Nov 11

Next event: Thursday November 18th GGD #46 Talking Green energy with Christina Daly from OVO Energy

“Nearly everything we do revolves around energy. Most of us have heard that the risk of blackouts this winter is up. On the 4th of November National Grid announced a supply crunch alert asking companies to reduce their energy demand causing electricity prices to spike and fears that there will be widespread blackouts this Christmas.

By 2020 the UK aims to have 30% of its electricity coming from renewable sources but parts of the grid can’t handle the solar power being generated. How are the fascinating developments in smart grid, renewables, storage for electricity and in home technology going to revolutionise energy and help us meet our targets?”

Christine Daly Ovo

This month our speaker is Christina Daly. Christina works in OVO Energy in the Transformation Department looking at how OVO can better use the technology and systems available to improve customer experience and drive down cost. OVO wants to revolutionise the energy industry and is investing heavily in green & community energy as well as smart meters to bring down bills and keep it simple for the consumers. Prior to working at OVO Energy Christina worked at Accenture as a software developer and now runs coding workshops for employees in OVO in her spare time and is the champion for the Bristol@OVO CoderDojo. She holds a BAI in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

After Christina’s presentation we will open the floor up for a discussion as discussed in the previous ‘extraordinary’ meeting, if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.

This month’s event will take place on Weds 18th November at Ovo Energy’s Offices at 1 Rivergate, BS1 6ED Bristol. Please sign up on our meetup page here

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman.

Many thanks also to OVO energy for their sponsorship for this event.

Oct 05

Next event: Wednesday October 15, 2015 GGD #45 Girl Geeks ExtraOrdinary General meeting

This month we have decided to call an Extra Ordinary General meeting, its extra ordinary not because its not aligned with our normal general meeting but because we generally do not hold a general meeting.

This event is kindly hosted by The Bristol SETsquared Centre which is at Temple Meads – attached to the UK’s most connected transport hub, Bristol Temple Meads Station, at the centre of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, just a few minutes walk from the city centre Bristol at 7pm.

In the last meeting we did a call out to see if any of our members would be interested in getting more involved and there was a surprising show of interest which was great to see. Rather than let this enthusiasm go to waste we have decided to invite members to attend this meeting to discuss further not only any help they wish to offer but also do a general call on what people want from the group and where they see it heading or wish it to move forward into the future.
The group has been running since 2010 and is one of the most active GGD’s in the south west we believe – this has been down to downright doggedness in many cases and largely thanks to Ali who was one of the founding members and also other enthusiastic co-organisors such as Maria, Serrie and Claire as well as many others. We believe in the group and find it heart-warming that we have had such a positive and collaborative relationship within the group and indeed with our sponsors. The group has become very well known within the community and we are often approach by industry to either advertise ourselves or support tech based initiatives, as many of you will know from our busy facebook page.
Some of the things that we would like to consider moving forward are below – we would like you to join the meeting to give us your views and hear your voice on these and suggestions on anything else we might be involved with. We also believe that by building a bigger central support committee all with less responsibilities we will be better able to serve the group as a whole. Obviously we are keeping with the general ethos that we are aware how busy people are and as such will not be pushing anyone outside of their boundaries of either comfort or time limitations.
We are not the only tech group in Bristol and plenty of times we are clashing on dates which affects our participation we propose therefore some of the following:
These are some of the groups we are aware of
Urbanistas, Women who code, Women in engineering, Women in technology,
Women in Biz, Women outside the box, ladies that ux, grrrlgames
We would like to add any others members may be aware of
Plan is to contact them and propose the following:
A shared yearly meetup to present the groups and their activities and hopefully increase participation
A Shared calender- proposed Google calender as its version controlled
Possibly a central site for ‘Bristol Women in Tech Hub’ to share info and initiatives across the groups
Some of the initiatives who are looking for involvement are:
STEM (we know some of you are already involved)
Digimakers – HBB
Codeclub is the current mayoral initiative and they want us to get more women involved
We would like to be made aware of any others
Finally we are looking at any other initiatives that members wish to throw into the ring, some possibilities:
Merchandising – to spread the word and also to allow fellow girlgeekers a chance to talk to each other at conferences (badges was the thinking here)
Conferences – possibly extend the shared yearly meetup with the other groups to invite in industry and publicize ourselves
Blogging – Techspark have approached us to do regular girl geek blogs – any thoughts on this?

The meeting will be held in the engine shed and SetSquared and is kindly sponsoring us this for the space. If we do food then we will need to use their caterers and we have no current sponsor for this – but we (Claire and Serrie) are willing to get some between us once we know numbers.
So please pop along and either just listen in or have your voice so we can move forward in a direction that we all want – for newbies we will also present a bit about the group so you can understand a bit about us also.
Please sign up on our meetup page…/events/225801917/

Sep 08

Next event: Wednesday September 16, 2015 GGD #44 – Girl Geeks meet DataKind – Using data for good

This month our speaker is Emma Prest, General Manager at DataKind UK. She spends her time explaining what data science is to charities and nurturing an influx of data science volunteers looking to donate their time and skills. Before joining DataKind UK, Emma worked for a range of non-profits including Tactical Tech, Amnesty International UK, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and Chain of Hope. She was a freelance contributor to The Independent and worked as a Spanish-English translator. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy from Central European University in Budapest. Her first degree, in Politics and Geography, was from the University of Edinburgh.


This event is kindly hosted by MixRadio at their offices on wine street in central Bristol at 7pm.

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As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman

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