WITSWORDS January 2016
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WITS Update

Welcome to WITSWORDS January 2016 and Happy New Year.

WITS update
The first WITS Executive meeting took place on Wednesday 6 January in the Science Gallery. Thanks to the Science Gallery for their support. Our next Executive will be in early February.

The Women in STEM reports presented at the 2014 and 2015 AGMs are now on the WITS website here. Do have a look.

WITS policy subcommittee update
Maria Delaney is leading the WITS policy sub-committee. We planning to work on an Action Statement to coincide with the upcoming general election. This will include the actions that WITS would like the new Government to do if elected. If you have any suggestions please email WITS and we'll keep you posted.


Dates for your diary - WITS events February 2016

WITS2016 Event #1
We hope to run an event with Sadhbh McCarthy, Security & Defence Expert and former WITS Chair at the Charles Institute, UCD on Wednesday 3rd Feb at 7pm and we'll confirm this shortly by email. 

WITS2016  Event #2
Title:                  Unconscious Bias Workshop
Venue:               Jurys Inn Custom House Quay,
Date and time:   Wednesday 17th February 2016 at 6.30pm

The workshop will be led by Mary Carroll  of Growth Potential and WITS Vice-Chair. Booking will open shortly here. Watch out for the email. 

WITS2016 Student Event at TCD
We are planning a number of events for student members and hope to run the first event in later February in TCD. Further information to come.

WITS2016 Galway 
Calling all WITS Galway members. We are planning to hold a WITS event in Galway. Please email WITS with any suggestions, ideas or offers of help.


EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016
Congratulations to Sarah Bourke WITS member shortlisted for the EU Prize for Women Innovators. Sarah is co-founder of Skytek in Ireland, develops software for the International Space Station and received innovation awards from NASA. Nine finalists compete for the prizes and the three winners will be announced in March 2016. Best wishes to Sarah.

Radio na life have been in touch with a request.
An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? Agus, ar mhaith leat páirt a ghlacadh sa Bricfeasta Blasta, an clár bricfeasta is spraíúla dá bhfuil ann? Má tá spéis agat mír teicneolaíochta a dhéanamh linn, cuir ríomhphost chuig
Do you have Irish? And, would you like to take part in An Bricfeasta Blasta, the most fun breakfast show on the air? If you’re interested in doing a technology slot with us, please email

Data and Data Protection
There's lot going on! Data Protection Day is 28 January 2016.
Click here and scroll down to see the Science Gallery events on the day. There's:
  • Drop-In Lock-Picking and Encryption Workshop TCD Arts Block from 12.00 to 15.00. Info!
  • The Future of Online Privacy Science Gallery from 13.00 to 14.00. Info!
  • Online Privacy, Risk, Opportunity and Innovation, 18:00 to 19:30. Info!
All worth exploring but please register!

8th National Data Protection Conference 27-28 January Ballsbridge.
Click on the link to find out more about this upcoming Data Protection Conference on the 27th and 28th of January. The conference is in association with the Irish Computer Society.

Apps4Gaps Competition
The Apps4Gaps competition is now open for  teams to explore freely available Open Data and to develop concepts and applications. Register your team by 29 January 2016 and submit your ideas by 25 March 2016. There are prizes for the best concepts and the
provide concepts and create applications utilising Open Data freely available. - See more at:
Alice Perry medal for best working app.

Want to be in the audience for a Comedy-Science panel show?
'The Big Bang Query’ is a brand new Comedy-Science panel show for RTÉ Two television. It will see Neil Delamere bringing the sharpest wits in comedy and the finest minds in science together to discuss the world’s most fascinating discoveries, answer some age old questions about the universe and debate whether or not you can turn a Delorean into a time machine. Team captains PJ Gallagher and Dr. Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabháin will be joined by guest comedians and science personalities for each show. Recordings will take place on Monday 25th, Tues 26th, Wed 27th, Thurs 28th and Friday 29th January with two shows being recorded each evening, If you like to be part of the Studio Audience then please email tickets@mindthegapfilms.­com for more information.

Ulster Bank Hackathon at Dogpatch Labs, D1 29-31 January 2016.
Ulster Bank has announced a Hack/Makethe bank from 29-31 January at Dogpatch Labs The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland. To find out more about the challenge, the mentors and the prizes click here.

FACE Entrepreneurship Update - Dublin event is now on 4 February 2016
FACE Entrepreneurship is a project  funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020  to encourage ICT entrepreneurship among young Europeans. Click on the link to find out more. There is an event in Dublin on 4 February 2016. Register on the site to become a FACE Entrepreneur, take part in the stories and attend the event.

Gender news

Gender quotas and merit
Interesting blog post on the issue of gender quotas here. What do WITS members think? 
Should gender quotas be part of WITS policy? Let us know. 

#FEMPOWER 16 January 2016
Senator Katherine Zappone organised a feminist conference and activist fair at the Tallaght Stadium Conference Centre.  
WITS was there. Thanks to Senator Zappone for the invitation. 

Herizon is a new 3 day event at the RDS for working women on 28-30 April. For more information click here. 
WITS member, former Executive member and CEO of Andreea Wade is one of the many excellent speakers. 

Elephant in the Valley
Do read this survey by women in Silicon Valley of women in the valley and see what they say about
Feedback & Promotion, Inclusion, Unconscious biases, Motherhood, and Harassment & Safety. 

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology
The latest issue of the journal is here. This issue has some interesting theoretical papers and an academic case study. 
Want to present at a conference but don't know where to start?
Come along to the ScotalndCSS and ScotlandJS Dublin Diversity CFP Workshop on January 30th, at Zendesk in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The workshop will be led by WITS Vicky Lee Twomey. For more information and to book click here.

Inspirefest2016 update
Niamh Scanlon EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015 is one of the Inspirefest2016 speakers. Well worth hearing.  #inspirefest2016.

Membership 2016

Thanks to all of you who have renewed your WITS membership for 2016. Your membership fee supports WITS activities and our free student affiliate membership. Thank you for your support. 

WITS membership is now due for 2016. Renew your WITS membership today to continue to receive the newsletter and information about WITS activities and events. Membership fees for 2016 are the same as for 2015.

Members' News

Galway News
The Galway Women in Technology MeetUp on 14 January was well-attended and there was good feedback here.  It sounds like they will take place every 6 weeks or so. The Irish Software Research Centre (Lero) Google RISE award in 2015 supported Transition Year event for girls on 15 January went well at NUIG and there's an excellent article on the IT Girls in the 22 January issue of the Connacht Tribune. Thanks Coleen for the update from Galway.

We welcome news and profiles from members. If you have events, initiatives or just something you think of interest to WITS members please email WITS and we'll include it in the next newsletter.
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