Women’s Tech Hub ~ Bristol intends to start the conversation and invite the tech community to come along, connect, talk to us and to each other, to hear more about initiatives from companies who are trying to change things for the better.
Summer Conference 2017
In June 2017 we hosted our first summer conference at Watershed in Bristol. It was nerve-wracking to organise but rather wonderful to meet so many people who are as concerned as we are at the current lack of diversity in the tech workforce.
We know it is not just a local issue, it’s a national one, but we do believe that Thinking Globally and Acting Locally is a good way forward. So we invited mostly local speakers to our three panels on Recruitment, Retention, and Resilience, to come and share their thoughts on how to change things, and what they are doing to change things.
Tech3Shed Careers Fair
In March 2019 we held our first Inclusive Careers fair at Desklodge House. We know from experience that attending Careers Fairs can be both intimidating and also disheartening for our members due to a lack of engagement. Therefore we set about changing things and decided to run our very own careers fair – open to everyone and including chaperones to provide introductions to companies.
We loved it!! the feedback was brilliant, the companies surprised and amazed us with their willingness to get involved, to talk, supply workshops and engage. It appears that all that was needed was an opportunity and support and in return, they loved the conversations, the people and basically asked when the next one was happening.
and soo, on that note …
We are running another Tech3Shed in the Autumn, alongside a WISE mini-conference discussing the efficacy of Diversity and Inclusion groups within companies. Technotopia will be our partner and it will be hosted at the Colston Hall on Saturday 9th November under the name of the Bristol Tech Fair. It’s within the Bristol Tech Fest week and only a week before TEDxBristol whom we have also partnered with this year (its been a great year for collaborations).