So – what’s (not) on?

Coronavirus Closed

Looks like we are taking an enforced break for the foreseeable future while we watch the city and country react to the Coronavirus impact. There’s some great datasets in the MIT update here for those bored data people out there to play with, for the rest of you we suspect we will bump into you in B & Q / Ikea /garden centre or in the supermarket queues when you realise you forgot to stock up on chocolate oranges!

Update on our Events

Workshop Wednesdays

So for Women’s Tech Hub & CodeHub’s Workshop Wednesdays – we have to announce cancellations as Desklodge have very sensibly cancelled external events, they’ve suggested it’s just for March – however, we will keep the events for April open but are playing those by ear so we really don’t know 🤷‍♀️! Keep an eye on the codehub slack as they may run some remote sessions…

Bristol GirlGeekDinners

For the Bristol GirlGeekDinners at the ACCU – there is no longer an ACCU conference 😢 they were very good and happy to support until the very end with sponsorship from Bloomberg even though they were not coming! So big thanks to the ACCU conference and Bloomberg and sorry that you have to cancel! We’ll try and put together an alternative dissemination event later in the year if we can and look forward to ACCU 2021!

Free Three Fridays (f3F)

Currently, we are continuing with these as they are limited in numbers and Desklodge is still open for co-working. If these do get cancelled we will be happy to meet with members in other public spaces to continue with our support for you. Please keep an eye out for the updates and if you would like to meet up individually during this period (all members) please email us on and we will try and arrange a meeting.

While we are still running the fridays then please follow:

  • If you think you may have flu, please do not come in
  • Please frequently wash/sanitise your hands
  • If coughing or sneezing, ensure it’s into your elbow or a tissue and avoid touching your face (we know its the start of hayfever season)
  • Avoid being tactile i.e. handshaking, kissing, hugging etc (this is just us generally, can we keep this longterm please?)
  • If you have come back off holiday in the last 14 days (from anywhere really) please do not attend … we also have holiday envy!
  • We don’t have pizzas on fridays but if we did: we would cut the pizzas cleanly so you can pick up slices and not ‘tear and share’

Most importantly – support the people that made need help are they in isolation? do they need provisions? And most of all stay well out there 😷

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British Science Week: Come learn about tech!

Women Scientists

With our ……. Workshop Wednesdays

What better manner to celebrate British Science Week than coming along to a super friendly meeting where there’s plenty to learn, either through coding or just chatting to people who are really keen to tell you about Tech and how/what you might want to do. We offer up a speaker’s corner for those wanting to practice their tech talks on a friendly audience and welcome suggestions on topics that you want to group together for. We also offer super companies the change to come, support, pitch their jobs and offer workshops should they wish to – see details here. This week it’s SG Digital, who have just dipped their toes into Bristol and are recruiting!!

SG Digital

SG Digital are sponsoring this week’s workshop Wednesday on the 11th of March – check out our Jobs Board to see what they are recruiting for and check out their new offices in the Quorum. They will be running a 10-minute presentation at 8 pm just before the pizzas!

Everyone is welcome – you don’t have a to know a thing, there’s no testing you or judging your knowledge, just come along for some free learning about tech. This week we shall have the following:

  • Just popping along for some co-working with Women’s Tech Hub – all welcome, tech-curious, questions or support or anything really. We are considering setting up a group to discuss UX so pop along if you are interested in getting something started on that.
  • Python beginners – this is a managed set of workshop sessions moving towards a good foundation for data analytics/science etc and also just to learn some python – this week is about working with data (quelle surprise!). Introduction to Pandas & Loading/saving/manipulating data with Pandas
  • Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning Study Group – this is a supported group helping people learn and self-study in
  • CodeHub’s WebDev101 – for anyone doing any web development or simply interested in setting up a website and with questions to ask
  • CodeHub’s Python code dojo – this is for all levels of python coders and runs with us monthly
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International Woman’s Day and British Science Week

Each For Equal

International Women’s Day on the 8th of March and British Science Week from the 6th to the 15th of March – sounds like a week especially made for us. There’s some hashtags out there for you to use #IWD2020  #EachforEqual

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

It’s late notice but the cabinet office did mail us to ask if we could help out (we can’t do much as its a busy week OBS!!) but if anyone else wants to get involved ….

We’d be grateful if you could consider: 

  • Incorporating #SheWritesHistory (for International Women’s Day) or #BSW (for British Science Week) into your social media posts. 
  • Directing audiences towards careers advice via
  • Recording a 30-second video featuring a female member of your organisation/network speaking about which a woman who inspires them, or sharing any advice for young people starting out in their careers. Please send this to us and post it on your own channels with #SheWritesHistory. 
  • We’re equally keen to hear from men, speaking about a woman who inspires them. 
  • Highlighting any interesting science roles that are non-traditional and challenge perceptions – e.g. Graphic Design Technicians, Sound Engineers etc. using a short video and sharing these with #BSW20. 
  • If it’s not possible to source or record video, do let us know as images and quotes would be appreciated too. 

Contact us on and we can intro you

Next Bristol GirlGeekDinners is on the 26th of March

We loved the last one with Candide – note they are holding a pop-up plant shop/swap this week ” Pop-up plant shop for well-being hosted by Candide and LOOF ” and also all those lovely members that are interested in the Candide product (we know there are a few!) then they are happy to take any feedback or suggestions

” Our user testing team would really welcome any feedback sent to  (in any format; text, screen recording etc.).  We also do user testing in the office so if people are keen we can put them on the list 🙂 “

Our next one we are just putting together:

GGD #81 Girlgeek Dinners, Women’s Tech Hub & Bloomberg live at the ACCU!!

Networking event hosted by the ACCU and sponsored by Bloomberg. Showcasing the local tech groups supporting gender diversity in the region

We are kindly being hosted by the ACCU again this year at their conference and brilliantly sponsored by Bloomberg.

The event will start with a presentation from Bloomberg (Details to be added)

We will then, as we do every year, use the event to give an overview of the GirlGeekDinners events – what we’ve been up to and are in planning for the year. We will also update on Women’s Tech Hub workshops and it’s networking events. Then we will be inviting our partners and collaborators to present what they are up to. KWMC, Ladies that UX, WISE, Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning Study Group, CodeHub, Webdev101, Python Dojo and others ???

This year we have invited other meetups in the area who are looking to increase their Diversity to showcase what they offer.

Currently this is the new South West Business Analysis group, PHPSW, SW mobile and anyone else that comes to us wanting to showcase. Mail us on if you want to be included.

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Extra Day anyone?

Leaping Woman

Yep- its a leap year so that apparently means …

Women Propose to Their Men: According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

12 Pairs of Gloves: In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

Just what we always wanted eh? and in other news …

MATCHESFASHION is coming to Bristol!


Join them for all things tech with MATCHESFASHION as a number of their Engineers delve into the exciting world of fashion-meets-tech! Includes an Introduction to MATCHESFASHION by Dan Knight, CTO, Engagement team talks with their Tech Team Lead a Lightening talk on A/B Testing (Mobile) and another Lightening talk on Co-ordinator Design Pattern (Mobile). They are currently hiring check out their site here.

Workshop Wednesday **Intro To** is to SQL!

No previous knowledge required for this one, its open to all and you can sign up here


I’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 bring a laptop 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.

by James (& Ben)
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Half Term Gardening anyone?

Heavy Rain in Garden

We hope you’re all enjoying the break

If you need to get out of the house we are still running this week and have the Brilliant Candide Hosting the GGD this week

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


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!

Happy Pluto Day! (not the cartoon dog)

There’s not a lot else on Monday the 18th so maybe check out some facts about the 9th planet (there’s even a festival in Arizona called I heart pluto). The celebration of the frosty ninth planet in cold and snowy Flagstaff, Arizona, where it was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh 90 years ago on February 18, 1930.

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