Summer school

Women with school books

Apologies for the change of heart from Weston College for last weeks event – it turns out that they have got some even better news and free boot camps in the offing, so we’ll reschedule for them to share with us in September.

Here are some other initiatives that may be worth a look over the summer:

For under 18’s

UKESF Insight Into Electronics

‘Insight Into Electronics’ is an exciting new initiative from the UKESF. It is a self-paced, interactive and FREE course that provides young people with a hands-on introduction to microcontrollers, Electronics and programming. A collaboration between the UKESF and Aston University, the course is specifically designed for UK-based sixth formers and KS4 pupils (S3 in Scotland) interested in Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science. It will provide a fascinating insight into these technologies, for those thinking about studying these subjects at college or university.

Welcome to Future Legacy Project!

Future Legacy Projects is an exciting creative programme supporting young women to make a difference in the world by creating their own digital social action project.

Our aim is to support our participants to learn about social action projects whilst developing their STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

Future Legacy Project brings together girls from London and Bristol to work on big ideas to create positive change. 

During the programme the participants learn new skills such as web development, photography, video, animation and product design. We also work with brilliant mentors and have many opportunities to meet inspirational professional women. 

and for the adults …

Come and collide with Bath Digital Festival

Bath Digital Festival

Our open call for events and speakers is now live – click the Get Involved button

The theme this year is collision. After over a year in isolation we want to showcase the fantastic innovations and initiatives created when industries and people come together. If you’ve got something interesting and exciting to share or something creative to show off, we want to hear from you!

UPSKILL OR UPGRADE YOUR CAREER with codefirstgirls

Our Career Switcher courses will give you the skills and confidence you need to supercharge your career in tech. 

We have a range of women – from tech returners, to mums, to career changers, or those simply wanting to upskill – take part in our Career Switcher courses.  

We ofter three learning areas across Web Dev, Python & Apps, and Data & SQL to get you started (with more in the pipeline!

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Summer Break .. just one last thing ..

Summer Break

With Term coming to a close we are finishing off with one final event relating to last weeks newsletter:

Girl Geek Dinners presents Weston College courses

WSM Map Pin

Weston College have funding to deliver a series of 12weeks skills bootcamps in Cloud services and Cloud Data Engineering which is free to independent learners. Running 2 sets from September and January and hopefully with the guaranteed interview.
They also have loads of engineering and tech courses available which they will present (part of the WEIoT) and are presenting and discussing what the option are on the final GGD events of the year this coming Thursday

Sign up on the Bristol GGD #86 Weston College courses or Bath BGGD Reloaded #16 Weston College courses

Introducing the Data Ethics Club (hosted by the Jean Golding institute)

Data Ethics Club is a “journal” club about doing data science ethically. “Journal” because they will also read blog posts, (parts of) books, or watch videos.

The club is open to all and they are lucky to have attendees from around the world and with diverse expertise, from practising lawyers to data analysts in the UK National Health Service, to social scientists, to Research Software Engineers in the USA. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss Data Science and Ethics with us: and they look forward to learning from your perspective.

They send out regular reminders of our meetings to our mailing list, so joining it is the best way to regularly hear about our upcoming meetings.

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What exactly is the WEIoT?

Woman in Library

We’ve been in discussion with Weston college about the IoT or rather the WEIoT(and yes we got confused too by the Acronym) so we thought it’s about time to discuss it with you all so here it is:

The West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) is industry, education and research collaborating to design and deliver flexible, higher-level technical learning to equip people with the skills to fully participate in, and contribute to, economic growth driven by digital innovation and emerging technologies.​

The WEIoT has been designed to support businesses across the region to thrive and embrace the opportunities of the digitalisation of the economy. We are one of only 12 national Institutes of Technology licenced by the Department for Education to support local employers develop higher-level skills and train employees for the jobs of tomorrow. ​

As mentioned, there are a few colleges and institutions involved and among them locally are Weston college and UWE both of whom we are closely involved as well as Bath Gloucestershire and Yeovil colleges. Therefore we will be bringing you some information of what the local members are offering in terms of courses and reskilling over this year. We’ll start with Weston College:

Weston College

Weston College is the regional Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year, for three years in a row and works with over 2,000 apprentices across the South West, offering 50+ training programs designed by industry. They are always looking for new partnerships to support their apprenticeships so if you want to get involved with them so check out the courses on offer on their tech skills webpage. There’s also some level 3 training for free (if you do not yet have a level 3 qualification and are over 19!) – there’s even a cyber course in there, check it out here.

If you want to get a degree whilst learning then check out the level 6 options here it includes options as a BSc in applied computing, Digital and technical solutions, multiple engineering degree options, games and animation, graphic design .. in fact just take a look..

UX Bristol July the 16th

UXBristol is back again in July. We are offering a day of online talks, streamed completely free on the UXBristol YouTube channel. We now have a provisional schedule.

Wanted to share the details of our Women in Security: Mind the Gap event taking place Wednesday 14th July 1-2pm with the focus of taking career risks and embracing change.

The content is relevant to anyone, irrespective of their position within security, and we most certainly welcome ‘manbassadors’ too as we understand that they have a huge role to play in lessening the gender gap that still exists. Sure you’ll agree that we have some fantastic panellists lined up too including Andy, CISO at the FCA.

So please feel free to attend yourself and share with your colleagues and within your communities; we would love to have you there. The more the merrier!

Userlab paid research opportunity

We’ve had a request in from Userlab around health which sounds pretty interesting as they are looking for quite specialised.

We’re a small user research company in the UK and we’re currently working on a discovery research study for the HRA (Health Research Authority) who are part of the NHS. We want to understand the needs of specific user groups to help the HRA make their services more accessible and user-friendly to non-clinical users, essentially.

People we’d like to speak to as part of the research are:

1. Startup founders/co-founders/SME leads in the health/med-tech space
2. Postgrad students in Computer Science/Ai/Bioinformatics who are working with/on healthcare data
3. Professionals working in digital healthcare e.g. Healthcare Technologists, Research/AI Leads, Software Engineers/Developers, Bioinformaticians

OHT Bristol Summer Social is on the 14th of July

As the summer is rolling on in full bloom, OHT Bristol is cordially inviting our local One Health Techies for an in-person social on 14th July! This is an opportunity to network and exchange ideas without constraints of a set topic and just have a little bit of fun in the centre of Bristol!

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Finding Ada conference speakers announced

Tired Kitten

We’re tired and getting ready for our summer break – hence the kitten picture, that’s our tired face! There are still some things coming up that look interesting though…

Finding Ada Conference 2021 – 20th – 22nd of July

The Finding Ada Conference is a fully online global conference for women in STEM and advocates for gender equality. 

They have a variety of talks with live Q&As, interviews and panel discussions scheduled over three days, so whether you are a woman in STEM who wants to develop her career, a business leader or HR exec, an educator or parent, or an advocate or community organiser, as they are running sessions for you.

Themes

They have three themes for the day:

  • Career development: Career advice; professional skills; personal growth.
  • Policy and advocacy: Talent acquisition, retention and promotion; business policy, processes and standards; advocacy strategies.
  • Widening participation: Increasing girls’ interest in STEM; increasing diversity; supporting diverse communities.

Tickets

With so many women negatively affected by COVID-19, we decided to make tickets free. We offer honoraria to all our speakers, so please do consider making a donation in support of both our speakers and the wider FindingAda.com project via GoFundMe. Get your tickets here

KWMC awarded grant from the Culture Recovery Fund

kwmc

Support from the Culture Recovery fund will enable them to make urgent repairs to KWMC and adapt their spaces so they can manage social distancing and safely welcome people back to use their facilities and meet others.

It will also help them cover unavoidable losses of income that were incurred while their buildings were closed, and enable them to develop programmes to support artists, many of whom have faced reductions in their work and income during the last year.

Biotech company wins Bristol’s Tech-Xpo 2021

A team of scientists at the University of West England in Bristol are developing technology that could allow businesses and organisations to detect viruses including Covid-19 on surfaces as the UK transitions out of lockdown.

The Safe Surface Sensor uses AI technology to determine whether a location has been properly sanitised and warn people if it detects a virus or bacteria in the area.

The sensors are placed in any public area where the transmission may occur before the sanitation process.

The area is then sanitised, ideally using a ‘fogging’ method, before a mobile app instantaneously scans the sensors and receives a result on the presence of any contamination.



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A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

Social Justice Day

That’s the 2021 Theme for World Day of Social Justice

Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy. The crisis has also laid bare and exacerbated the growing digital divide within, between and across developed and developing countries, particularly in terms of the availability, affordability and use of information ICTs and access to the internet, deepening existing inequalities.

There’s an event that you can attend but its running on the 23rd as this falls on a Saturday see details here and if you want to get active in this area maybe take a look at the Not Equal Tech Group

Not-Equal is a UKRI funded network, NetworkPlus, that aims to foster new collaborations in order to create the conditions for digital technology to support social justice, and develop a path for inclusive digital innovation and a fairer future for all in and through the digital economy.

A couple of the statements in the report:

GirlGeekDinners

On the 25th of February and is entitled All roads lead to Rome – How different types of training and career paths can take you to landing a job in data analytics/science. Full details of the agenda and the BIOs of the great women doing the talks can be found on our new GirlGeekDinners event page here.

Events

There’s an up-to-date list of this week’s events and future conferences on our pages.

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. If you are currently looking for a job or considering a move or simply interested in working in tech then feel free to mail us for a chat on info@wthub.org.

Workshop Wednesdays

We’re back on Wednesday the 24th of February with the WebDev101 project and the PyLab groups. Details of each of the groups and what they are up to you can find on their respective pages PyLAB and WebDEV101 . For our members wishing to catch up, we will also have Women Tech Hub members hangout for you. For more detailed chats and support, you can mail us on info@wthub.org to arrange a 121.

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 into CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on in case you missed it

Mashable:
Lego’s interactive quiz teaches kids online empathy

Lego has launched a new interactive experience that aims to teach kids online empathy.

Timed to launch with this year’s Safer Internet Day, the educational online quiz is part of a new partnership with digital education think tank DQ Institute.

‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ gets a Grammy-worthy, COVID-themed parody

You may recognize the UK-based family of six from their YouTube channel, which helped them go semi-viral last March with a pandemic-themed cover of “One Day More” from Les Misérables. Now, they’re back with an exquisite parody of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — fittingly retitled “Totally Fixed Where We Are” — which has over 1.2 millions views at the time of this writing.

MIT Technology Review:

Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix

AI audits may overlook certain types of bias, and they don’t necessarily verify that a hiring tool picks the best candidates for a job.

The battle of algorithms: Uncovering offensive AI

As machine-learning applications move into the mainstream, a new era of cyber threat is emerging—one that uses offensive artificial intelligence (AI) to supercharge attack campaigns. Offensive AI allows attackers to automate reconnaissance, craft tailored impersonation attacks, and even self-propagate to avoid detection. Security teams can prepare by turning to defensive AI to fight back—using autonomous…

This is how we lost control of our faces

The largest ever study of facial-recognition data shows how much the rise of deep learning has fueled a loss of privacy.

BBC Tech News:
Bumble: Female-founded dating app tops $13bn in market debut

Its Wall Street success made 31-year-old boss Whitney Wolfe Herd a rare self-made female billionaire. Bumble, which also owns Badoo, is one of less than two dozen US firms to list publicly while led by a female founder.

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner.

Conferences

International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion 15th – 16th of February

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-Exclusion.

International Conference and Expo on Otolaryngology 15th – 16th of February

This conference has some unique offerings which is unmatched and rare. We are introducing a direct approach for small & local businesses, scientific organizations and hospitals, research centers to grow and expand more in their continent. So that they can work with large enterprises in a promising manner in any upcoming hard days.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference February the 17th

Helping you support and enhance diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion has a major link to how a company performs – diverse teams show greater innovation which can directly link to higher financial results. Evidence shows that more inclusive workplaces lead to higher employee engagement, satisfaction and performance.

So join us for the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Conference 2021 and uncover how you can make real changes in your organisation to support your D&I agenda, improve employee engagement, and drive innovation.

999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology 18th – 19th of February

The Academics World 999th International Academic Conference on Development in Science and Technology (IACDST) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Development in Science and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the fields of Development in Science and Technology.

This Week’s happenings have moved to our Events page

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.