To all the brilliant sponsors, volunteers and attendees!
We had a fantastic time and loved every second of the actual day. It was amazing to have so many of our great members come along to volunteer … we really do love you all. It was great to hear so many of your success stories that we played a part in, the hard part was all yours so big congrats! Please stay in touch as we feel like proud parents when we hear how well you are doing. To the newer members who came along to support and be part of the event – massive thanks for coming out of your comfort zone on a wet day! We will support you!
The Sponsors were amazing – so engaged and supportive and brilliantly open to talking to not just job-ready, but to advise and guide the returners or tech-curious, we salute you!
To all the attendees – Good Luck and come to us if you need support – check out our Women’s Tech Hub page for details on our support and networking. We are just joining with Codehub for free training support on our Workshop Wednesdays so come along and be part of it all.
As you can see from the image, we are back on it and raring to go. Actually we are having a week in Falmouth to discuss how we take this forward to be the BEST recruitment event for tech diversity in the World! (yes we are tired and hopeful .. but it’s all possible right?)
Love to you all, we can’t do it without you!
Sooooooooooooo … yes we are about to announce our next plans, we are ready and almost raring to go, so the question is: are you?
The Date ?
It will be on November the 9th in the Colston Hall and we have all four floors to use plus its a Saturday! This hopefully means that many of our members and the poor sad people who have yet to be enticed into the fun world of tech, may also have the day free to change their lives for the better!!
We know that we have plenty of people with Children attached as we spotted some flitting through the door at our last event – next time why not just bring kittens or puppies for a similar effect? It appears that people actually like these young humanoids so we decided this year to partner with Technotopia, who are all about getting the younger generations engaged with tech and are very cool! So why not treat your next careers fair as a family day out? Want to volunteer? .. contact us !!
We also loved our panel driven conference back in 2017 so want to bring back that part of the conference/event by inviting in the WISE campaign. This is a national campaign and we know they have been investigating the effectiveness of Diversity and Inclusion groups within larger organisations. We’re going to discuss the incentives out there to support both larger and smaller companies to help improve culture and improve diversity and discuss the issues also. We’ll announce panels and workshops/discussions as we put his together.
For all companies wanting a stand at the fair – it will be recruitment free, so no charges for any recruits you get. We will have our Women’s Tech Hub partners ADLIB (who are lovely and very well behaved) there in an engagement capacity, but other than that as before, recruiters please don’t come along and try and sell your wares to the companies or badger our members – its really just not welcome and definitely not cool!
Based on our feedback from the last event from the companies involved, there was a suggestion to have a Jobs page advertising the jobs going So this time, as part of our sponsorship deal*, we will do that to ensure we are reaching out to people that you want to engage with. This will be over the tech3shed website, the wthub and bristoltechfair website .. we’ll let you know when its set up! As with the last event we do want the companies to engage, so we’ll have chaperones at the event as before to make introductions and help you networ!
So keep an eye out for us and get involved…. more coming soon …
*T & C’s will apply
Some news at last .. we have started hatching our next event so we’ll keep you updated as we tiptoe through the arrangements. Its a different power of three this autumn as we are going to partner with Technotopia who we have worked with since they started and with the WISE campaign. Technotopia are looking for sponsors and/or companies looking to engage with children interested in Tech, we plan to run the careers fair on a seperate floor (it will be at the Colston Hall this time) and the WISE campaign will run on another floor again.
The whole event is called the Bristol Tech Fair and is running under the Bristol Technology Week on the Saturday before TEDxBristol so the 9th November, which gives you all plenty of time to dust off your CV’s or get your stand offerings uptodate. Feedback on the March event mentioned the lack of reusability of the ‘swag’ on the stands so we would like to follow TEDxBristols idea that there should be no paper or wasteful products but more engaging options. Don’t worry, we are also trying to think through options for our TEDxBristol date!
The overall view of the event is that people can come along with or wthout children to technotopia, but may want to leave their partners with the children and go engage with the WISE group or talk to the recruiting companies. So a family day out with a possible job option and some female engineering networking – whats not o love?