inspireWiT Conference is a technology-focused day for women and people of all gender minorities—inspiring everyone! 7th April 2018 Nottingham, UK
inspireWiT is a one-day conference in Nottingham, UK. It includes talks, workshops and (a whole load of) inspiration. Completely open and free for everyone to attend, it is a celebration of the achievements of people of all gender minorities in technology. You are a designer, rebel, disruptor, engineer, programmer, technologist, strategist, inspiration, alchemist, researcher, facilitator, advocate and role model.
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Please note that this schedule is provisional.
|09:15–10:00||Doors + Registration|
|10:00–11:25||Welcome and Talks|
|11:55–12:55||Talks and Panel|
Pathways into tech for sixth-form and college students
A session tailored towards sixth-form and college students. Students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will share their experiences of their journey into University and their life as a student. There will also be people who have gone into technology without a degree who will share their path. This will be followed by a chance to find out more in a Q&A session.
Theatre Lighting in Practice
A workshop looking at the development of live event lighting, current practice and its advancement in to the future.
Zulekha Chaudhry and Lorna Byrnes
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python!
Have you ever wanted to learn Python but never knew where to start? Fear not! Get ready to master data types, loop through loops and summon forth the objects at our workshop (those faint of heart are also welcome!).
Web Scraping and Bot Making with Python
Learn how to get data from any website and do cool stuff with it, using Python and Beautiful Soup 4. Basic Python experience required.
Introduction to Interactive Storytelling
Learn how to make your writing immersive and interactive using the software Twine. This short workshop will introduce you to the features of twine and how you can incorporate it into your writing and projects. Twine is a great online tool that you can use to make text based adventures and games by incorporating HTML and CSS. No previous experience is necessary for this workshop.
Amy Dickens and Abdulhakim Ajetunmobi / GitHub
Introduction to Git
Join GitHub Campus Reps Abdul & Amy for an introduction to all things Git. In this workshop we will take you through the basics of Git, from understanding why we use version control and what a repository is; to making your very first commit. We welcome all levels and there is no coding knowledge necessary to be able to take part.
Taking code to the next level with automated testing
Explore how you can take good code to great code using automated testing; ensuring your application performs as expected 100% of the time. Hopefully I can convince you testing is awesome and should always be the first thought before writing your first line of code. The focus will be testing web apps but the techniques and principles can be applied to any application. No experience of coding required!
Finding your feet in the tech industry
An interactive employability workshop about finding your first job in the tech industry. I’ll be presenting a set of ideas about CVs, interview preparation and understanding tech roles. This will be smattered with activities for real life preparation including a CV workshop, exercises on understanding company values and a tech project elevator pitch. This is aimed mostly at students, but will be relevant to anyone who's looking for their first career in tech!
Owen Roberts and Cherie Pitcher / Thomson Reuters
Hacking LEDs with the BBC micro:bit!
Following the popularity of this workshop at last year's conference, we wanted to provide a further opportunity for attendees to experience this fun and interactive activity.
Participants will create code using the BBC micro:bit Blocks environment. The code will be used to control a set of everyday fairy lights connected to the BBC micro:bit, with a variety of challenges for the participants to undertake.
The session will be run and supported by mentors from CoderDojo and Thomson Reuters.
Build a City the Agile way
Join MHR to build a Lego city with a twist! You will work in teams to build houses, shops, schools, and more whilst learning about Agile methodologies. Get involved in planning, estimating, building, and reviewing each Sprint in the cycle. This is a very interactive workshop aiming for participants to work together and share ideas. This session is ideally suited to people new to Agile but we welcome anyone who wants to renew their knowledge (or even just wants to come and play).
We'll be running some networking games—a fun way for you to get to know some of your fellow attendees and get the conversation flowing!