Live Blog Part 2 - Virtual Tech Events During Covid-19

โ„น๏ธ NOTE: This post is updated regularly

I've archived the other live blog of past virtual events, and for the month of June onwards, I'll keep track of virtual tech events. This seems to be a norm, so to a point where this live blog is not needed anymore, I'll stop, and will just have them in our monthly Coding Grace newsletter. (Also helps me so I don't double up on the work maintaining the lists on a blog and newsletter).

Let me know either via contact@codinggrace.com or @CodingGrace if you want to include:-

  • a missing upcoming event
  • announcements
  • call to actions / help
  • opportunities / grants

Here's some events and conferences who have adapted to having their events virtually (I'll try and keep this post updated).

Events, Workshops & Conference

Mon Jun 1 - Wed Jun 3 VR/AR Global Online Summit
Mon Jun 1, 19:00 - 21:00 GMT+1 ๐Ÿ†• PyData Remote Summer MeetUp #3 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช via Zoom
Fri Jun 5, 10:00 - 14:45 ๐Ÿ†• Dogpatch Labs - First Fridays for Startups ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช You need to register for events, so check page for more information for each of the following sessions:-
  • Mentoring | 10.00 - 12.00
  • Lightning Talks with Foodcloud, Change Donation, Coderdojo | 12.30 - 13.30
  • Keynote with Paul Oโ€™Hara (CEO & Founder of ChangeX) | 13.45 - 14.45
  • Sandbox Session (Networking) | 10.30 - 12.00
Fri Jun 5 - Sun Jun 7 ๐Ÿ†• Dublin.AI - Remote Hackathon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช You will be exploring applications for a new remote world. Hack streams inc:1) remote working. 2) remote education. 3) remote communities. 4) AI applications (ML, NLP, vision, voice). 5) open idea stream.
Sat Jun 6 (Berlin) EnthusiastiCon EnthusiastiCon is a conference for the programming community. We will talk about what excites us the most about programming โ€” the strange, the wonderful, and the clever solutions to unusual problems. A day of 10 minute talks.
Sat Jun 6, 14:00 - 16:00 GMT+1 Women CyberSecurity Society Dublin: Cybersecurity Conversations ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Jitsi: https://meet.jit.si/CybersecurityConversation
Wed June 10 - Fri June 12 10:00 EDT/PDT/CET WOMEN TECH GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2020 The virtual conference will connect 100 000 women, minorities and their allies in tech through an interactive platform featuring keynotes, engaging panels, technical workshops, and a tech job fair with face-to-face networking sessions.โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹
Thu Jun 25 - Fri Jun 26 Irish GameBased Learning Conference (Cork) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช More information on the schedule and presenters to be released shortly. See website for updates.
Wed Jun 10 - Thu Jun 11 SaaStock Remote Register your interest
Thu Jul 16 - Sun Jul 19 ๐Ÿ†• The Festival of Curiosity ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dublin's annual international festival of science, art, design & technology.
Thu Jul 23 - Sun Jul 26 Virtual EuroPython 2020 See blog post
Wed Sep 9 - Thu Sep 10 2020 Dublin Tech Summit 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Sep 16 2020 Cork Tech Summit ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Sep 19 2020 NI Developer Conference
Various dates AnitaB.org's Community Events Members of the global AnitaB.org Local community organize events and provide one another with resources to navigate careers in tech. They organize valuable meetups, codeathons, and our one-day HopperX1 events modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration.
Various dates Creative Mornings Field Trips

Mostly via Zoom

FieldTrips are meetups to interact, learn and collaborate in an effort to level-up your creative life. Built on top of our 20,000 monthly attendees at CreativeMornings talks, FieldTrips are designed and organized by amazing individuals and organizations from within our community.

Various dates Hackaday's calendar of virtual events and classes
Various dates Women Who Code Remote Events
Mon Feb 15 - Fri Feb 19, 2021 Global AppSec Dublin Conference ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Apr 23- Sun Apr 25, 2021 OFFSET 2021 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช OFFSET 2020 postponed to next year.

๐Ÿ” Recurring & โฉ Ongoing Events

[Update] I've split out recurring and ongoing events, hope this helps. ๐Ÿ˜Š

โฉ From Fri Mar 20 onwards Science Gallery Dublin online events programme ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Kicking off on Fri Mar 20 with a discussion on minding your mental health while #socialdistancing - got a question for their experts? Head over to their Instagram @SciGalleryDub to add yours!
๐Ÿ” From Fri Mar 20 onwards Quarantine Thermo Seminar Series (TCD) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 1st in a series starting on Mar 20th. See more via https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/quarantinethermo/join
โฉ From Tue Mar 24 (Tue and Thu) How to make a basic website with Davey Faherty. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช The workshops "would be spread over 3 leisurely sessions of less than 2 hours, with an hour allowed after each one for helping everyone". Live classes url: twitch.tv/daveycacamilis
๐Ÿ” Every Mon Morning (Started) Mar 30) Women Who Cowork Dublin - Virtual Coworking Coffee ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/713622343
๐Ÿ” Every Fri evening @ 17:00 (Started Fri Apr 3) Women Who Cowork Dublin - Cocktail o'clock with WomenCo ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Zoom - see their meetup page for more info
๐Ÿ” Every Thu @ 14:00 (Started Thu Apr 30) ICT Skillnet: Lockdown Your Learnings โ€“ Weekly Webinar Series ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

This is an online webinar series being held @ 2pm every Thursday during the month of April/May 2020

  • Innovation in a Changing World โ€“ Thur 30th April
  • When The Rule Book Goes Out the Window โ€“ Thur 7th May
  • SME Resilience โ€“ Thur 14th May
  • AI and the Reverse Arc of Digitalisation โ€“ 21st May
  • Where Are All The Clouds Going? โ€“ 28th May

๐Ÿ” Every Thu @ 19:00 IST ๐Ÿ†• Why R? Webinars This is an online webinar series, see https://twitter.com/whyrconf/ for updates.

โ„น๏ธ More virtual events

๐Ÿ‘‰ There's more virtual conferences listed in the following doc (thanks to the cool women in tech slack group): View live Google Doc

๐Ÿ‘‰ Here's more webinars for Irish Companies & Founders: View calendar (thanks to @g_myaccesshub)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Startup Digest, there's one in a city/town near you: https://www.startupdigest.com/ - Just search for your city name and a calendar of events will pop up.

๐Ÿ’ช Events/Orgs that need your help:

Tech help - Volunteering to assist the elderly

This page gathers details, for the sole purpose of setting up volunteers who wish to assist the elderly, over the telephone, with technical support, during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Should a volunteer request it, their details will immediately be removed from this dataset. The data gathered here will not be forwarded for any other purposes other than that stated above.

Open Source Ventilator Project This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.
Startup Weekend COVID-19 Remote Edition ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Register your interest

๐Ÿ˜“ Cancelled/Postponed events

If there's any cancelled or postponed events, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance.

Cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

TOG Hackerspace Public Events ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Cancelled until Sun April 5
UX Belfast Cancelled indefinitely

Postponed ๐Ÿ”ฎ

ARVR Innovate ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed but looking into hosting virtually on same date - Thu May 7
Dublin Maker 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed to Summer 2021. See @DublinMaker on Twitter for latest updates.
EuroPython Dublin 2021 Postponed physcial EuroPython 2020 in Dublin to 2021.
Futurescope 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Moved to quarter four
MeasureBowling (Belfast) Moving to autumn
PyCon 2020 Remote Postponed PyCon 2020 but going remote, updates via their newsletter, sign up via https://us.pycon.org/2020/remote/ and also keep an eye on their Youtube channel
RebelCon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed to later in the year
Security BSides Dublin 2020 Postponed to later date, check website for updates
๐Ÿ†• ShipItCon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed to 2021, check website for updates
Women Techmakers Belfast 2020 Postponed until further notice, check website for updates

๐Ÿ†’ Opportunities

Other opportunities since the Coding Grace March newsletter was published:

TWi And Tech Writers Without Borders And You ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Professional writers are ready to volunteer. TWi and Tech Writers Without Borders are partnering to bring technical writers to your not for profit COVID-19 related projects.
Bank of Ireland provides โ‚ฌ1m in emergency funding for communities impacted by Covid-19 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Funds fast-tracked for projects supporting vulnerable groups with immediate needs.

In partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland, the Bank is fast tracking โ‚ฌ500,000 of the funds to 13 organisations that are working to support the immediate needs of vulnerable groups across the island of Ireland, north and south.

The remaining โ‚ฌ500,000 is being donated to The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Irelandโ€™s Covid-19 Funds to help local charities and community organisations assisting vulnerable individuals and groups through this difficult period. The Community Foundations will launch these funds next week.

Bank of Ireland: Begin Together โ€“ helping our communities to thrive ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช The Begin Together Fund provides valuable investment for community initiatives that will make a real difference in towns and villages. We want to get behind those trying to make the lives of others in their communities better by improving their financial, physical and mental wellbeing.
๐Ÿ†• Design and Crafts Council Ireland - Call to Makers to create digital content ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), supported by Creative Ireland, is commissioning online content that will โ€˜Get Ireland Makingโ€™

DCCI invites applications from clients and member organisations to develop digital content for a series of online activities, video interviews and live classes.

UN Global Call to Creatives For the first time, the UN is launching an Open Brief to Creatives everywhere to help spread public health messages in ways that will be effective, accessible and shareable. Together we can flatten the curve. There is no deadline.

If you have others to share, add them in the comments below... I'll try and update this blog post and will note it for April's newsletter.

๐Ÿค– AOB Events

This section is for any other things that doesn't fit in the categories above, like moving off meetup, and so on.

BelfastFP moving away from Meetup New site: https://belfastfp.github.io/
New MongoDB User Group Events site for Dublin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช On April 28th, 2020, they will no longer run any user groups or events on Meetup. To continue interacting with your user group after that date, you need to create an account on their new platform.

๐Ÿค“ Resources for Organisers on organising virtual events

[Eventbrite] Managing Eventbrite virtual events Info for organisers using Eventbrite (due to covid-19)
[Meetup] Hosting an online event on Meetup Because of COVID-19, they temporarily updated their in-person event policy to permit groups to host events online. They have high level pointers to various tools and some tips.
[Zoom] Guide to safely use Zoon (via Silicon Repubic)
[Zoom] Thread about using Zoom safely Many heard of zoombombings and random people joining zoom sessions. This twitter thread has some good tips on running a zoom session (as safely as you can).

๐ŸŒˆ Finally

As our Taoiseach said in his statement on Thursday (Mar 12th):

"I know that some of this is coming as a real shock and it is going to involve big changes in the way we live our lives. [...] Weโ€™re doing it for each other. Together, we can slow the virus in its tracks and push it back. Acting together, as one nation, we can save many lives."

Let's do our part and make sure help slow down the spread of the virus and protect our community and all those loved ones around us. โค๏ธ


๐Ÿ—„ Past virtual events since last post -

๐Ÿ†™ Moved to the end, as this ARCHIVED events list is getting really long! ๐Ÿ˜†

I've decided to add this section as it might be helpful for others who are looking into running virtual events, and share ideas used.

Wed May 20, 18:30 - 19:30 GMT+1 Girl Develop IT: Code & Coffee ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Not sure if this is an online event, keeping it here for now.

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