Submisssions 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

JOBS: Deputy CIO Sought by The 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 proud to be working with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most globally recognised institutes in the country, as they seek to recruit the Director of their Applications Development and Operations Division within the Information Services Group. With a focus on the University’s Digital Transformation strategy over the next few years, this role is a critical hire for the organisation as they aim to stay at the forefront of technology within higher education.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Leading Scottish firms sign up to Girl Geek Scotland’s ‘Declaration Of Support For Women In Technology’

GIRL GEEK SCOTLAND MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Belinda Love
Tel: +44(0)7850 565 819
Email: belinda@girlgeekscotland.com

Leading Scottish firms sign up to Girl Geek Scotland’s ‘Declaration Of Support For Women In Technology’

Melissa Highton (The University of Edinburgh Learning Teaching and Web Services), Jock Millican (LINC Scotland), Morna Simpson (GGS), Katie Lyne (CivTech), Jen Paton (Administrate), Andrew Williams (Administrate), Chris Brind (Waracle and Exception), Dr Jamie Graves (ZoneFox), Jane Grant (Edinburgh College), Issy Urquahart (Craneware), Jessica Mullen (Create Future). Photo credit: Girl Geek Scotland.

ZoneFox, Craneware, and The University of Edinburgh Learning, Teaching and Web Services amongst inaugural supporters

Leading digital technology network Girl Geek Scotland has launched a new Declaration Of Support For Women In Technology with backing from LINC Scotland, Administrate, Skyscanner, Create Future, & Waracle and Exception.

 

The new Declaration aims to improve equality in IT across Scotland. Currently only 18% of the Scottish IT workforce is female – impacting not only workplaces around the country but also the economy.

Morna Simpson, founder of Girl Geek Scotland, said:

“While 50/50 gender balance may not be possible, having only 18% of the IT industry being female is something that is holding Scotland back. It needs to change and now.”

To this end, the declaration calls for organisations to commit to:

  • Sharing Best Practice: To improve working processes, culture and environment to appeal to and retain women across the digital technology ecosystem.
  • Profiling Women: Either by offering speakers, mentors or role models for events across the digital technology ecosystem.
  • Training for Women: Supporting and enabling the widest distribution of lifelong training and resources in digital technology sectors, sub-sectors and associated sectors across Scotland.
  • Being Visible Allies: Promoting women in technology by contributing to events and supporting the widest distribution of promotional materials to inspire women to enter into or remain in digital technology sectors.

 

Morna Simpson thinks the stakes are too high for Scotland to get this wrong.

She said:

“Digital Technology is a growing sector in Scotland, and becoming a more important part of our economy every day. However, a global, digital Scotland will only succeed with digital talent that is globally competitive.

“Currently women only make up 18% of the Digital Technology workforce. Despite a strong education sector only 38% of women graduating from IT courses hold IT positions. If Digital Technology employers cannot find a way to attract more women into careers in tech, then the whole economy will continue to be constrained by lack of digital expertise.

“If Scotland is to achieve its ambition of becoming a world-class digital nation by 2020, it is essential that employers and organisations across the Digital Technology ecosystem commit to and collaborate in making the Digital Technology sector appeal to and retain women.”

With the Declaration comes a call to working with those who are sincere about improving Scotland’s opportunities. Morna Simpson said:

“We are respected in the community and well connected with investors, businesses, politicians and other organisations. As well as holding world-class panel events, we hold coding classes, hackathons, and run a mentoring community. These activities are part of an integrated programme whereby people are given the inspiration, skills, practice, and business advice needed to launch a startup business in digital tech. They enable movement up the pipeline; they enable entry into a technology career from another sector, but more importantly they are designed with women in mind.”

It is on the back of this activity that Girl Geek Scotland recently won a tender to deliver a Role Model and Mentoring Framework in Digital Technology for School Aged Girls across Scotland, on behalf of Skills Development Scotland.

The first organisations to sign the Declaration are:

Jock Millican of LINC Scotland said:

“LINC Scotland is happy to support the Declaration as we think it is important to support women in technology and enterprise. We have a growing number of female led technology businesses in our portfolio including from our Equity Gap: Leah Hutcheon at Appointedd, Alison Grieve at GHold, and Rebecca Pick at Pick Protection.”

Chris Martin, CEO of Waracle said:

“I’m proud to be part of the technology industry – this is an industry that has potential to give all people an equal chance to succeed. I believe technology is inherently liberal and diverse, but it’s not yet 100%, and I hope Girl Geek Scotland can help our sector realise its full potential, while at the same time serve as a role model for diversity in more traditional industries.  Our whole company is delighted to support Girl Geek Scotland.”

Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal and Director at The University of Edinburgh Learning, Teaching and Web Services said:

“The University of Edinburgh is committed to encouraging women working in technology roles. All parts of higher education are being transformed by digital services and new ways of learning and teaching. Our support for Girl Geek Scotland is a valuable part of our approach to this and recognition of the many and varied careers emerging in these new exciting areas.”

Issy Urquhart of Craneware said:

“Craneware is thrilled to support Girl Geek Scotland in its efforts to further diversity in the technology community. Girl Geek Scotland’s mission to drive diversity and creativity in high growth sectors is a mission we wholeheartedly share.”

Belinda Love of Girl Geek Scotland said:

“Girl Geek Scotland has become well known for supporting women in technology, digital media, and enterprise – as well as many crossover sectors and sub-sectors – and our Declaration has formalised and focused our four key aims. Organisations that support us will be showing that they align with these values, which we have seen in our network and community can inspire life-changing effects. We are very grateful to the organisations who have subscribed to our Declaration from the outset, their support will really help us achieve our goals.”

If your organisation is interested in signing the Declaration for Supporting Women in Technology you can sign and subscribe here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/supportggs

ENDS

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

IMAGES:

Launch images are available – FOR MEDIA AND SUBSCRIBER USE ONLY – for download here: https://gallery.girlgeekscotland.com/#collection/14

High resolution Girl Geek Scotland logos are available for download here: https://gallery.girlgeekscotland.com/#collection/5

Support badges are available – FOR MEDIA AND SUBSCRIBER USE ONLY – for download here: https://gallery.girlgeekscotland.com/#collection/2

General GGS event images available – FOR MEDIA USE ONLY – for download here: https://gallery.girlgeekscotland.com/#collection/7

Note to media: Morna Simpson can be reached for comment on 07533329507 and morna@girlgeekscotland.com

(Any other usage please contact belinda@girlgeekscotland.com for permission.)

GIRL GEEK SCOTLAND:

Girl Geek Scotland (GGS) is a network and community for women working with Creativity, Computing and Enterprise, and related sectors in Scotland. GGS aims to develop a network of women, who are able to support each other at entry-level and throughout their careers, working at the intersection between these areas.

KEY SPONSORS:

Now home to over 18,000 students from over 100 countries, we first welcomed 800 students as Napier Technical College in 1964. However our story goes back to the time of John Napier, the brilliant sixteenth century mathematician and philosopher from whom we take our name. When you come to Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll study at one of our six specialist schools. Each of our schools is an impressive institution in its own right, with world-class facilities, academics, researchers and international links.

Bright Red Triangle (BRT) offers a comprehensive set of professional/personal development activities for students and graduates in partnership with key stakeholders within and beyond Edinburgh Napier. Our focus is on improving the enterprise skills and employability of our students and graduates while instilling them with an entrepreneurial mindset. We offer business incubation services, paid consultancy experience as well as design thinking and design your future courses to our current and past students.

LINC Scotland

LINC Scotland is the national association for business angels in Scotland, with a membership which includes many active individual investors and most of the main angel groups or syndicates. We represent our members at government level in Edinburgh, London and Brussels and were founding members of both the European Business Angels Association (EBAN) and the World Business angels Association (WBAA). Since 1993, we have played a significant and active part in changing the business culture in Scotland and the Scottish business angel marketplace is now recognised as amongst the most developed in Europe.

EVENT: Sign Up for our FREE Mentoring event on Tuesday 23 May 2017- Breaking the Glass Ceiling

This event will provide valuable insights to those of us that have experienced ‘the glass ceiling’ effect in our workplace as well as to employers who would like to maximize the potential of their employees.

We have a fantastic range of speakers and workshops planned to tell you more about the initiatives that are operating across a number of companies and how as individuals we can empower ourselves to challenge this issue within our own work environment.

Free Event SIGN UP ON EVENTBRITE HERE

For security please ensure you register for access to the building.

Event Details

Location
Anderson Strathern Solicitors, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh, EH3 8EY

Speakers
(Host) Anderson Strathern Solicitors
Talat Yaqoob – Director, Equate Scotland
Ceri Shaw – Engineering Manager, FreeAgent

Agenda
6.30 pm – 7pm Registration and networking
7pm Welcome and introductions
7.10pm – 7.30pm Presentations
7.30pm – 8pm Networking
8pm – 9pm Workshops led by speakers
9pm – 9.45pm Wrap up and networking

Refreshments
Wine/soft drinks and nibbles provided

REPORT: Scottish Technology Industry Survey

Room For More Growth!

The Scottish Technology Industry Survey report looks forward to more growth for Scotland’s tech sector

Research by ScotlandIS, the report describes Scotland’s digital technologies industry as having an optimistic future and continuing to grow sales, profits and headcount, after a strong 2016.

The survey found that 82% of businesses expect sales to increase in 2017 and 78% of those surveyed said they have a very optimistic or optimistic view for the year ahead.

The digital technologies industry’s positive outlook follows the sustained growth of the sector in 2016. Seven out of ten companies reported an increase in sales, some by more than 50% year on year.

Predicted employment growth is also on the up since last year’s survey. Overall 78% of firms forecast that they will hire more staff in 2017, compared with 66 percent in 2016. This rises to 84% for small businesses when taken on their own.

Digital technologies trade body, ScotlandIS, produced the annual survey sponsored in 2017 by Nine Twenty Technology.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said:

“The results of this year’s survey show the confidence and resilience of the digital technologies industry which is continuing to grow and maintain its optimistic outlook despite uncertainties in the political environment.

“This is great news not just for our sector, but also for the economy as a whole. The digital technologies industry generates over £5 billion in GVA for Scotland every year and is becoming more and more important in our increasingly digital world.”

The skills shortage remains an issue for firms but the data showed companies are embracing alternative routes into the sector, with 38% of respondents reporting that they are likely to recruit modern apprentices in 2017, up from 29% last year.

For the first time since 2013, demand for experienced staff has outstripped that for graduates, although the need for university graduates continues to be a priority for firms of all sizes.

Software and web development remain the most in demand skills but there is also a strong requirement for commercial, business support and project management skills, which are required by more than two thirds of companies. In this area sales and business development skills are particularly sought after.

A growing number of firms (73%) expect to recruit the majority of new staff from within Scotland, compared with 60% in 2016. At the same time, the percentage of businesses forecasting that new talent will come from outside the UK has dropped from 21% to 9%.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

 

EVENTS: Sign Up For our FREE webinars: Tackling The Technology Gender Gap Together

An introduction to becoming a digital technology role model or mentor for school age girls.

Free Webinar SIGN UP ON EVENTBRITE HERE

 

  • Thursday 27th April (19:30)
  • Thursday 4th May (12:30)
  • Tuesday 9th May (10:00)
  • Saturday 13th May (13:00)

We are repeating the webinar four times to ensure everybody who wishes to take part gets a chance to join in at a time that is convenient.

This is an online event lasting approximately 40 minutes.

Whether you’re a school leaver on a training course, a recent graduate, or early in your tech career, please volunteer to become a role model or mentor for school age girls! By becoming a role model, you will be making an important contribution to the future of the digital technology sector and helping improve the economic prosperity of Scotland.

This training webinar will get you started, show you how to use the available resources, and help you know what to expect, so you can go into schools confident you are fully prepared.

You will learn how to talk to teenagers about digital technology and gender discrimination and why both are important. You will learn how to create engaging presentations and interactive learning experiences while developing your communication skills and enhancing your professional capabilities and relationships.

We will review the accompanying activity packs and guides that will help you when you are ready to become a role model or mentor. You will be able to download these soon from www.digitalworld.net

The webinar will cover:

  • how to engage a teenage audience,
  • why digital technology is important and the range of jobs available,
  • why we have a gender problem in digital technology,
  • why it is important to get more girls into technology,
  • how to talk about jobs in digital technology so that they appeal to girls,
  • how young people can get into the industry,
  • how to use and tailor the provided resources,
  • how to construct and deliver interactive learning experiences,
  • what practical information and logistics you need before visiting schools,
  • how to become a role model or mentor.

All the webinars will cover the same material but places are limited so please select a time that is suitable for you.

These webinars will use Google Hangouts to enable the widest possible audience. It’s available online and for both iOS and Android mobile phones. The link to the Google Hangouts will be shared with ticket holders the week before the webinar takes place.

Please also fill in our survey. This will help us understand what we can do to support and motivate you in your role.

EVENT: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs – Blockchain, SMART Contracts, & Cyber Security

Join us for our FREE event at Spring Technology, 12 – 13 St Andrews Square in Edinburgh.

Blockchain and associated technologies, are of growing interest, not just in Fintech, but also in the legal sector and security. GGS will invite three panel experts to explore technologies, trends and opportunities for financial support in Scotland. This is your compass for the hottest areas for business development.

This event gives some great background material for those intending on entering our Hackathon.

  • Learn about the opportunities for entrepreneurs in these fast growing sectors
  • Ask our speakers any burning questions you have in the Q+A
  • Develop your business network

As usual Girl Geek Scotland will provide plenty of time for networking, wine and nibbles.

Speakers

(Host) Samantha Leeman – Senior Consultant – Girl Geek Scotland/Spring Technology

Greig Paul – Strathclyde University – Smart Contracts

Katie Lyne – Scottish Government – Civ Tech Update

Andy Cobley – University of Dundee – Blockchain

Expert in Cybersecurity TBC

Agenda

6.00 – 6.20pm Registration & Networking

6.20 – 6.30pm Introduction

6.30 – 7.30pm Presentations

7.30 – 8.00pm Audience Q&A

8.00 –  8.30pm Networking & Wrap up.

FREE Registration on Eventbrite

We have limited space, and fire regulations mean that only people who register on Eventbrite can be admitted to the event.

Refreshments

Wine/soft drinks and canapes. (Not a full dinner event)

VISIT OUR EVENT POST TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT HERE

Girl Geek Scotland

At Girl Geek Scotland our aim is to grow a community of professionals and entrepreneurs who are able to support each other at entry-level and throughout their careers in computing, creativity, and enterprise. A big part of this is ensuring that there are role models for everyone to learn from and aspire to.

Girl Geek Scotland welcomes people from all gender identities, physical abilities, neurotypical and atypical people, religions and ethnicities. We ask everyone attending to show respect for others at all times.

GGS Event Policies

Please refer to our Anti-Harassment Policy and Event Photography / Videography Policy as set out on our website. Your acceptance of which is assumed should you register to attend one of our events.

With thanks

With enormous thanks to our partners and sponsors who help us make this happen. They are:

Core Funding & Major Sponsor 2017

LINC Scotland is our Core Funder for 2017. LINC is the umbrella organisation for Angel Finance in Scotland and offers Entrepreneurs startup finance to get their businesses off the ground. They have extensive expertise in investment and can offer support to new investors in Scotland.

EdinburghNapierUniversity

Now home to over 18,000 students from over 100 countries, we first welcomed 800 students as Napier Technical College in 1964. However our story goes back to the time of John Napier, the brilliant sixteenth century mathematician and philosopher from whom we take our name. When you come to Edinburgh Napier University, you’ll study at one of our six specialist schools. Each of our schools is an impressive institution in its own right, with world-class facilities, academics, researchers and international links.

BRT working logo

Bright Red Triangle (BRT) offers a comprehensive set of professional/personal development activities for students and graduates in partnership with key stakeholders within and beyond Edinburgh Napier. Our focus is on improving the enterprise skills and employability of our students and graduates while instilling them with an entrepreneurial mindset. We offer business incubation services, paid consultancy experience as well as design thinking and design your future courses to our current and past students.

LEARNING: FREE webinars for tech employers to address the gender gap

Tech Employers – attract, recruit and retain more female talent!

Skills Development Scotland and Equate Scotland are delighted to launch a series of free webinars in partnership with the Digital Technologies Skills Group. These webinars will provide all digital technology employers whether start-up, SME or large, the advice, skills and insights needed to increase the number of women in tech.

  • The webinars will be an interactive guide through the following issues:
  • How to take positive action measures
  • How to recruit and retain women employees
  • The business and economic case for increases women’s representation in tech
  • Implementing flexible working
  • Overcoming challenges and barriers
  • Tackling biased language

The webinars will be accompanies by a Best Practice Guide with case studies from employers taking action on gender across Scotland.

This will be a 3 part series of 1.5 hour webinars taking place on the 18th, 24th and 27th of April. All you need to is register and logon from your desk to take part!

REGISTER HERE ON EVENTBRITE.

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