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for sponsoring Pi-Tops v2. We now have 4 in total for our upcoming events and collaborations. ❤️❤️❤️
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We've made it to the end of the year! With lockdowns, restrictions, political chaos, we have reached the end of 2020 and ready to kick its behind and welcome in 2021!

❤️ A huge shout out to all the organisers out there who put themselves out there and trying out new ways to bring their events to everyone, we may miss in-person events, and this is as close we can get to connect and a great opportunity to collaborate and hear from guest speakers outside of Ireland. So there's a silver lining to all this out-of-control extraordinary year that is 2020.

🌈 Do not to forget your support for your local organisers running their virtual events and let them know how much you appreciate their work even with wee "thanks" on Twitter, Insta, etc, or email.

I'm still maintaining the curation of Irish virtual tech events amongst all the noise of virtual events from all over the world. Cross over global events is great, but our Irish events gets lost under all the noise, I personally found that I needed a bit more time to see if an event is Irish hosted or not, and I can say, World Time Buddy is your best friend when figuring out times in different time zones.

🤩 Did you know that there's around 67 diversity in tech groups around Ireland & Northern Ireland. That's a huge number of groups since I started gathering this information with the help from the tech community and its organisers since 2017 and there was around 28 groups back then! It started as a Medium post (which I keep updated) and every few months or so, I blog about the changes on my personal DEV account. If you want to help contribute, feel free to reach out. 

🆕 Keep an eye out for Software Insights Ireland by Niall O'Connor, their first article will be about Python and its insights in the Irish industry and ecosystem using it. To get latest updates, follow them on LinkedIn, they will be launching a website soon.

🙌 Congrats to all the winners of this year's Diversity in Tech Awards, you can find the list of winners here: https://diversityintechawards.online/winners-2020

🤩 And for something a little bit different,  I didn't realise Toy Story is 25 years old! Here's a few maker STEAM projects you can make with your family: https://www.kiwico.com/disney-toy-story-4-diy

🤞I do hope in-person events will happen next year, but probably not till late Q3 or Q4, and once that happens, it makes it even more special to see each other again in person. 
WITS Ireland 30th Anniversary this year, if you haven't joined this wonderful organisation, I (Vicky) highly recommend it. They do a lot of work contributing to policies on a higher level and have a great representation in both public and private institutions. 
Find out more about WITS Ireland
#TisTheSeasonToBeMaking your own Christmas Decoration and enter your creation to a competition brought to you by our Maker community: Benchspace Cork, Dublin Maker and TOG Hackerspace. It's open to all and deadline is Sun Dec 13. Good luck to everyone!
   
🎄 Details and how to enter 🎄
Our friends at imagiLabs are offering Coding Grace community and friends a 15% discount on all their products including the imageCharm. Use code below and head over to use it and find out more about imagilabs.com.
 
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🛠Are you working on a project? Share it with us, I'm happy to have you as a guest blog. Drop me an email at contact@codinggrace.com.

😓BTW, I've started to notice that Irish events listings by organisers on meetup and eventbrite are getting non-Irish events mixed in, so shifting through them takes a wee bit more time. But I hope the curated list of mainly Irish Tech and Diversity in Tech events we have in our monthly newsletter (and our live blog) is of use to you until we figure out how/when we can run our own workshops.
🌈 Your Support 🌈

🤔We are still interested in finding out what you are interesting in learning, especially now that we are indoors and would be a great opportunity to learn new skills.
 
What do you want us to run?
🤲We mentioned this in our newsletter last month. We want to try and make Coding Grace sustainable, our huge expense is our accountant each year. So we are trying out Open Collective and we are open to donations from individuals and corporates. We are not-for-profit and it's wholly volunteer-based running it. 
Support Coding Grace
📍Where have I've been (remotely) last month?
Dogpatch Labs First Friday's
A huge thanks to folks at Dogpatch Labs for their shout out of Coding Grace, I was only attending and was surprised with their mentions. They have another "Welcome to the Irish Eco System" as well as mentoring, and talks on Fri Dec 11.
Junior Cert Computer Science Online Event 
Thanks to Ita Richardson (LERO, UL) for inviting me to guest speak at their Junior Cert Computer Science Online Event speaking about Diversity in Tech.
GalSTEM DCU guest speaker with Aine Mulloy
A huge thanks to folks a GalSTEM DCU society for inviting me on their panel to talk about Diversity in Tech along side the ever amazing Aine Mulloy (formerly Girl Crew).
📍Where am I this month?
December will be a quiet period and like many, will be ramping down from events, conferences, virtual calls. But I will be attending WITS Ireland's AGM on Dec 5th. If you join as a member, you still have time to register for the AGM. They also just celebrated their 30th Anniversary.
📖READ, 🎦WATCH, 🎧LISTEN
If you have something to share in our reading, podcast or video list, drop me an email.
 
Coding Grace's DEV ProfileWe are also on dev.to, it's a platform for devs to post what they are up to, and we are cross-posting to it ourselves. We are open to folks share articles with us, and if you are also on the platform, please follow us. If you want to contribute, I will send you the key to join us.
  • The World According to Wikipedia: Rebecca (Wikipedia editor with too much time on her hands) and Fionnuala (Not a wikipedia editor) explore what Wikipedia is and what are the fundamental “rules” that govern it.
  • Wordwrap: A podcast where Claire and Steph talk about a bunch of things relating to being developers in the 21st century.
  • You are a techY podcast #53: Too Many Skills
Any enquiries (incl. CFPs, announcements, etc), you can drop me an email at contact@codinggrace.com.
Finally, I know I'm repeating myself every month, but I hope everyone stay healthy and safe. From Coding Grace team, we wish you all a the very best this holiday season and let's welcome in 2021 with open arms and have a fantastic new year! 🎄🎉

Thanks,

/// Vicky
🛠 If you want me to run workshops, drop me an email at contact@codinggrace.com
Why R? Dublin - Call for Participation & Expressions of Interest
 A series of Why R? events are planned around Ireland. If you would like to get involved, please get in contact.
I'm interested
📢Any organisers who want to announce their CFPs or looking for speakers, drop us an email and we will include in the next newsletter.

We are looking for lightning talk speakers/demos for our upcoming monthly meetups.
I'm interested
🤔 What workshopevent would you like us to run next?
 
🌈 FEEDBACK 🌈
Facebook Return to Work: Production Engineer
Out of the workplace for more than 2 years? Check out Facebook return to work scheme.
More details
Generation Google Scholarship (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Deadline to apply: early-December, 2020
More details
Google Europe Students with Disabilities Scholarship
Deadline to apply:
Friday, December 4, 2020, 11:59pm GMT
More details
UN Global Call to Creatives
The United Nations has issued an open brief - Global Call to Creatives. There is no deadline.

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.
More details
Diversity in Tech Awards: Winners' Webinar: How I Got Here and Where I'm Going. 🇮🇪
When: Wed Dec 2, 17:00 GMT
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aCkMk5lfQhmULUtjrc5VXA
WOMEN TECH GLOBAL AWARDS 2020
When: Thu, Dec 3
https://www.womentech.net/en-ie/node/34312
Irish Computer Society: Women4IT Free Data Analyst Course 🇮🇪
When: Tue Dec 8, 11:00 - 12:00
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/women4it-free-data-analyst-course-tickets-130432443951
Tech Women Dublin: Using Neuroscience to Create Diversity & Inclusion within Tech 🇮🇪
When: Tue Dec 8,  18:30 - 20:00
https://www.meetup.com/Tech-Women-Dublin/events/274810456
Women in Tech Belfast: Survive and Thrive in the New Normal - a Fireside Chat with Women in Tech
When: Tue Dec 8, 18:30 - 20:00
https://www.meetup.com/Women-In-Tech-Belfast-Lean-In/events/274531012/
Women4IT Free Graphic Designer Course 🇮🇪
When: Wed Dec 9, 11:00 - 12:00
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/women4it-free-graphic-designer-course-tickets-130439575281
ICS & BlockW webinar: Blockchain for good: green bonds and climate initiatives based on blockchain 🇮🇪
When: Wed Dec 9, 12:00 - 13:00
https://www.ics.ie/events/ics-blockw-webinar-blockchain-for-good-green-bonds-and-climate-initiatives-based-on-blockchain-2053
WWCode Belfast: Bytes n' Brew Online ☕️💻
When: Thu Dec 10, 08:00 - 09:00
https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Belfast/events/lhkkvrybcqbnb/
WWCode Belfast She Rocks Awards with Puppet & Ladies that UX
When: Thu Dec 10, 18:00 - 21:00
https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Belfast/events/274427580/
Inclusion in Tech Lunch & Learn: Inclusion In Tech Lunch & Learn: Specialisterne NI
When: Fri Dec 11, 12:00 - 12:30
https://www.meetup.com/Belfast-Technology-Meetup-Group/events/273978321/
Women Tech Entrepreneurs Series - #HowSheDidIt
When: Tue Dec 15, 19:00 - 20:00
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-tech-entrepreneurs-series-howshedidit-tickets-130876121001
🎉 First PyLadies Dublin Meetup of 2021 with imagiLabs 🇮🇪
When: Tue Jan 19 2021, 18:30 - 19:30
https://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesDublin/events/274721060/
global diversity CFP day (Europe)
When: Sat Jan 23, 2021
https://www.globaldiversitycfpday.com/
Women Who Code Remote Events
When: Various Dates
Details: https://www.womenwhocode.com/digital
Women Who Cowork Dublin Coffee Mornings
When: Every Mon @ 09:30
Details: http://womenwhocowork.ie/events
Women Who Cowork Dublin Virtual Cocktail Party
When: Every Fri @ 17:00
Details: http://womenwhocowork.ie/events
In case your are curious, I go through meetup, eventbrite and other places each month to curate events of interest for this newsletter, it takes a lot my time. If you find that this is not useful, let me know. In the meantime, after each newsletter, I'll post more updates on CodingGrace.com blog and do feel free to share events in the comments.
BTW, Startup Digest Dublin also has a great listings of events happening in Dublin.
Want me to include an event? Email me at contact@codinggrace.com.


⚠️NOTE: Due to covid-19, please check various event pages for their latest updates.
ℹ️ I've been keeping a live list of virtual tech events with focus on Irish-hosted events. You can find the live blog (as long as we need it) via https://codinggrace.com/news/december-listings-virtual-tech-events-ireland-and-n-ireland-2020-11-29/
TUE DEC 01

1GAM Galway Meetup!

🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
WED DEC 02

Dublin Unity User Group #27: Creating Ray Traced Scenes in Unity

🕔17:00 - 18:00 | Details

Drupal Limerick Meetup
🕗20:00 - 22:00 | Details
THU DEC 03
GDG Cloud Dublin: Predict Taxi Fare with a BigQuery ML Forecasting Model
🕚11:00 | Details

Dublin Tech Talks: Lunch and Learn with Andrson How AI can help artists get their music discovered
🕧12:30 - 14:00 | Details

Skillnet: Lockdown Your Learnings Autumn / Winter Webinar Series: Enterprise Change and Innovation – “must win battles” for companies seeking value from a digital business model
🕑14:00 - 15:00 | Details

Silicon Drinkabout Belfast: Startup Community drinks - ONLINE
🕕18:00 - 20:00 | Details

Bring Your Laptop, Work on Code, it's TOG's Open Coding Night! - Online Only
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details

Dublin R: Why R? Webinar
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details


IMIRT Best of 2019 Irish Game Awards
🕢19:30 | Details
FRI DEC 04
SQL Server & Microsoft Data Platform User Group - Cork: Azure Data Fundamentals Review - Session 1
🕛12:00 - 13:00 | Details


Ministry of Testing Belfast: 
HolidayBash
🕔17:00 to Late | Details
SAT DEC 05
Dublin Code Mentoring: Free Code Mentoring - Q&A (online)
🕒15:00 - 17:00 | Details
MON DEC 07
Dublin Data Science: Workshop on Probabilistic Graphical Models
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details

December Online C/C++ Meetup
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
TUE DEC 08
SQL Server & Microsoft Data Platform User Group - Cork:Power BI - Data Model Deployment techniques
🕚11:00 - 12:00 | Details

Cork|Sec 90
🕖 19:00 - 21:00 | Details
WED DEC 09
Newry Digital: Clean code and SOLID Principles with Python
🕛12:00 - 13:00 | Details

Python Ireland Meetup
🕖18:30 - 20:30 | Details

Online Only Craft Night, Knitting, Sewing and Art, Open to All... Online
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
THU DEC 10
Skillnet: Lockdown Your Learnings Autumn / Winter Webinar Series: Quantum Computing and what it means for you
🕑14:00 - 15:00 | Details

"R at Microsoft" Why R? Webinar with David Smith
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
FRI DEC 11
Dogpatch Labs First Fridays
🕘19:00 - 14:00 | Details
SAT DEC 12
Dublin Code Mentoring: Free Code Mentoring - Q&A (online)
🕒15:00 - 17:00 | Details
SAT DEC 12
-
SAT DEC 19

Galway Game Jam 16 - Virtual Jam

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-game-jam-16-virtual-jam-tickets-130779197099
WED DEC 16
GDG Dublin: Chrome Dev Summit Extended UK & Ireland
🕕18:00 - 21:00 | Details


The Games Co-op & 1GAM (1 Game a Month)

🕒18:45 - 23:00 | Details

TOG's Christmas Craft Online Show And Tell
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
THU DEC 17
Belfast Gophers: December 2020
🕕18:00 - 19:00 | Details

Why R? Webinar 27 - Julia for R Users with Dr. Paul Palmes
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details

Bring Your Laptop, Work on Code, it's TOG's Open Coding Night! - Online Only
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
SAT DEC 19
Dublin Code Mentoring: Free Code Mentoring - Q&A (online)
🕒15:00 - 17:00 | Details
TUE DEC 22
SQL Server & Microsoft Data Platform User Group - Cork: Member Session: 10-minute sessions from our members!
🕚11:00 - 13:00 | Details
WED DEC 23
Online only Wikipedia Editing evening
🕒19:00 - 21:00 | Details
SAT DEC 26
Dublin Code Mentoring: Free Code Mentoring - Q&A (online)
🕒15:00 - 17:00 | Details
WED DEC 30
Online only Wikipedia Editing evening
🕒19:00 - 21:00 | Details
THU DEC 31
Bring Your Laptop, Work on Code, it's TOG's Open Coding Night! - Online Only
🕖19:00 - 21:00 | Details
SAT JAN 23, 2021
Python Ireland: Speakers Coaching Session
09:00 - 11:00 | Details
Want me to include a conference in the coming months?
Email me at
contact@codinggrace.com.
ℹ️ I've moved the postponed conferences and festivals near the end after the upcoming conferences. 👇👇👇
SAT DEC 05
-
SUN DEC 06

Pyjamas Conf 2020

Where: (Global) Online
https://pyjamas.live/
SAT MAR 27

Security BSides Dublin 2020 

Where: Online
https://www.bsidesdub.ie
SAT APR 10*
*Provisional
SatRDays West of Ireland
Where: Limerick Strand Hotel
https://www.meetup.com/DataScientistsIreland/events/264819765/
FRI APR 23
-
SUN APR 25
2021

OFFSET DUBLIN 2021

Where: Bord Gais Theatre
https://www.iloveoffset.com
THU JUN 17

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual 2021

Where: Online
https://dublintechsummit.tech/
FRI JUN 18
-
SAT JUN 19

RebelCon

Where: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
https://rebelcon.io/
MON JUL 11
-
SUN JUL 17
(2022)

EuroPython

Where: The Convention Centre, Dublin
https://blog.europython.eu/post/632055258029473792/europython-2021-will-be-run-online
POSTPONED - DATES TBC
POSTPONED

Global AppSec Dublin

Where: Convention Centre Dublin
https://dublin.globalappsec.org/
POSTPONED
TO 2021

ShipItCon 2021

Where: TBC; check website for details
https://shipitcon.com/
POSTPONED
TO
2021

FutureScope

Where: The Convention Centre Dublin
https://www.futurescope.ie/
SUMMER 2021

Dublin Maker 2021
Where: Dublin
https://dublinmaker.ie
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