Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

I’ve been a busy wearable tech assistant at work with MadeWithGlove and WoW UK Women of wearables! Check out what we’ve been up to.

WoW UK co-founder Marija Butkovic and Wearable Tech assistant Rachael Yeung exhibited at the WOW Talks TV’s first women in tech event on 20th September 2016 in London. Here is Rachael’s account of it all.

wearables tech assistant Rachael Yeung from WoW UK Women of wearables and MadeWIthGlove at the Women in Tech event in London hosted by WOWTalks
All of the school pupils were so intrigued!

Setting up the exhibit space in the morning with our brand new display banner as we braced ourselves for the crowd of inspiration hungry school pupils to arrive.  We were informed that there would be 400 school girls arriving to be inspired!

Check out what happened on the official Women of Wearables website written by Rachael Yeung and edited by Michelle Hua on www.womenofwearables.com 

Wearable tech | WOW Talks | Women in Tech event London

How To Be A Wearable Tech Assistant

I became a wearable tech assistant by networking and being proactive. Nothing good is ever worth having if you haven’t worked for it!

What is wearable tech?

Wearable tech is the fusion of technology and textiles. You might remember from when you was a kid watching Inspector Gadget and then trying to invent coats that could make your breakfast and get you dressed. That’s in basic terms what I do. I look at ways of stitching/knitting/fusing circuits into a garment!

I began my career path after graduating from university with a Textiles degree, not knowing what I wanted to do next. Being self employed as a textiles designer was something I enjoyed but didn’t work the best in. I didn’t have the drive and self motivation to make it work!

Theodore roosevelt quote work hard wearable tech assistant career development how to get a job Mashing two worlds together to create my own

So I began exploring ways of combining my two favourite things, trends and technology! My love of ‘future technology’ spanned from my final year studies and that’s when I found Michelle Hua. She offered me an internship to lend a hand running her fashionable wearable technology company in return for some well needed mentoring and insight into the wearable technology industry. It then developed into a successful working relationship and she kept me on with some funding!

Expanding

I’ve been working on a lot of my own projects during the development of the gloves such as the Self Lighting Bag and the sophisticated LED light up shoes. Who knows what I’ll be doing in the future, but I already have some more great projects in mind!
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I believe technology is the future, and you might not even realise it yet; but you’re probably already adapted to it (the tech you’re using to read this!)

So why the full interview set up on my blog title?

I not only work as a full assistant supporting the CEO and Founder Michelle Hua, but we make awesome promotional videos and guest blog!

If you love the job you have it will feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life!

MadeWithGlove wearable technology assistant speaks at the annual Manchester Girl Geeks #Bracamp bar camp diversity women in tech women that code girls that code technology

I’ve recently done a talk at the annual Manchester Girls Geek #BraCamp about what I do as a wearable tech assistant check out the full blog post and video here.

-Rinniboo.

How To Be A Wearable Tech Assistant

Technology is not just for men!

I don’t normally blend my work and personal life together much, but as a woman in technology I like to encourage other ladies to see that this industry isn’t just full of burly old men on computers!

Technology and coding isn't just for men
What’s the first thing you imagine when you think of ‘coding’ and ‘technology’?

As a growing industry that’s predicted ÂŁ1 billion in investments by the end of 2015 on wearable technology alone, all under the umbrella of the increasing interest in the development of technology. That includes coding, web design, and the like. The digital world is now, and EVERYONE is welcome to join in.

I remember coming from an all girls school, we were encouraged to choose the more ‘feminine’ subjects; making it difficult to study anything other than their recommended, and being force-fed a european language and the trio (Maths, English and Sciences) Which thankfully, has changed a lot since! Yes, having a science qualification degree is useful. It is three subjects after all! But you don’t need to be a science whiz to have a place in technology and innovation, it’s still constantly growing and new jobs are being made.

Some examples of women in technology:

Liz Hardwick is co-founder and trainer at North West based training company, DigiEnable. Liz (@tech_geek_girl) is a self-confessed geek and has a strong background in digital technology. She is an advocate for open source technologies, organises and attends a variety of geeky groups, and regularly speaks on Digital Technology and Women in Technology, at conferences across the UK.

Sophie Ashcroft  is a Digital Media Management Masters Degree student at Hyper Island. She’s previously attended a #StopTalkingStartDoing event and has a lot to say about improving diversity in technology.

Sarah O’Rourke is a Commercial Finance Manager based in Manchester and a huge supporter of #StopTalkingStartDoing. With plans to set up her own community group, Sarah is definitely one to watch in the future!

My mentor Michelle Hua (@madewithglove) is founder and director of MadeWithGlove a fashionable wearable technology start-up that’s creating fashionable heated gloves for women that suffer from cold hands. Website launching soon!

#StopTalkingStartDoing is a great event encouraging change, ran by the wonderful Dinal Limbachia @DinalLimbachia

“So what can you do to help?”

Simple things! Let’s be more open to the idea of working with technology. Helping you’re nan or mum with that thing on the laptop or her phone.

Barclays is doing a great Digital Eagles program to get kids involved.

Want to go that one step further? Integrate it into your local area and schools, let all the girls and women know that it’s not the most boring job in the world. We’re not looking at 0’s and 1’s on the screen all day! We are creating beautiful digital pieces of art and entrainment that you didn’t even realise!

Let’s get researching!

Rinniboo

Technology is not just for men!

Why you should travel after graduation

Congratulations you’ve graduated! Now it’s all down hill from here when you don’t know what to do, here’s how to avoid going crazy out of your mind…

Why you should travel after graduation
Grab a couple of friends, or do it on your own. Let’s travel!

If you’re one of the lucky few that has everything planned out and sorted with a job and the lot, then well done! You go and do what you want to do! But if you’re stuck with more questions and doubts than you had before university, then don’t panic. There are thousands of other graduates in the same boat as you!

Here’s some suggestions:

  • Take up a placement/internship, getting more experience under your belt is a great way to get your foot in through the door. And right now, anything is going to look good on your CV!
  • Volunteer at a local charity, or even better abroad. You learn so much about other cultures and realise how privileged you are.
  • Travel to 6 other countries to see the world. It’s clichĂ© but you can learn a lot about your self when you learn more about others.

Sta Travel do amazing Round The World trips that you can pop down a £49* deposit for, and visit lots of culturally diverse places that you can soak up like a sponge. A lot of my friends have used them, and are highly recommended. So just nip into the place and talk to some friendly agents that will hook you up with a holiday of a graduate life time.

Thomas Cook do some pretty neat deals and all inclusive holidays if you’re on a budget. They’ve had some backlash in the press, but they still do a great job. Hey, they’re learning! You can even double-check that you won’t be left out-of-pocket if anything as crazy as an act of God to ruin your holiday. ÂŁ388* pp for 7 nights in the Canary Islands is a steal!

Or are you a super scrimper and want to book everything yourself for europe? Check out flights from as cheap as ÂŁ19* (before tax) at Ryanair with edreams.com.

Want to splurge for the comfort? emirates.com is the epitome of luxury travel at a decent price tag. Hop on to business class to live life like a prince for just £362* to Dubai!

Whatever your fancy, go and explore. You’ve sent out what seems like millions of job applications, and they all seem to be just throwing them back in your face. Don’t let this get you down, all the other graduates in the world are doing the exact same thing!

And never let anyone stop you from flying alone. It’s a 16 hour flight, no biggie!

Travel happy.

Rinniboo

*Prices on 11/8/15. Due to the nature of flight prices fluctuations, this may change.
Why you should travel after graduation

Informal Natter: University Life

The cap throw.
Graduates

I studied in university for three years and loved every moment of it.

But for the people who hasn’t been to university, and is thinking of going. Here’s your Life in University Guide… to be taken literally or not.. it is just my opinion after all.

First things first, I wouldn’t even begin to consider university unless you seriously want to or need a degree in Pyrotechnics or Viking Studies or anything you’re thinking of studying. Because, thank you Cameron, the tuition fees are ÂŁ9,000 a year. So seriously consider if you want to be in 30 years of debt before you start delving into a university ‘because you want to experience student life’.

Don’t get me wrong, independence, friends, and student loans to blow on alcohol for a few years is a whole lot of fun! But like the good old saying says ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ You can’t blow that lump sum of money in one day on a designer bag. You need to scrimp every penny to last you until your next little pay-day, which most definitely DOES NOT feel like it’s around the corner when you have accommodation to pay for, that next lot of shopping, AND FOOD? Yes, you have to cook for yourself now, but instant noodles has your back. So if you haven’t been in a kitchen before in your life, at least learn how to add boiling water to a lump of dried noodles and you’re sorted.

Next is mastering your Work hard Play hard balance. It’s difficult when you can’t predict what your tutors will throw at you, but it will most definitely be enough to fill up every working day of the academic year. Get this sussed out, and then you can party until the sun comes up… and probably until it goes back down again. Everybody hates writing 6,000 word blocks of text, but the tutors have to mark them all, so bare that in mind type like a raging bull. So when you’ve got all the work out of the way, it’s a load off your mind.

Laundry. Mum.

Lastly, be social. You’re surrounded by like-minded people who are around the same age as you, it’s literally a pool of potential friends that can give you a great balance between the good and the bad aspects of uni life. You never know, you could meet your next soul mate, and you could do with a friend like that.

So YOLO away and I’ll leave you to figure the rest out for yourself, it is your life after all.

Your friendly bear,

Rinniboo.

Informal Natter: University Life

University Life

The cap throw.
Graduates

I studied in university for three years and loved every moment of it.

But for the people who hasn’t been to university, and is thinking of going. Here’s your Life in University Guide… to be taken literally or not.. it is just my opinion after all.

First things first, I wouldn’t even begin to consider university unless you seriously want to or need a degree in Pyrotechnics or Viking Studies or anything you’re thinking of studying. Because, thank you Cameron, the tuition fees are ÂŁ9,000 a year. So seriously consider if you want to be in 30 years of debt before you start delving into a university ‘because you want to experience student life’.

Don’t get me wrong, independence, friends, and student loans to blow on alcohol for a few years is a whole lot of fun! But like the good old saying says ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ You can’t blow that lump sum of money in one day on a designer bag. You need to scrimp every penny to last you until your next little pay-day, which most definitely DOES NOT feel like it’s around the corner when you have accommodation to pay for, that next lot of shopping, AND FOOD? Yes, you have to cook for yourself now, but instant noodles has your back. So if you haven’t been in a kitchen before in your life, at least learn how to add boiling water to a lump of dried noodles and you’re sorted.

Next is mastering your Work hard Play hard balance. It’s difficult when you can’t predict what your tutors will throw at you, but it will most definitely be enough to fill up every working day of the academic year. Get this sussed out, and then you can party until the sun comes up… and probably until it goes back down again. Everybody hates writing 6,000 word blocks of text, but the tutors have to mark them all, so bare that in mind type like a raging bull. So when you’ve got all the work out of the way, it’s a load off your mind.

Laundry. Mum.

Lastly, be social. You’re surrounded by like-minded people who are around the same age as you, it’s literally a pool of potential friends that can give you a great balance between the good and the bad aspects of uni life. You never know, you could meet your next soul mate, and you could do with a friend like that.

So YOLO away and I’ll leave you to figure the rest out for yourself, it is your life after all.

Your friendly bear,

Rinniboo.

University Life