Aug 31

Girl Geeks + Sommer = Fest

Hvert år har vi to arrangementer dedikert kun til nettverking og den gode samtalen.

Årets sommermøte var på Tulla Fischer der vi kjøpte oss god mat og drikke og satt ute i herlig sommertemperaturer. Både nye og gamle Girl Geeks møtte opp. Som på alle Girl Geek Dinners Trondheims arrangementer er selvfølgelig menn også velkommen – hyggelig å få besøk av Nicholas Lund.

Lurer du på om du passer inn på en sosial kveld med girl geeks? Her er noen av temaene som ble diskutert:

  • Søvn og søvnmåling (og søvnmangel)
  • Ferieplaner
  • Hardtarbeidende nyutdannede,
  • Utdanningsvalg
  • Selvutvikling,
  • Nicholas sin planlagte sykkeltur fra Trondheim til Athen
  • Gründer og mammalivet, bloggen Gründermamma
  • Jenter og realfag
  • Betydningen av koding i skolen/tidlig. Kodeløypa der girlgeeks Ilse og Majeris har hatt sommerjobb
  • Apple watch
  • Arbeidsbelastning VS. familieliv generelt
  • Det nye utestedet på Frimurerlogen
  • BlueEye Robotics, Undervannsdroner & eventyrlig skattejakt
  • Hvordan lage bra stoff for å selge abonnement
  • Om Trondheim – hvor fantastisk byen er som sentrum for teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap. OG hvordan denne byen inneholder så mye spennende natur, og friluftsområder – både til lands og til vanns, bare man tar en fot utenfor bykjernen.
  • Kvinner i teknologiselskaper – verdien av nettverk som GGD, for å bli kjent på tvers av fagområder og miljøer. Jenter er jenter, og det å treffes på sosiale arrangementer er helt supert!
  • Havet – kilden til alt liv på jorda, vi er nødt til å ta vare på det. Det er mye innovasjon fokusert på å løse miljøutfordringene i havet, og utvinne ressurser på en mer bærekraftig måte. Det foregår kjipe ting i fjordene våre; Førdefjorden spesielt.
  • Kunnskapstest på mikroplast, og marin forsøpling. Jevnt over lav score hos forsamlingen – det er første steg formidling og bevisstgjøring, for at vi som forbrukere kan gjøre bittesmå endringer for et bedre miljø
  • At Nord-Norge er vanvittig vakkert! Ut på tur! Kanskje vi skal arrangere en GGD-tur til høsten?
  • Mediebransjens utfordringer og muligheter,  at papirformatet på avisen er på vei ut
  • Helgeland
  • Bank og utvikling
  • Kaffe

Aug 31

Vi har sett inn i spåkula

8. juni samlet 30 geeks seg hos Datametrix Trondheim på Ranheim. Vi ser at våre arrangementer tiltrekker flere og flere mannlige geeks, og det er hyggelig å se.

Velkomstkomitéen: Maren Helgemo, Kristina Brend og Torodd Lønning

Velkomstkomitéen: Maren Helgemo, Kristina Brend og Torodd Lønning

Temaet for kvelden var fremtidsteknologi, og på plakaten var blant annet BlockChain, systemtrading, digitalisering og livet med roboter som kollegaer.

GLAD FOR Å HA 30 GIRL GEEKS PÅ BESØK

Først ut var Berit Evjen, kveldens vert, om Datametrix Trondheim. Datametrix har vært 35 år i Norge, og i avdelig “nord” er de 32 ansatte, hvor Berit er eneste dame – derfor var det ekstra hyggelig å fylle lokalene med 30 girlgeeks på én gang. Datametrix Trondheim jobber med å hjelpe andre bedrifter lykkes med sin digitalisering.

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DIGITALISER ELLER FORSVINN

Podiet ble så overlatt til Trine Strømsnes, fungerende administerende direktør i Cisco, som hadde tatt turen opp til Trondheim for anledningen. Hun har tidligere holdt foredrag for våre naboer Girl Geek Dinners Stavanger.

Cisco sin visjon er “change the way we live, work, play and learn”, og Internett endrer måten vi gjør dette på. Trine kunne fortelle at i en undersøkelse der deltakerne ble spurt om hva de ikke kunne tenkte seg å leve uten så svarte 97% at de ikke kunne tenke seg å leve uten mobil, og 84% ville ikke levd uten datamaskin. Dette i stor kontrast til kun 42% som ikke kunne tenkt seg å leve uten partneren.

Smart Cities er det nye, og København har kommet et stykke på dette. Der kan du finne lys langs veien som følger deg hjem, men pollenallergikere får melding om områder de bør holde seg unna om sommeren.

 

Berit serverte Tapas i pausen. Alltid en vinner mellom foredragene.

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TRADING SATT I SYSTEM

Etter deilig tapas var det Oddbjørn Devik som skulle i ilden. Han jobber med å kjøpe aksjer. Han startet hele foredraget med å kjøpe en Cisco-aksje for å vise oss hvor enkelt det kunne gjøres. Etter foredraget skulle vi få vite om han hadde tapt eller tjent penger på kjøpet.

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Først fikk vi en innføring i sentrale begreper i finans som long, short og candlebars. Når det gjelder innovasjon i trading-verdenen har den vært svak, også i Trondheim.

For noen år siden var faktisk et verdipapir, ett fysisk papir, og værhanen bestemte prisen på frakten. I dag er det algoritmer som gjenkjenner mønster i prisene over tid, og roboter som handler for deg. Med kun ett sekunds forsinkelse til USA er dette noe alle kan gjøre fra stua. På Oslo børs er det lite handel som gjør det vanskelig å se mønster – Oddbjørn anbefaler oss derfor å se over havet.

Setter du mange nok roboter i sving, så kan en aksje bli tradet-ihjel. Dette ser vi med oljeprisen som svinger hele tiden  – andre råvarer er mye gjevnere.

Da foredraget var over kunne vi bevitne at han hadde tapt 30 dollar på aksjen han kjøpte.

ER ANDRE VERDIER BEDRE?

Neste foredragsholder ut var Magne Meldal fra Evry som snakket om BlockChain. Han kunne fortelle oss at det spiller ingen rolle hvor dårlig du er til å være bank som bank, du lever av renta – det er kun 5% som bytter bank hvert år, så banken har et slags monopol. Men, på teknologisiden har lite skjedd. Vi fikk første nettbank i 1996, siden da har lite skjedd annet enn på frontend/webdesign. Bankene har en teknisk gjeld.

I fjor kom EU-direktivet PSD 2 som gjør at bankene ikke lenger har monopol på å vise frem pengene dine – her ligger det mange spennende forretningsmuligheter for den som tørr å ta sjansen.

Så, over til BitCoin. Det er en såkalt cryptocurrency. En digital valuta i et desentralisert system som er kryptert. Med andre ord er BitCoin en digital representasjon av en verdi, men den er ikke backet opp av hverken en offentlig institusjon, et land eller noe fysisk som gull. En virtuell valuta man kun kan bruke til å handle online. En av mulighetene med BlockChain teknologien er å bruke det som eierbevis på diamanter eller kunst, men alle mulighetene er enda ikke kartlagt. Det er akkurat som når vi først fikk internett, vi vet ikke helt omfanget av mulighetene som liggger i det enda.

 

 

 

 

 

Vil du lære mer om BlockChein kan du lese Evrys Whitepaper her

 

 

ROBOT SOM KOLLEGA

Siste ut var Tove Røstum fra BN Bank. Hun har nylig blitt kollega med roboten Robbie, og hva gjør det med arbeidsmiljøet? Dagens Næringsliv skriver at nordmenn ikke har tillit til roboter, men Tove er takknemlig for å jobbe med Robbie. Han tar unna den kjedelige jobben, som å sortere og prioritere lånesøknader. Han kan jobbe 20 timer i døgnet i motsetning til en person som kun klokker inn 8 timer, og jobber effektivt kanskje 4-5 timer iløpet av en arbeidsdag.

EN EKTE GIRL GEEK

Tove jobbet tidligere som tradisjonell bankansatt. Nå har hun blitt lært opp til å kode prosessene til roboten Robbie. Hun har ikke IT-utdanning, men er nysgjerrig og hev seg på da banken søkte etter en digital forretningsutvikler.

Får du angst når skriveren streiker er nok ikke dette jobben for deg. Koding handler mye om å drøfte problemer med andre for å finne løsninger. Det er viktig å søke svar, ikke sitte lenge å gruble på et problem. Tove sier at det er en fordel at hun kommer fra tradisjonell bank når hun skal utvikle systemer som Robbie. Å kjenne prossene og behovene godt er essensielt når man skal lage scenarioer. Det er kun 5 personer i Norge som jobber med nettopp dette.  Før hadde BN bank det krisetravelt, nå har de det, takket være Robbie, 50% mindre travelt.  Roboten har også andre fordeler som at den er objektiv og ikke kjenner noen av de som søker om lån før han prioriterer.

Se bildedryss og reaksjoner i sosiale medier fra kvelden her. 

Aug 31

LED-Wearables Workshop hos Hackheim

15 ivrige deltakere møtes på Work-Work 23. august for å lage sin egen LED-tiara. Det var hackerspacet Hackheim som var instruktører. De har et verksted og møtes for å bygge ting fordi det er gøy. Viktige grunnpilarer i makerkulturen er deling både av kunnskap, utstyr og ferdigheter. I Work-Work sine lokaler i Munkegata har de et verksted med alt man trenger. På søndager og onsdager er det åpent for alle nye og nysgjerrige.

Dagens hardware var hentet fra Adafriut Industries. Adafruit ble starta av MIT hacker & ingeniør Limor “Ladyada” Fried.

Klarer du å gjette hvorfor hun kalles Ladyada?

Målet hennes var å lage det beste stedet på nett hvor man kan byggesett til alle mulige dingser – en stor suksess verden over.

Har du lyst å prøve selv? Vi tok utgangspunkt i følgende video:

Kreativiteten var det eneste som satte grenser. Noen lagde tiara med ulike design, andre lagde smykker og krone. Martin fra Vitensenteret hadde med seg slips som han sydde LED-lysene rett inn i – klare for neste fest!

Sjekk ut bildedrysset her.

Kveldens sponsorer var Dataforeningens faggruppe Embedded.TRD og Experis IT.

Dataforeningen (DND) er linjeforeningen for voksne i IT-bransjen. Her får du mulighet til faglig påfyll, nettverksbygging og kompetanseheving på tvers av bedrifter. I dag er det 12 ulike faggrupper i DND Trondheim som hele tiden arrangerer nettverksmøter, workshops, kurs og konferanser.

Experis IT rekrutterer IT-folk til riktig jobb. Hvert år fyller de 400 faste stillinger og holder over 6000 intervjuer, så her er det muligheter til å få hjelp enten hvis man er på søken etter ny jobb eller hvis man trenger hjelp til rekrutteringsprosessen i egen bedrift. Les mer her.

 

Arrangementet var en del av teknologi, innovasjon og kreativitetsfestivalen Trondheim Playground. Med over 10 000 deltakere og 50 arrangementer på 5 dager var det store muligheter for å lære noe nytt. Se hele programmet her: http://trondheimplayground.no/

Aug 30

Girl-Tech Fest 2016

Det er overveiende sansynlig at GirlTechfest 2016 i Bergen blir et diskusjonstema. Dette er et kjempefint tiltak. Girl Tech Fest er en hel dag med koding og verkstedsaktiviteter – bare for jenter i 3.-5. klasse! Jentene blir kjent med teknologi og får møte kvinnelige veiledere som jobber i teknologiyrker. Se mer info via linken under bildet.

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Girl-Tech fest på Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

Aug 25

Girl Geek Dinner Bergen – Treff på Inside Fløyen Rock Cafe 06.09.16 kl 18.00

Vi vil ha et treff for Girl Geeks på Inside Fløyen Rock Cafe. Der kan vi spise middag og de som vil kan ta seg noe å drikken mens vi snakker om ting Girl Geeks interesserer seg for. Inside Fløyen Rock Cafe ligger like nedenfor Fløyen i Vetrlidsallmenningen 15.

Vi håper at så mange som mulig kommer 🙂

Inside burger

 

Jul 06

Womens Tech Hub ~ Working with BathCamp to increase diversity

Working with BathCamp to increase diversity

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.

Feb 10

Kanban på Knowit

Kanban er en metode som visualiserer alt arbeid

Bilder fra arrangementet

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Oct 27

Smarte hus – bare for spesielt interesserte?

Takene er tette, veggene er varme, hva nå?

Bli med når Girl Geek Dinners Bergen ser nærmere på smarte hus!

Bilder fra arrangementet

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Hva drømmer du om?

Hva om lyset slo seg på litt før du kommer hjem, og garantert av etter du er dratt?
Hva om varmen i huset var lav når du ikke er der?
Hva om kaffemaskinen slo seg på før du våknet?

Kim Nordnes fra Superhjem kommer for å fortelle litt om hva de driver med.
Roy Solberg har et smart hus og skal fortelle litt om hvordan det fungerer i praksis.
Kostiantyn Denysenko bygger sitt eget smarthus og viser oss noen av dingsene han bruker.

Miles inviterer oss til sine nye lokaler for å tenke på fremtiden, og nåtiden – fordi det er gøy!

Det blir lett servering og tid til å snakke sammen.

Meld deg på her!

Vi starter dagen med mat og mingling kl. 17.00 og fortsetter med faglig innhold kl. 17.30.

Velkommen!

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

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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

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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

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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

Jan 06

i går Arbeidsgivere slåss om sjeldne datajenter – Dagens Næringsliv

i går Arbeidsgivere slåss om sjeldne datajenter
Dagens Næringsliv
Susanne Robertsen (35) og Line Ånderbakk Olsen (29) er på Girl Geek Dinner. Foto: Robert S. Eik Bare 15 prosent av IT-studentene er damer. Vi dro på middag for jentenerder. –Jeg må si jeg er litt rørt over å se så mange it-damer, og er veldig spent på

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