EVENT: Sign Up for our FREE Mentoring event on Tuesday 5 September 2017- Crossing The Great Divide

Over half of female graduates in the digital technology sector come from non-tech backgrounds such as creative arts, business studies and natural/ social sciences. (Tacking The Technology Gender Gap Together).

This event uses a range of case studies from industry, showcasing initiatives designed to help you make that sideways move and develop the skills you need for a digital technology career. Whether you plan on professional training, going back to work, or enrolling on a graduate scheme our workshops can help you identify, plan for, and fill your skills gap to make that move. Please come along to meet likeminded people and engage in lively discussion and action planning!

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.

 

News! PreWired Summer Hack

News from our chums at PreWired…

The PreWired Summer Hack will take place daily August 7th–11th 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Details of the schedule are shown below. The event will take place at Codebase Events Space, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9SJ

We still have a limited number of places, so if you want to be involved, click on the link below and sign up now!

What is involved? You will be working in a small team, working together on a small project.

Will there be prizes? Yes. At the end of the week, each team will give a demo of their project, and prizes will be awarded in various categories.
Do you need to bring a laptop? Not necessarily — we can provide one.
What about food? We will provide snacks but you will need to bring your own lunch.

http://www.prewired.org/summerhack2017/

Thanks to Ewan Klein at The University of Edinburgh for drawing our attention to this event.

Girl Geek Scotland’s Summer Social: Meet The Volunteers (casual meetup, 19 July)

Another seasonal social meetup for GGS. This is a casual event, an opportunity for the volunteering team to catch up with each other, and for others to pitch up, meet them, meet each other, network, and have a refreshing summer 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.

 

Free Casual Event – Please let us know you intend to attend by REGISTERING ON EVENTBRITE HERE

Girl Geek Scotland activities in 2017

GGS have had a BUSY year so far. We have held 8 events so far in Mentoring, Cybersecurity and Blockchain; we’ve delivered a report on role models and mentoring for school age girls for Skills Development Scotland including four webinar sessions; and launched our Declaration of Support for Women in Technology with the delightful support of our Subscribers who help us achieve our aims of: Sharing Best Practice, Profiling Women, Supporting the Delivery of Training, and Being Visible Allies. We would therefore like to give thanks again to all our Subscribers for their ongoing support in our activities. They are:

and of course LINC Scotland.

We’d also like to thank our parent organisation Edinburgh Napier University and Bright Red Triangle.

For the remaining part of the bonnie year of 2017, we are focusing on developing our Mentoring Programme further, updating our website, we will be profiling some inspiring women in tech and related sector roles, and do look out for news of the confirmed dates of our Autumn events. But first we have a Summer casual meetup event coming soon – find out more below.

…also huge thanks to all our beloved GGS Volunteers who help make so much happen, and our event attendees and online community members! We do it all for you and each other :-)

Girl Geek Scotland and Digital Scotland’s ‘Tackling The Technology Gender Gap Together’ published

This year, Girl Geek Scotland worked with Digital Scotland to produce a report to inform, encourage and support school age girls to consider a career in technology and related sectors through a role model and mentoring initiative by Skills Development Scotland.

You can read more about this initiative here on the Our Skillsforce website, and view the report in full on the Skills Development Scotland website.

We Are The Future and Datalab collaborate on Fireside Chat event 

We Are The Future are working with The Data Lab to put together a Fireside Chat with Chris Neumann, Venture Partner at 500 Startups at our office in Leith, Edinburgh on 7th July.

500 Startups in one of Silicon Valley’s most successful accelerator programmes, founded by Super Angel Dave McClure.

Chris is a big data veteran who cofounded DataHero (acquired by Cloudability), and was the first employee at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata).

Following the hugely successful DataFest earlier this year, Chris heard about the activity happening in Edinburgh and Scotland so is coming over for a few days.

We would love for you to join us at our office for a casual fireside chat with Chris and The Data Lab team. There is very limited space available unfortunately and only have 30 tickets available – if you’d like to join us can you please sign up here on Eventbrite.

Submissions Open for CivTech® 2.0!

CivTech® 2.0 submission deadline is Thursday 1st June 09:00am

The CivTech® 2.0 challenge application portal is now open on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)! You can access the application page in a few ways.

1) Click on a challenge image below and it will take you straight to the application page on PCS.

2) Go to the ‘how to apply section’ on our wiki and select the challenge for which you are applying.

3) Go to Public Contracts Scotland –> Browse notices –>  Advanced search (below further search options) and search ‘CivTech Challenge’.

Q&A Sessions

We will be live streaming Q&A sessions with the CivTech® 2.0 Challenge Sponsors via our YouTube channel. Details for these sessions are below. If you have any questions regarding the Challenges send them to CivTech@gov.scot.

JOBS: Director of User Services sought by University of Edinburgh

The following position is being advertised by The University of Edinburgh and the recruiter has asked us to spread word through the Girl Geek Scotland Network. Hope it is of interest to some of you. Details below and at the link:

Hudson Technology Change & Digital Transformation are now working with one of Scotland’s most recognised institutes as they seek to recruit a Director of User Services within one of their key Service Groups. This role will form a critical part of the organisation’s Digital and Service Transformation Strategy as they will focus on providing an excellent level of service for the wider organisation.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.

 

Opportunity For Women Entrepreneurs

The 2500 tech innovators shaping the future are meeting on June 1st & 2nd, in Vienna.

A two-day event fueled with business meetings, inspiring innovations, founder stories, industry insights, successful collaboration cases and an amazing tech show.

Pioneers.io are looking for 100 outstanding Women Entrepreneurs to join them in Vienna for free. More information here

“We cannot build a better tomorrow with the current lack of diversity in tech. Diverse teams have greater empathy for customers and ultimately build better products.”

Brianne Kimmel, Zendesk

“Your background or who you are shouldn’t hold you back in any way. Make your mission bigger than any barriers, find your allies, and succeed by proving you were always what the future meant: female.”

Anielle Guedes, Urban3d

“They say actions speak louder than words. So it feels amazing to see the strong action that Pioneers is taking to support women in tech. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a number of incredible female founders and technologists and I know how much these amazing women have to offer the wider tech community.”

Ayelet Noff, Blonde2.0

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