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.
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!
For our July event, we’re going out and about in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with two goals in mind: to clean up the streets, and to Catch ‘Em All.
Yes, that’s right, we’re literally that stupid – our event will be a litter picking walk around Manchester city centre, while simultaneously playing Pokémon Go on our phones. We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, so even if you find you haven’t played on it for… just under a year, or if you never got into it in the first place, now’s your chance to give it a spin.
We’ll be meeting at MadLab on Edge Street at 1pm, with a half-hour intro to Pokémon Go for anyone who needs to learn how to play or would like a refresher, and heading off from there at 1.30pm for an hour and a half of picking and Pokéing around town. We’ll split into small groups, or you can choose your own route, as long as you join us at the finish – Travelling Man on Dale Street – at 3pm. We’ll then collect in all your rubbish bags, and head next door to Nexus Art Cafe for a cup of tea and some cake (included in your ticket).
We’ll provide rubbish bags, litter pickers and rubber gloves, but you’ll need to bring a smartphone with the Pokémon Go app installed – and make sure it’s fully charged, or bring a spare battery pack, as it uses up the battery pretty fast!
We’ll also be awarding cool prizes – generously donated by Travelling Man – to the attendee that catches the most Pokémon during the hour-and-a-half (in order to enter, make sure you’re at MadLab before 1.30pm and show us your current Pokémon tally – we’ll check again at the end) and to the attendee that picks up the most litter (to be judged as we collect in the bags).