We’re off to Leeds again (literally)

Its Leeds Digital Festival 2020

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We’re back! Join us from the 21st of September for two weeks of world-class events celebrating all things digital. We have a record-breaking 294 events so there’s something for everyone. See you there! We’ve put links to the events on our events page but they seem to cover everything Cyber, Careers, Podcasts, Design, Content, AI, Cloud Vue.js, Apps, UX, Social Media, Data, Ethics, Data Science, Safety, Agile .. blah blah blah – theres absolutely everything – even a tiny bit of engineering!

Manic Monday

Manic Monday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers suport and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

CodeHub Mentoring group kicks off on tuesday as a reminder for those of you that are signed up!. Check out the codehub Slack for details. We’re tempted to call it

Workshop Wednesday

This will be a quiet one – but just to give you all a heads up we have talks coming up on AI and Ethics, testing, containers and lots more..

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Practising is cool

This week will be a discussion piece on setting up the New Python learning group – the details are on their webpage here.

WebDev 101 will be back at the following meetup and is being reorganised so it may be a drop in to discuss web development problems as well as looking at the latest, greatest web development going on in the industry. Bear with us while we set that one up.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Ethical Issues in NLP – Graeme Hirst

Ethical issues in natural language processing relate both to issues in the applications of NLP and to problems of bias and discrimination within the systems themselves. I will talk about virtuous and evil applications of NLP, and I will suggest some characteristics of the latter. I’ll then describe the problem of bias in learning from linguistic data, especially for minority groups and for languages other than English that have limited resources, and the bias in word-embeddings that results from linguistic data and that affects even second-order uses of the data

Down and Dirty with Covid Genes

Podcast in machines we trust

What weird bugs did you pick up last time you rode a subway train? A global network of scientists mapping the DNA of urban microbes and using AI to look for patterns pivots to tracking covid-19. Join host Jennifer Strong as she rides along on a subway-swabbing mission and talks to scientists racing to find an existing drug that might treat the disease.

Do Algorithms Dreams Of Electric Speech? What Virtual Philip K. Dick Can Teach Us About AI

“It seems to me that it is really impossible that it could be me.” The first sentence uttered by PKDeepfake – a virtual Philip K Dick (PKD) in conversation with Dr. Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET – is eerily accurate and self-reflective. Their conversation continues along the same vein of seemingly profound but semi-nonsensical tangents, but the content of what the virtual Philip K Dick is saying is not really the point.

Conferences

Leeds Digital Festival 2020

Leeds Digital Festival Logo

We’re back! Join us from the 21st of September for two weeks of world-class events celebrating all things digital. We have a record-breaking 294 events so there’s something for everyone. See you there!

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.