Bath Digital Festival 2020

Bath Digital Festival

The same great festival, just a little bit different

Bath Digital Festival is happening! Get yourself ready for the biggest celebration of digital and tech in the South West. Make sure to block out your diary and join us on 20th – 24th October 2020 for the virtual event of the year.

You might not be able to soak up the sights and smells of our historical and innovative city but, we promise a fun-packed online programme for the entire family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

This year, our event series will focus on recovery, skills and talent plus, we’ll be launching our brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme. So, if you’re looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who’s recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there’s an event for you. 

Learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, discuss the modern ethics, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech. Our online programme will  offer plenty for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

Get your Pass here

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All zoomed out yet?

All Zoomed Out

I think there may be some new dictionary additions this year 📚 It’s getting busy with zoom but we are starting to settle into this online life, it shouldn’t have been too hard given the nature of the group!

Workshop Wednesday (and F3F)

Currently, we are available for support online in place of our Free Three Fridays (F3F) & Workshop Wednesdays for zoom catch-ups. Sign up on our meetup here or mail us on info@wthub.org for details.

Workshop Wednesdays
Workshop Wednesday

The Workshop Wednesdays are coming together – currently, we are lining up possible workshops and are currently speaking to potential speakers. If anyone fancies running a workshop then please get in touch and we can work it into the agenda. The best time to discuss it would beat this weeks zoom meeting Workshop Wednesdays by Women’s Tech Hub ~ Bristol

  • CV workshop and job hunting
  • Linkedin profile
  • Cybersecurity- subject to speaker
  • BA workshops by Sara Price
  • System thinking – subject to speaker
  • Python beginners
  • Webdev101
  • ‘Intro to’ Sessions

Bristol College initiative

We are pleased to announce the new partnership between NW digital education provider & apprenticeship specialist Code Nation and City of Bristol College this week – a move which will expand the provision of Software Development courses and apprenticeships in the South West, as well as Code Nation continuing their work in Manchester.

User Testing opportunity

We are looking for up to 10 IT professionals across a range of career stages to help with some user testing. Sessions will last no longer than an hour and will take place between the 11th – 22nd May. We’ll confirm our selection by Friday 8th May, and successful participants will be rewarded with £30 Amazon vouchers. If you’re interested in getting involved, sign up here: https://hubs.ly/H0q0dZn0.

For a bit of extra money it may be worth looking at joining up at peopleforresearch as they regularly advertise user research or website testing for amazon vouchers or money – and its not like some of you are strapped for time (although I know alot of us are still very busy!)

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Thank you to CV19 and it’s Cyber volunteers!

CV19 Cyber
Lisa Forte
Lisa Forte

Lisa Forte – has been a great supporter of WTHub. She is a brilliant international speaker of some repute, a brilliant trainer of Cyber and many things in between. She put a call out some weeks ago to look for a volunteer force to help on all things cyber to support healthcare services during this pandemic. They are now live and going out internationally to support so check them out here and feel free to put the word out. Lisa and the team – we would like to say THANK YOU!

CV19 is a volunteer organisation setup to provide Cyber support for those in need. This was setup following the outbreak of COVID19 (Corona Virus) across the world. Our focus is on Prevent and Response services to support healthcare services in the UK and Europe on a voluntary basis. Here you will find a wealth of information regarding how we and our volunteers can help in the fields of cyber security, network security, internet security, information security and computer security. If you are a healthcare provider in need of assistance please use our service request form. If you wish to volunteer please see both our volunteers page and also visit our LinkedIn group and LinkedIn page.

CV19 Cyber Volunteers

Anyone fancy visiting Leeds?

Leeds are hosting their Digital festival virtually – which means that we all get to visit – looks like there’s a plus to this shutdown when it comes to virtual festivals. @leedsdigifest is massive and has some great workshops – we’ve listed them, with links, below but the main site details are here.

Workshop Wednesday (and F3F)

Currently, we are available for support online in place of our Free Three Fridays (F3F) & Workshop Wednesdays for zoom catch-ups. Sign up on our meetup here or mail us on info@wthub.org for details.

For Workshop Wednesdays we are looking for members to pop along and tell us what they are looking for – we are currently discussing continuing the training sessions with a social time and then a workshop. You can therefore pop in and out for whichever part you will be interested in, the next WW will be discussing what we will be offering for these – and we would love your input to check that we are supplying what you want to support your learning.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Last week we were looking at upskilling into electronics and to be fair it was difficult to find great resources online. Interestingly the very next day we spotted on the UKESF blog that the open university is offering up a free course on it so if you want an introduction into electronics then take a look here.

Other upskilling resources can all be found on our training page.

The AI summit is offering us 25% discount and will send on all the presentations as its US-based – mail us on info@wthub.org for the discount code

Current service offer – Bristol Mental Health Employment Service 

We support people who need support with their mental health and wellbeing, are facing problems at work or searching for employment. This can be through brief interventions, or over a longer period – usually 4 months of fortnightly support.  We continue to offer employment support and take referrals for this. 

Our landline and email address are still the best ways to contact us: 0117 9232741 enquiry.bmhemployment@richmondfellowship.org.uk. During this unprecedented health crisis we are relaxing our criteria to include anyone who has a wellbeing support need – this can include their employment situation, or it can be about coping with isolation, anxiety, concern for others or anything people might need to talk about. As experienced mental health professionals we can offer a listening ear and provide any information we have, as well as signposting to sources of support and information we are aware of. We are also happy to hear from those who have a mental health support need and only wish to volunteer, rather than seek paid work in the current period. We understand that there is an increased need for volunteers and many people want to help. 

SWCTN

We are continuing our Covid 19 business support sessions! Offering the most up to date, and key information in this ever-changing time, SWCTN have teamed up with legal firm TLT, and accountants Saffery, to give our network some added support. With this expert help our aim is to cut through the noise and ever increasing mountain of information facing businesses and freelancers, to give them the guidance that they need to continue doing what they do best.

These sessions will cover the below areas:

  • Legal Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Accountancy Services
  • Access to Finance Alongside assisting participants in accessing additional funds, which we understand to be of upmost importance in the current climate.

Check them out here.

Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes is a nonprofit organization that provides free, one-on-one language and skills learning for individuals whose lives and education have been interrupted due to conflict. Their Women in Tech program works with women ages 18 – 35 who speak advanced English, have little to no coding experience, but are interested in learning coding. The program seeks to equip women with basic skills in coding languages such as CSS, JavaScript, and HTML. Each student is matched with an instructor and a personal mentor, who meets with her once a week to help with assignments and answer questions! They are currently looking for instructors to deliver the content for our Women in Tech program. They are especially looking for individuals with experience in the coding languages above. They prefer candidates who also have previous experience teaching coding, and can speak some Arabic – but these aren’t requirements! This is a volunteering position, with an expected time commitment of 4 – 6 hours per week. Importantly, they are looking for people who are passionate about providing educational opportunities for women and refugees.The application for their summer session is now open. It will run from June 21st until August 29th. If you are interested, have a look here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RgfeSbWf81r0_amltfn50iiJuXBlHaz94iYvYl0MTcQ/viewform?edit_requested=true

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Wednesday really is the new Black

Wednesday - Hump Day

Looks like its a busy Wednesday .. it is the Business showcase but it seems like everyone loves a Wednesday, we have even managed to clash with ourselves – running our Bristol GGD #76 Digital Exclusion and Double Diamonds with BJSS with our workshop Wednesdays (more details below!). Hopefully, it means we will all be well fed with pizza by the end of the night and we are obviously on trend!

Our other news is that we have now set up a jobs board which allows our Tech3Shed Careers Fair sponsors and our Women’s tech Hub members to advertise their roles as part of their member/sponsorship offerings. The sponsorship package for being part of the Bristol Tech Fair is also ready this week so mail us on info@bristoltechfair.org for info! .. there will be more info coming in the next few weeks! There also happen to be a couple of big Conferences on this week

B-sides – which is a massive London cyber Conference

What is BSides Bristol?

BSides Bristol is a two-day infosec community event run under the BSides Security movement. It’s the first BSides event to be run in the south west following the success of other UK BSides events like BSides London and BSides Manchester, with a seperate core team. It’s coming to town this week 20th – 21st June 2019 at UWE

Who should come?

Absolutely anybody interested in InfoSec disciplines like Penetration Testing, Digital Forensics, Incident Response, or generic Cyber Security. You don’t have to work in InfoSec to attend; all you need is a spark of interest! We’re hoping to capture a pool of cyber-ness from the south west primarily, attracting people from Bristol, Cardiff, Bath and Gloucester, as well as visitors from around the country and the world.

Collaborate Bristol 2019

Collaborate Bristol is The South West’s leading UX, Ai and Design conference. The conference returns for the seventh year running, aimed at encouraging sharing, learning and networking within the digital community.

The event returns to the Watershed on Friday June 21st , offering a unique chance to network with peers and learn from top brands and internationally renowned speakers against the backdrop of Bristol’s floating harbour.

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