Changemakers: A Jean Golding Institute and Digimakers innovation
Merchant Venturers Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1UB
A hackathon to support young women in STEM
The Jean Golding Institute, in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering Outreach team and Bristol-based women working in the tech industry, are organising a programme of events to tackle gender diversity in STEM.
Changemakers is an event that aims to break down stereotypes and highlight the excellent opportunities available to young women interested in a career in the tech industry. Over an exciting four days of skills development, inspiring seminars and industry insight, teams will work together to develop a piece of technology to support a social or environmental campaign. Participants do not need previous programming experience to take part, this opportunity is open to students from years 9-12.
- Learn programming and software development skills;
- Be inspired by ‘Herstories’ told by industry professionals and academic staff;
- Take part in a hackathon event to develop a piece of technology to support a social or environmental campaign;
- Develop soft skills; communication, teamwork and ideation development; and be mentored by industry professionals and university students.
We are living in uncertain times: it is more important than ever that young women have a voice and are encouraged to develop the skills they will need to tackle some of the big issues humanity is faced with.
When is Changemakers 2019?
Changemakers is July 8-11, 2019. Each day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm.
Where is Changemakers 2019?
Changemakers will be held at University of Bristol’s Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Rd, BS8 1UB - it’s No.25 on the precinct map. The final day of Changemakers will include visits to our industrial partners, but the day will still begin and end at Merchant Venturers Building.
I'm a teacher. How do I get my students involved?
We are inviting up to 6 students from each school to participate; they can be in year 9 to 12 and do not need prior programming experience to enjoy the Hackathon. If you would like to register a group of students to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will the students work together as a team?
Yes. Teamwork is amongst the most important skills participants will develop at Changemakers.
What is the dress code?
Students should wear sensible, casual clothing. Please refrain from printed apparel featuring profanities or offensive content.
Will lunch be provided?
Lunch will not be provided. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or make use of the local amenities including Sainsburys Queens Rd, and a number of cafes inside university buildings and on Queens Rd.
Will there be a health and safety induction?
The students will be welcomed to the University by the Faculty of Engineering’s Health and Safety coordinator, who will give a short briefing.
Do the students have to be accompanied by a teacher?
No; students do not have to be accompanied by a teacher to Changemakers. Participants will be working alongside DBS-checked student ambassadors, industry professionals and academics staff. First aiders are available in the building.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes. For details of the University of Bristol's policy, visit the University Secretary's Office website.
Do you have a risk assessment for the event?
Yes; you can request a copy of the risk assessment by emailing email@example.com.
Will you cover the cost of travel?
We want Changemakers to be accessible to all students. To support this, a small travel bursary for public transport is available for any student to whom this expense would be a barrier to entry: email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Will the students be allowed to leave the building during the day?
Students will be allowed to leave during the lunch hour with parental consent, but will otherwise remain supervised at all times.
This event was the initiative of data scientist, Elena Hensinger, a University of Bristol graduate now working in industry, who approached the Jean Golding Institute (JGI) and the the Faculty of Engineering Outreach team with an idea to support young women interested in tech. Read more about her story on our blog.
More information about Changemakers can also be found on the Faculty of Engineering website.