborative project. Our new season will take you even deeper into those tricky “how do I do that?” questions of conservation tech, we hope you’ll discover new perspectives and ideas to bring to your own #tech4wildlife work.

Taking place every Thursday, each Tech Tutor will present a 30 minute tutorial guiding you through an aspect of conservation tech, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A session with the audience.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on I case you missed it

Mashable:
Best podcasts for achieving your New Year’s resolutions

Calling 2020 a dumpster fire is the understatement of the century. We’d like to kick this past year straight into the sun, too, but are worried 2020 might destroy it and consequently all life on earth.

Trying ‘Dry January’? What to know about apps that claim to help.

Some apps have been developed by health organizations that rely on science-backed practices. Others come from unknown developers with language or techniques that can discourage someone who is trying to change their relationship with alcohol.

NASA digs deep into the archives for a peaceful view of Earth from half a century ago

It was Anders who captured what has since become an iconic image highlighting humanity’s early steps beyond the Earth’s surface. And just ahead of Christmas 2020, right around the 52nd anniversary of the photo being taken, NASA highlighted this peaceful view of our planet in one of its daily photo drops.

MIT Technology Review:
Why 2020 was a pivotal, contradictory year for facial recognition

The racial justice movement pushed problems with the technology into public consciousness—but despite scandals and bans, its growth isn’t slowing.

The year deepfakes went mainstream

In 2020, AI-synthetic media started moving away from the darker corners of the internet.

A look back at our best photography of 2020

Photographers take us outside our bubble in 2020.

BBC Tech News:
Adobe Flash Player is finally laid to rest

Adobe Flash Player, the browser plug-in that brought rich animations and interactivity to the early web, has officially reached the end of its life.

TikTok faces legal action from 12-year-old girl in England

A 12-year-old girl is hoping to take legal action against video-sharing app TikTok, claiming the company uses children’s data unlawfully.

Tech 2020: Our biggest stories and what happened next

Some of the biggest tech companies saw their profits soar, and a few lucky-placed start-ups such as Zoom and Deliveroo also benefitted. But many smaller companies came under strain, and – rightly or wrongly – Netflix rival Quibi blamed the pandemic for its implosion.

Conferences

We’ve not spotted any currently for this month – in fact, the first ones we have spotted are in March. We’ll keep checking and updating though and you can check out the current year’s lineup on our conferences page. Also if you have a conference you want us to publicise then contact us on info@wthub.org and if you give our members a discount we may even put out a blog piece on it.

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.