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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‘Access for All’ & new ADA lovelace building

Ada Lovelace

Timely as we are heading for ADA Lovelace day and we spotted this: The Ada Lovelace Building: a new home for Engineering Mathematics at Bristol University.

Engineering Mathematics embedded in an Engineering Faculty is a unique proposition in the UK. The department combines world class teaching, multidisciplinary staff, strong industrial partnerships, and world leading research. Head of department Professor Anthony Mulholland explains what the new space means for staff and students and why we’ve named the building after Ada Lovelace.

We work all year round on women in tech so it’s just another day for us but there are some groups out there celebrating and you can peruse the main of them in the finding ADA website here. And on eventbrite with the search term ADA here – we’ll leave you to choose your event…

The Macquarie Group Scholarship Program

EDX offering – thanks for the heads up Kathryn & Alex

edX

We’re proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind scholarship! The Macquarie Group Scholarship is the first named scholarship in our Access for All scholarship campaign. This $1 million scholarship program is to support low-income and underrepresented groups of learners that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in the following countries; Australia India United Kingdom United States You may be eligible to receive funds from the scholarship, which can be used for any course or program, including our newly launched MicroBachelors Programs. Apply today and you could be gaining the knowledge and skills you need to propel your career forward in the future! Apply Now

The Gov sponsored Skills Toolset

This is a givernment backed free online training helping signpost to a variety of learning options. Worth taking a look at and does include some around machine learning, CV writing, maths and plenty more. Obviously we also have a wide remit of free or affordable training options on our training page.

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Money Money Money

Woman with handful of money

Sorry – couldn’t resist the link …

But its actually not an ABBA revival (much as we would love one) but actually about a LOT of funding opportunities coming through – so first off:

The Digital Innovation Fund is now live: UWE Bristol announces a second round for its £1m Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Following on from a successful first round, UWE Bristol has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, a £1m Covid-19 recovery fund open to SMEs in the West of England. 

The programme is supporting Research and Development projects in a range of industries and will be creating more innovation opportunities with this second round.  The scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers eligible businesses innovation grants from £10,000 to £40,000 to fund 35% of project costs.

Grants are open to businesses in any sector that want to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19. Applicants must be small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and based in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. Deadlines for applications: 10 November 2020. Apply now:  www.digitalinnovationfund.co.uk 

And some more funding from Rosa

Covid-19: Current Funding Opportunities

Existing inequalities mean that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on women – especially women who experience discriminations that intersect race, gender, class, ability, and migration status. We know this means women’s organisations in the UK are under enormous pressure to support their communities, while also dealing with their own internal challenges.

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Back every Monday (except holidays) we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. We have a general intro – then run through some of the upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like. Join us on our meetup page here.

Each for Equal in Systems Engineering

We’re speaking at this one on friday so thought its worth a mention and would love to get more men involved in the converstation to help them make informed decisions when gender comes up in the conversation.

Our first equality and diversity event, that was planned for March this year to celebrate International Women’s Day, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to go ahead and host it as a virtual event this autumn, bringing it to an even wider audience across the country. The theme of the event (and the 2020 IWD campaign), #EachForEqual, is adopted for both female and male systems engineers in mind and we’re planning to explore steps we can take to create a culture of equality in which everyone can advance and thrive.

From the business perspective, equality can be a great performance accelerator as a more inclusive and diverse range of participants is likely to achieve higher levels of innovation, and greater levels of risk reduction in projects and programmes through greater diversity of thinking and experiences.

Inspirational speakers will share their experiences

Expect a lively and interactive virtual event with inspirational speakers, panel discussions with live Q&A, great insights and the opportunity to network with other fellow professionals across different sectors. You will also have the opportunity to stay online for some informal, post-event networking.

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Struggling with online learning?

woman frustrated with training

We know that many of you have been taking the time during this pandemic to work on upskilling and Kathryn who runs the Python beginners group posted a link that resonated with her: What beginner’s mind is really like. In response Steve from CodeHub wrote the following which we thought was brilliant advise so we thought it was worth sharing for all of those feeling like you are scaling an impossible task:

  1. You will succeed and so it is worth pushing through. Learning to code is not about innate talent or any guff like that. It does require you to find a new way of thinking about processes, which is quite reductionistic, and if that’s a bit foreign to you at the moment, it will take extra time. But you will get there.
  2. Focussed learning is demanding and stressful and that stress comes in waves unique to you. So don’t worry about the fact that you’re sweating it. Do not compare yourself against other students to see if they too are finding it tough because they are likely to be at different points in the learning cycle. Be kind to yourself and recognize that you’re doing something challenging and give yourself rest periods.
  3. Setbacks are keys to the learning process. When you are blocked, do not worry that it means you are no good at this. Setbacks are a normal and important part of learning, indicating a missing and valuable line of thought. There are two ways to progress through a setback if you’re on your own. You can back off and try ‘circling’ the topic to see if a different approach fills in more information. Or you can try to push through with intensified focus: close off all distractions, grab a coffee, get comfy and re-read every part of the puzzle and force yourself to understand every sentence in its entirety. And also …
  4. Reach out for help from more experienced people, especially when you encounter setbacks. The ideal situation is when someone will set aside an hour or so to work through what you’re finding challenging. Sometimes just putting it into words can be enough. Sometimes you’ll need someone to patiently listen and then show you how to put your thoughts back on the rails.
CodeHub Logo

CodeHub is a great place to get support and they have some brilliant members in there who appear to be simply sat waiting for you to pose them questions – if you haven’t joined up with them yet then go take a look at their slack channels here. We feel like saying that you get 30 days and if you’re not satisfied we’ll give you your money back. The thing is its free and we know that its brilliant so see you all in there…

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Intro to … SQL on Workshop Wednesday the 26th

SQL

Continuing on from our **Intro to series, James and Ben are going to be hosting an intro to SQL session on the 26th of January at our Workshop Wednesday

They’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.

Draft topics

How relational databases store information

  • Data types, columns and rows
  • Create a first table
  • Query a first table
  • Create a second, related table
  • Query both tables
  • Different ways of joining tables
  • How databases search tables
  • Indexes and why we use them
  • Create your own database and add some tables with data
  • Other clever tricks: views, triggers
  • Advanced ideas: stored procedures

Sign up on our meetup page here responding with SQL to teh attending question