Women in Tech Cymru summer conference

July 15, 2018 / 0 comments

On July 7th Aberystwyth University hosted the first summer conference for Women in Tech Cymru, a new group which looks to support and network women working in tech in Wales. We were lucky to get the Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University to come down and open the event and welcome everyone to the uni, and…

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Early mastery/playful coding meeting, Perugia

August 1, 2015 / 2 comments

Last week I went to an EU project meeting in Perugia, with Wayne from Aberystwyth Computer Science, and Tomi & Tegid from Ysgol Bro Hyddgen. Here’s Tomi about to leave Wales (Tomi drove to the airport, making the travel for the four of us actually fairly cheap, given cheap flights Bristol to Pisa then a…

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International women’s day|week

March 13, 2014 / 0 comments

For International Women’s Day, the Athena Swan team at Aberystwyth put on a series of events over the course of the preceding week. I was off to London for a conference so helped organise an event on the Monday before jetsetting off to The Smoke (if you can call travelling via Arriva Trains Wales “jetsetting”)….

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Aberystwyth storm damage

January 4, 2014 / 0 comments

We went for a walk on the prom this morning, to assess the damage. Timing our walk to just miss high tide, things were still fairly hairy. Here’s a short (4 minutes) video I’ve cut together from clips on the way.

Pythagoras day

December 6, 2013 / 3 comments

Yesterday was 5/12/13 – numbers which make up a Pythagorean triple – the sides of a right-angled triangle. A guy called Marco Matosic spotted this quirk of the date system and decided to put on an event at the Ceredigion museum, involving various people from around aber. During the day about 150 pupils from local…

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Raspberry pi radio star

February 20, 2013 / 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago I went to the second Machynlleth Raspberry Jam, and ended up being interviewed for Science Cafe on BBC Radio Wales. You can listen again at that link (for a bit). The program also includes my friend Tom Crick from Cardiff Met, who visited the raspberry pi factory; the bit with…

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Talking at the Alan Turing Centenary event, BCS Mid Wales

October 11, 2012 / 0 comments

On Monday we had the BCS Mid Wales AGM (fastest AGM in the west – all business dealt with well within the allotted 25 minutes), followed by an Alan Turing Centenary event. This year 2012 marks 100 years since Alan Turing’s birth, and all around the country there are events highlighting his life and work,…

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Show & Tell

March 11, 2012 / 1 comment

Last Wednesday BCS Mid Wales held our first “Show and Tell” event. This was the brainchild of Jonathan Roscoe and the basic idea was that people got an opportunity to show off and talk about their half-baked nerdy ideas and projects. These included a robotic glockenspiel… And an arduino driven robot tank… (this is Jonathan…

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Reflections on our first few months with solar power

December 22, 2011 / 0 comments

Our solar panels were fitted at the end of the summer, and commissioned on August 30th, so we’ve had them for about four months now. We’re lucky – we got in when FIT payments were guaranteed at around 40p/KWH – so we’re expecting our 4KW system to pay for itself, when subsidies are taken into…

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Not your standard male voice choir

June 22, 2011 / 0 comments

Finally got round to seeing a male voice choir last night. They weren’t exactly local, though. And they were a bit more energetic than the traditional Welsh version. In the Aberyswyth Arts Centre, the Great Hall is where they put the big acts. It’s got four sections which can be curtained off, and you can…

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