Last week I was privileged to both attend and present at the 9th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium hosted this year by Sheffield Hallam University. You can follow @bcs_lovelace on Twitter. The chief organiser and founder of this annual initiative is Hannah Dee and this year Deborah Adshead pulled out all the stops to make sure the event at SHU was a great success.
This is a national one-day conference for women students of computing and related disciplines. The aim of the event is to bring women students from around the UK together for networking, talks, and career development advice from successful women in computing. There are speakers from both industry and academia, and a poster contest for the students to show off and talk about their own work.
If you have never organised a conference it is hard to imagine the hours of work that goes into the planning and delivery of a big event. The team included academic staff and students who were involved throughout. Below is a photo of the students from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) who presented or helped. They are members of the student led SHU Women in IT group. A big thanks also goes to every single student or member of staff that contributed to the day.
Deborah Adshead and Students
Sheffield Hallam Uni
Sheffield Hallam Uni
|Women in IT at Sheffield Hallam
There are more photos on Flickr and Hannah Dee has blogged a brilliant summary of the day. This includes the list of student poster presentation winners and I include them below. There were so many good posters it made the judging very difficult!
Here’s the full list of student winners
The programme included 4 slots for invited speakers, plenty of time allocated to the poster presentations so everyone had the opportunity to get around them all and talk to the presenters. And there was lots of cake!
- 09.30 Registration
- 10.00 Welcome
- 10.20 Keynote: Sarah Winmill, Director of IT services, UCL
- 11.20 Coffee break, with posters going up
- 11.40 Open Source Intelligence: A Double Edged Sword, Shahrzad Zargari and Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam
- 12.10 Lunch - Poster judging happens over lunch
- 14.15 Technology for Social Good, Carolyn Johnson, J.P. Morgan
- 14.45 Brain Computer Interfaces. Mahnaz Arvaneh, University of Sheffield
- 15.15 Coffee break, posters coming down
15.45 Employer Panel session on Computing Careers
- 16.30 Close & Prizes
- 17.15 Social - in the Phoenix Bar, the Hub, Sheffield Hallam Students Union
I presented with my colleague Shahrzad Zargari on Open Source Intelligence: A double edged sword. We used Emaze to create this so I've been able to grab the embed code to add to this post. You can see our presentation below.
Storify of the #BCSLL16 Tweets
Finally here is a curation of the tweets brought together using Storify. This captures all tweets that included the event hashtag #BCLL16. There are some great photos and interactions shared aobut the event as it unfolded. You can also find a summary of the day on the BCS Women website.