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BGGD Reloaded #8 – Let’s talk about AI

+++ Noter, there has been a CHANGE OF VENUE – we are now at Spaces in the centre of Bath +++

Hello there fellow earthling –

Summer is over (What!) and let’s kick off this new school year with a special event hosted with support of Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries and the South West Creative Technology Network, thanks Kate Pullinger and Rachel Pownall.

Our first speaker will be Coral Manton who is planning on talking about Women in Tech focusing on live coding, games development and Women in AI.

Our second speaker will be myself talking to you about Getting Ethical with AI. How can we add ethical considerations into those processes and why I believe that the Finance Industry would be a perfect guinea pig for adding policies.

There will be drinks and nibbles and I am looking forward to seeing you all after this long hiatus.

Note, SPACES has no reception after 6pm, so if you are running late, please let me know and we will ensure you get in. The meetup will be on the 2nd Floor – just follow the Buzz.

If you can’t see it, just be it!

Too often women say they struggle to find relevant role models in tech.

Rather than moaning about there not being enough role models we need to pull our socks up and start becoming the role models for the next generation.

Ladies rather than looking for others to step up and become your role models, step up and take the mantle.

  • Be the role models
  • Share your stories
  • Support those coming into the industry
  • Mentor & advocate
  • Start shaping the industry
  • Make the rules
  • Share the triumphs and the failures
  • Be honest, open and inspirational
  • Be visible

If you are stuck on how you can do any of these. A quick Google search will tell you all about mentoring opportunities. There are loads of projects calling for inspirational stories of women working in tech. There are opportunities to network locally make yourself known to schools, other networks etc. Even within your own organisation… Share those stories you find and share your own!

Challenge the salary differences, stand up to being marginalized. Don’t take the past as a representation of how it will be in the future (that’s called conforming to stereotypes and stereotypes have a nasty way of self perpetuating unless they are challenged). Don’t accept poor excuses and bad manners. And this doesn’t just mean ladies have to do it all!

Men you too need to step up here. Male advocates for women in tech are in short supply. You too can support women in tech by doing all of the above and challenge those that stand in their way and yours! This is your industry too! Take some responsibility and ownership too, help shape it into an industry we can all be proud of! Here are a few tips on how you could do that.

This sector needs fundamental changes which means people need to believe this industry can and will change. Without these changes we limit the future of technology itself. No one wants that.

Let’s show the other industries that change can happen and fast. After all technology changes so rapidly why shouldn’t people…

We are Girl Geek Dinners but more importantly we are a voice for change.

BJSS speakers

GGD #76 Digital Exclusion and Double Diamonds with BJSS

Svetlana Tarnagurskaja

Svetlana is a Capability Lead for Product Management and Analysis at BJSS.
Svetlana’s experience spans across various facets of technology delivery and product management. Over the course of the last decade she was involved in leading delivery teams for some of the biggest transformation programmes in the UK, advised a number of start-ups in fashion, insurance and property sectors combined with being a busy mum of two girls.
Svetlana is a passionate advocate of design thinking and agile and loves nothing more than being a part of a team of talented technologists and designers building a great product together.

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JustEat speakers

GGD #75 Smart usability testing on a budget and upskilling with JustEat

Speaker announcement ..


Swetha sethu-jones
Swetha is a Senior UX Researcher at Just Eat with experience of over 10 years’ experience and wide range of projects spanning mobile, web and connected TV platforms. She enjoys employing a variety of methodologies to further understanding of how people use technology, and how it meets their needs.

Swetha’s also an avid board-gamer, Organiser of Things and a proud feminist! She loves traveling to cool places and eating tasty food (preferably at the same time). She also co-organises a series of research meetups called The Research Thing, which you should come to, as there is free wine, beer and nibbles…

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Who runs the world? Girls!

The Illinois Technology Association agrees with Beyoncé which is why we are excited to host our Spring Tech Challenge from April 10-16, 2019 for any U.S. based student who identifies as a female in higher education. This virtual coding challenge is open to any major or degree, and the winner receives $1,000.

Girl Geek Dinners are proud to support this initiative and would encourage you to share the details of this event with those people you know who may be interested in getting involved in this initiative.

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GGD #74 GirlGeekDinners & Support at the ACCU sponsored by Bloomberg

We are kindly being hosted by the ACCU again this year at their conference and sponsored by Bloomberg.
Normally they run a separate delegates event on the same night but this time they have asked if they can allow the delegates along also soo .. we thought we would use the stage to advertise all the great things that we and our partners are doing in the area!
We’ve set up an eventbrite to allow people to sign up outside of the group https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/girlgeekdinners-support-at-the-accu-sponsored-by-bloomberg-tickets-59358016425
TEDx will be there and KWMC and there’s some interesting training options coming through that we can tell you all about!!

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BGGD Reloaded #6 – Success and Failures

***Please note: The venue is Rocketmakers, so please arrive before 6pm otherwise you will not be able to get into the building***

Hello there fellow earthling –

Tuesday the 19th March we will meet at the Rocketmakers offices in Bath where Hannah (Rocketmakers) will talk to us about what she learned from working with different startups. How are some doing better than others? Why might one fail while another succeeds? Are there commonalities and if so, what are they?
This will be a great interactive session where we can share our experiences and learn from one another.

LinkedIn for Hannah
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-sweet/

Sign up on meetup – runs from 6pm – 8pm

Looking forward to seeing you all there

Rocketmakers offices are located close to the train station, within the 20 Manvers Street Building (1st floor). As mentioned, please ensure you arrive prior to 6pm. Please contact me, if you are running late.

Helen LLoyd

GGD #73 Helen LLoyd from Xavier is speaking!

We are being hosted by the Engine Shed and sponsored by SET Squared Bristol.

Helen Lloyd is co-founder of the Bristol fintech startup Xavier Analytics. Previously Front-End Director at web development agency Hatch Apps, Helen has had over 7 years’ experience as a freelance artist and designer (alongside other, more random, jobs), and transferred her skills into front-end web development 5 years ago. She has a background in Psychology with a masters degree in Neuroscience, and continues to apply her love of data and understanding of human behaviour to product design and UX. Much to her surprise, she was recently named among one of the Rising Stars in the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist 2018.

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GGD #72 GirlGeekDinners @Graphcore

We are being hosted by what must be Bristols biggest Unicorn this month. They’ve stepped in when our earlier sponsor had to step down due to unforeseen circumstances. Rather than let you down for a second month we did a callout to see if any other comapnies could save the date for us and Voila!! Graphcore stepped in. Think AI, electronics, Robotics and … well anything really!

Graphcore has created a completely new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for machine intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence. We believe our IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for machine intelligence compute. The performance of Graphcore’s IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors, whether you are a medical researcher, roboticist or autonomous car manufacturer.

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