Mar 20

29 Maggio 2015 – Food, Health & Innovation #GGDT7

Il nostro team GGD Ticino, come ben sapete è unito dalla passione per la tecnologia, dalla creatività e dalla voglia di condividere nuove conoscenze ed è con questo spirito che stiamo organizzando il nostro prossimo evento “Food, Health & Innovation” dove parleremo del connubio tra salute, cibo e tecnologia.

Abbiamo scelto di trattare questo tema perché di attuale interesse e per portare un piccolo contributo in Ticino riguardante la tematica scelta per l’imminente evento mondiale EXPO2015.

Vi invitiamo pertanto a riservarvi la serata che sicuramente riserverà delle sorprese!

Mar 19

11 Marzo 2015 – Nasce Women4Digital

“Women4digital” nasce dal gruppo “Girl Geek Dinners Ticino” dopo il grande successo delle cene e degli eventi a tema tecnologico organizzate dal 2012 sul territorio e dall’’aver portato in Ticino il format Coderdojo, speciali lezioni  dedicate ai ragazzi dai 6 ai 15 anni per avvicinarli all’informatica.

Uno degli obiettivi di Women4digital è quello di creare una grande e solida rete tra le donne che lavorano per il settore ICT in Ticino.

Un occhio di riguardo per le donne che pur presenti tra i nostri soci partecipano poco agli incontri probabilmente per questioni di tempo e familiari. Pertanto le attività di questa sezione saranno proposte anche in orari che meglio si adattano alle loro esigenze.

LA NOSTRA MISSION:

  • Ispirare e far emergere nuove figure femminili nelle professioni legate alla tecnologia
  • Creare una rete tra donne attive nel settore ICT
  • Incoraggiare, sostenere e dare visibilità ai progetti, startups, applicazioni e idee progettati da donne
  • Promuovere ed organizzare meeting ed eventi per creare e condividere competenze nel Digital Business
  • Individuare e replicare modelli digitali che favoriscano le donne (co-working, community, altri)
  • Approfondire i temi trattati durante le serate del gruppo Girl Geek Dinners Ticino
  • Promuovere le giovani donneincoraggiandole nella scelta di studi che in futuro daranno posti di lavoro legati al mondo della comunicazione e dello sviluppo nel settore digitale/tecnologico.

Mar 14

Solar Eclipse 2015: How to Enjoy it!

We asked astrophysicist and all-round excellent human Jen Gupta to write about this month’s solar eclipse for our website. Read on to find out what an eclipse is, why they happen and how you can enjoy it safely on Friday 20th.

In the morning on Friday 20th March 2015 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from the UK. In Manchester the eclipse will start at 08:26 and finish at 10:41 with the maximum obscuration at 09:32. At this point, 90% of the Sun will be covered up and will look something like the image found here.

The timings of the eclipse and how much of the Sun gets covered up will be slightly different depending on where you are in the country. Where I work in Portsmouth, the maximum will happen four minutes earlier and only 85% of the Sun will be covered up. Go north to Edinburgh and the maximum obscuration will be 93% at 09:35. Of course realistically it won’t really look different wherever you are in the UK. To see the total solar eclipse, with the Sun completely obscured by the Moon, you’ll need to go way north, to the Faroe Islands or Svalbard.

Click here to see information about the eclipse in different locations

In this post we’re going to look at eclipses in more detail, including what an eclipse is, why they’re interesting, and, perhaps most importantly, how you can safely view March’s partial eclipse.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 09

IBM Watson – a natural extension of what humans can do at their best.

8. april er vi invitert til Girl Geek Dinners treff hos IBM hvor vi skal få høre om superdatamaskinen Watson! Watson kombinerer språkforståelse og statistikk, og systemet kan lage egne hypoteser basert på store mengder data.
Sett av datoen og les mer om treffet nedenfor! Vi legger ut link til påmelding mandag 16. mars.

You are welcome to meet IBM Watson, a cognitive system that enables a new partnership between people and computers that enhances and scales human expertise.

Watson represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing. It uses programmatic computing plus the combination of three additional capabilities that make Watson truly unique: natural language processing, hypothesis generation and evaluation, and dynamic learning.

Date: April 8th at 6pm – 8pm
Place: IBM office, 2020 Park, Forusparken 2

Mar 08

Goals, Goals, Goals!!

 

I have goals …. hand me the ball….

 

Soccer-Ball-1024x998No, not the football type of goals ……

These goals are the ones that we all want to achieve in our lives. Every year, many of us spend time making New Years Resolutions and in fact, this is just another name for goal setting. Whether it be to eat healthier, exercise more, learn something new or changing jobs, each of these requires goal setting and ensuring that we can achieve our goals.

Quite often when we set a goal, if we don’t make it achievable and manageable, we end up losing sight of it before too long and the goal turns into a ‘one day’ moment.

“One Day I will get that promotion I would love so much to achieve”.

Unfortunately “One Day” doesn’t have a timeline attached to it and it might not arrive easily or quickly without a clear way of managing your goals.

Since we’re now in March, we’re already through one quarter of 2015. How many of you have given up on goals that you set at the beginning of the year? Who of you are still on track? We’d love for you to tell us about where you are with your goals. We still have nine months left of the year so we’re spending this month focussing on keeping us Girl Geeks on our goal achievement track.

Identifying goals

When goal setting, it is wise to understand exactly what your goal is and why you want it. To have clarity around your goals will help you to identify clear timelines and put well defined plans in place to achieve your goals. It is recommended that you write your goals down. There are many ways that you can write your goals down but ensure that it is somewhere that you will look at regularly.

Here are a few suggestions:

  •  Keeping a diary – this Goal Diary is perfect for recording your goals and looks lovely. It’s a great size to keep in your bag so you can regularly review your goals.
  • Building a Vision Board – This Girl Geek has big goals and to keep me motivated and inspired in the brightest and darkest days, I have built a vision board that I look at regularly. It allows me to see what the end goal will be and keeps me motivated and reminded of the things I am seeking to achieve.

MelsVisionBoardI keep my vision board on Pinterest since I am a very visual person and this allows me to view it whenever I want via the Pinterest app on my phone. I am sharing it with you since making your goals public means you are more accountable for them. My vision board is somewhat materialistic. Don’t judge me on that.

Other people make their vision boards the traditional way with cardboard and cutouts of images that they want to show for reaching their goals. Often the board is kept somewhere that it can be seen every day such as in the bedroom, the bathroom or by the kettle so that you can start the day reaffirming your goals and seeing what you can achieve.

  • Be Accountable – Put your goals out there and share them with your friends, family, colleagues or even strangers via social media. I’ve heard quite often that what you put out into the universe is what you get back and part of me wants to think that there might be a greater force that can make this happen but when I come back down to earth, the simple fact is if you tell others what you are doing or planning to achieve, most of the time they will provide you with support and guidance but also it means you are accountable so it is a motivational aid to keep you driving towards achieving your goals.

 

When you are identifying your goals, it’s very important to understand why you want to achieve them. Take time to gain clarity about not only what it is that you want to achieve (that’s often the easy part) but most importantly why. In many cases, achieving goals can take time and effort so if you’re putting yourself through something new, you need to understand why you’re doing it. This will bring you closer to achieving your goals.

In our next installment of Goal setting and achieving, we will be discussing more about clarifying and managing our goals. We will provide you with some methods to clarify and understand your goals and provide some recommendations of people and material that can help you.

Until then, we’d love for you to leave a comment here, sharing with us what your goals are and also any tips and methods you use to achieve your goals.

We’re discussing goals over on our Facebook page and would love for you to join the conversation there also.

 

 

 

 

Mar 05

Geek Girl Dinner @ Urban Ladder

Girl Geek Dinner - Urban Ladder

 

Urban Ladder invites all you girl geeks to a fun evening of networking, geek chatter and great food. Whether you are a new entrant or an industry veteran, it’s a chance for the tech community to connect and continue encouraging the progression of women in technology.

Women make up for 25% of our tech workforce. Very soon, we want this number to be significantly higher and we want to give women every reason to be a part of a challenging yet fulfilling journey at Urban Ladder. We want more women to code, more women to lead and more women to have fulfilling and enriching careers, not only at Urban Ladder but around the world. In one such attempt, we are hosting this GGD.

The Girl Geek Dinner is a chance for women across Bangalore to come together, network, spend an evening inspiring others and getting inspired!

Mar 04

Informasjonssikkerhet og etisk hacking

Onsdag 25. mars inviterer Datametrix til et nytt Girl Geek arrangement med temaet “Informasjonssikkerhet og etisk hacking”

Her er litt av det foredragsholder Lars Erik Bråtveit skal snakke om:

Helhetlig sikkerhet
Sikkerhetsbildet er under endring og dagens trulser fordrer nye måter å tenke på.
Hvordan håndterer vi dataangrep i en verden hvor inntrengere lykkes oftere og oftere?
Hvordan kan vi endre måten vi jobber på for å kunne mer effektivt stoppe angripere?
I dette foredraget ser vi på hvordan man raskere kan detektere og mitigere dataangrep ved å fokusere på helhetlig sikkerhet.

Security Awareness
Hvordan kan vi patche det menneskelige elementet? Hvilke trusler er det som rammer oss som privatpersoner, både hjemme og på jobb? Lars Erik forteller om de mest vanlige måtene vi blir lurt på av datakriminelle og hvordan vi kan beskytte oss mot misbruk.

Du kan melde deg på arrangementet HER!

Les mer om foredragsholder Lars Erik Bråtveit her:
http://www.tu.no/karriere/2013/12/08/lars-erik-hacker-seg-inn-i-kundenes-datasystemer

Mar 04

GGD @ Urban Ladder

Our very first event will be hosted by Urban Ladder on March 13th starting at 6:30pm

Register here

Urban Ladder invites all you girl geeks to a fun evening of networking, geek chatter and great food. Whether you are a new entrant or an industry veteran, it’s a chance for the tech community to connect and continue encouraging the progression of women in technology.

Come, meet, and share your story to inspire and to get inspired!
*There is no registration fee, please RSVP here.

About Girl Geek Dinners
GGD was founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one geek girl deciding she wanted to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. She got in touch with a few bloggers, posted online about her idea of getting geeks to educate one another over dinner and then arranged the first GGD event with a little help from her friends. The first event had 35 people at it all from London and the surrounding area, shortly after people started to hear about the events and companies started sponsoring them to cover the food and drinks cost. Since then
GGDs have been hosted in the Bay Area, Canada and Europe by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Netapp and IBM. Yahoo! was the first to bring GGD to India in 2012.

Urban Ladder is the first company to initiate the Geek Girl Dinner Chapter in India.

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/

Jan 29

Upcoming event: Girl Geek Tea Party #49 – Comedy in Space!

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts (Jasmine Suite), 13 Thomas Street, M4 1EU [Map]

Tickets at the bargain price of £5 (includes tea and cake) – get yours here.

We’re very pleased to announce that for our February Girl Geek Tea Party, and to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse, we have a space-themed event:

COMEDY IN SPACE!

Confirmed space geek Chella Quint hosts an afternoon celebrating the funny women of space in this touring show. This line up of award-winning comedians, poets, actors and scientists will be cosmic, intergalactic and out of this world. Expect laughter and astrophysics in equal measure, plus all the flying saucers you can eat!

Chella Quint, our compere, is a Sheffield-based comedian, education researcher, designer and science communicator who is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She started up Comedy in Space! to showcase women being funny and promoting STEM all at the same time. She regularly performs at Science Showoff and she hosted a comedy show live from CERN for their 60th anniversary celebrations!

Chella moonlights as an amateur astronomer and her favourite nebula is the Horse Head Nebula, and her favorite exoplanet is Keplar 22B. She owns a space onesie and is not afraid to wear it in public. (@chellaquint)

Steph Kerr is an environmental chemist and science communicator. She enjoys making science-themed playlists and previously hosted the Science Brainwaves radio show. She currently hosts SciCommPi(e) meet ups, is a Sheffield ScienceGrrl, and was a finalist in the Sheffield Famelab heats. Her favourite constellation is Orion and she really wants to see the Aurora Borealis. (@stephkerr)

Sarah Thomasin is a comic performance poet living in Sheffield who has been published in Now Then Magazine and in two English PEN collections, and has been commissioned to write science and sex education poems in three different countries. She is the Off the Shelf Festival Poetry Slam Winner 2010. Every year between 14 March and 21 June she writes 100 poems. Her favourite topics to write about are science fiction, science fact, and current events. (@wordgeeksarah)

Kate McCabe is an American comic and improviser. She works with ComedySportz Manchester (helping to bring fun to all the families) and also runs a comedy showcase for nerds called Sidekick Comedy in Manchester’s village. Her favourite non-powered superhero is Batman. Her favourite powered superhero is Nightcrawler. Her favourite space-based superhero is Groot. She likes looking at stars and finds the concept of outer space generally overwhelming. (@katemccabesays)

Carly Tarett is an actor, a writer / performer and improviser with ComedySportz Manchester. She loves space, but used to get told off in English class for staring into its mysterious depths. She has performed her work from Canada to the West End with her three shows to date: Princess Dee, Sinful, and Life. Catch her newest show ‘Time’ on the 11th March at the Oldham Coliseum as part of their ‘First Break’ new writing festival. (@carlytarett)

Katie Steckles is a mathematician who got a book about space for Christmas. She works as a maths communicator, telling people about maths in schools, theatres, comedy clubs and at science festivals, as well as through various blogs, podcasts and maths toy shops. She enjoys mucking about with computers and knitting mathematical objects. (@stecks)

We’ll also have our usual tea / coffee and cake on the side – plus flying saucer sweets – so if you feel like baking something spacey to bring along please do (please make a note of any earth-based allergens)! Deely boppers with planets on the end optional.

NOTE: This event is usually run as an adult comedy evening, but we’ve asked the performers to make it suitable for an audience aged 12+, since it’s during the day. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tickets at the bargain price of £5 (includes tea and cake) – get yours here.

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 29

Thanks For A Great 2012!

Portland Girl Geek

Dinners is looking forward to an even better 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mar 30

Mentor required in Cape Town

Shalina is based in South Africa, Cape Town would like to be mentored.

Here’s a little about why she would like to be mentored:
I would like advice on how to learn, grow and expand my opportunities. I would like to become a more motivated woman, developer, problem solver, communicator and a leader. I believe that these skills will equip me to be a stronger individual in the rat race and in my personal life.

Here’s what makes Shalina tick:
I am a 27 year old Computer Science graduate currently working as a software developer in Cape Town, South Africa. I love what I do, but often struggle with the little things. I would like to think that I am confident, friendly and enthusiastic about females ruling the world someday. :)

Local Mentor? Yes

Time required for mentoring: Weekly

Would like to be contacted via the following channels for mentoring:
Email

If you are interested in mentoring her please fill out this form. If there are multiple people who submit then we will forward all submissions and Shalina will choose the person she feels suits her needs best.

Mar 18

Agenda Digitale: ecco il documento ufficiale

L’annuncio è arrivato poche decine di minuti un paio di ore fa attraverso un twit di Michele Ficara Manganelli, classe 1966, esperto di comunicazione digitale e fondatore di Assodigitale. E noi siamo pronti ad accogliereal volo la notizia e diffonderla.

Agenda Digitale, ecco il documento ufficiale semidefinitivo (come suggerisce Fabio Malagnino, Consiglio Regionale del Piemonte) della cabina di regia. La presentazione che ne riassume i contenuti è stata condivisa su slideshare ed è scaricabile qui.

Ho dato solo una lettura veloce al testo, che mi riprometto di esaminare con maggiore attenzione. Intanto vorrei mettere qui in evidenza gli aspetti che mi hanno colpita di più.

In sintesi, accanto alle informazioni delle prime pagine, noto intanto che a pag. 8 e 9 si prevede la consultazione social su alcuni aspetti (è previsto che si possa intervenire attivamente, pare, anche presentando istanze e proposte).

A pag. 13 si evidenziano gli obiettivi e i tempi di realizzazione delle infrastrutture per banda larga, banda larga ultraveloce e sicurezza.

A pag. 18 in evidenza il tema dell’E-commerce e a pag. 27 l’alfabetizzazione informatica, entrambi argomenti che occupano un ruolo fondamentale anche tra gli obiettivi di lavoro del nostro gruppo, in particolare il punto 3 di pag.32.

A pag. 36, inoltre, si affronta l’utilità del digitale per innovare e creare sviluppo anche in settori più tradizionali. Penso subito all’agroalimentare, in particolare al vino, che a mio parere ha ampie possibilità di sviluppo in tal senso.

Ecco, queste le mie prime impressioni. Chissà se qualcuno ha voglia di cominciare a condividere le

Buona lettura e a presto!

Feb 23

Girl Geek Dinners Mentoring Programme

We have just set up a mentoring programme.  We would love to get those of you who are interested in finding a mentor or being a mentor connected. We hope that we’ve asked all the right questions and with any luck this programme will grow over time and support those of you within the Girl Geek Dinners network!

Longer term we will look to formalise the tools and remove some of the manual matching steps but in the meantime bear with us.  We look forward to inspiring and encouraging you all and fostering an awesome network of women in the IT industry.

Feb 23

Aspire To Inspire: Women in Mathematics

This comes from NASA!!!!

Think Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is just for boys? We think differently; visit http://women.nasa.gov/a2i/ to find your inspiration!

Feb 16

Inspire: Zoe Cunningham, Softwire

Zoe Cunningham answers our Three Questions, giving you an insight into her role and how she got there.

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