Well, that’s a wrap for this year’s events!

What a year its been, we’ve moved everything online along with the rest of the world which has had its pluses and negatives as for everyone. We’ve been getting a bit zoomed out but interestingly its also given us the opportunity to stretch our wings out as it allowed access to events for members who normally couldn’t make the previous in-person events (and it’s saved us a fortune in pizzas and drinks!).

Its not the end yet though and we do have some exciting changes that we are making and when it happens you’ll be the first to know about it! Don’t worry as we are not dissappearing – just improving some stuff, hopefuly you’ll bear with us and the new changes should enable us to support you all more. (Its good news!)

Workshop Wednesday & Manic Monday

This Wednesday will host our Last event of the year – so bring your christmas jumpers

Christmas jumper party

Workshop #1 PyLab
We’ll wait and see what they’re covering – keep an eye on the slack channel

Workshop #2 WebDev101
Robs happy to chat with anyone about their WebDev issues and look at your projects to review them. Essentially this one is just a drop in to discuss all stuff Web Dev.

From 7.15pm we’ll carry on hosting a central chat and best Christmas jumper discussion, its a drop-in for people just to discuss anything that they want out of the group or simply just to be social. Bring Christmas jumpers and wine (other drinks both alcoholic and not are acceptable) .. it’s a remote party to celebrate making it through the year and toast a better one next year.

Sign up here

Manic Mondays is also open for anyone wanting to catch up as always – signup here.

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

Some Mashable Highlights:

For those missing travel and loving VR Check out The Wander app is a nostalgic Wayback Machine for VR – you’ll be transported to a temple in Indonesia, a random street in Malta, or maybe even a gas station in Iowa

PayPal has launched the Generosity Network, a platform that allows users to create customized, personal fundraising campaigns. Yes, just like you can on GoFundMe

The first country to make period products free vows to help all who need them

MIT Technology Review:

The global AI agenda 2021

In just 10 minutes, you can help MIT Technology Review understand how enterprises are using big data and AI to recover from covid-19. 

Capitalism is in crisis. To save it, we need to rethink economic growth.

The failure of capitalism to solve our biggest problems is prompting many to question one of its basic precepts.

BBC:

Your data and how it is used to gain your vote

A report from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) puts the spotlight on the relationship between data brokers and the politicians here.

Algorithms: Public sector urged to be open about role in decision-making

Conferences

Women in Tech Global Fest Monday 30 November – Tuesday 1 December

For the second year running the Women in Tech Festival Global will provide two-days of carefully selected motivational keynotes, case studies, panel discussions and mentoring. Our industry leaders from around the world will cut through the smoke and mirrors to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone and make achieving the ‘next step’ a reality, not a dream. Alongside this will be our remote fringe events such as mindfulness, yoga, nutrition zone, wellbeing and more!
Whether you’re the ‘Next Generation‘, an ‘Inspirational Leader‘, or an ‘Innovator of Tech‘ this event will offer inspiration of not only how to improve yourself, but how to help others too. With a keen focus on addressing diversity throughout the day, this event is for anyone within the industry.

BCS Virtual Festival of Digital Skills 30 November – 4 December 2020

BCS

The five-day virtual conference will connect influential guest speakers with a diverse audience to collaborate, question and debate the digital skills agenda, aligned with our inaugural conference theme: 2021 The economic road ahead.

Reflecting the scope and complexity of the digital skills challenges we all face in 2021, our new event will deliver a comprehensive and thought-provoking conference programme running from 30 November through to 4 December 2020.

It’s completely free to attend and takes full advantage of the very latest in real-time online conferencing technology, with dedicated streams for schools, educators, authorities, industry and individuals, including a networking lounge and exhibition where you can live-chat to our experts

IoT Security Foundation Virtual Conference December 1st – 4th

The 6th Annual Internet of Things Security Foundation Conference is a four-day virtual event that takes place between Tuesday 1st and Friday 4th December 2020. The Annual IoTSF Conference has built a loyal global following from the IoT stakeholder communities and is renowned for delivering high-quality conference programmes. The era of IoT describes the world as it transforms to be ever-digital and increasingly connected. Along with the power of digital comes the reciprocal cyber threat, and we continue to witness an increasing number of attacks enabled by-products that lack protection against well-known exploits, have been badly configured or suffer from poor maintenance. This causes businesses to be hesitant, concerns governments, increases the likelihood of regulation and ultimately frustrates markets.

Web Summit December 2nd – 4th

Times may be uncertain, but one thing remains true. There’s a simple power in people coming together. That’s why Web Summit is going online this December. We’re a company from Dublin, Ireland that holds events online and across the world – Web Summit, Collision and RISE. Forbes has said we run “the best technology conference on the planet”;
The Atlantic that Web Summit is “where the future goes to be born”;
The New York Times that we assemble “a grand conclave of the tech industry’s high priests.”

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.