Apr 17

weAREhere unFAIL unConference

When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”
- Ellen Degeneres

I’m so excited to announce that GGD is part of the upcoming event which is an unconference organised by seven outreach organisations for women in STEM called unFAIL. The event will close out the Science Gallery‘s amazing #FailBetter exhibition.

When: Saturday, 26 April 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00
Where: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Price: EUR10.00

Eventbrite - unFAIL unConference



Further details below

“Explore learning through failure at unFail: an unconference organised by wearehere”

Failing is part of the journey. Come to the #weAREhere unconference for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. The theme of the day is unFAIL and marks the end of the #FailBetterexhibition in the Science Gallery. Everyone gets a chance to talk about failures they have experienced in work and business with fellow entreprenuers, tech developers, and digital marketers.

In true unconference style the speakers and sessions will be selected on the day using open space technology. You pick and choose the sessions/speakers that interest you the most. The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal. The emphasis is on having fun and learning from each other.

Advice for everyone at an unconference…
Go with the flow!

Thanks to our following sponsors.

Diamond Sponsor: Facebook Dublin


Gold Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Gold sponsor: EventBrite Dublin

Gold Sponsor: Microsoft Ireland


Swag bag and t-shirt sponsor: SAP


Science Gallery

Apr 16

#GGDT5 Fashion & Technology Lugano 23 Maggio 2014 – il Programma

Serata imperdibile: il primo grande evento 2014 delle Girl Geek Dinners Ticino sarà dedicato a “Fashion & Technology” e si svolgerà presso il Lido di Lugano il 23 Maggio dalle ore 18.30.

Una serata all’insegna del glamour durante la quale scopriremo la fusione tra moda e tecnologia.

La serata si svilupperà in due momenti. Il primo dedicato alla tecnologia e avremo il grande piacere di presentare i nostri ospiti:

Francesco Marino, Direttore di “Digitalic”
Michela Ornati , Fashion&Luxury Expert, Teacher in SUPSI
Serena Cangiano – Ricercatrice in interaction design alla SUPSI
Elena Meyer Ginsberg – Fashion Designer

La seconda parte della serata sarà dedicata al mondo del Fashion con il “Fashion show” sponsorizzato da Petra Peter’s events e l’abbigliamento messo a disposizione dalla boutique NEUKOM. Special Guest: Valentino Odorico.

Live painting con Elena Nuozzi.

La serata proseguirà con uno standing dinner.

Serata aperta a tutti, ISCRIVETEVI QUI approfittando dell’early booking fino al 2 Maggio: https://ggdt5.eventbrite.it

Sponsor: Best Vision TV, Banana Contabilità, Neukom, Petra Peter’s Event, Gimasi, Soondays

Media Partners: Digitalic, Alessandro Torriero Comunicazione, Ticino Management


Apr 14

Fikk du ikke med deg #HelVED-arrangementet vårt i mars?

Med blogger og HP-sjef Anita Krohn Traaseth, blogger og kjernefysiker Sunniva Rose og Atea på besøk, ble det trangt om plassene til marsarrangementet.

Nær hundre jenter og en mann tok turen til auditoriet på HiST og Trondheims tredje Girl Geek Dinner: #Helved: Synlighet på nett.

Apr 01

The day I decided to code

Finger press on laptop keyboard with computer source codeWhen you hit your 30s you go through something of a strange period of change. You realise you are no longer young, but you hanker after the simpler, more innocent days of your childhood…a time before things became really complicated!

Saturday morning last week I woke up with a strange thought in my head. ‘You know what I haven’t done in a long time? computer programming! You know what I think I’m going to sit down and learn!’

And I did, there and then I got onto my Chromebook and started to research and found within minutes a whole load of websites and books from which I could learn how to code once more. I started that day with Code Academy and refreshing some of my very rusty knowledge of HTML. By Friday I had brought myself a Raspberry Pi on which to learn Python, a whole heap of books from which to read from and already written my first basic programme which I used to pick my lottery numbers from (you think I jest but this is sadly true!) In the meantime I had worked a 40 hour week as an engineer!

What it does show however, that while I may be a fool and rush into things, you can achieve a huge amount in just one week with a bit of single mindedness and the right equipment to hand.

For me it started with a simple £199 Chromebook for which I could do my research on and make a start in some basic programming with the help of some coding websites, which while designed for children are also an asset to any adult wanting to get started.

It doesn’t even have to cost that much. The Raspberry Pi itself costs just £25, although if you buy a starter kit, which I would personally recommend as it comes with all the cables and instructions you need to set up, it will set you back between £45 and £75 depending on where you shop. Still under 100 quid to get started in programming…you can’t say fairer than that!

Now that I’ve got started I don’t want to stop too soon, I’m enjoying the learning curve and exercising the ageing brain cells. Programming may come in useful in a wider context for me, but at the moment I am just happy with learning and having a bit of fun with the process and seeing how far I can push the limits of my own abilities in the area.

Programming isn’t the exclusive domain of the young, us 30 somethings and older can also gain something from it…and I’m intending on doing so!

Post by nexusgeekgirl, reblogged with permission from A Life in Code

Apr 01

GGDT sponsor di ATED4Kids. Save the date 17 Maggio

Ated ICT Ticino è presente sul territorio da più di 40 anni e si è contraddistinta per essere riuscita a coinvolgere le imprese e i singoli più importanti dell’ICT ticinese organizzando eventi, corsi, visite guidate e altre manifestazioni.

Grazie alla serietà dell’attività svolta sull’arco di quarant’anni di vita, Ated ICT Ticino è diventata un riferimento nel settore per le forze economiche, politiche ed istituzionali, favorendo il dibattito attorno alle tecnologie della informazione e ravvivandone l’interesse presso i giovani.

Anche in questa occasione, sostenendo Ated4Kids, Ated ICT Ticino ha dimostrato la sua velocità nel riuscire a percepire un interesse diffuso tra la popolazione (l’insegnamento di ICT ai bambini) e a dare il supporto necessario affinchè le iniziative di pochi potessero diventare una realtà per tutto il cantone.

La nuova sezione nasce da una prima esperienza con il corso di programmazione Coderdojo Ticino, proposto da Girl Geek Dinners Ticino che si è appena concluso.

La “Giornata della tecnologia” è prevista per il prossimo 17 maggio 2014.

Coderdojo prima e ora devoxx4kids, sono due format presenti a livello internazionale e che vengono proposti per la prima volta in Svizzera per il primo e in Ticino per il secondo (esiste un sezione a Ginevra).

Lo scopo del nuovo gruppo è quello di avvicinare il maggior numero di ragazzi alla tecnologia e alla programmazione in un modo anche molto divertente. Perché i ragazzi sono il nostro futuro!

Per questo abbiamo un gruppo fornito di “Mentor” che si sono messi a disposizione per insegnare e coinvolgere i ragazzi.

Il nostro motto: “Piccole opportunità sono spesso l’inizio di grandi imprese” (Demostene).

Per informazioni scrivere a Cristina Giotto: ated4kids@ated.ch

Mar 28

Engine Shed Bristol 27 March 2014

Girl Geek Bath & Bristol joint event March 2014 @ Engine Shed Bristol

Special guest appearance  

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


Minister for Women and Equalities



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Mar 24

Påmelding til arrangement 3. april er åpen

Da er vi klare for påmelding til arrangementet 3. april hos Roxar. Du kan lese mer om arrangementet her.

Påmelding skjer via Eventbrite, og du kommer til påmeldingsskjema ved å klikke på denne linken. Denne gangen har vi 60 plasser, så det skal være god plass til alle som vil være med.

Vi gleder oss!

Mar 23

Girl Geeks Event: BarCamp 2014

Manchester Girl Geeks BarCamp

We are holding our second BarCamp on 31st May 2014! With the support of The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (IHSSR) at Manchester Metropolitan University, we will be able to make the event even bigger (250+ people).

Full details can be found on our dedicated BarCamp page: www.manchestergirlgeeks.com/barcamp

We are also on the look out for sponsorship to make the event a possibility. Please have a look at our sponsor page or download the Sponsorship Package PDF.

Spread the news! Be the first one to tweet about BarCamp!

Mar 22

Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Tea Party #41 – Learn to Program in PHP

Manchester Girl Geeks Tea Party #41 – Learn to program in PHP

Sunday 27th April 2014, 2-4pm @ThoughtWorks, Manchester

Floor 26 Piccadilly Tower


With the help of www.codecademy.com, we will walk and talk you through the first steps to writing your own code in a programming language called PHP. This short intro class is aimed at absolute beginners, who have little or no knowledge of programming, as well as people with experience of programming who would like to refresh their coding skills – for example, if you already program in another language but would like to learn a new one! Children who know how to use a computer are more than welcome, too! Feel free to bring your young ones and share a laptop with them.

The great team at ThoughtWorks have kindly lent us their offices for the class which will be around 2 hours, we’ll have an introduction followed by working through the exercises on Codecademy.com. You can work at your own pace, and after the session ends you can carry on from where you left off at home. We’ll have a team of volunteers from Manchester Girl Geeks on hand to help you if you get stuck, and as always, there will breaks for tea, biscuits and chats with other girl geeks.

Tickets for this event cost £3 per person – we only have a limited number of spaces, so book soon! We will provide tea, coffee, squash and some biscuits and cake (although if you’d like to bake/bring some, please do!)

What To Bring…

  • A wi-fi ready laptop + charger (if you can’t bring your own, please let us know and we can try to sort something out – but it’s easier if it’s your own laptop!)
  • Your favourite biscuits, cupcakes, tea, coffee (we’ll have the basics, but in case you fancy something slightly more interesting… :)
  • Your friends, sisters, mums, cousins, daughters, colleagues… who might be interested in learning something new!

Why learn to code?
Learning to program means you can understand how the programs you use on your computer work at a fundamental level. It’s also a skill which makes you hugely employable – and the computer industry is always looking for more developers, especially females who are hugely underrepresented. And finally, it’ll be a fun afternoon! You might find it difficult, but nothing worth doing isn’t and our team will be there to support you if you get stuck.


Mar 19

Upcoming event: April 3rd

Hi all,

Our next event will be held on the 3rd of April at 6pm in the Science Gallery, sponsored by Zendesk.

We are delighted that Dearbhalla Baviera will be speaking at the event. Dearbhalla will speak about owning your personal brand and self-promotion throughout your career with some practical things to do and food for thought to consider.

Please go over to our meetup page to RSVP.

About Dearbhalla

Dearbhalla is an Executive Coach and Consultant with a wealth of blue chip and big five management consultancy experience. With an international and cross-sectoral career portfolio, a constant theme has been change management, communications and solid project management which brings clarity, drive and results. Dearbhalla set up her own business Clearbird Coaching and Consulting to bring together her experience with her focus and passion for ‘making it work for women who work’. A key factor in anyone’s career is knowing who you are and what you are striving for. Women in particular, can be prone to working hard, keeping the head down to deliver results but forget, or don’t realise the importance of self-promotion and exposure to get the recognition they deserve.

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):

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 :

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


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


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.


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

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

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

Register for this event now at :

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/

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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



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:

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 accogliere al 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 sue.

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.

Feb 10

Alienware European launch – X51

Alienware have been busy and Girlygeekdom had the privilege of being invited to the European launch of their new magical box, the X51. Upon first look, it reminds me of the XBox 360 S console with the almost monolithic yet sleek lines. However, this does not mean the insides are meager. On the contrary, it [...]

Feb 08

Bergen Student-TV har laget innslag om oss

Mandag ble Linn Søvig og Cecilie Wian intervjuet av Bergen student-TV. En trivelig time ble satt sammen til to og et halvt effektive minutter. Se innslaget her

Feb 07

Naval Wars 4 Februar avlyst

Arrangementet  4 Februar ble avlyst på grunn av sykdom. Vi håper på å få en ny anledning til å besøke Turbo Tape Game en annen gang, etter at lanseringen er over.

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