Digital Cities Bristol 2020 & Plant Swaps

Plant Swap

Digital Cities Bristol 2020

BBC Digital Cities will be returning to Bristol in 2020 with a week-long series of events for the creative industries. Starting on Saturday 25 January, there will be a full and varied schedule across the week, offering insights and free digital skills training.

Amongst the partners delivering events are BBC Academy with our Digital Skills Day, which includes the chance to find out about podcasting, TikTok, Instagram and filming on your smartphone, BBC Young ReporterBBC Stem and digital arts and creative conference, Hello Culture Remixwill be making its debut in the city. 

Boomsatsuma will once again be opening up their doors for an Ask Me Anything event and Bristol Media‘s How to Get Your Dream Job event will be taking place at the BBC Bristol.

Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio will be hosting a special lunchtime session on the Friday with the BBC’s Makerbox and We The Curious are running their awe-inspiring Planetarium Nights.

There will also be a day of events on Thursday 30 January at Watershed. Called Screen Futures, it will feature Bristol UNESCO City of FilmInto Film, ScreenSkills, Cables & Cameras, TEDxBristolBBC WritersroomBFI NETWORK, Calling the Shots and BBC Upload and many more fantastic organisations, and will give you the chance to find out what schemes and opportunities they can offer.

Also, recent arrivals to the city – Channel 4 – will be talking about their latest apprenticips and trainee schemes and not to be missed out, tech and digital creators will be able to attend UWE’s Global Game Jam.

Get Involved with a Plant Swap

Candide are setting up a Plant swap to encourage employee wellness at work. Details wise, we’re looking to hold the plant swap on an evening or during the day, whatever suits! For people to join in the plant swap, employees can either come along and buy a plant or they can bring one along to swap with someone else’s or one of theirs 🙂 If they just want to browse that’s also fine! If you know any companies who would be keen or would like to get involved please mail directly to Zoe.

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Bath GirlGeekDinners back for 2020

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A big thanks to everyone for supporting our Workshop Wednesdays, now that we are structuring it with dedicated channels of learning we have a great turnout and feedback, so a BIG THANKS! See below an overview of everything we are currently planning to run at the next one!

Bath Girl Geek Dinners

The Copernican Calendar has transitioned to the year 2020 – so let’s get started with the amazing world of podcasting, one of Fran’s personal passions (listening that is, not yet making). However, if you have wondered, how these things get done, join us and our guest will tell us all about how she created her podcast and what is involved

Women in Innovation: Building Success – South West by The Knowledge Transfer Network

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As part of Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme, KTN will be hosting the sixth Building Success event on the 21st January in Bristol.

Take the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this exciting South West event. There will be a variety of practical workshops delivered by experts to accelerate your knowledge and an Innovation Canvas* session that will help identify your particular innovation challenges and prioritise what actions you should take next. You will also have the chance to learn about, and interact with, national and regional support organizations that can help take your business to the next level.

Female founders and women working within innovation from all industries are encouraged to attend.

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Workshop Wednesday kicks off its new term

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Our members and our collaboration with CodeHub has had loads going on behind the scenes with some very great free training options being offered up. So if you are interested in getting into tech, pop along and try it out for free before deciding or committing on your future options in a friendly and helpful pain-free way.

Women’s Tech Hub products

We have a new Candidates page and will advertise the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies). Please speak to us if you are interested in any of them – and if you are looking for a job in the area then please let us know and we can try and help you – mail us on info@wthub.org

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here. If you are interested in one of the roles then please contact us and we can help you consider if its a job that will suit you and make an introduction.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the workshop wednesdays – details here.

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Happy New Year (and what a year!)

A Big Happy New Year to you all and a round-up of all the great things we’ve been up to this year!

Tech³Shed Careers Fairs

We ran two super-inclusive careers fairs and would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for their support with our Tech³Shed incentive. These were all about having a truly engaged and inclusive place for companies to come and meet not only women looking for work but those wanting to know more about a career in Tech. Thanks to our sponsors:

  • Altran
  • BUD systems
  • Cookpad
  • Deloitte Digital
  • Desklodge
  • Esoterix
  • Graphcore
  • Jump Trading
  • KETL
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Newicon
  • Quadrotech
  • Scott Logic
  • Sparkol
  • Tech Talent Academy
  • The Growth Hub
  • Tumelo
  • UltraSoc
  • Women in Cyber Academy
  • Xavier Analytics

Careers Support

Free Three Fridays

Women: we moved our Free Free Fridays to be much more Career support based, helping, as much as we could support those members of ours who were looking to move, return or change careers. Through this, we have managed to see many of our members get great new jobs and/or careers.

To extend this we now include a Jobsboard and also a candidate page so we can offer up our members to companies looking for diverse candidates.

Workshops

Workshop Wednesdays

We Started our Workshop Wednesdays to host Workshops and peer to peer-supported learning and added an option to sponsor them and engage /run workshops. We have also partnered with our great Pals at Codehub bristol which mixes it up a bit – We’d like to say a massive thanks to both Desklodge and our supportive members for running the workshops. Our sponsors to date:

  • Desklodge
  • Toumetis

We will announce this years sponsors as they come – if you want to support these then please see our Workshops Page here.

Girl Geek Dinners events

Thanks to all of the Bristol Girl Geek Dinner sponsors

Highlights of the year:

  • GGD #72 GirlGeekDinners @Graphcore
  • GGD #73 Helen LLoyd from Xavier is speaking!
  • GGD #74 GirlGeekDinners & Support at the ACCU sponsored by Bloomberg
  • GGD #75 Smart usability testing on a budget and upskilling with JustEat
  • GGD #76 Digital Exclusion and Double Diamonds with BJSS
  • GGD #77 Data Management and Security – a partnership with Lloyds Bank
  • GGD #78 CAV and Safety hosted by Scott Logic
  • GGD #79 User Experience in AR by Viki Johnson – sponsored by Cookpad

We’d also like to say a big thanks to Fran for taking over Bath Girl Geek Dinners and thanks to their sponsors.

Their Years summary:

  • BGGD Reloaded #5 – Ideas and Ideals: Project management meets Start Up Reality
  • BGGD Reloaded #6 – Success and Failures
  • BGGD Reloaded #7 – Mayden Academy Special
  • BGGD Reloaded #8 – Let’s talk about AI
  • BGGD Reloaded #9 – Let’s talk about Bias
  • BGGD Reloaded #10 – Anthropology + Technology AND Networking
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This week it’s all about TEDxBristol!

TEDx speakers lineup

A big thanks to all our lovely sponsors and volunteers that came to our tech3shed careers fair on Saturday, you are what makes it worth it. We had some great discussions and it was brilliant to also see so many of our women who have got back into the industry and see you all doing so well!

We’re super excited to be partnered with TEDx Bristol and will be there on the 17th to meet all the lovely attendees and speakers.

There is a brilliant line up of speakers for this year’s TEDxBristol! 

They are an unbelievably inspiring group of individuals with a whole spectrum of ideas, from how we tackle antibiotic resistance, to rebooting the way we teach young people about sex, or the fashion industry’s attitude to disabled people. These really are Bristol’s trailblazers and innovators. 

You can be there and join them at Reflect: Rethink: Reboot on 17 November at Bristol Old Vic – a day of live inspirational talks and activities focused on not just surviving, but thriving in uncertain times. Tickets are on sale now!

Tech-wise theres a talk from Paul Wiseall from DEATH.io which helps plan around things such as your digital death, Drew Benvie talking about how to reboot social media and Stephanie Campbell CEO of Bristol-based OKKO Health rethinking how we approach health in the digital age. There’s loads of other great speakers there too that should pique your interest and you can use our discount as one of our members TEDXFRIEND19.

Bristol GirlGeekDinners

We are pleased to announce our final Girl Geek Dinners meetup of the year will be at Cookpad on the 14th of November. We are really excited to have Viki Johnson for GGD #79 User Experience in AR – sign up here. It’s our first ever visit to cookpad and we know they have a super cool kitchen so we really can’t wait.

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