A (short) list of Women in Tech organisations in Scotland

Someone just emailed me to ask what Women in Tech organisations there are in Scotland. Since I’ve written them down on an email, figured that I would post them here to – just for anyone that’s starting out, or new to Scotland.

DISCLAIMER – This is a short list of the organisations I know just in Scotland. See this article for a wider serving list.

University Related:

Professionally Related:

UK Wide

Depression and Tech – a Techmeetup Talk

Recently, I’ve been involved in a new initiative called Project Ginsberg, which is about creating new services around common mental health issues such anxiety, mild to moderate depression and stress.

To let the tech community know a bit more about the target audience, and what we’ve been upto, I gave a talk at a recent Techmeetup in Edinburgh. Slides below.

Scalable businesses more desirable than Lindsey Lohan reports Forbes!

This article made me laugh:

A scalable business or activity refers to one that requires little additional effort or cost for each unit of output it generates. Example: Making software is a scalable business (building it requires lots of effort up front; distributing a million copies over the Web is relatively painless). Venture capitalists crave scalable businesses. They crave them so much that the term now has become more annoying than the media’s obsession with Lindsay Lohan.


From Forbes

Speaking at London Hopper Colloquium 2013

On 23rd May, I’m really excited to be speaking at the 2013 London Hopper Colloquium:


I’ll be talking about ‘Being Passionate and Working on Things that Matter’.

In addition, I was recently featured as part of an EU project called 100 Mirrors, highlighting some of the top 100 ‘enterprising’ women in Europe:


Popularity of Shakespeare in Numbers (Infographic)

For one of my hacks for the EDINA ran Will’s World Hack day/week, I’ve decided to compile an infographic/visualisation using the search results from a number of search engines.

Shakespeare Popularity in Numbers


The data was compiled in a few ways:

  • The demographic data came from Yahoo Clues using the search term ‘shakespeare’
  • The film adaptations number came from Listal.com using the phrase ‘shakespeare adaptations’
  • The popular plays data was acquired through a php script co-written by myself and a colleague (Chris Reilly). It cycled through all the play’s names and grabbed the number of overall results from Google
  • The phrase completion data was a combination of playing with Google Autocomplete and Google search results

The hack itself took just under 5 hours. At least 1 of those hours was trying to work out what infographic package to use (I’ve never used any before) and understanding what makes an interesting infographic.