Live Blog Part 3 - Virtual Tech Events during Covid-19

โ„น๏ธ NOTE: This post is not updated anymore so it doesn't get too long (and arduous to maintain), check the for the latest new live blog for the current month.

You can find archives of previous virtual events at: March to June | July

I'll keep track of virtual tech events from August onwards here. 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 or @CodingGrace if you want to include:-

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 Aug 31, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย Blockchain Series - CORDA on Azure Blockchain ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon Aug 31, 19:00 - 21:00 GMT+1MLDublin Goes Remote ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Sep 1, 13:00 - 14:00Dublin Social Entrepreneurs: Lunchtime Social Enterprise Check-Ins ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Sep 2, 15:00 - 19:00 GMT+1DigitalOcean TIDE EMEA Online Conference
Wed Sep 2, 18:30 - 20:30 GMT+1Rust Dublin September Remote Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Sep 2, 19:00 - 21:00Newry Digital:ย Serverless First
Thu Sep 3, 13:00 - Fri Sep 4, 17:00 BSTMachine Learning Dublin: The John McCarthy AI Summer School ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Sep 3, 19:00 - 21:00๐Ÿ†• DublinR: Why R? Webinar: Reproducible research with workflowr with John Blischak
Fri Sep 4, 13:00 CESTDogpatch Labs: First Fridays ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Digital 1-on-1 Mentoring
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lightning Talks:The Future of In-Store Experience
  • 13:45 - 14:45: Keynote: How Pointy brought 1% of US retailers online
Fri Sep 4, 12:00 - 15:15Tangent | Trinity's Ideas Workspace: LaunchBox 2020: Demo Day - Online! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Sep 4, 13:00 CESTNLNOG Live!
Fri Sep 4 - Sun Sep 6What The Hack: Blockchain and The World Food Supply ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Sep 5, 14:00 - 16:00๐Ÿ†• Women CyberSecurity Society - Dublin: Cybersecurity Conversations ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Sep 5, 15:00 - 17:00๐Ÿ†• Dublin Code Mentoring: Free code mentoring - For all levels ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Sep 8, 13:00 - 13:30Diversein: Launch Event and Webinar: Inclusive Intelligence ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Sep 9, 12:00 - 13:15Science Gallery Dublin: Citizens' Think-in on Artificial Intelligence ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Sep 10, 18:00 - 20:00๐Ÿ†• GDG Galway: DevParty - Cloud NEXT Extended (UK & Ireland)
Thu Sep 10, 18:00 - 21:00Hackaccess: Startups4AXS: Empowering Founders of Diverse Abilities ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon Sep 14 - Fri Sep 18IT@Cork Tech Summit ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Sep 16 20201GAM Galway Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
TBC - Oct 5th to 10th 2020NI Developer Conference๐Ÿ’ก Call for Ideas.
Tue 6 Oct - Thu 8 OctEngineers Ireland: Women in Engineering: Strategies for Advancing Your Career - Online Classroom ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue 6 Oct - Thu 8 OctUXDX Online 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon 12 Oct - Thu 15 OctSaastock EMEA 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed 14 OctDublin Tech Summit 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Various's Community EventsMembers of the global 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 datesCreative 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 datesHackaday's calendar of virtual events and classes
Various datesWomen Who Code Remote Events
Mon Feb 15 - Fri Feb 19, 2021Global AppSec Dublin Conference ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Apr 23- Sun Apr 25, 2021OFFSET 2021 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชOFFSET 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

๐Ÿ” From Fri Mar 20 onwardsQuarantine Thermo Seminar Series (TCD) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช1st in a series starting on Mar 20th. See more via!forum/quarantinethermo/join
๐Ÿ” Every Mon Morning (Started) Mar 30)Women Who Cowork Dublin - Virtual Coworking Coffee ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชVia Zoom:
๐Ÿ” Every Fri evening @ 17:00 (Started Fri Apr 3)Women Who Cowork Dublin - Cocktail o'clock with WomenCo ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชVia Zoom - see their meetup page for more info
๐Ÿ” Every Thu @ 19:00 IST๐Ÿ†• Why R? WebinarsThis is an online webinar series, see 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: - 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 ProjectThis 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‡ชRegister 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

UX BelfastCancelled indefinitely

Postponed ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Dublin Maker 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชPostponed to Summer 2021. See @DublinMaker on Twitter for latest updates.
EuroPython Dublin 2021Postponed physcial EuroPython 2020 in Dublin to 2021.
Futurescope 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชMoved to quarter four
MeasureBowling (Belfast)Moving to autumn
PyCon 2020 RemotePostponed PyCon 2020 but going remote, updates via their newsletter, sign up via and also keep an eye on their Youtube channel
RebelCon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชPostponed to later in the year
Security BSides Dublin 2020Postponed to later date, check website for updates
๐Ÿ†• ShipItCon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชPostponed to 2021, check website for updates
Women Techmakers Belfast 2020Postponed until further notice, check website for updates

๐Ÿ†’ Opportunities

Other opportunities since the Coding Grace March newsletter was published:

๐Ÿ†• TWi And Tech Writers Without Borders And You ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชProfessional 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‡ชThe 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 CreativesFor 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.
Ladies that UX Dublin Mentorship ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชCurrently looking for mentors
Social Innovation Fund Ireland: The โ€˜Innovate Togetherโ€™ Fund ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Cash grants starting at โ‚ฌ20,000
  • The deadline for applications is 5 pm Wednesday 27th May 2020
  • Application Form
Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreakDeadline Wed Mar 20 (Brussels local time)
Edie Windsor Coding ScholarshipFor queer women and non-binary techies (Deadline: March 21st, Midnight EST)

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 MeetupNew site:
๐Ÿ†• Mobilize on Hiatus until end of year
New MongoDB User Group Events site for Dublin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชOn 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.
๐Ÿ†• Women Who Co-work Dublin moving away from Meetup to EventbriteUpdates via:

๐Ÿค“ Resources for Organisers on organising virtual events

๐Ÿ†• Python Software Foundation: Resources for Virtual EventsInfo for organisers who can use to host virtual conferences, user group meetings, and sprints!
[Eventbrite] Managing Eventbrite virtual eventsInfo for organisers using Eventbrite (due to covid-19)
[Meetup] Hosting an online event on MeetupBecause 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 safelyMany 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.

Archive August events will be places here.
Sat Aug 1, 16:00 โ€“ 19:00 ISTDevParty - LIVE with GDG UK & Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 4, 11:00 - 12:00 ISTVictor Rodrigues: Monitoring Refrigerated Trucks using IoT Central and Power BI ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 4, 19:00 - 21:00 IST1GAM Galway Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 5, 16:30 - 18:00 ISTStartup: Building your team โ€“ How to recruit (Online free event) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 5, 18:30 - 20:30 ISTRust Dublin August Remote Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Aug 6, 16:00 - 17:00The Math(s) Fix: Question Time with Conrad Wolfram ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Aug 7, 13:00 - 14:00 ISTAzure Dublin Meetup: IoT Series - Overview of IoT Services ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Aug 8, 14:00 - 15:15Dublin Visual Change Makers: Sketch note taking ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon Aug 10, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup: Blockchain Series - Introduction to Blockchain and Blockchain on Azure ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 11, 18:00 - 20:00Codรบ Community: Building SSR React Micro Frontends | By Ruben Casas & Nelly Kiboi ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 11, 20:00 - 21:00Cloud Computing Dublin:ย Zero Trust Security for Cloud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 12, 18:30 - 20:30Clojure Ireland: Real-world systems in Clojure ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Aug 13, 13:00 - 14:00Data Science Festival Dublin: DSF Lunch & Learn - Understanding Bias in Data Science ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Aug 13, 13:00 - 14:00Dublin Tech Talks: Lunch and Learn about Machine Learning Projects Development with Bojan Furlan ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Aug 14, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย IoT Series - Connecting IoT device to Azure ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Aug 15, 15:00 - 17:00 GMT+1Free code mentoring - For all levels ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon Aug 17, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย Blockchain Series - Quorum on Azure Blockchain ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 18, 18:00 - 19:00Artificial Intelligence Northern Ireland:ย AI NI 14
Tue Aug 18, 18:00 - 20:00Tech Women Dublin: Introduction to Infrastructure as Code ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Tue Aug 18, 18:30 - 19:30PyLadies Dublin Aug Virtual Event - Poetry | Python Imports ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 19, 16:00 - 17:30AI in Action Dublin:ย AI in Action Virtual Meetup: NLP Series #2 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 19, 17:00 - 19:00Dogpatch Labs: Patch Demo Day ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ชPatch, Dogpatch Lab's summer accelerator, is broadcasting Demo Day live from Dogpatch Studios. Join our virtual showcase next Wednesday, 19th August 2020, to get front row seats to our 2020 cohort pitches, and hear what 9 teams have built and learned over our 6-week programme. From smart, touch-screen mirrors, to mobile first digital menus, to open source climate modelling tools, these pitches are not to be missed.
Thu Aug 20, 17:15 - 18:15R-Ladies Dublin: R at RTร‰ - Network Visualisation and Association Rules ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Thu Aug 20, 18:00 - 20:00Codรบ Community: Getting Started with Freelancing with Kyle Prinsloo | Web Designers/Developers ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Aug 21, 12:30 - 13:30Women Who Code Belfast: Social Distanced Working - Adapting to Change: a panel event with FinTrU
Fri Aug 21, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย IoT Series - Setting up IoT Edge device ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Aug 22, 15:00 - 17:00 BSTDublin Code Mentoring: Free code mentoring - For all levels ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Mon Aug 24, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย Blockchain Series - Hyperledger on Azure Blockchain ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:30 GMT+1Farset Labs: Explain Like I'm 5, With BCS Northern Ireland
Thu Aug 27 from 09:30Virtual Coworking day ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Aug 28, 11:00 - 12:00Irish Computer Society: Women4IT Online Breakfast Meeting ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Fri Aug 28, 13:00 - 14:00Azure Dublin Meetup:ย IoT Series - Creating you first Azure IoT Central App ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sat Aug 29, 09:00 - 18:00Why R? Dublin - Call for Participation & Expressions of Interest ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

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Vicky Twomey-Lee

Pythonista, but normally found organising various tech events, and now heavily involved in diversity initiatives like Coding Grace, PyLadies Dublin, and Women in Technology and Science (WITS Ireland).

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