We’ve got two free events coming up in February.
We’ll explore the relationship between technology and textiles with talks from:
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Alexandra Jarup on Curious Scarves,
- Elena Corchero discussing ethical design and Lost Values
- Jennifer Ballie, talking about making and co-design in textiles and relationships with digital culture
There’ll also be a chance for people to share work-in-progress and recent projects, and drinks in a pub nearby afterwards.
The next event is on Friday 2 March, looking at the economic and social value of making. Speakers include Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council, and Ben Hammersley. Future themes include maker spaces, making and food, and making and sound.
Women in a Room is a meet-up for women working in and with technology, and February’s event is part of Social Media Week. Inspired by Laurie Penny’s article âœA woman’s opinion is the mini-skirt of the internetâ, we’re looking at how women handle themselves online – and how other people react to them.
The evening will kick off with short talks from our invited speakers, giving their angle on the topic. Then we’ll gather in smaller groups to chat in more detail. There’ll be lots of time for drinking and mingling too. Our speakers this month are:
Kate Bussmann: writer, editor and compiler of the world’s first social media almanac, A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters(Bloomsbury), which was published worldwide in December and captures a dramatic year in news, sport and culture through tweets. She has discussed how Twitter has changed the world on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Sky News and NPR, and has written for the Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Telegraph, Stylist, Red and Grazia, and many more.
Julie Howell stakes her claim as one of social media’s founding mothers, having created one of the world’s first online communities in 1995. She has worked RNIB, Cabinet Office, BBC, Tesco and the British Bankers’ Association, developing digital policies that truly take into account the needs of disabled people. She is also author of the first British Standards specification on accessible web design. Today, Julie is a social media trainer and a mentor to women in technology. She is Brighton University’s â˜Alumnus of the Year’ 2012.