Susan Thomson: “Security is a game”, Susan Thomson
Susan is a developer at Scott Logic. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher in cryptography at the University of Bristol. Please don’t talk to her about your altcoin
Good cryptography is becoming increasingly important for everyone. But how do we know if an encryption scheme is any good? Susan will talk about what it means when cryptographers say that an encryption scheme is secure.
Paulin Shek: Apache Spark – what, and why”, Paulin Shek
Paulin is a developer at Scott Logic. When not doing client work, she’s levered some time to write internal training materials on Apache Spark, and she also runs a Data Engineering study group that meets on a weekly basis.
Cluster computing is something that has become more accessible, beyond academics and large companies, over the past few years. This is partly due to frameworks such as Apache Spark. However, with the advent of new technologies comes a whole new set of terms and buzzwords. Paulin will give an introduction to cluster computing, and explain the motivation behind Spark.
Thursday 17th May 2018 – 6.30/7 – 9pm
Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm
This meetup is kindly sponsored once again by Scott Logic who have been hosting us for a few years now with some great speakers.
They have a new website https://www.scottlogic.com which regularly posts new and interesting tech blogs and has a careers page, which illustrates new vacancies across their 4 office locations.
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
Caroline Morris is a data geek turned Leadership coach, who founded Wide Eyed Group, a leadership and team coaching business. Her passion of developing people was nurtured during her 20-year career working in data; leading teams of data scientists, developers and analysts.
Her background also means she understands the pressures faced within technical teams. Like the cultural barriers that can exist between logical, technically-minded data scientists and their extroverted, fast-paced colleagues in sales and marketing. Or the challenges of moving into a leadership position after excelling in a more practical ‘doer’ role.
Caroline’s coaching style is adaptable, slotting seamlessly into any organisation and providing actionable strategies that teams can use to transform their way of working.
She has turned her love of “helping people to be the best they can be” into her new career of transformational coaching:
A qualified coach, who uses Positive Psychology, Transactional Analysis, NLP techniques with Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment in her coaching practice. Her passion for the power of attention and listening has led her to become a Time to Think Facilitator and she can help you and your team communicate more powerfully with each other. She is also a Master Emotional Capital Report practitioner who can help you understand your level of EQ and areas to develop to help you develop yourself and your team.
Caroline previously ran a couple of great workshops for the Womens Tech Hub WTHub.org during the day and it went down so well that we thought she would be the perfect speaker for our women who are working. We feel that it would be great to learn some skills on how to survive in the workplace and have a voice as its a discussion that we hear often that our members struggle with.
GGD presents an evening of talks looking at the opportunities and challenges of robotics and machine learning featuring:-
Bot or not? Robotic technology in our lives today
Drop the drone – challenging the security of drone technology
Cyber Security Machine Learning
Our team of speakers :-
Gudrun is a Lead Domain Engineer with Lloyds Banking Group specialising in application security. She holds an MSc in Information Technology from UWE and has wide ranging experience in Security and IT within the Financial Services sector. Gudrun had a pre-IT life working in marketing, sales and management development.
Jaimi comes from Brisbane Australia where she has had a brilliantly technical study background. She gained a Batchelors degree in Animation as an early university entrant with Griffith University. After moving to Queensland University of technology she attained a Master’s degree in Information Technology specialising in security and Games design alongside valuable management training. She extended her studies by a year to cover Computer (Digital) Forensics and run a project on Mobile App permissions.
Currently she is studying for a further Masters at Macquarie University in policing, intelligence and counter terrorism, while using her extensive knowledge as a project manager in the NHS. She is currently waiting for her NCA (Security) Clearance so she can further her security and digital forensics knowledge to use in the UK. She describes herself as a magical unicorn!
Miranda is a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where her research interests include cyber security and big data ethics. She has two hexadecimal dollars, and an Erdos number of 3. She has just begun a project investigating ways to subvert a swarm of four hundred robots.
Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 6.30/7 – 9pm
Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm
The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Bristol University
We are a social and networking group for women who are interested in science, technology, engineering and other geeky things. We held our first event in 2010 and meet up about once a month for a talk with an inspiring female speaker and some good food and drink, usually provided by a sponsor.