We’re off to Leeds again (literally)

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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.

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Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 12th of August

Workshop Wednesdays

The next online Workshop Wednesday will host three workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. For this please send us details beforehand and we will share the info on a slideshare.

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The next online Workshop Wednesday will host three workshops and some catch-up time in between should anyone want to share any initiatives they are working on or seeking help with. Software testing by Donna is taking a break over the summer as are the extra workshops.

The agenda is :

6pm : Zoom starts – info share and quick hi to everyone

6:15pm: 2 workshops running in separate rooms

Workshop #1 Bristol Data Science & Machine Learning : “Self-paced peer-supported study session”
You can join up on their direct meetup here https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Data-Science-and-Machine-Learning-Study-Group/events/272235940/
“We will share some useful tips and tricks for Python, Jupyter notebooks, and Data Science. Plus share info about upcoming events, workshops and interesting meetups related to Data Science and Machine Learning.

6:45pm: (Zoom) Study time – yes! Time to carry on learning! Or talk about difficulties and challenges since last session – we are here to help. We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders v3’ course (https://www.fast.ai/)”

Workshop #2 WebDev101
You can join here or via codehub https://www.meetup.com/CodeHub-Bristol/events/xjhrtrybclbqb/
If anyone wants to go work on a web project then we will open WebDev101 from 6.15 – and Rob will be there to host

7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – will stay live for any discussions

7:30pm: workshop
Workshop #2 and #1 are welcome to continue

Workshop #3 Kathryn Armistead running:

Python: Lesson 6 We will continue with the Udacity course and review lesson 6, up to section 16 (https://www.udacity.com/course/introduction-to-python–ud1110). This covers python installation, receiving user input and dealing with errors and exceptions.

8:30pm: Central chat and call out for any projects that people want to support etc. Also time to make suggestions on subjects moving forward .. we are currently putting them together so will show the list and dates moving forward.

9pm: Close

Notes:

  • Please Join up on our meetup page
  • All genders and ages welcome
  • Please abide by the rules of Women’s Tech Hub
  • We will not take photos or put any images of people attending and will ask attendees also to abide by these rules
  • We may *with agreement* record sessions to build up a resources library for members moving forward .. we are currently looking at the best manner/tooling with which to do this
  • We will be screen sharing and therefore do not expect attendees to share their videos
  • Should any members wish to continue a conversation rather than attending the main workshops lease request in the chat and we can open up a breakout room for you – you can share video in the breakout rooms
  • We would ask members not to speak over one another or the speaker – this is difficult so if possible either raise your hand or ask a question on chat so we can respond or put the question to the speaker at an appropriate time

First WTF and now the Shops are Back!

Shop windows welcoming shoppers and customers back after Covid19 lockdown

Looks like we can go and sleep with or in our bubble and also go to the shops again this week. The question is, who is in any fit state to be seen out on the streets again? For those of you seriously not feeling too keen on the idea you’ll be glad to hear that there’s still a lot going on that you don’t need to get dressed for.

Women Tech Founders

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Thanh will be running the events and will start the first one This week on the 15th of June. The subject will be the new fund that she is managing and we have decided to keep it short and post-family bathtimes so from 8 – 9pm. Join up here: We’re Back with the new Digital Innovation Fund.

Workshop Wednesdays

Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 17th of June


Donna Grimmer with software testing

This week we will be looking at the usability of websites and how a poorly designed website can impact your business. Sign up here

Gabriela Morales Data

Tableau & Data visualisation for current Excel users. Sign up here

WebDev101 Breakout room

We will open up a breakout room for the WebDev101 should any members wish to work on web development together. Currently, we do not have a host so this will be on request and we can leave the room open for the full meeting. Sign up here

James presenting his ‘intro to’ series

He’ll be presenting some slides on SQL, relational databases and how to use them to store information. Then there will be at least one database server to play with, so please have a laptop available and you can try a few things. We’ll look at how we create a database, query a database and, if we have time, structure it to optimise for different tasks. Sign up here

Python Beginners with Kathryn Armistead

For the next workshop we will cover lesson 3: there is quite a lot of substance here and all things that you will use over and over again, so if you have time any extra practice will stand you in good stead. Sign up here

We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

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WTF ~ Bristol is coming back

Startup funding

Women Tech Founders

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… is returning after a break. There were some other initiatives around the city in this area and as we only exist to fill in gaps where we believe we can best serve our members we waited to see if we still needed to run the WTF. Over the last few months though it appears that there are some requests and are therefore setting it back up in a new format.

Thanh

Thanh Quan-Nicolls will be running the events and will start the first one on the 15th of June. The subject will be the new fund that she is managing and we have decided to keep it short and post-family bathtimes so from 8pm – 9pm. Join up here: We’re Back with the new Digital Innovation Fund.

I am very pleased to be launching the new Digital Innovation Fund from UWE Bristol.  We have a £1m in grants to support digital innovation projects for SMEs in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  We can provide eligible business in any sector with between £10-40k in grants for 35% of the project costs.  Check out www.digitalinnovationfund.co.uk for more information.  If you want to have a chat with me about it, how to apply and what sort of projects might be suitable you can book in a session with me via https://calendly.com/thanh-quan-nicholls/30min?month=2020-06

Workshop Wednesdays

The next Workshop Wednesday will be on the 17th of June. Currently we have planned:

  • Software Testing with Donna
  • Beginners Python by Kathryn
  • WebDev101
  • Tableau with Gabriella *TBC
  • Intro to SQL with James

We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

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Baths’ Week of Women in Science

Week of Women in Science Poster

In the week of 10-14th of February the NWP (Network of Women in Physics) together with the Student Chapter of the Optical Society at the University of Bath will host the Week of Women in Science conference.

– FREE LUNCH Monday 12:15pm, Physics Square
– Lunchtime talks from 5 inspirational women in physics
– Pub Lecture ‘Hunting for Planets with Citizen Science’
– Pub quiz (prizes given!)
– ‘From the Perspective of Women in Physics’ panel discussion
– Networking

More information on the lunchtime lectures can be found on the Bath section of the events below. For the free lunch, you can sign up to the Monday lecture and let us know about your dietary requirements!

Looking forward to seeing you there! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners Upcoming Event

GGD #80 Data Fuelled Growth: Why and How to implement with your product Thursday the 20th

Candide

Data fuelled Growth
How can you use data to make fast, confident decisions? Pippa will discuss how to use data and experiments to grow your product and how data can align marketing campaigns, engineering and product.

About Pippa Churcher
Pippa is head of Growth at Bristol-based Candide, the app for plant-loving humans founded in 2018. She manages experiments to optimise acquisition and retention, but her career initially started by studying Anthropology at university. She then worked at the National Trust, connecting people with conservation through events and marketing, moving to another technology company before finding Candide, where she helps create a digital space for plant and nature lovers.

She also climbs a lot of mountains – the relevance of which will be divulged during her talk!

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