This year's BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was at The University of Reading. Students came to the event from across the country. Student poster contest finalists give their perspectives over the next three blog posts.
This is a guest blog from Charlotte Godley, a student at Hull Uni currently on her industrial year in Bristol.
Last year when the Lovelace Colloquium was hosted at Nottingham, I attended as I felt it would be a good opportunity to meet other women in technology, having attended a couple in London which were a lot of good fun and a great opportunity to network and gain more confidence in my own abilities.
I didn't have any ideas what to enter but wrote about what I was working with at the time, the raspberry pi. This year I applied for similar reasons, but also because I knew that the previous one had been a great experience and I didn't want to miss out on another.
My poster was on the workshop I ran last month, which was for Girl Guides in Bristol to learn more about wearable technology. This is something I'm really passionate about, had plenty of support from university and from Girl Guiding UK and I'm continuing to do in the next few months with different organisations, including Sheffield and Hull universities. It also took a lot of effort on my part and I felt that by talking about it I might be able to inspire more young women to take up volunteering to teach about computer science, as I believe young people are more instrumental in empathising with teenagers.
I love Lovelace because the atmosphere there is great: occasionally in lectures and in other events it's very daunting to spark up conversations with strangers, but with the women at Lovelace you can feel very much at home within a few short minutes. The talks themselves were very interesting and the computer vision talk gave me more inspiration as to a career area I might like to pursue. Talking to the employers there gave me more confidence that my skills were needed in industry and bolstered my confidence in networking, and in general, the conference has a very refreshing atmosphere.
Winning at the poster competition made me particularly proud of myself as my previous entry won nothing, and gives me more confidence in continuing my volunteering and in continuing to enter other related competitions.