Date: Saturday 18 June
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Venue: Cornmarket Street
Soapbox Science is making its debut in Oxford on Saturday 18th June. A relaxed, informative and fun event will bring cutting-edge science to Oxford town centre. The event will promote twelve incredible female scientists and the work they do, and will hopefully inspire the next generation of female scientists.
For more information see the Soapbox Science Oxford website.
Oxford Geek Nights is coming to the Jericho Tavern, Wednesday 27 January at 7:30pm.
- Dr. Sue Black OBE will be talking about her new book Saving Bletchley Park and signing books afterwards.
- James Williams will be giving his talk on Distraction by Design – “What if technology could distract us less, and respect our time & attention more? What would that world look like – and how could it be built?”
The 5-minute microslot talks are so-far filled by:
- Martin Poulter – Wikipedia and it’s battles with correct information
- Dario Salvi – Internet of things
There will be free drinks from sponsors HaybrookIT and if you’ve never been before Oxford Geek Nights are a great way to mingle with industry professionals in the area.
Could you come up with a way to optimise Internet coverage for Project Loon balloons, or route Google Street View cars through Paris?
Organised by Google, Hash Code gives you an opportunity to step into the shoes of a Google engineer and tackle these types of challenges in a team-based programming competition for students and professionals. You pick your team and programming language, Google pick a real-life engineering problem to solve.
The competition is divided into two stages:
- an Online Qualification Round on 11th February at 18:30 CET
For this round, your team can participate from wherever you’d like, including one of our Hash Code hubs. Hubs allow for teams in the same location (e.g. city or university) to compete side-by-side in a more fun and exciting environment. The Oxford Hackspace is a hub.
- a Final Round on 19th March
Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to Google Paris to compete in the Final Round of the competition.
For more information and to sign up g.co/hashcode!
Do you have a passion for public engagement and science-based competitions? Would you like the opportunity to present a science topic of your choice in just three minutes?
FameLab UK is calling on all scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the UK to take part in its flagship science communications competition.
The UK competition is in three stages:
- Regional Heats: the Oxford Heats take place on the 21 and 25 January, with the Regional Final on 18 March 2016.
- Regional finalists participate in a FameLab Masterclass 1-3 April 2016
- National Final takes place in London on 25 April 2016 with a cash prize of £1,000 and £750 to spend on a science communication activity.
The overall UK national winner then goes on to competes against 25+ other international finalists for the title of FameLab International Champion at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2016.
Judges are made up of leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers who will make their decision based on the content, clarity and charisma of the contestants’ 3-minute presentations.
For more information about the event and to register, go to:
FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with NESTA to find and nurture scientists with a flair for communicating with public audiences.
A hacking training session will be running at the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library tomorrow, Thursday 3rd December 13:30-17:00. The event is free and is open to all members of the University of Oxford.
The workshop will explore the ins and outs of running a hackathon with digital data or content. In the second part of the session, participants will engage in a mini-hackathon using Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership data, followed by a discussion of the experience.
For more information about the event and to register your place (essential):
The workshop is led by:
Iain Emsley – a research associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre, working with the Software Sustainability Institute and the Square Kilometre Array. Currently reading for a Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford, he has organized and attended hack sessions. His research interests include sonification.
Liz McCarthy – Web & Digital Media Manager at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Her research interests include social media in the cultural sector, digital literacy, digital humanities, 17th-century bookbindings, and library history.