GGD #70 Interested in voice-enabled technology?

Here’s a chance to find out more.

It’s midweek. The weekend feels a long way away. So come and get your geek on with XMOS.

We’ll take you (quickly) through the science of voice and explain how our technology is able to capture voice and strip out background noise – even from across the room and when you’re speaking softly. We’ll also demonstrate our voice-capture development kits and give you a sneak preview into the new areas we’re working on.

We don’t have a talking toaster – but we do have a lamp with attitude, an LED array you won’t forget and a look at what’s possible when you merge voice with radar technology. And if that doesn’t convince you, then we’ve got plenty of anecdotes about questions that are best left unasked of your voice assistant!

The talk will be led by our XMOS girl geeks

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GGD #68 Data Science x Energy

Dr Katie Russell, Analytics, OVO Energy

Smart meters means masses more energy data will be available to utilities, enabling a better customer experience and no more estimates. Katie will draw comparison with data revolutions in other industries and explore the opportunities, analytics and learnings so far.

Katie Russell is Head of Data & Analytics at OVO Energy, leading a team focused on deriving insights to inform and inspire action – for customers and for OVO as a business. As part of a technology led business, leveraging data using artificial intelligence keeps OVO truly innovative and delivering the best possible service for our customers.

Katie joined OVO in October 2017 having spent 5 years at ONZO – an energy analytics start up  – as Head of Data Science. During that time she was chuffed to be awarded Big Data Hero by techUK in June 2016 and helped ONZO win multiple awards for their innovative solutions for utilities. Prior to that Katie worked for another analytics start up in the water industry, got a PhD in Mathematical Physics and holds a BA and M.Math from the University of Cambridge.


Thursday 20th June 2018 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm


This meetup is kindly sponsored once again by OVO who are strong supporters of Bristol Girl Geek Dinners.

1 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6ED

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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 (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bristol Girl Geek Dinners

Next event: Wednesday April 20th GGD #50 – Girl Geeks get Agile Sheep-dipped!*

GGD#50 – Girl Geeks get Agile Sheep-dipped!*

Wednesday 20th April

Ever wondered what that ‘Agile’ stuff is all about? Seen a lot of Post-It notes on boards in your office and wondered what that was for? At a bit of a loose end and fancy finding out a bit more about Agile while eating free pizza to boot?

Then this months’ Girl Geek Dinner is for YOU!


Penny and Claire both think the best way to ‘learn’ about Agile is to experience it, so after a short introduction on the fundamentals, we’ll be diving straight in with some games to help you get to grips with the principles of Agile.  We aren’t giving too much away here, but expect audience participation and gratuitous use of children’s’ toys to help understand how Agile works.

Come and join us, no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.  Bloomberg are sponsoring pre workshop food and drink, you can network, play games without judgement and hopefully learn a bit about Agile in the process.

About our speakers

Claire is a Agile enthusiast with too much IT experience to fit in a paragraph; but she has worked for some big companies (Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Microsoft) as well as some others that you might also have heard of (National Trust, MixRadio) and learnt quite a bit while doing that. During her time at MixRadio she has been on a massive Agile journey of her own, going from ITIL Release Manager to Technical Programme Management, and so she has quite a bit to say on Agile transformations (and other stuff too, probably best not to get her on the topic of ‘travel’ unless you have some time to kill) and due to the fact we couldn’t get anyone else/she was free on the night/she wanted to share some of that experience with you all, we are lucky enough to have her co-present this event.

Penny attended Leeds University to do a Mech Eng BSc; she was sponsored through university by Rolls Royce, Bristol. After graduating, she returned to Bristol to work with them. But this was the 80s. Not a great time to be female in engineering. Soft porn on the walls, wolf whistles in the factory, snide comments in the offices. She greatly admires the women who stuck it out and made a career there, but she decided to get out, to the relative civilisation of software development.

She started in FORTRAN (she doesn’t look that old, we must get her secret), moved to C then C++.

But in the early 2000s Penny realised she needed either to invest some considerable time updating her skill set, or she would have to move out of tech. With 2 small children at the time, working extra hours didn’t seem possible, so she edged slowly toward project management.

After living the lie of Gant charts and Big Upfront Planning for a few years she transitioned from PM to Scrum Master – and found a method of working with people to deliver great things.

*Please note: No actual immersion in liquid required for this event

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  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. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!
Please sign up on our meetup page here MEETUP
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 (just add a +1 on the meetup).


Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol BS1 3AD