Feb 19

How to be a Green Office Geek

 

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to be more Eco-conscious. I’m not necessarily making an entire green overhaul, but I am trying to think about how the things I use affect the environment. In the first few weeks, I’ve realized that one of the biggest places I can make an impact is actually at work.

Being the nerd that I am, I’ve fantasized about heading a campaign to make my entire office more environmentally friendly. I’m not an office or HR manager, so all I can do is advocate for a greener office, and you can do the same. Need some help convincing the powers that be? There are actually some great reasons to adopt sustainable business practices. Not only does it save money and cut down on office waste; it also shows that your company is socially responsible, which is something that more and more consumers are looking at as of late.

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If you’d like to be a green office geek as well, here are my top tips for greening your office:

 

Is Paperless Realistic?

For many offices, going completely paperless is not quite attainable, even today. However, aiming to be as paperless as possible is definitely a goal that is within reach. Read as much as you can on-screen, and keep notes in a digital format as opposed to a notebook. Only print those documents in which you need a signature, and use as small a font as possible while still making it comfortable to read. When printing or making copies, print on both sides, and make sure every piece of office equipment is set to an environmentally friendly (and cost-saving) default setting. Whatever paper products you do buy should be made from recycled materials and recycle the documents you do use, unless it’s important for them to be shredded, in which case they will likely be recycled once they are destroyed. If you want to be a real geek about it, be a stickler for accuracy and double-check to make sure all the paper you order is the right size and type.

 

Writing into a notebook

Reusable Is Best

When it comes to other office supplies, there are plenty of ways to go green as well. You can opt for refillable pens, pencils made from recycled newspaper, erasers made from recycled rubber, these days there are even chairs and cabinets made from recycled plastic. There are also options for the rest of the workplace, like using hand dryers instead of paper towels, and buying cleaning supplies that are nontoxic and eco-friendly. Another great way to help the earth out is to keep tabs on office supplies to discourage wastefulness.

 

Starve The Energy Suckers

Sure, every workplace needs light, heat, and electricity. But there are more ways to cut down on office energy consumption than you can shake a stick at. From using smart strips and programmable thermostats to banning screensavers, the list goes on and on. Even switching to CFL or LED light bulbs can save vast amounts of electricity and money. You’ll want to encourage employees to turn their computers (and the lights) off every night before they go home, and also ask that everyone unplugs chargers when not in use. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to office energy conservation.

 

Water, Water Everywhere

Water truly is everywhere we look, but that doesn’t mean we should take advantage of it. One of the biggest things businesses overlook when going green is water. Using motion controlled faucets isn’t just for fancy establishments, it conserves water as well. On top of that, many businesses offer water bottles to office employees, but this is an extremely wasteful practice, especially since they’re often not recycled, and are even less often made from recycled materials originally. Encourage employees to bring reusable water bottles to work to make every day earth day.

 

Green Commute

If you work for a medium to large sized company, starting a carpooling program is a great way to help the environment, improve company culture, and save employees money. If you work in an industry where working from home is feasible, you’d be happy to learn that it cuts down on driving, which cuts down on harmful exhaust fumes in the air. It also consumes less energy than maintaining a large office, as employees are only consuming slightly more of the energy they’d be using to heat, cool, and light their homes whether or not they’re there. There’s currently a lot of discourse about the reliability of telecommuting, but it’s actually easier than you’d think to implement an effective remote office policy.

 

Casual Friday: All Week!

This isn’t just lazy me who doesn’t want to spend an hour getting ready every morning talking here. Implementing a business casual dress code is actually a great way to help the environment. No, it’s not too good to be true. Not having to wear suits cuts down on energy costs, especially in hot summer months. It also cuts down on dry cleaning, which is not necessarily the best thing for the environment.

 

Happy Greening!

I hope these tips were helpful, and remember: eco friendliness isn’t just for big companies and large office buildings. Small businesses can also go green by taking small steps that have a huge impact. Whoever you are and wherever you work, 2017 can be they greenest year of all.

 


Guest Blog Post : AJ Earley

MandiHeadshotAJ is a personal chef, caterer, freelance writer, travel junkie, and root beer float aficionado from The Pacific Northwest, USA.

Feb 19

Kaos og omstilling

Et stort antall damer, et knippe heldige menn, en tre måneder gammel baby og en selskapssyk puddel – det var en variert gruppe lærelystne som møtte opp på GGD-arrangementet 31. januar.

Temaet var Kaos & omstilling, vertsbedriften var Bennett reklamebyrå, og billettene hadde vært utsolgt en stund. Lokalet fyltes raskt av både ferske geeks og rutinerte travere. Støynivået (les: lyden av mingling) røpte at terskelen for å komme i prat med noen, kjente eller ukjente, var lav. Akkurat slik det skal være på et GGD-arrangement!

Girl Geek Tine Hunt var arrangementsansvarlig og den som, på en elegant måte, satte rammene og ledet oss gjennom kvelden.

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Avisdød og ungdommens mediebruk

Den første som ble presentert, var byråleder i Bennett, Nils Heldal. Nils sparket i gang med en presentasjon av Bennett. Reklamebyrået har holdt på siden 1987, og har overlevd mer enn ett paradigmeskifte: Oppfinnelsen av radio og kino, og ikke minst da TV-en gjorde sitt inntog. Et fint bakteppe, når temaet for kvelden var kaos og omstilling.

Nils Heldal byråleder i Bennett

Neste tema Nils tok for seg, var endring i mediebruk. Om hvordan avislesing har gått ned, spesielt blant de under 30. Ikke overraskende. Spådommer om avisenes død har vi lenge fått, og tall som viser utviklingen i de største mediehusene fra 2009 til 2015, er ikke lystig lesning. I gruppen med minst forbruk var ungdommen en gjenganger. Lite avis- og magasinlesing, lite radiolytting og lite lineær TV-titting – hva gjør de, egentlig? Streamer og bruker mobil, er visst svaret, og unge kvinner står for den største økningen, spesielt på Snapchat og Instagram.

Markedsføring uten midler – hvordan?

Nestemann ut var Leiv Aspén, som i dag bruker sine kreative evner i stillingen som art director, digital innholdsutvikler og potet i Bennett. Med omfattende erfaring fra ulike festivaler, blant annet Pstereo, vet han hva det vil si å skulle markedsføre med slunken lommebok. Han har flere ganger vist at så lenge du er kreativ, kan du komme langt med få kroner. Med verktøy som iPhone-kamera, Mac, sosiale medier og nyhetsbrev har han klart å skape stor blæst, nærmest gratis. Husfliden, boligprosjektet Grilstad og restauranten Caya var blant eksemplene han viste frem.

Leiv Aspén

Selv om arrangementet foregikk i Bennetts loftslokaler, var det høyt under taket når det kom til engasjement og deltakelse. Det skortet ikke på spørsmål og kommentarer fra salen.

«Når vi kan gjøre så mye selv, trenger vi egentlig reklamebyråer?» var kanskje ett av de mer utfordrende spørsmålene byrålederen selv fikk bryne seg på.

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Vi fikk også en liten presentasjon av et av Bennets produkter, nemlig digital annonsepakke (DAP). Eirik Niemi fortalte om hvordan dette fungerte og hvilken effekt dette hadde på salget for meglere, som var eksempelet han brukte.

Tar du utfordringen?

Da Tine Hunt introduserte kveldens utfordring og spurte hvem som ville presentere et tilfeldig tema i ett minutt, med null forberedelsestid, var det et øyeblikk usikkert om noen ville melde seg. Det hørtes unektelig ut som noe som ville foregå langt utenfor komfortsonen til de fleste. Likevel, fem tøffe deltakere endte på scenen.

Lykkehjul, foredragsutfordring

Vant vin med sokkepresentasjon

Ved hjelp av et lykkehjul fikk de tildelt hvert sitt tema, henholdsvis sokker, møtekultur, fake news, nettroll og det å være nest best. Hjelpes, tenker du kanskje, men alle løste utfordringen på imponerende vis. Etter juryens vurdering, var det historien om sokker og oppfordringen om å lære seg å bøte dem før det er for sent, som fortjente seieren – og en flaske vin.

Etter enda litt mer mingling og enda litt mer skravling, gikk folk etter hvert hjem – mette av input, og ikke minst: deilig, grønn matservering levert av Hagen.

Jan 29

GGD#57 $@>U#%? – Security is all around you by Gudrun Fedorowich

Our February Girl Geek Dinner is hosted by LLoyds Banking Group

Thursday February 16th 

Although Information and Cyber Security are headline news the stories we see and hear reveal little about this field which can have so much influence on our lives. This talk looks to redress the balance by giving an overview of the key building blocks that this discipline is based on and the career opportunities these present.

  • Triangles and chains – the basics of information security

  • Behind the headlines – using news stories to show how security works and what happens when it fails

  • Internet of Things – securing the things that are part of your every day life

  • Careers in Information and Cyber Security

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Gudrun Fedorowich

Gudrun has 20 years experience in Information Technology 10 of which have been spent in the field of Information and Cyber Security culminating in her current role at Lloyds Banking Group. She holds a Masters degree in Information Security from the University of the West of England. IT is her second career as Gudrun holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Art and her early working life spanned roles in sales, marketing and management development.

After the presentation and any questions we will open the floor up for a discussion,  if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period. Don’t forget – you don’t have to work in the industry or be a geek, this is a group for anyone with an interest in the subject!  Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. 

Where

The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by LLoyds Banking Group who are based in the LLoyds ampitheatre Building on Bristol Harbourside – details will be posted on the exact building entrance on the meetup page once we receive it

Bristol

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When

Thursday 16th  February 6.30/7  – 9pm

Sign Up

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Girlgeekdinners Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/

 

Jan 28

Damenes dag rett ved Vilvite med arduino og 3D printing

Girl Geek Dinners Bergen tar over Bergen Makers og Bergen Teknologi Overføring sine lokaler 11 mars fra kl 10.00 – 16.00. Lokalene er rett ved Vilvite og den dagen blir det damens dag med demo av 3D printing , arduino, elektriske bursdagskort, loddebolt og selvsagt får folk prøve! I lokalet  er det litt maskiner og verktøy. Vi får besøk fra Bodø Makerspace, Christine Tømmerbakk, drivkraft for oppstart av makerspace i Bodø kommer. Hun tar med litt småting som vi får prøve, blant annet strømførende maling. Anbefalt alder er fra 6 år (i følge med voksen) så ta med din datter og kom!

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Jan 12

Solving for the Perfect Party

Solving for the Perfect Party

 

2017 has just begun; hopefully, you celebrated the end of 2016 with a bang. If you happened to be one of the many who hosted a party, then you definitely did. Nothing creates chaos like hosting a party. Throngs of people in and out the door, the constant demand to entertain and feed your guests, as well as all the havoc that alcohol provides… Well, you see why some never attempt to host their own party. They leave that to the pros.

And, while planning my own New Year’s Eve party, I finally realized exactly where I went wrong. Yes, party planning is stressful, but that’s only because of the unexpected. How do you account for no-shows? What will you do with all the extra food? What if there’s not enough booze? These are frightening scenarios, but don’t worry: there are simple solutions to guide you. In fact, there are simple equations. Solving for them helped me plan my New Year’s Eve party with minimal stress, and I’ll certainly be applying these equations to every party from here on out.

 

  1. How Many People Will Actually Show Up?

We’re all increasingly busy. We’re booked weeks in advance, and sometimes, no matter how much you care for the person, you can’t make it to your friend’s event. Realize that your friends aren’t intending to hurt you by just “swinging by” or by foregoing your party altogether. They were probably just invited to several events, and there’s only so much time in the day! However, that leaves you in an awkward position: you don’t want to set up for more guests than will attend, but you can’t risk not having enough either.

First, gauge your guest lists’ interest level. If they don’t drink, and you’re already concocting your special margarita mix, count them out. If they have a baby, they probably won’t be there at midnight. Are they very popular? Expect them to dip in and out. All these maybes and in and outs count for half a person.

 

.5 * (# of maybes and in and outs)= A

 

Next, realize that despite your best promotion, some people would just rather sit in their PJs, eat take out, and watch Friends reruns every weekend. You might not understand how someone could be such a social recluse, but to each their own. So, go ahead and do yourself a favor and just count out 30% now.

Given this, you’re left with a simple equation:

 

.7 X (A + # of your real friends)= expected guests

 

2. How Long Will it Last?

Too late, and you won’t have time to get the ball rolling before everyone has to leave. Too early, and the party burns out before midnight, which is an acceptable cut off point for most parties. While some might want it to last longer, no one will be affronted if you kick everyone out at midnight. People understand that it is technically the start of the next day, and you probably have plans for tomorrow.

First, realize that most people will show up late, so don’t plan for the party to really get started until about an hour after your official “start time”. Given this, 7:00 is a bit too early, and 9:00 is a bit too late. Settle on 8 pm as an official start time, as this will give everyone enough breathing room to arrive when they wish and party as hard as they want to. So, that’s four hours until midnight, but really only 3 hours with everyone present.

 

That leaves us with:

 

3+ (# of hours past midnight you can tolerate before you kick everyone out)= # of hours your party will last

 

If this isn’t enough time for you, or you think your friends might bail before then, tailor the party specifically for friends who you want to stay longer. You might have a friend that loves unicorns, or Harry Potter, or whiskey. Include those things into the theme of the party. People will also stay longer if they’re comfortable, so make sure that you remove any bad smells and tidy up before having anyone over.

 

3. How Much Booze Do You Need?

If you don’t want alcohol at your party, you can just skip right over this section…

If you want to be able to tolerate hosting a party, on the other hand, booze is required. But how much? We all have that friend that can only down two drinks before they’re on the bathroom floor and you’re rubbing their back, but we also know one person who needs a bottle to get a buzz. This can be a little tricky, but luckily there is an event planning standard to help you out.

(# of guests from step 1) X (# of hours from step 2) = # of servings

Make sure you realize how much a serving is. While this is obvious with a bottle of beer, take note of that a serving of wine is five ounces and a shot of liquor is 1.5 ounces. This will help you plan out how much booze you need to buy, which, honestly, can be the breaking point of any get together.

Now, following these equations doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a stress-free planning experience. But it definitely helps. Considering that you’re attempting something that others do professionally, don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself plenty of time, and then it’s just an issue of plugging in the numbers.

 


Guest Blog Post : AJ Earley

MandiHeadshotAJ is a personal chef, caterer, freelance writer, travel junkie, and root beer float aficionado from The Pacific Northwest, USA.

Jan 12

Girl Geeks wanted. Help Needed.

Reading Girl Geek Dinners needs volunteers to help us to keep the group going in 2016. We have big plans but little time to execute them and therefore we need some interested Girl Geeks to become a part of a team and work with us to deliver great events in 2016 and beyond.

You can give a lot or a little of your time. Anything you can do to help us is a brilliant contribution to the Reading Girl Geek Dinners chapter. You will help to grow our community and allow us to continue encouraging women into STEM roles. Your contribution will also help to support women who are currently working in STEM roles and aim to keep them growing in these roles.

We will meet once every few weeks either over coffee, a meal, a drink or Skype if time is tight so we can discuss our events, activities and share tasks. We can always stay in touch over the phone, email or face to face in between those times. It’s about being flexible and enjoying the tasks that we fulfill. It’s also about making new friends and contacts too.

The tasks that we need to fulfill include (to name a few):

  • Locating venues for events
  • Attracting sponsors for events
  • Co-ordinating and promoting events
  • Locating speakers for events and working with them to ensure their talk is a good fit for our group
  • Promoting Girl Geek Dinners via Twitter or Facebook
  • Writing blogs for our website promoting STEM careers
  • Locating Guest Bloggers for our website and working with them to help their blog contributions are a good fit for our group

To be a Reading Girl Geek Dinner team member, you don’t have to work in a STEM career. You simply need to have an interest in meeting other interesting people and having a fun time learning new things and a desire to build a community.

Contact us at readingggd@googlemail.com for more details.

 

We look forward to getting Girl Geeky with you.

 

 

Dec 26

Womens Tech Hub Midwinter Social

As you are all aware we are taking a break this xmas but have a great february event in the planning and also wish to invite you all to our wthub xmas do – have a great xmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

You are cordially invited to the  in conjunction with Desklodge

On the 19th January from 6-9pm @ Desklodge, 1 Temple Way, Bristol BS20BY 

WTHub ~ Bristol  want to say thank-you to all the people who have supported us in our start-up year, especially the Desklodge team, who have hosted numerous F3Fridays ~ see http://www.wthub.org/category/news/  to get an idea of the outcomes of our weekly sessions.

Our  Midwinter Social is free, and a great chance to meet and mingle with a whole bunch of talented and diverse people.

WTHub is a social enterprise that exists to support individual women with their careers in tech, and connect them with local womens tech groups and industry. We also encourage women to attend and speak at mixed events and like to share news about all the great things going on out there in Bristol and the South-West. We are actively working with local companies to create a more diverse workplace culture.

If we haven’t persuaded you already with the idea of free wine and beer and some free crisps, here are a couple of reasons to come to our Midwinter Social:

For meetup organisers it’s a chance to network with local women in tech groups and find out what else is happening in the region.

For tech businesses, do feel free to bring information about opportunities with your company, or just come and talk to some great and interesting women about their experiences of working in tech.

If you’d like to bring info about a meetup group or recruitment or relevant events then please let us know in advance. We will set up a revolving presentations slideshow if you and send us a one page ppt slide.

So sign up here [https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midwinter-social-tickets-29985162428] and please pass this invite any women you know who currently work in tech, are interested in the idea or a woman interested in meeting more people working locally – the more the merrier!

Constance & Serrie wthub.org

Tom Thanh Jamie & Sam desklodge.com
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Dec 09

re:BOOT and returnships

screenshot-2016-12-09-at-20-10-14The great news is that not only have we @ wthub.org had our first returner successfully started @ Habu – more of which we will post later. But we have also been talking to a few companies interested in the re:BOOT scheme.
 
Oracle have just released this publicly and we have some possible candidates already in mind. If you want to understand more then feel free to chat to us on info@wthub.org or go directly to Michael .. he’s very friendly!
 
“I’m interested in speaking to people who are seeking a return to Software Engineering having had an absence from the industry. Maybe you, or someone you know, has left the industry to have a family or simply take a break and you’re interested in returning but unsure how to fit it around your commitments?
 
Oracle Bristol is offering Returnships. These are paid positions which can be full or part-time, 10 weeks to 10 months, we’re flexible.
 
michael.r.sutherland@oracle.com”

Nov 29

#EdTech

Utdanningsteknologi vil endre måten vi tenker kunnskap på og samhandler i framtiden. Etablerte undervisningsmetoder blir utfordret av spillteknologi, robotisering og tingenes internett. Dette var tema da Girl Geek Dinners Trondheim møttes i lokalene til Uninett for inspirerende foredrag, diskusjoner – og pizza. For ikke å glemme den avsluttende pitche-runden der tre trondheimsbaserte oppstartsbedrifter i løpet av tre minutter imponerte oss med nye og spennende modeller for organisering av undervisning og læring.

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Foredragene spente fra utdanningsteknologi for barn, og hvordan vi skal ta vare på barns nysgjerrighet, til hvordan teknologi brukes for å digitalisere eksamen ved NTNU. Det som skapte mest diskusjon var spørsmålet om hvordan teknologi kan bli en integrert del av skolehverdagen når myndighetene fremdeles diskuterer om det nå er så lurt å ha koding i skolen. Det ble også trukket frem at mangelen på en felles strategi gjør at det er for store forskjeller mellom hva de enkelte skolene tilbyr teknologisk interesserte barn og at det i alt for stor grad er avhengig av at en av de ansatte er en «ildsjel» som brenner for teknologi og realfag.

Samfunnsansvar, teknologientusiasme og åpenhet

Helga Johnsen Meisfjord, HR-manager i kveldens vertsbedrift Uninett, åpnet kvelden med å vise en video der ansatte fortalte bedriftens historie. Uninett ble stiftet som eget selskap i 1993, men historien strekker seg helt tilbake til 1976, da de fire universitetene og flere andre forskningsmiljøer etablerte Uninett som et prosjekt. Arbeidet ble videreført som forskningsprosjekt i SINTEF, før Uninett i 1987 ble etablert som driftsorganisasjon for det akademiske datanettet i Norge. Samtidig overtok Uninett ansvaret for administrasjonen av .no-domenet.

Det var tre kjerneverdier som gikk i igjen når de ansatte skulle beskrive arbeidsplassen sin: Samfunnsansvar, teknologientusiasme og åpenhet.

 

Programmer eller bli programmert

Hva er bakgrunnen for spådommen om at Edtech er det nye store? Hvilke konsekvenser har det for skole og utdanning slik vi kjenner det i dag? Marius Thorvaldsen, fra NTNU og Work-Work hadde fått i oppdrag og gi oss et mulig svar på dette. Marius definerte edtech som å kunne nyttiggjøre seg teknologi for å forbedre undervisningen. -Mens vi ser en rivende teknologisk utvikling i hele verden henger Norge og norsk skole etter. – I stedet for å se mulighetene mobiltelefonene og teknologien gir i en undervisningssituasjon, velger norske lærere i stor grad å forby bruk av mobiltelefoner i timene, sier Marius. I Norge er teknologi i undervisningen for ofte ildsjeldrevet. Samtidig ruller Apple og Google ut undervisningssystemer som andre land tar i bruk. -Det teknologiske skiftet verden står overfor nå, er dramatisk og mange tradisjonelle jobber, slik vi kjenner dem i dag, vil forsvinne.

marius-thorvaldsen

Netflix for læring

Dersom du ikke har mulighet til å møte læreren ansikt til ansikt, eller du rett og slett foretrekker undervisning over internett, så tilbyr ASK mulighet for å ta en rekke fag hjemme fra godstolen. – ASK Undervisning er helt i front innen digitale løsninger for utdanning og har blant annet allerede tatt videoundervisning flere steg inn i fremtiden, fortalte Hanne Kvam Ramberg, CEO i ASK-undervisning. Hanne var med oss på Skype fra Tromsø og kunne fortelle om alle planene de hadde framover. – I tillegg til dagens egenproduksjon av læringsvideoer ønsker vi å utvikle en helhetlig plattform der brukerne skal kunne opprette spillelister, ha mulighet for å kunne føre notat i samme vindu som videoen de følger, opprette progresjonsbarer og aktivitetslogg, sier Hanne.  – Altså nesten som en Netflix for læring, avslutter hun. https://askundervisning.no/

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Fiber til folket

Neste foredrag var av Ingrid Melve, Programdirektør Uninett, som fortalte oss om eCampus-programmet. Hennes presentasjon kan du se her:

 

Heller koding enn diktanalyse

Frode Halvorsen, daglig leder i Trondheim Makers og grunder av læringsportalen tatimer.no, var opptatt av skaperglede og det å oppmuntre «dynamittgenet» i oss. –La ungene få prøve ting som utfordrer kreativiteten og gjerne ting som smeller.

-Vi må gå fra å være passive konsumenter til å være aktive produsenter, sa Frode og trakk frem Trondheim Maker Faire som et eksempel på en arena der barn i alle aldre får utvikle kreativiteten sin, bygge relasjoner og bli underholdt.

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Trondheim Maker Faire er en lokal variant av verdens største oppfinnerfestival – et familievennlig arrangement med oppfinnelser, kreativitet og ideer, og en feiring av gjør-det-selv bevegelsen. Det er en plass hvor folk viser frem hva de har laget, og deler hva de har lært. Skaperne («Makers») er alt fra teknologientusiaster til håndtverkere til hjemmebyggere til forskere til garasjeoppfinnere.

Første gang Maker Faire ble arrangert var i San Mateo, California, og ble i 2013 arrangert for åttende gang, med 900 makers og 120 000 besøkende. World Maker Faire i New York, det andre flaggskiparrangementet, har økt til 500+ makere og 55 000 besøkende. Det er i 2014 «featured» Maker Faires i Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle, Roma, Shenzhen, Oslo, Tokyo og Trondheim.

Frode kunne også fortelle at de hadde besøkt en rekke skoler med sin nye teknologihenger fylt med datautstyr, loddestasjoner, 3D-printere, elektronikkbyggesett, Lego, Dronebyggesett osv.

Se videoen om Trondheim makers her:

 

Arrangementet ble avsluttet med pitcherunde om fremtidens edtech.

Maroto v. Marius Thorvaldsen

Lar læreren evaluerer egen undervisning og sjekke om den matcher med den evalueringen som gis av studentene.

Hubro Education v. Monica Novik Tennfjord

Hubro Business Simulation, er utviklet for økonomistyringsfag på grunnleggende nivå. Simulatoren hjelper studentene med å forstå teoretiske sammenhenger og hvordan teorien brukes i praksis i bedrifter.

Lærerportalen v. Martin Pettersen, Tine Elisabeth Pedersen og Amanda Olsen. 

Lærerportalen er en delingsplattform der lærere kan finne variert undervisningsmateriell laget av lærere fra hele landet, eller dele sitt eget i løpet av få sekunder. Lærerportalen fikk 3. plass for beste idé under Technoport 2014.

Dette var en artig avslutning på arrangementet og frister til gjentakelse!

Apr 04

Rails Girls Summer of Code – Open for Applications!

We have just opened our applications for students and we are now trying to get in touch with as many initiatives as possible to help us spread the word about our program.

As you may have heard, RGSoC is a three month paid scholarship where women all over the world work on open source projects with technical support of coaches and mentors. Our program is not limited to Ruby on Rails, we have projects in different languages. We believe that RGSoC might be a logical next step for someone who started learning programming, whether they’ve been to a workshop, a study group or learned by themselves.

Our goal is to encourage women to work in the area of technology, at the same time we support open source development. Since 2013, we have already trained 106 students in 23 countries. The most amazing thing is that 90% of the students are still working in tech, whereas 8% have founded their startups.

The deadline for applications is April 10th (here) and we have amazing projects to contribute to this year.

Nov 11

Next event: Thursday November 18th GGD #46 Talking Green energy with Christina Daly from OVO Energy

“Nearly everything we do revolves around energy. Most of us have heard that the risk of blackouts this winter is up. On the 4th of November National Grid announced a supply crunch alert asking companies to reduce their energy demand causing electricity prices to spike and fears that there will be widespread blackouts this Christmas.

By 2020 the UK aims to have 30% of its electricity coming from renewable sources but parts of the grid can’t handle the solar power being generated. How are the fascinating developments in smart grid, renewables, storage for electricity and in home technology going to revolutionise energy and help us meet our targets?”

note: OVO have a regular blog on all things green see here Green OVO Blog

Christine Daly Ovo

This month our speaker is Christina Daly. Christina works in OVO Energy in the Transformation Department looking at how OVO can better use the technology and systems available to improve customer experience and drive down cost. OVO wants to revolutionise the energy industry and is investing heavily in green & community energy as well as smart meters to bring down bills and keep it simple for the consumers. Prior to working at OVO Energy Christina worked at Accenture as a software developer and now runs coding workshops for employees in OVO in her spare time and is the champion for the Bristol@OVO CoderDojo. She holds a BAI in Computer and Electronic Engineering from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

After Christina’s presentation we will open the floor up for a discussion as discussed in the previous ‘extraordinary’ meeting, if anyone feels like they would like to bring along any ppt’s or links that they want to share for discussion then please bring it along on a USB or mail the team with info and we can share this during the discussion period.

This month’s event will take place on Weds 18th November at Ovo Energy’s Offices at 1 Rivergate, BS1 6ED Bristol. Please sign up on our meetup page here http://www.meetup.com/Bristol-Girl-Geek-Dinners/events/226672989/

Do come along for pre-presentation mingling as we will be there from 6.30pm. As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman.

Many thanks also to OVO energy for their sponsorship for this event.

Feb 04

Codemotion Conference Call for Speakers!

Codemotion is one of the biggest tech conference in Europe and we are proud to support women engagement in our conferences in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Berlin and Tel Aviv. Our next event in line is Codemotion Rome, on March 27th and 28th.

Call for paper for Codemotion Rome is ongoing till January 27th: we are eager to receiveapplications ranging from mobile to UX, devops, cloud, big data, gamedev, security, methods, languages, web, Internet of things.

Submissions that do not fit into these categories are also welcome, provided that they are relevant or inspirational to the tech community.

You can find more about us on our website: www.codemotionworld.com or read out CoC athttp://www.codemotionworld.com/codemotion-is-an-inclusive-conference-check-our-coc/

Sep 29

Save the date: EU Code Week 11-17 October 2014

Bring your ideas to life with #coding

The second edition of EU Code Week will take place 11-17 October 2014.
Millions of children, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers will come together
in mass events and classrooms to learn programming and related skills.
The idea is making coding more visible, demystify these skills, and bring motivated people
together to learn.
Go to http://codeweek.eu to learn more and find your nearest event

This is a grassroots initiative by young advisers to Neelie Kroes, and has attracted the
support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and RailsGirls and of major tech
and IT companies who are all helping bring coding to millions of children for example by
offering coding taster sessions, by developing learning modules and helping to train
teachers . Companies including Rovio (Angry Birds), Microsoft, Google, Telefonica, Liberty
Global and Facebook are backing EU Code Week, many of them as part of their commitment
to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes says: “Our lives are digital now, so the
younger generations in particular need digital skills like coding. In the near future it will be
critical for good jobs and essential for starting a business.

Alja Isakovic, from Slovenia, one of the organisers of Code Week EU says: “Technology is
shaping our lives and we should not let a minority decide what we use it for and how we
use it. We all can do better than just sharing and liking. With coding you can bring your
ideas to life, make and build things that will bring joy to others.”

How can you participate in EU Code Week?
• Kids/teenagers/adults can participate in coding events
• Coders can organise workshops in local schools, hack spaces or community centres
• Teachers who code can hold coding classes, share their lessons plans, organise
workshops for colleagues
• Teachers who don’t code can organise seminars or invite parents or students to
teach each other coding
• Parents can encourage their kids to participate in a coding workshop
• Businesses and non-profit organisations can host coding workshops, lend their
staff as coaches in a “back-to-coach” action, organise fun coding challenges for
students or offer sponsorship for coding events
• Everyone who participates in a coding activity can tell us about their experience and
inspire others!

Why is coding important?
Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Whether
you create a web app, follow GPS directions when driving or wish to revolutionize social
interactions. Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyperconnected
world.

Basic coding skills will also be needed for many jobs in the nearest future. More than 90%
of professional occupations nowadays require some ICT competence. Moreover, ICT
practitioners are a key pillar of the modern workforce across all sectors of the European
economy, with demand growing annually by 3% and the number of graduates from
computer science not keeping pace. As a result many open vacancies for ICT practitioners
cannot be filled, despite the high level of unemployment in Europe. If we do not
appropriately address this issue at a European and national level, we may face a shortage
of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020.

Making ICT careers more attractive is one of the objectives of the European initiative
“Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs”, a European multi-stakeholder partnership that aims at
facilitating cooperation among business, education providers, public and private actors to
address the mismatch in digital skills in the European labour market also by modernising
education.

Useful links
EU Code Week website
Twitter: @codeWeekEU Hashtag: #codeEU
Facebook: codeEU

Sep 29

Invitation to Green Hackfest Utrecht 10th October 2014

The Green Hackfest for Utrecht Inc & Climate Kic is happening on October the 10th where I believe should be more female participants…It’s gonna be an awesome weekend of hacking & networking (for free), and there’s prizemoney around 10K.

Please come and join in the fun and find other like minded people. All details of the event can be found here: http://the-hackfest.com/events/green-hackfest-utrecht-2014.html

Jul 15

Young Innovators Competition – ITU Telecom World 2014

Cropped bannerITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, seeks the most promising tech start-ups making use of open source technologies for disaster management. This could include disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency communication and response, and recovery from natural disasters.

We are looking for communication technologies, teaching tools, new equipment to save lives during a disaster, and new tools to help clean up, recover and rebuild after the event. Examples of open source technologies used in disaster management may include 3D printing, UAVs, Raspberry Pi and Arduino – we invite you to surprise us with your innovative approach.

Are you an entrepreneur under the age of 30 and interested in winning up to USD 10,000 in funding plus mentorship, networking, and high-level exposure?

Do you want to be part of the select group of 10 young innovators from all over the world present at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar?

Apply now at: https://ideas.itu.int/

Deadline: Thursday, July 31 2014

Questions? E-mail us at young.innovators@itu.int

 

This competition is supported by Girl Geek Dinners. Our founder Sarah Lamb mentored the winners from 2012 – 2013 and many of the projects that were proof of concept are now out in the wild making a difference all around the world!

Oct 22

Calling all creative coders and tech savvy young women!

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National winners receive:

  • $500 cash award
  • A laptop computer
  • Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, NC March 15, 2014

Open to all US high school level girls.  Apply online at www.aspirations.org by 10/31/13.

We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award.  https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators

Oct 10

GGC Invitation to Fundraiser Event

Hi Everyone, we just wanted to extend an invite to all the GGD members for the first GGC Fundraiser event. This will be a rare opportunity to get involved and contribute publicly in association with your ICT professional peers.
You will have and an opportunity to network and connect with diverse personalities.

Girl Geek Coffee (GGC):
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcgIuIpN3L8&feature=youtu.be)

Girl Geek Coffee is an International network group. We at GGC encourage our members to network together in order to provide the required support to students and early professional in ICT (Information Communication and Technology).

Please register for the event by clicking here :
(https://ggc-fundraiser-2013.eventbrite.com/)

Where: Auditorium Room,
Australian Computer Society
11/50 Carrington St, Sydney
When: 24th of October, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Agenda:

Silent Auction – e.g. software, hardware
Agile Games presented by ThoughtWorks!
Debate by different organisational representatives
Matched Networking – meet a mentor or mentee!
Company stalls

We hope to see you there! And if you cannot make it feel free to pass it on to your friends.
If you have any questions, queries or comments, please feel free to email us :(NSW Girl Geek Coffees ).

 

Please note that GGC is a registered Non-profit organisation in Australia and is not directly affiliated to Girl Geek Dinners, it is however a great organisation supporting students in university looking to pursue a career in technology!

Sep 27

Request for a girl geek speaker for a school in NE England

St Bedes School

If you are based in the north east of England and have some time that you could donate to St Bedes School in Durham then they would be delighted to hear from you.  They are looking to inspire and promote the role of women in technology to their students and are looking for female technologists currently working in the IT sector to come and talk at their school.

They are looking to find a variety of women in different roles to showcase the breadth of roles and opportunities available in the IT sector.

If you are interested in this please fill out the contact form below.

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Aug 15

Competition: Win a Day Pass to Campus Party Europe

The founder of Girl Geek Dinners Sarah Lamb will be speaking at Campus Party Europe and has been given ten one day passes to give away to our Girl Geeks!  Since today is the 8 Year Anniversary of Girl Geek Dinners we thought today would be a great day to give these tickets away!

How to Enter

To enter our competition to win a 1 day pass to Campus Party Europe tweet us on @ggdworldwide with one good thing that has happened to the IT sector in the last 8 years! And use the hashtag #ggdcomp

Eligability

Anyone over the age of 18 can enter this competition for the tickets however we will not be covering travel expenses and the ticket cannot be swapped for cash.  You can only win once but you can put forward as many good things as you like.  The more the merrier!  We will draw 10 winners at random. This competition will close at 8pm GMT and we will announce the winners on this blog post.

Winners

Krithika Ram
Your names are on the guest list for attending Campus Party Europe on 1 day of your choice. Just let me know which day you wish to attend on, turn up and state who you are and that you are my guest and you will be able to enter the event for the day.

Jan 21

Girl Geek Dinners Google Community Group

We have just added ourselves to Google as a community group.  You can find us here!  Look out for regular hangouts and conversations on all things girl geek!

Girl Geek Dinners – Google Community Group: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113647985287184929663

Dec 10

Innovation in Giving Fund Christmas Celebration Event

When:
Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (GMT)

Where:
The Treasury Building
1 Horse Guards Road
SW1A 2HQ London
United Kingdom

Register for this event now at :
http://iigfundchristmasevent-rss.eventbrite.com

Event Details:

You are warmly invited to a celebration event led by the Rt. Honourable Nick Hurd MP to share the achievements of the Cabinet Office’s Innovation in Giving Fund over the past year and to hear about the next stage of our plans.


Since launching the first round in September 2011, the Innovation in Giving Fund has made exciting progress. As someone who has been engaged with the programme, we would like to invite you to celebrate with us.


 








 



Sep 18

UK: Calling all cyber security girl geeks!

Listen up girls – how would you like the chance to flex your cyber security skills by playing exciting competitions designed by industry leaders like HP, Sophos and Cassidian? What about the chance to win career-enhancing prizes like IT training programmes or even a trip to the top-secret Government Communications Headquarters?

Let us introduce you to Cyber Security Challenge UK – a series of national competitions designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a cyber security professional and inspire you to get involved in the ever-expanding industry.

Now in its third year of competitions , the Challenge is on a mission to spread the word about why cyber security is such a fulfilling and varied career and help talented people get their first cyber security jobs. It is sponsored by some of the UK’s most prestigious public, private and academic organisations who design competitions and offer once-in-a-lifetime prizes.

Cyber crime costs the UK government an estimated £27 billion every year, affecting everyone from large corporations to SMEs to the individual woman on the street. The threat is growing – Jonathan Evans, MI5 Director General recently highlighted cyber attacks as one of four top global risks to UK. This means it is even more important to get the most talented techies in place to protect our online networks.

As we all know, the IT industry sometimes struggles to represent the hundreds of talented and skilled women in its community – cyber security is not altogether different. But, we also know, you are out there! Now is your chance to  prove just how good your technical skills are by taking part in one of Cyber Security Challenge UK’s competitions and get your hands on over £100,000 worth of educational, career enabling prizes such as internships and training courses. Oh and spread the work to all the other girlie geeks you know!

All you need to do is register online to receive updates on new competitions: https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/registration/

Facebook page

@cyberchallenge

Apr 30

Female entrepreneurship in Europe: short online questionnaire, deadline 20 May

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels is exploring the topic of Female Entrepreneurship in Europe and welcomes input from interested individuals and organisations through a short online questionnaire.

A paper is in development which will be sent to the EU Commission, EU Parliament, EU Institutions and Member States which will make recommendations to highlight the specific policy needs to encourage the development of more Women Owned Businesses.

The EEXC welcomes input and any recommendations from people involved in this area. Together with WEPG (Women’s Enterprise Policy Group UK) they have developed a short online questionnaire, for completion by 20 May 2012.

The EESC will hold a hearing on the 30th May in the morning in Brussels. For an invitation, please contact

Ms Madi Sharma

madi@madi.uk.com

madi.csi@hotmail.com

00 447885306711

Twitter: @MadiSharma1

Apr 26

Girl Geek Dinners on International Girls in ICT Day!

Today is International Girls in ICT day and we have events in the USA, Canada and Croatia happening today!

In Montreal, Canada we are running an introduction to PHP workshop: http://montrealgirlgeeks.com/2012/04/02/php-for-beginners/

In Bay Area, USA we are running an event with Citrix where you can find out how Citrix Girl Geeks are designing and developing new technology, working in the cloud, providing remote IT services, and growing strategic partnerships. http://www.bayareagirlgeekdinners.com/

And in Croatia we will have a non-sponsored ad hoc small Girl Geek Dinner in the city of Rovinj on April 26th. We decided to celebrate the Girls in ICT day by arranging presentations of female IT professionals and anyone willing to help in primary schools and high schools. The presentations or workshops will be held during the next 2 weeks. Our main aim is to celebrate girls’ interests and strengths and encourage them to choose a career in ICT by showing them how fun and interesting it can be in real life giving them role models. We will have presentations on designing and developing mobile applications, a Scratch workshop for kids, a presentation on bioinformatics, social networks etc. We are coordinating our interested female lecturers and schools at the moment. Find out more about Croatia Girl Geek Dinners here:  http://www.girlgeekdinners.hr/

Let us know how you are marking International Girls in ICT day on Twitter and Facebook!

Mar 30

Women in Engineering Forum – Birmingham, 27th April 2012

The Women in Engineering Forum, supported by the Women’s Engineering Society, will take place on 27 April at The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition. Register to attend the exhibition now! Offering women at all stages of their career the chance to share experiences, make new contacts, and hear about exciting new vacancies, the Women in Engineering Forum provides an invaluable networking opportunity in what is a tough, male dominated industry.

The forum will begin with a presentation from award-winning engineer Gemma Whatling at 12 noon, followed by a networking lunch to which delegates are welcome, giving them the opportunity to speak informally to both the speaker and a host of engineering professionals, who will be on hand as facilitators. The forum is free to attend and places are reserved on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment! Sign up for the networking lunch on the day at the presentation theatre.


Event details

Jan 30

Women in Tech: Manuela Hutter sees endless possibilities – ZDNet (blog)


ZDNet (blog)
Women in Tech: Manuela Hutter sees endless possibilities
ZDNet (blog)
Opera Software is this week hosting a Girl Geek Dinner at its headquarters and each year hosts an International Women's Day event. Sometimes I don't attend because I already feel I am treated like a normal IT developer, and that I don't need

and more »

Jan 27

Teknologidamenes samlingsplass – Computerworld


Computerworld
Teknologidamenes samlingsplass
Computerworld
Dette er Girl Geek Dinner, et nettverkingskonsept for jenter. «Due to limited space, this is only for Girl Geeks. Sorry guys!» Men Computerworld har tilfeldigvis bare mannlige journalister. Så dette var jo sånn det måtte bli. Likevel sitter han der med

Jan 26

Girl Geek Dinners & NCWIT Alliance

Girl Geek Dinners are happy to announce that we have partnered up with the NCWIT in the US as part of their universal Alliance!

This partnership will enable Girl Geek Dinners to provide more detailed insights into the IT sector through the research and resources provided by the NCWIT.  The results of the research from NCWIT will ensure that Girl Geek Dinners focuses on key areas that will help to make a difference to women in the US in a structured and formalised manner. Whilst Girl Geek Dinners are informal events we have a key goal of providing support and guidance to our attendees.

In addition free, research-backed NCWIT resources will be available to Girl Geek Dinners members in teh following areas recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women; connections across groups for leveraged actions and ideas; participation in national outreach and awareness campaigns; publicity for local and national efforts; and opportunities for expert speakers and research engagements.

Other alliance partners include:

  • Bank of America Women in Technology & Operations (WIT&O)
  • Brocade Women in Networking (WIN)
  • Coolest Women We Know
  • EDUCAUSE Women in IT Constituent Group
  • Girl Geek Dinners
  • Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG)
  • Microsoft Women Employee Resource Group
  • Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering (QWISE)
  • She’s Geeky
  • SIM Women
  • Women @ Intel Network
  • Women& Hi Tech

We look forward to working with these partners to provide additional support and assistance to women around the world and not just in the US. You will find the NCWIT Press Release for this announcement here.

If you have any questions about the NCWIT Alliance please contact:

Jenny Slade, NCWIT, tel: 303.735.6600,  email: jslade@ncwit.org

Sarah Lamb, Girl Geek Dinners, email: sarah@girlgeekdinners.com

Jan 16

22nd Girl Geek Dinner review – WTMNews


WTMNews
22nd Girl Geek Dinner review
WTMNews
Η αίθουσα γέμισε κυρίως από γυναίκες αλλά και άνδρες, που ασχολούνται με την τεχνολογία ή πρόκειται να ασχοληθούν. Την εκδήλωση άνοιξε ο κος Γιώργος Δέτσης, ο οποίος μας έδωσε όλες τις απαραίτητες πληροφορίες για το πώς μπορεί κάποιος να κάνει το δικό

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