Feb 20

Pies De Resistance: Bath Girl Geek Dinner 2018 #1

Hi All,

We are very excited to announce that we will be having our first social for the year straight after the IT Girls Collaborative meet up on 8 March. Very informal, we’ll be heading to the Raven in Bath for a tasty pie and hopefully some good chat about the direction of the Bath Girl Geek Dinners. For this event, we don’t have a speaker booked but hope we can a debate about what we think is needed in Bath to take the vision of Girl Geek Dinners forward here.

So what’s it all about again? Let’s have a recap… (word credit to Bristol Girl Geeks)

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside.

So what did this geeky girl do to change the world of geeks and girl geeks everywhere… well she got in touch with a few well known bloggers, posted online about her idea of getting geeks to educate one another over dinner and then arranged the first girl geek dinner 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.

Then they started popping up in other UK cities as she trained others up in how to run the events, spreading the formula for them… so they then started popping up in Europe… and shortly after that over in Canada… Now they are starting to pop up in New Zealand and Australia. Who knows where will be next

The Vision

The long term vision of these events is to bring Geek (or if necessary Girl Geek) Dinners into schools, colleges and universities around the world to encourage people to embrace their passion for something like technology and to explore what they can do with it. Even better will be doing this in countries where computers are scarce but valuable. Imagine groups of children around a laptop learning about the technology, getting all excited by it no matter what country they are in.

Why should you care?

The UK population of software engineers and technical expertise is diminishing; the amount of work in the UK for skilled technical staff is on the rise. The amount of women in the technical industry is less than 10% and the number of young women (and in fact men) applying to university for a technical degree course is dwindling. This pattern however is not just occurring in the UK but around the world. Why? This is partly due to social stereotypes (see work from Saatchi & Saatchi on Lady Geek), partly to do with university entry requirements (many which require A level maths as standard), and sometimes just in lack of self belief that people can do these roles successfully. Looking at a younger age group they see technology as dull and about sitting looking at a computer all day! We want to break down these myths about technology and the industry at large! Vive la Resistance!!

Technology has been one of thosPieminister-The Ravene black arts for so many years and we think that it’s about time that these myths were broken down and the truth about them brought to light. Social stereotypes damaging the industry will be broken down, and it’s all about educating the media, the people and attracting social change. Along with this is the opportunity to make changes that can affect everyone, even those in the third world. It is an opportunity and one that I think would we well worth anyone who is up for a challenge to consider.

So see you on the 8 March, for a drink and a pie from 8pm. Please sign up to the meet up and RSVP for the event. By the end of the night we hope we’ll have the bones of an action plan for what we want to do for the women Geeks of Bath and its surrounding areas.

Marianne and Serrie

Feb 08

GGD #65 Summoning the Genie: Drones, Robotics and Machine Learning



GGD presents an evening of talks looking at the opportunities and challenges of robotics and machine learning featuring:-

  • Bot or not? Robotic technology in our lives today

  • Drop the drone – challenging the security of drone technology

  • Cyber Security Machine Learning

Our team of speakers :-

Gudrun Fedorowich

Gudrun is a Lead Domain Engineer with Lloyds Banking Group specialising in application security.  She holds an MSc in Information Technology from UWE and has wide ranging experience in Security and IT within the Financial Services sector.  Gudrun had a pre-IT life working in marketing, sales and management development.

Jaimi Anderson

Jaimi comes from Brisbane Australia where she has had a brilliantly technical study background. She gained a Batchelors degree in Animation as an early university entrant with Griffith University. After moving to Queensland University of technology she attained a Master’s degree in Information Technology specialising in security and Games design alongside valuable management training. She extended her studies by a year to cover Computer (Digital) Forensics and run a project on Mobile App permissions.

Currently she is studying for a further Masters at Macquarie University in policing, intelligence and counter terrorism, while using her extensive knowledge as a project manager in the NHS. She is currently waiting for her NCA (Security) Clearance so she can further her security and digital forensics knowledge to use in the UK. She describes herself as a magical unicorn!


Miranda Mowbray

Miranda is a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where her research interests include cyber security and big data ethics. She has two hexadecimal dollars, and an Erdos number of 3. She has just begun a project investigating ways to subvert a swarm of four hundred robots.


Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm


The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Bristol University

 Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR

Sign Up

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

Jan 24

Tech makerspace for Christmas

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors Tappetina and Trondheim Science Centre, we were able to invite 20 kids and parents to a technological and creative maker space right before Christmas. Our host for the night, girl geek, and entrepreneur Evelina Bruno, introduced the program for the evening.


First, the kids got to know the story behind the storyline of Tappetina. Tappetina is a girl who is saving the world by the use of algorithms. For more information on the project, check out https://tappetina.com/.



Evelina Bruno thaught us all we needed to know about circuit design. Both parallel and series design, as well as creative placements of on/off button, cobber tape, batteries, and LED-lights.


Moving on to the makerspace, the kids got all the equipment they could dream of with papers, LED-lights, glue, magazines and old news papers, glitter and glam. The results was inspiring. Se some examples below:



Dec 30

Tech + klær = mye moro

Girl Geek Dinners har eksperimentert med klær og teknologi. Det vi gjorde var å lage klær med blinkende lys til julefesten, juleselskap eller julemoro på jobben. Elektronikken som ble brukt var Flora budgedpack eller annen elektronikk fra Adafruit. Vi hadde flere treff der vi jobbet med dette i oktober, november og begynnelsen av desember. Resultatet ble virkelig flott.

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Dec 22

Power Point er 30 år! Elsker vi eller hater vi PP?

PowerPoint er 30 år! Presentasjonsverktøyet vi hater, elsker, og er avhengige av uten at vi egentlig mestrer det, har en ganske annerledes historie enn redaksjonen hadde sett for seg.

Girl Geek Radio tar praten om PowerPoint, og hvordan det kan brukes uten å sende publikum i koma. I denne podkasten får du møte ekspert Sara Brinch. Hun er prodekan for utdanning ved det humanistiske fakultet ved NTNU, og deltar i forskningsprosjekter knyttet til datavisualisering og infografikk, mat og media, og biografiske uttrykk. Sara er også NTNUs faglig ansvarlige i PhD-prgrammet i audiovisuelle medier.

I tillegg får du møte Girl Geeks Hilde Wormdahl, Cathrine Vik, Nina Beate Solberg Susegg og Gunn-Berit Sæter.

Aktuelle lenker fra dagens podkast er følgende:Inspirasjon til hvordan lage gode presentasjoner:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpi1Lm6dFo

Presentasjonsverktøyet Prezi, et alternativ til Power Point?

Cathrines designfirma: leafdesignlab.no
Ninas designfirma: ninabea.no

Hør podcasten her!

Dec 07

The Ocean – the new space

We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the seabed.

October 11th 30 girl geeks and guys were gathered for an evening at host Trondheim Havn IKS to learn more about the technology of the ocean, both above, below and on the surface. 


Limited knowledge

Did you know that water covers 70% of the earth’s surface? But still, we have little knowledge of what happens under the seabed. We actually know more about the moon then we do about the ocean!

Climate change and population growth force new ways of thinking about sea and ocean resources, both for transport, food, and environment. Norway and especially Trondheim is world leading in our research on ocean technology, and in 2016 the Fjord of Trondheim was established as the first testbed for autonomous ships. Which new possibilities does this tech give us? How will it impact the future of the maritime industry, shipping, and the environment?

We kicked of the evening with an introduction by girl geek and host for the evening, Runa Skarbø. The ocean comprises 97 % of the water on Earth and is on average 4000 meters deep.  We know around 200 000 species today, but that is estimated to be only 10 % of the total number of species present in the ocean. It is claimed that only 5 % of the sea is discovered. However, more exploration and discoveries are not always pleasant.

Large parts of the Great Barrier Reef, of which David Attenborough made an excellent VR production while visiting, is now pronounced dead due to heating of the ocean.

Endless possibilities with new technology

Population growth, climate changes, consumer habits and competition both in the retail and transportation business are huge drivers behind the ongoing technology race in the maritime industry. Terje Meisler, the Maritime Manager at Trondheim Port Authority,  gave us an introduction to the shipping industry, and why technological innovation is necessary for the future maritime sector. Despite the fact that Trondheim Port Authority is operating relative small ports on the global scale, Trondheim Port Authority is on the forefront when it comes to innovation and unmanned shipping technology, facilitating the world´s first designated test area for unmanned vessels. Some of the current projects Trondheim Port Authority are engaged in are autonomous shipping of containers, lumber and gravel and remote-controlled passenger ferries. For more info: http://astat.autonomous-ship.org

Beate Kvamstad-Lervold, Head of Research at SINTEF Ocean, talked about Shipping 4.0. Everyone is talking about the fourth industrial revolution, how will these technologies affect the shipping industry, she asked. Looking back we see the revolutions in the shipping industries summarized as:

  • In the 1800s: Mechanized power and damp boats
  • the 1900’s: Mass production
  • the 1970s: Computerized control
  • And now: 2010´s: Shipping 4.0 – you heard it first in Trondheim

Still, there is not much Wi-Fi out in the ocean, how do you communicate from land to sea? New technologies like IoT and AI will revolutionize the shipping, and in Trondheim, we are first testing autonomous and remote-controlled ships.

More info: http://haugesundkonferansen.no/content/uploads/2017/02/Beate-Kvamstad-Lervold.pdf

Current projects

Also from SINTEF Digital, we heard from Ståle Walderhaug, Senior Research Scientist. He gave us examples of how they digitalize the fisheries and maritime industry, and one example is the application FishInfo where fishing boats can see each others location. The app also helps fishing crew find information about where and when fish have been caught during previous years. You can also report missing equipment such as fishing nets which is a significant environmental hazard. More info about Ståle: https://www.sintef.no/en/all-employees/employee/?empId=532 and Fishinfo: https://www.barentswatch.no/en/fishinfo/ https://www.barentswatch.no/en/services/FiskInfo/

Next up was insights from a design process, when Bouvet’s Inger Johanne Håkedal shared the do’s and don’ts of making the application BartentsWatch for the fisheries. The conclusion is: Know your user. More info: https://www.barentswatch.no/artikler/samarbeid-bouvet/ https://www.barentswatch.no/en/

What about under the seabed? Runa F. Bjerkeholt works for Enios, and they use state of the art technology to conduct large underwater operations. They had to turn around and start their own company when suddenly their old company had to cut costs. Their options were eighter to move to another city or lose their jobs. They chose the third option. More info: http://www.enios.no/ https://www.tu.no/artikler/de-11-ingeniorene-fikk-valget-mellom-a-flytte-eller-miste-jobben-gikk-for-et-tredje-alternativ/348454


What’s next?

Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is a national center for biotechnology training, research, and innovation. DNL is a response to the strategic initiative “Digital Life – convergence for innovation” funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC). DLN is a virtual center, currently involving twelve major research projects, managed by a joint leadership network from NTNU, UiB, and UiO. Marie Aune, the center coordinator, told us about some of the many exciting research projects going on right now. More info: https://digitallifenorway.org/gb/

Last but not least, we got to hear from Karl Nevland from startup ChemFree.

They are developing technology to save the world starting by solving the problem of oil spills. With 200 BARS pressure and 280 liters of water per minute the oil spill will be beaten into bits and pieces, and then it becomes food for bacteria in the sea. To test this technology, they are now building a pool at Sluppen in Trondheim. More info: https://www.tu.no/artikler/malet-er-ikke-a-bli-rik-men-finne-den-beste-teknologien/345705

Dec 01

Holiday Break

ChristmasWe are taking a break for the Christmas period and will start back up in February with a talk at Bristol University – March we will hopefully have a slightly different speaker http://www.wthub.org/article/guest-caroline-morris/.    If you are missing the network then plenty of us will be active with the Womens Tech Hub so join up with us – we have a first non working time unsocial this Sunday the 3rd at Horts from 3-5 pm .. children, colleagues and partners all welcome as its gender neutral.  In January we will be having our mid-winter social which you will all be invited to – we’ll share details closer to the time.

We would like to thank you all as ever for being there for us – giving up your time  to speak, our sponsors for their support and our members for turning out to support us regardless of the weather.  Its our members and supporters that really make it worth our time so Big Thanks to you all and hope to see you all back next year.  Happy Holidays!!

Nov 10

GGD #64 Digital Forensics with Jaimi Anderson

Simpleweb are kindly hosting us this month with a talk from Jaimi Anderson, one of our Girlgeekdinners organisors talking on digital forensics.


Jaimi Anderson comes from Brisbane Australia where she has had a brilliantly technical study background. With a batchelors degree in Animation as an early university entrant with Griffith University. She followed this on moving to Queensland University of technology for a Masters degree in Information Technology specialising in security and Games design as well as gaining management training. Adding a final year to study Computer (Digital) Forensics and running a project on Mobile App permissions.
Currently she is studying for a further Masters with Macquarie University in policing, intelligence and counter terrorism, whilst using her large level of knowledge as a project manager in the NHS. She is currently waiting for her

NCA (Security) Clearance so she can further her security and digital forensics knowledge to use in the UK. She describes herself as a magical unicorn !

Jaimi would like to introduce us to the world of digital forensics and what it entails and why it excites her. With her we will be doing some fun things (she assures us it is fun!!) with network sniffing and steganography so we can all get involved and hopefully bitten with the forensics bug!


Thursday 23rd  November 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm


The food and hosting is kindly sponsored by Simpleweb

Unit G, Union Dockside Building map Near spike island, there is a carpark nearby

Sign Up

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


Feb 19

How to be a Green Office Geek


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

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



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


Is Paperless Realistic?

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


Writing into a notebook

Reusable Is Best

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


Starve The Energy Suckers

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


Water, Water Everywhere

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


Green Commute

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


Casual Friday: All Week!

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


Happy Greening!

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


Guest Blog Post : AJ Earley

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

Jan 12

Solving for the Perfect Party

Solving for the Perfect Party


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

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


  1. How Many People Will Actually Show Up?

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

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


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


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

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


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


2. How Long Will it Last?

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

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


That leaves us with:


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


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


3. How Much Booze Do You Need?

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

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

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

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

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


Guest Blog Post: AJ Earley

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

Apr 04

Rails Girls Summer of Code – Open for Applications!

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

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

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

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

Nov 29

Gadgets Every Tech Lover Needs in Their Home


For the geeky gadget lover, there’s nothing better than having your home life be synced, scheduled, and set to optimal efficiency, and to move through each day with the help of your handy devices. However, with these gadgets, it’s about more than just convenience. It’s also about making your home into a place that’s fun, innovative and always ready for a party—just ask Ivee below to turn on the music and you’ll know what we mean…

Here are 4 gadgets that every tech lover needs to have in their home.


Gadgetvia Blossom Coffee

Blossom Coffee

For the coffee loving geek who believes that a great cup of java requires as much science and engineering as computer programming does, you’ll find yourself in good company with Blossom Coffee. In an effort to uncover the “core science” behind what makes coffee really great they created the Blossom Brewer, a coffee making machine that executes the process flawlessly each and every time. With temperature regulating technology and precise user interaction software that claims to be even better than a smartphone, both you and your Blossom Coffee Brewer will be the perfect geeky pair.



















via Gadgets360

BEDDI Alarm Clock

The BEDDI Alarm Clock is sort of like having your Mom and a hotel concierge service wake you up each morning. From the moment your alarm gently goes off, a mood lighting setting begins to slowly rouse you from a deep sleep. BEDDI’s next task is to dutifully alert you of both traffic and weather conditions to let you know exactly how much time you have until you need to leave for work and what to wear before you head out the door. But wait, it gets even geekier: wake up to your favorite Spotify playlists and get a pot of coffee brewing before you even leave your bed so that you start your day feeling well rested and refreshed.

















via Ivee


Ivee Voice

For the ultimate in geeky futuristic lifestyle gadgets, there’s Ivee Voice. Ivee can sync to all your wireless smart devices and act as a main hub to connect and control your house, phones, electricity, and even order you a pizza! Perhaps one of the most intriguing (or creepy—you decide) aspects of Ivee is the way you can speak to her as if you were talking to a fellow geeky friend. Since the device is meant to be voice-control only, it instinctively picks up and memorizes the unique sound of your voice to anticipate your wants and needs. Besides getting to know you and all your little quirks, Ivee can even play music or read you an e-book!


Nest Thermostat

What better way to tend to your nest than with an energy efficient home gadget like Nest Thermostat? At Modernize we’re passionate about creating a space that makes you and the world a better place through eco-friendly design and that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing your home is exactly the way you like it—and Nest’s smart technology does just that. As you set the daily temperature for your home, Nest will memorize the times and temperatures throughout the day and night and intuitively change it for you. It can even be synced up with Ivee Voice!




Guest blog by: Katherine Oakes



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

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

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):

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 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

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

Teknologidamenes samlingsplass
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

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