Bootcamps and a sad farewell

Coding Bootcamp

University of Gloucestershire Institute of coding BootCamps

Skills Bootcamps are flexible, 16-week courses that offer opportunities to learn and develop skills in tech, which fast-track you to an interview with an employer. Delivery will be over eight weekends from 26th November 2021 to 31st March 2022. All teaching will be delivered online to ensure maximum engagement from students.

The most interesting piece, other than the subjects is that they are being delivered remotely, are free (based on acceptance criteria) and are being delivered on:

  • Friday, 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, 9pm – 5pm

Subjects are Data Science, Cyber Analysis and Software engineering!

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Workshop Wednesday lineup on the 21st

Workshop Wednesdays

Next weeks great lineup is as great as ever – and, as ever, it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

Workshop #1 PyLAB

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PractPyLABising is cool

… we will continue with current projects as we all had more to do – either to finish or to improve. Also, @gicela has been looking at a few resources for a possible longer-term project, and @Jack Quinton suggested that we might choose an API to develop a tool/app

Workshop #2 WedDev101

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Workshop – to be confirmed what on – currently possibly 90-minute prototypes…

Followed by a project surgery/open discussion for anyone with projects to share, questions to ask, support wanted etc

Workshop #3 Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning

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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 ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders 2020’ course (

Workshop/Talk #4 ‘intro to’ Talk with James on Containers and Docker – and apparently this is nothing to do with ships!! .. who knew??

Workshop/Talk #5 approaching app security from a hackers perspective by Matt Brunt

Much in the same way that to secure a house it helps to know how to break in, knowing how to attack our systems will help us secure them. You have a lot of data in your organisations. Whether you think it’s sensitive or not, it has value. Whether an attacker wants data for profit, a grudge, or just for fun we need to ensure that we don’t just leave the door open for them to take what they want.

In this session we’ll start to think like a hacker. The what, why, who, where and how of an attacking mindset will leave you with practical steps you can take away and use to start protecting your systems a little better.

This isn’t a picture of him btw (honest)..

For those of you who either couldn’t make it last week OR couldn’t decide between the 2 great talks we are lucky that Zack recorded his talk on TDD (Test Driven Development) and it is now available on youtube.

Workshop Wednesday Workshops info

Workshop Wednesdays

As ever we are bringing you some great workshops alongside our great speakers this week – it costs nothing: just signup HERE.

PyLAB: Improving through experimentation

PyLAB is for those who want to continue to develop their Python skills, typically after completing a beginners’ course: the emphasis is on learning through doing, with the active support and collaboration of similarly-minded individuals.

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Workshop Wednesday Speaker announcement

Ben Byford COGx

We are really pleased to announce that at our next Workshop Wednesday we have two great speakers for your delectation – just signup HERE.

AI Ethics with Ben Byford

AI is and will have direct impacts for better or worse on society. AI Ethics has become a cross-disciplinary effort to consider AI and all of its impacts and work towards ethically aligning our work for better outcomes.Whether you are new to AI concepts or are a data scientist working with Machine Learning models, you may have watched in confusion, scorn, or admiration at the current AI Ethics debates.With this session it is your opportunity to ask questions to be covered in the talk and Q&A. What is AI? What are moral agents? Who controls the future? What is responsible AI? Send you questions to

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