Sneak Desklodge House Preview !

Desklodge mince pies

Seems like we’re reaching the end of the party season but we still have a sneaky one up our sleeve for this week.

It’s at the NEW Desklodge House on the 19th Mince Pies and Mulled Wine @ Desklodge House. As we all know Desklodge are the best for culture and inclusion and are asking people to put into the fundraiser for DigiLocal. Digilocal supports around 12 communities, with over 100 kids each week, and nearly 30 industry volunteer mentors. All having fun with tech and encouraging the next generation of high tech innovators!

We may even take some photos of the exciting spaces .. including the alice in wonderland area, the wall of books and maybe even Rome if you’re lucky and we can get out of the Galleon area!

As a christmas treat we thought some of you would like to see the much talked about Quadrotech film .. we believe the method acting to be out of thie world (or rather we simply found it pretty amusing!) check it out here The Spy Who Hacked Me

Next week will be a quiet one (at least we hope so) as its Christmas so we’ll wish you all a great Christmas break, a fun New Year and hope to see you on the other side.

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Geeky Hats and Gloves

At our drinks last week we found out about e-stitches and their great mix of tech and fashion! 

‘Tis the season for woolly hats and gloves – 6:30pm on 11th December at The Pervasive Media Studio

For this session we’re going to be looking at soft circuits in hats and gloves. We discussed in last month’s session the use of conductive pompoms to light up woolly hats, and we’ve also found these gloves instructables projects for woolly gloves or cycling gloves

Basic materials to make something will be provided but if you have specific ideas that require materials please bring them along. Any of the following would be useful if you have them and could bring them;

Materials
  • A funky hat or some stylish gloves, Felt or fleecy fabric off cuts, Coloured wool, Conductive wool, LEDs, Button battery or a couple of AAAs, Battery holder or some thick elastic, Conductive thread, Any kind of switch you would like to incorporate
Equipment
  • Pom-pom maker, Crochet hook/knitting needles, Thin nose pliers, Sharps Needle, Darning needle, Scissors, Pencil

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We signed up to the Bristol Equality Charter

On monday we went to the Bristol Equality Charter launch event.  Rather than describe it in detail you can read the  BBC overview.   The initiative has come from Councillor Asher Craig  who presented on it with great passion.  We loved it and were more than happy to be one of the underlying signatories.

One of the points that Marvin mentioned in his talk really resonated with us. He said that whenever people talk Diversity there seems to be competition with people saying “what about” BAME/Women/Age/Disabled/LGBT?

We believe we are inclusive of all as a group and do not segregate members. To us everyone is equal and we are simply trying to push tech into being more inclusive.  We happily work with other organisations to support them but we are simply concentrating on our area of knowledge.

For those wanting more information here’s the charter Bristol Equality Charter and you are free to sign it Declaration Form and send it to equality.network@bristol.gov.uk  if you want to be part of it .. which we can’t see that anybody reading our posts wouldn’t want to be.

Conferences and Collaborations

collaborative working
We had a great turnout for our first collaborative project last tuesday at CodeHub, they kindly supplied pizzas for us.  As we are quite a large (and hungry) group,  we would love to get some sponsored pizzas.  You can mail us on info@wthub.org if you fancy it (think poor starving geeks).
We started out looking at the use-case and followed with a github setup, a dedicated slack channel thread  and being tasked with scoping out the business as a whole(I think it may be called homework!). 
It’s a great opportunity to work through all the layers of a project and you don’t need any skills to join in, so feel free to pop along,  just sign up here CodeHub.

Voxxed Days & Bath Digital Festival

This week we are really excited to have been invited to Voxxed Days.
It’s on the 25th October @ the watershed in Bristol with sessions on topics including Cloud, Big Data, AI, Robotics, Programming Languages, Java, Security, Architecture and Developer.  They have managed to get a 25% female speaker lineup this year which we love and also given us a 30% discount to all our members (which we love even more) so mail us and we can send you the code on info@wthub.org.