Monday Blues?

Blue Monday Balloon

Yep – its that time of year that they call blue Monday – although secretly the name just reminds us of the rather cheerful New Order song

Knowing what a bit of a rubbish time most of us have been having recently we have been looking at some support options that people might want to plug into.

One of our favourite spots is the Frazzled Cafe which was set up by Ruby Wax – its not mental health and the tag line is: its ok to be not okay which resonates with most of us currently

Frazzled Cafe is about people coming together to share their stories, calmly sitting together, stating their case and feeling validated as a result. Feeling heard, to me, has always been half the cure.

Ruby Wax, OBE

Mind has some great resources to help you self Manage issues such as anxiety – its includes things like looking after your diet and health, managing your worries through diary keeping and alternative solutions such as yoga and meditation.

There’s a full list also on the NHS Website which also has support for everything from relationship issues, abuse and addictions.

For those of you just feeling a bit blue though lets look at what great fun things we have coming up to brighten your lockdown evenings.

Events

There’s a list of this week’s events and conferences on our usual pages. Also, keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates.

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 18th of January – this is an online drop-in session. For individual meetings then feel free to request a meeting via email on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on the 27th with the WebDev101 project and the PyLabs group then theres also a spot to drop in on the Hack Night @CodeHub with CodeHub.

Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays also you can pop in to CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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Ready for 2021 – lets hit the ground running

woman jogger tying shoelaces

Or at least lets get our shoelaces tied!!

Help us alleviate digital poverty at Cotham School

We got behind the Cotham school campaign this week as they set up a crowd funder to get some Tech equipment for their pupils who had no digital access. The great thing is that they hit their initial goal – the second is that they’ve just released a statement saying that they will use any extra money they get to also support the other schools.

We are so moved by the generosity of our donors so far. Thank you so much. If we get enough to ensure that each of our 1550 students does have their own device to work from, we’ll use the rest of the donated money to help other Bristol schools to alleviate #digitalpoverty as we know that this issue is bigger than just our school.

We love collaborations so a big thanks to all our members for helping out and a big thumbs up to Cotham school for their collaborative message. If anyone wants to chip in then the fundraiser continues to run and you can find it here.

Events

There’s a list of this week’s events and conferences on our usual pages. Also, keep an eye on our jobs board as there are some seriously great purpose-driven companies looking to improve their inclusivity by reaching out to our members & candidates.

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 11th of January – this is an online drop-in session. Alternatively, you are welcome to pop into our workshop Wednesday sessions for an informal chat while the presentations are running (details below)

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on the 13th, although currently we are rolling back in slowly (this is the tying our shoelace bit) and the main one this week is WebDev101 who are going to be building a great new website to support kids with tech. Its a great project and whilst aimed at beginners wanting to build up a portfolio it welcomes anyone wanting to come and support through mentoring or to help with content. This week Rob will be introducing the project which is called Bristol Tech Fair

For the rest of the workshops – we will be chatting PyLabs which will continue with James but in a slightly different format.

The first workshop will be an introduction to how we will start with the Scrum ceremonies. We’ll start to prepare and refine our first user stories and establish a cadence for the group. If you’d like to know a little more about writing code as part of a team, what Agile code development means or have something you’d like to contribute, please join us. There’s no expectation of commitment beyond the workshop.

The central session is also available to discuss future workshops and support, feel free to pop along just to catch up and discuss these with us.

Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

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Welcome to the other side now that 2020 is done

2021 keyboard button

It’s not been an easy year and we suspect that this year won’t be plain sailing either, but at least there are some solutions on the horizon and in the history of pandemics none have actually lasted more than a year or two, well other than Aids, Cholera and the Black Death apparently. So let’s start this year on a positive Vibe and watch the dancing robots which are both trending and a nice bit of showing off from Boston Dynamics (now Hyundai we guess since they were recently bought).

Manic Mondays

We’re back with our Manic Monday on the 4th of January – this is an online drop-in session. Alternatively, you are welcome to pop into our workshop Wednesday sessions for an informal chat while the presentations are running (details below)

Workshop Wednesdays

These are back from the 13th – we will put out separate blogposts on what’s coming up as there’s some interesting projects coming to the workshops. Should anyone want to cut their teeth doing a talk please let us know on info@wthub.org. You can sign up for the next one at Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays but if you want to speak to some humans before that then pop along to Hack Night @CodeHub and go say hi to the codehub bunch.

Events

As we’ve not been out and about over the holidays and its been relatively quiet the events page has been merged for the 2 weeks so check out any happenings on our Events page. One that caught our eye was Thursdays Tech Tutors: How do I build a community-owned conservation tech project?:

WILDLABS Tech Tutors launched in 2020 with the goal of bringing #tech4wildlife experts directly to you. Brought to you with the support of Microsoft AI for Earth, this series is all about providing you with the bite-sized, easy-to-understand building blocks you’ll need to broaden your conservation technology horizons, enhance your research, or launch a new collaborative project. Our new season will take you even deeper into those tricky “how do I do that?” questions of conservation tech, we hope you’ll discover new perspectives and ideas to bring to your own #tech4wildlife work.

Taking place every Thursday, each Tech Tutor will present a 30 minute tutorial guiding you through an aspect of conservation tech, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A session with the audience.

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We’re off to Leeds again (literally)

Leeds Signpost

Its Leeds Digital Festival 2020

Leeds Digital Festival Logo

We’re back! Join us from the 21st of September for two weeks of world-class events celebrating all things digital. We have a record-breaking 294 events so there’s something for everyone. See you there! We’ve put links to the events on our events page but they seem to cover everything Cyber, Careers, Podcasts, Design, Content, AI, Cloud Vue.js, Apps, UX, Social Media, Data, Ethics, Data Science, Safety, Agile .. blah blah blah – theres absolutely everything – even a tiny bit of engineering!

Manic Monday

Manic Monday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers suport and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

CodeHub Mentoring group kicks off on tuesday as a reminder for those of you that are signed up!. Check out the codehub Slack for details. We’re tempted to call it

Workshop Wednesday

This will be a quiet one – but just to give you all a heads up we have talks coming up on AI and Ethics, testing, containers and lots more..

PyLAB logo
Practising is cool

This week will be a discussion piece on setting up the New Python learning group – the details are on their webpage here.

WebDev 101 will be back at the following meetup and is being reorganised so it may be a drop in to discuss web development problems as well as looking at the latest, greatest web development going on in the industry. Bear with us while we set that one up.

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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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