Sunday 29th April 2018, 2 – 4pm, Madlab
Are you excited, worried or just plain bewildered by the way big data is increasingly affecting our everyday lives? Join us for an afternoon of discussion on all things data related. Talks will include:
Alexia Sampri @alexiasampri, PhD student in health informatics at the University of Manchester
Why does healthcare sector still struggle with Data Integration?
This talk will focus on what data integration is, why we need it in the healthcare sector, what are the issues and how we could solve them.
Danya Shoemaker from Matillion
Harnessing the power of the cloud for big data processing
More and more small to large enterprises are moving their ever growing ‘big data’ to the cloud. This data ranges from customer behaviour, financial analytics, and even DNA sequencing data. We will discuss what the cloud is, the benefits an organisation can gain from using a modern cloud-based data warehouse and how partner solutions are helping business work better, faster. We will conclude with a real use case and take a look at a cloud warehouse in real time.
Bethan Turner @HoneycombBethan http://honeycomb-analytics.com
Demystifying big data
Bethan shows that big data doesn’t have to be as intimidating as everyone seems to think. She explains how it can be used alongside other types of research data to help companies and customers really understand what’s at the heart of their problem, and more importantly, how to harness big data to help solve their problems.
Karen Pudner @kpudner
Data and Ethics
And our very own Girl Geek volunteer Karen, will be leading a discussion on data and ethics. Can decision-making algorithms reduce the effect of human prejudice or can they actually accentuate existing biases?
This event is free, including tea and cakes/biscuits (although you’re welcome to bring your own bakes if you’re feeling inspired!).
We will be on the bottom floor of Madlab, which is wheelchair accessible.
Sun 11 March 2018 2:30pm– 5:00pm, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Bloody heck! For everything you never knew you needed to know about periods, there’s #periodpositive science comedian and sex educator Chella Quint. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, Chella joyfully deconstructs menstrual stigma with wit, craftivism and brute force, uses song and dance to challenge period poverty, and joyfully invites audiences to hang ten on a crimson wave in this five-star show. Delightfully taboo-breaking period comedy for menstruators and non-menstruators of all genders.
Comedian and activist Chella Quint is coming to Manchester to perform her award-winning sell-out comedy show, alongside a workshop of hands-on activities including crafts and jewellery making, and a launch of Chella’s new research project That Bloody Think Tank, which will include citizen science, data hacking and discussion.
We will be collecting donations of menstrual products, both disposable and re-usable (including pads, liners, tampons, cloth pads, period pants and menstrual cups) to be distributed to schools to create menstrual product kits for teachers and exam invigilators this spring. These will be collected by the #periodpositive schools project that Chella Quint will talk about at the event.
That Bloody Think Tank is the new menstruation research wing of #periodpositive. Aiming to provide an alternative to research conducted by menstrual product companies, That Bloody Think Tank encourages citizen science to find out more about periods and menstrual taboos.
It will be a relaxed performance in an accessible venue.
http://www.periodpositive.com @periodpositive #periodpositive
Sunday 14th January 2018, 2pm – 4pm, Virgin Money Lounge, King Street, Manchester
To ‘celebrate’ Blue Monday (the so-called most depressing day of the year), we’re holding a mental health related event on ‘Blue Sunday’ (the day before).
We’ll have Zoe Breen presenting Care Labels For Humans, which you’ll be able to use and give feedback on, and we’ll be holding a session loosely based on lean coffee, where we’ll discuss mental health topics that are chosen by you, the attendees! You can share stories, get support, ask for advice, whatever you wish.
We’ll also have our usual Girl Geek Tea Party tea and cake.
Sunday 10th December, 1.30 – 4pm, Fab Lab Altrincham.
Want to learn some simple coding skills, and create a fab object that can decorate your house over the winter season? Come to our Internet of Things workshop – learn to write a simple program, and build a light-up Christmas tree which is internet-enabled and changes colour when you tweet it.
The workshop costs £28 including a Raspberry Pi Zero W starter kit (RRP £35) and all the parts for your tree, and we’ll talk you through the basics of setting up your tiny computer, building it into a laser cut Christmas tree and programming it to respond to input from Twitter. The workshop takes around 2 hours and will include all materials (you can take your finished project home with you) plus our usual tea/coffee/cake.
We’ll be hosted by our lovely friends at Trafford FabLab, which is directly opposite the tram stop at Altrincham, and parking is available in the shopping centre nearby. We’ll aim to start at 2pm, and will be open from 1.30pm so you can arrive and get a cuppa before we start. The FabLab is wheelchair accessible entrance and vegan/gluten free food options will be available.
If you’re keen to carry on with this kind of project, we’re aiming to run another workshop in the Easter holidays and another in the summer, both of which will use the same Pi Zero W kit, so you can bring your kit back and participate in those workshops using the same equipment.
Huge thanks to Pimoroni for their support with this workshop!