Firstport Announce Winners of their Social Innovation Competition

News from our chums at Firstport:

The Social Innovation Competition delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport, celebrates individuals and start up companies in Scotland using their creativity and imagination to solve pressing social issues, focusing in 2017 on the themes of culture, heritage and tourism.

The winning projects include: a project to restore an iconic community building, a business boosting ethical tourism in Scotland and an organic food producer. These are just some of the projects who have scooped awards in this national competition for their innovative ideas.

The winners were presented with their awards by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, at a reception held by Social Enterprise Scotland in the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 7 November). They receive £5000 each and tailored business support from Firstport.

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.

Full details of all the awards at www.socialenterpriseawards.scot. More information on the Social Innovation Competition at www.firstport.org.uk/socialinnovation

GGS Founder named as one of 2017’s Faces of a Vibrant Economy

Girl Geek Scotland Founder Morna Simpson has been named in this year’s list of Faces of a Vibrant Economy.

Morna Simpson wants to redress the gender imbalance in STEM. Her organisation, Girl Geek Scotland, supports women in digital tech throughout their careers with a focus on creativity, computing and enterprise. Girl Geek runs world-class educational events, including panel events, short-courses and hack-a-thons. It also runs a series of mentoring events to support career development, consisting of best practice case studies and hands-on workshops.

Scotland’s economy is desperately in need of more people who can work in the digital tech industry,” Morna states. “This means that we need to encourage women into what has become a very male dominated industry. I help people by providing them with the information they need to create a better life for themselves.

Visit the Grant Thornton UK LLP website here to read the full story.

Press coverage:

SBNN.co.uk: Four Scottish business leaders named as ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ https://sbnn.co.uk/2017/11/08/four-scottish-business-leaders-named-faces-vibrant-economy/

insider.co.uk: Four inspiring Scottish business leaders named in Grant Thornton ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ list http://www.insider.co.uk/news/faces-vibrant-economy-grant-thornton-11482945

scottishfinancialnews.com: Four Scottish business leaders named in Grant Thornton’s ‘Faces of a Vibrant Economy’ http://www.scottishfinancialnews.com/15089/four-scottish-business-leaders-named-in-grant-thorntons-faces-of-a-vibrant-economy/

 

 

Investing Women’s Ambition Award open for entries!

The Investing Women Ambition Award is open for entries now until the 1st December!

Ambition is for early stage female led ideas (or start-ups) and comes with an impressive support package for winners.

This year they have split the competition into categories and all that’s needed to enter is a 1-2 min pitch video outlining the idea/business.

Categories:

  • Women in STEM
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Innovator
  • Education and Training
  • Student Award
  • Ambition Award

Entry information can be found here http://www.investingwomen.co.uk/accelerateher2018/competition-information/

Last few tickets available for Critical Skills for Leadership workshop!

We’re excited about our next event Girl Geek Scotland Mentoring Community: Critical Skills for Leadership on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at Whitespace in Edinburgh.

Last few tickets available!

 

Have you been looked over for a Leadership position? In this set of workshops Girl Geek Scotland will tell you what you need to know, and what you may not want to hear.

Workshops

1. Essential Skills for the Board in a Digital Age.

2. Do You Have The XFactor?

3. Finding Your Purpose.

Pre-register on Eventbrite

Register and find out more here:

Eventbrite - Critical Skills for Leadership

EVENT: Sign Up for our FREE Mentoring event on Tuesday 7 November 2017- Critical Skills for Leadership

News about our next event on Tuesday 7 November 2017:

Girl Geek Scotland Mentoring Community: Critical Skills for Leadership

Did you know that mentors routinely give men and women very different advice? While men are told to fill specific gaps in experience, and build much needed skill-sets, women are told to improve confidence. The subconscious bias in this advice is responsible for holding a lot of women back from Leadership roles. In this workshop we will explore what skills and experience are needed to get into a Leadership role, and what special qualities are desired at the highest levels.

Girl Geek Scotland (GGS) has been developing world-class educational and networking experiences for women in Digital Technologies since 2008. We see the engagement of women in technology as being critical to the competitiveness of this sector, and to the development of our economy.

 

Pre-register on Eventbrite                                               

Please pre-register for the event as there are limited spaces and fire regulations mean that only people who register on Eventbrite can be admitted.

Eventbrite - Critical Skills for Leadership

RBS: Female Festival, 12 December 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their Edinburgh HQ. You’re invited to meet their most influential female leaders. Come along and network with their best and brightest and get first hand experience of their diverse, inclusive culture.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to take part in:

  • A series of talks from female leaders both internal and external to RBS
  • Development workshops to build your entrepreneurial mindset – hosted by their expert partners from E-Spark
  • The chance to network with different areas of their business and connect with our top female talent
  • A look at the exciting work that women across RBS are driving and delivering
  • See what a career with RBS could mean for you!

 

To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.

 

RBS: Insight Day, 27 November 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their RBS Edinburgh HQ and showing you what both Change and Business Solutions & Technology Solutions are all about! RBS have graduate and intern opportunities for both.

Don’t miss this chance to:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills with expert training from their Entrepreneurial
    Development Managers
  • Join a panel session with Edinburgh alumni and find out why they love their graduate
    pathways
  • Network with senior managers, graduates and recruiters
  • Get first hand experience of their collaborative & customer centric culture
  • See how graduates from any degree discipline can use their skills and achieve success
  • Find out about their programmes and how RBS develops graduate talent

 

To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.

 

RBS: Dine & Discover, various dates and locations – REGISTER NOW

RBS are hosting an invitation only dining experience, exclusively for students to find out more about their programmes.

They have graduate and intern opportunities across their business. You’ll spend an evening dining with some of the brightest minds at RBS. You’ll get to talk with their best graduates and their most experienced managers. You’ll find out about their opportunities, get a great insight into their culture and discover what a career at RBS will mean for you. This is a great chance to network, speak with and learn from the best.

  • Evening networking sessions from representatives across RBS business
  • University specific events plus a regional event open to any student living in and around Edinburgh (inc Napier and HW)
  • Some are bank wide and some are Technology specific
  • Students can apply via the website using the link below

 

Locations and dates in Scotland are:

Strathclyde Business School Foyer, 17 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of St Andrews, 18 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Edinburgh (venue TBC), 24 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Glasgow (venue TBC), 25 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

 

To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here and filter on ‘Dine & Discover’.

 

Girl Geek Scotland’s Autumn Social: Meet The Volunteers (casual meetup, 21 September)

Well THAT was a wild summer! Lots of sun, lots of rain, lots and lots of work to do and just a flurry of Out Of Office replies. Exhausted, and ready for the gentle exhale of beautiful Autumntime.

Time for another seasonal social meetup for GGS. This is a casual and informal event, an opportunity for the volunteering team to relax and catch up with each other, and to welcome other likeminded folks to meet them, meet each other, network, and have a relaxing Autumnal drink at the delightful Le Monde Hotel bar.

Le Monde is a favourite venue for GGS social meetups. Do come along, meet the volunteers, and chat with other Girl Geek Scotland network and community members.

EVENTS: Scotland’s first Blockchain Hack + two courses!

Girl Geek Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland in partnership with ScotCHAIN17 are holding #HackChain17 this Autumn. This will be the first Blockchain Hackathon in Scotland! Individual and team tickets are available. Ahead of the Hack in early October we are offering two free optional training sessions to help participants prep for the hack. More info below and at the links!

 

Note: If you are signing up for the preparatory training sessions, don’t forget to sign up for #HackChain17 first!

 

HackChain17 is coming! Sign up fast!

  • Friday 6-8 October 2017 at 6pm (Friday) – 10pm (Sunday)
  • Take part in the first Blockchain Hackathon in Scotland
  • Brought to you by Girl Geek Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland in partnership with ScotCHAIN17
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Glasgow, G1 1XQ
  • Read more here…

 

#HackChain17 – Introduction to Blockchain

  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 6pm – 9pm
  • Training session for participants in #HackChain17 to help them get to grips with Blockchain technology and come up with awesome ideas for the hackathon
  • Brought to you by Girl Geek Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland in partnership with ScotCHAIN17
  • Curated House, Gordon Chambers, Glasgow, G1 3NQ
  • Read more here…

#HackChain17 – Blockchain Coding Workshop

  • Saturday 23 September 2017 at 9:30am – 5pm
  • Training session for participants in #HackChain17 to help them get to grips with Blockchain technology and come up with awesome ideas for the hackathon
  • Brought to you by Girl Geek Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland in partnership with ScotCHAIN17
  • Curated House, Gordon Chambers, Glasgow, G1 3NQ
  • Read more here…
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