Merry Christmas – See you all on the other side

Merry Christmas Tree

We would like to wish all of you a Wonderful Christmas and a BIG thank-you for all your support this year, both Companies and Members.

We have plenty planned for next year and there are also a couple of offerings with early deadlines that we have been approached about so we are just giving you a heads up on them. Think of it as an early christmas present!

Simpleweb Founders Academy Scholarship

Simpleweb are offering to help ambitious founders who wouldn’t normally have access or the means to pay for the Founders Academy programme. They’re offering one fully-funded scholarship position for the programme starting in late January 2020. For details of the Founders Academy please see their website here. The Acadamy is worth £5000 and the deadline for entries is on the 6th of January so get your skates on! They are looking at Tech related startups.

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Planning and drinks!

Christmas relaxed drinks

It’s getting quieter (or busier for parties it seems) on the runup to Christmas but we are getting news in on some exciting plans for the new year which we will be announcing shortly:

We will be having a few drinks in lieu of the fact that Workshop Wednesdays is closed for Christmas sign up here SOCIAL: Xmas drinks

Girlgeek dinners Bristol have a few placemarkers currently for next year:

The ACCU Conference looks like it is running in March this year so we have put a placemaker in for our yearly update. We normally publicise the local meetups and groups to have a chance to engage and meet people. Any meetups wanting to present feel free to let us know on info@wthub.org and we will try and accommodate you if you are looking to improve diversity in the tech industry (our core purpose).

Kinneir Dufort are a new and very welcome member and are looking to host on the 16th of April

XMOS ran a brilliant event for us last time and are up for hosting another event on the 21st of May.

WE are looking for anyone wanting to sponsor a February event on the 20th of February or later in the year, please contact us on info@wthub.org if you are interested.

Similarly, Bath Girlgeek dinners are also keen to find sponsors in the Bath region.

We will be announcing Workshop Wednesday workshops as we sort them out – there is an option to engage through sponsorship and training workshops to engage and recruit visit our networking page for details.

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Introducing Women in Conversation

WIC

There is a great new group in Bristol University called Women in Conversation.

We are very excited to announce our timetable for the Women In Conversation Conference 2019! Please watch this space for individual events, including speaker and topic announcements!

You can join up on Facebook

We have started announcing the companies coming along to our Careers fair and have members enquiring whether they should apply for the jobs advertised or wait for the fair. Most companies are recruiting heavily in the region at the moment, so whilst we will be getting a chance to talk directly to them on the 15th and 16th March, always apply as they won’t wait if they find the right candidate which may well be you! We are still putting together the workshop agenda and we will also be teaming up with the TEDx‌ Bristol team to do something – we will update you as soon as we know what! The website is www.tech3shed.org and to sign up on eventbrite here .

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Meet & Speak anyone?

Meet & Speak is finally coming to Bristol, this is an initiative that was set up by a couple of our members Fran and Karen and is especially to support Women wanting to know how to present and be heard. We know it can be daunting and their first meetup is called Crafting your elevator pitch and acknowledging your fear. This has been in the planning for a while and we’re very excited by it, it will also run is both Bristol and Bath.

  • In this session we will be crafting our own 30-60 second elevator pitch (so called because it can be delivered between two floors in a lift), a succinct summary of our background and experience.
  • We use a simple three-part structure to craft our introductions and practice saying it within the group.
  • Then, working in pairs, we dig a bit deeper to find out more about each other. Four key questions will help us to craft a more interesting and extensive bio (useful when applying for a speaking slot).
  • Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway.
  • After coffee and cake we will discuss how to acknowledge and channel our anxiety about public speaking.
  • This is the first of six monthly meetings which run on the first Wednesday of every month.

Our Careers fair is showing some great interest and we will be announcing in a variety of posts and other social media the great companies who are coming aboard. We will also announce the workshops, which will all be free and part of the fun, the website is www.tech3shed.org and to sign up on eventbrite here .

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A very Bristol Tech Careers Affair

Careers loud hailer

Phew – that was a busy week and there were 300 people who turned up for the Desklodge house launch party so big thanks to all who came and partied with us.

Thankfully this week we are mostly back to Normal .. except that we are now onto the next big thing .. our Tech Careers Fair!! Yes, we know that Bristol is lacking in this area so have put our heads together with HBB and Desklodge and decided to throw one in March (sorry, we are still in party mode!). We want it to be inclusive and open to everyone who has a slight interest in getting into the industry, with workshops, trainers and forward thinking companies who are open to speaking to everyone and all capabilities. The Website is live and we are currently speaking to our possible sponsors and our current WTHub members have a stand with their membership as they are already known to be great! Check it out here Tech³Shed

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