Jun 28

London Girl Geek Dinners Turns 10 With a Party!

We’re planning the August London Girl Geek Dinner with Xero so if you’d like to get a ticket when they are released, make sure you are on the closed Google Group https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/london-girl-geek-dinners – We don’t send many emails to make sure we don’t spam you but we do let you know about tickets so make sure you have email alerts turned on!


Want to sponsor a Girl Geek Dinner? Please get in touch with us and we’ll organise something. LGGD is perfect for recruitment as well as increasing the visibility of your business within this passionate community.


See you in August!



Jun 26

July 2015 Dinner

We are delighted to announce a full girl geek dinner. That’s right, we’ll have dinner this time.


The details:
Tue 21st Jul 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Zaika restaurant in upper Willis street.

A full dinner of curry feasting. A range of vegetarian and meat dishes will be served to each table to share. Buy your own drinks at the bar.
2 to 3 speakers (to be announced very very soon, we promise they’ll be great speakers)

This event is for women and gender minorities. Cis-men may attend only as a “plus one”.

Ticket prices are:
$5 for students
$1 for solo parents
$30 for everyone else.


Catalyst IT
(these folks have sponsors EVERY SINGLE ONE of our events. They totally rock)

Lil Regie
Rabid Tech

Jun 23

Essential Security Tips



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These days it seems like you can’t go a day without hearing that one company or another has had a data breach. While company problems are not necessarily the same as those on your home computer, they highlight an increased need for security. But where does security start?

There are a few programs that will help keep your data safe on your computer, but before you go downloading a bunch of things, there are some behavioral changes that can make a huge difference in the security of your computer and information. Good habits are essential to maintaining a safe environment inside of technology.


Wait, Don’t Click That!

In a world of popup blockers and anti-virus software, it might see pretty safe to cruise around the net looking at just about anything. But that hasn’t stopped the bad guys from disguising otherwise safe looking text or pictures as links to some seriously dangerous malware. Before you go following that next link, take a few steps to make sure it’s okay.

First, try to use reputable websites. If you’re on the third or fourth page of Google search results, you may want to be much more careful about where you navigate. But there’s an easy trick for that: simply read the actual URL address on the bottom of your browser. Whatever the picture or text says, the actual address will always show when you hold your mouse over the link.

If you’re using a smartphone, it’s a little trickier; hyperlinks are not something you can simply hover over and check, so it’s important to be more alert as to where you’re taking the link from. In case you did click on something though…


Don’t Open Pandora’s Box

You may have followed a link to somewhere unfamiliar by accident, but that doesn’t mean you’re in trouble—yet. In many cases, malware will actually ask if you want to save it to your computer (it won’t be named “virus.exe.”) If you did click an email or website link, and it asks to save, be sure you were really looking to save a file.

If you are planning to save it, don’t select the “Open” option unless you’re absolutely certain about that file. Supposing grandma sends you an email and that email reads “check on these pics” with a link, you may not want to go ahead and open whatever tries to save from that; doesn’t exactly sound like something grandma would be saying (unless your grandma is super hip or something).

However, there will be times where you do save a suspicious file on your computer. If so…


Get An Anti-Virus

Yes, yes, your computer probably came with one, but is that one really any good? Perhaps you have a pre-installed version of McAfee or Norton—on a 30 day trial. The moment that trial ends, you’re held essentially at gunpoint to buy their software or face the doom of not having protection on your machine.

Well, most good anti-virus software is free for regular users. That means no entering CD keys, no registering for 1-year subscriptions on recurring payments, and no paying. Some good examples are Panda Free Antivirus, AVG, and Avast!. So, armed with one of these programs, you can actively scan any files you’ve downloaded to make sure that they’re safe. Most will do it automatically though.


Knock, Knock

Who’s there—right? Well, if you aren’t using the internet with a VPN, then chances are anyone and everyone knows whenever you stop in. While that might not seem like a problem, websites aren’t the only ones monitoring traffic: your ISP, hackers, and (tin foil hats on) even the government can tell who, when, and where you’ve been accessing from. And trust me… that Windows Firewall you have isn’t helping very much.

With a VPN, you’re connecting to a virtual server who then routes your data through an encryption pattern, making it impossible to say much about you; it’s the VPN that gets “tracked,” but since other people are also using that VPN, no one actually knows who is requesting the information. Many VPNs also have the added perk of allowing you to choose where to say you’re connecting from, which lets you access content that is sometimes restricted to select countries.

If you’re on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, it’s really important: Wi-Fi networks are prime locations for people to steal your information. If you’re connected through a VPN, you can pretty much put that worry to bed, and if you happen to be traveling, you won’t run into problems accessing Hulu or something because “sorry you’re not in the US.”


Psst…What’s the Password?

I’m as guilty as anyone else on this, but it can be really difficult to keep making up good, unique passwords. Because of the sheer number of websites and apps we access today, each one asks for its own password—and each one has its own set of rules. What that usually leads to is the old, bad habit: reusing the same password, with slight variations as required by the password rules.

This basically means that the majority of passwords are something like: Password, password, password1, Password1; all are very easy to guess, and once someone figures out one password, it won’t be hard for them to figure out your other passwords too. A VPN helps a lot with this, because if someone does “hack” your password, they don’t necessarily know who to associate it with.

The best rule of thumb for passwords is to make them as long as you’re allowed: use phrases instead of actual words. A passphrase is far harder to guess, usually contains more characters (and is thus harder to brute force), and can be easier to remember than a single word. Try to use different phrases for different things you access, and if all else fails, keep a backup list of your passwords somewhere safe (a sticky note with all your passwords at your desk is probably not the most ideal location to store them!).

A final note on passwords: sometimes you’ll need to create “security questions” in case you forget your password. Birthdays and the names of schools you’ve attended (or anything you have on your social media account, for that matter) are terrible choices for security questions. Always go for something less obvious, like your first car or anything else that people you don’t like or know aren’t likely to figure out.


Lastly, You

There are plenty of things you can do to make your use of technology safer. Whether it’s using helpful software, being mindful of your passwords, or having some discretion about where you navigate on the net, there is a single unifying point to be made about all of this. The one in charge if your security is not some company or foreign entity: it’s you.

No matter how many safeguards are added to technology, your own habits and behaviors will ultimately determine how secure your machines and data are. Sometimes it will mean you’ll need to actually read a few things, and other times it may mean containing your curiosity for the sake of your safety (ooh, I wonder where this link goes?).




Guest blog by Cassie Phillips


Cassie Phillips Cassie is an admitted tech junkie and a blogger at securethoughts.com.


Jun 09

Girl Geek Friendly Events – Upload:Live

Digital Skills Festival

Venue: The Landing, Blue, MediaCityUK

Time: Saturday 13th June 10:00 – 15:00

This event is aimed at young adults aged 16-25 and hopes to improve their digital skills. It aims to improve employability and start the journey towards securing a job in today’s digital economy.

In the session you’ll get the chance to build your own “about me” website, learn more about using social media to further yourself, build an app and learn about how to keep your accounts safe online.

Also “Eagle Lab” will be showcasing some of the latest innovations in the digital world.

More info

Jun 09

Next Event: Wednesday 15th July 2015 – Bristol GGD #43 Girl Geeks meet HP Openstack

For our next event we have been invited to HP Labs for a talk about HP Openstack, with Nithya Ganesan who will be telling us all about the innovations at their lab.

You can find out more about this event on our Next Dinner page

Sign up via our new Meet Up group:

Directions to HP Lab:


Jun 08

Iceland Celebrated 100 Years Since Women Were Given Vote

19 June 2015 marked 100 years since women were given the right to vote in Iceland. Every single woman in the country stopped working on the same day and demanded that right which I find inspirational. In celebration of the landmark anniversary, the country’s city council is hosting one hundred events throughout the year to focus on women’s suffrage in Iceland.

Many events, curated by national and independent businesses all over the country, will be showcasing throughout the year; from panel discussions, art exhibitions, rallies, school events, concerts and museum exhibitions all dedicated to women’s suffrage. The Icelandic post office has also planned a commemorative stamp to mark the occasion. On 19 June, companies and institutions will be closing its doors from midday to give people the chance to take part in the events and to officially celebrate the anniversary.

Iceland continually demonstrates why it is ranked as the best country in the world for women; for the fifth year in a row, Iceland has been given the title of the nation with the smallest gender wealth gap by the World Economic Forum. It has also been recognised as the first nation in the world with an equal number of men and women in government, and the first country to have a democratically elected female president in 1980.

Following the launch of the #HeforShe campaign at the United Nations in New York last year, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, extended a “formal invitation” for men to participate in the gender equality conversation. One in 20 Icelandic men have signed up to the UN’s HeForShe campaign demonstrating that gender equality is a genuine global human rights issue.

Activities and events dedicated to women’s suffrage include: an exhibition at the Maritime Museum conducted by anthropologist, Dr. Margaret E. Willson, on her findings about women’s participation at sea in Iceland, is open to visitors until December 2015; Guðrún Sigríður Haraldsdóttir’s art installation, which explores the female form consisting of handwritten letters and portraits of women from around 1915.

Jun 03

Time for an orgnizational meeting

Greetings, Girl Geeks of PHX!

I would like to plan our next meetup perhaps somewhere fun like the MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM Cafe!

I am calling for volunteers to come together and brainstorm where to have future Dinners and volunteer to organize events.
The meetup at MIM will be strictly pass for your own lunch and museum tour.
How is a Saturday in July – say July 11th?
Feel free to email ggdphx@gmail.com with thought…



Jun 03

Beyond The Smart City

A bit of news, and a special offer for Exeter Girl Geek Dinners members …

If you’re at all interested in open data and its practical applications, you might like the event being held in Exeter at the end of this month. Organised by ODI Devon, the first south west node of the Open Data Institute, it’s a look at how the current drive for smart cities and the Internet of Things is going to be relevant and useful to a less urban audience; we also want to to showcase the innovation and technological skill that already exists in the south west in contrast to the perception that all the cool things happen in London.

ODI Devon are offering a 50% discount to members of linked networks, and this is open to all Girl Geeks. Details of the event are at http://beyondthesmartcity.com – register for your ticket there and use the discount code NETWORK.

May 28

Zurich Geek Girls Dinner #4

The next Geek Girls Dinner will be hosted @ Google Zurich (Brandschenkestrasse 100, 8002, Zurich) on June 23rd at 18:30.

The theme is “Startup scene, tech culture and women”

Join us and meet our special guest Angie Chang and our selected group of panelist who will share their inspiring experience, insights and learnings as entrepreneurs.

Angie will be talking about the “Startup scene, tech culture and women in the Bay area”.

After her talk, we will have panel discussion together with her and our panelists on how it differs in Europe and, specifically, in Switzerland.

About Angie Chang, founder of the Bay Area Geek Girls Dinner:

Angie is currently the Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy, a 10-week accelerated computer science and software development program exclusively for women in San Francisco. In 2008, she started Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners to network women in technology, asking that guys come as the “+1″ for once to a tech event. Dinners are sponsored by companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and Palantir. Prior to that, she co-founded Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship by providing the resources, network, and knowledge for the launch and growth of their company.. She was named in Fast Company’s 2010 “Most Influential Women in Technology” and more recently Business Insider named her one of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech”.
Follow Angie on Twitter @thisgirlangie



18:30 – Doors opening & registration

19:00 – Angie Chang will talk about startup scene, tech culture and tech women in the Bay area

19:45 – Panel discussion: Start up scene, tech culture and women in Europe
Bring all your questions about the topic for our panelists.

20:30 – Networking and food

21:30 – Event finished and doors closed

Places will be limited and event is registration only.

We will be posting our Eventbrite link for tickets at the beginning of June. Follow us on our communication channels (Facebook, Google+, Twitter) for securing your ticket to this exciting event.


This event is organised with support of the Public Affairs Department of the U.S. Embassy for Switzerland and Liechtenstein in Bern.


This event is sponsored by Google.


May 26

Atea – “The place to be!”

Atea sin visjon er å være «The Place to Be» og onsdag den 10.juni ønsker Atea i samarbeid med Girl Geek Dinners Stavanger velkommen til en vårlig helaften med temaer som vi håper vil både engasjere og inspirere.
Girl Geek Dinner Stavanger har nå vært på luften i to år, og vi vil denne gangen også utfordre alle Girl Geeks til å være med å utforme veien videre! Hva kan vi utvikle Girl Geek nettverket til å bli? Hvordan ser et arrangement ut i 2018?

18.00 Registrering, mingling og noe å spise
18.45 Velkommen v/ Atea
19.00 «Er menn bedre forhandlere enn kvinner?» v/ foredragsholder Karla Smith:
20.15  «GGDS – veien videre?» Workshop i grupper der alle kan komme med innspill til hva vi kan får til med Girl Geek Dinner Stavanger framover
Mingling og mer bli-kjent etterpå for de som har mulighet!

Meld deg på her!

Om foredragsholderen:
Karla Smith etablerte Vivaldi Personell holding as i 1993. Hun har over 20 års erfaring innen salg, presentasjonsteknikk og forhandlinger. Hun har vært tilknyttet som foredragsholder, coach, rådgiver og kursleder på alle nivåer for kunder som Aker Solutions, Atea, Bama, ConocoPhillips, Farao Petroleum, Laerdal medical, Lyse, Oslo børs, PwC, SFF, Skretting, Statoil, Stavanger næringsforening, Teller, Total m.fl. Hun har gitt ut boken Presenter! ved Gyldendal akademiske 2003. Karla Smith skriver ny bok i presentasjonsteknikk og forhandlingsteknikk, begge for ledere, for Gyldendal med utgivelse i 2016.

Apr 03

Virtual Event: SANS CyberTalent Fair 14 -15 May

All interested professionals, jobseekers, and students – take a minute and check out the SANS CyberTalent Fair (SCTF), a virtual career fair hosted by the SANS Institute that will allow you to directly connect with employers about cybersecurity job opportunities in an online setting two days this May! SCTF will be held May 14-15, please don’t wait to register – sign up now at https://app.brazenconnect.com/events/sans-cybertalent-fair

Women currently make up approximately half the workforce and 25% of STEM jobs, but just 11% of cybersecurity jobs. Companies are eager to improve diversity in this growing industry! SCTF uses an innovative event platform that will allow for dynamic one-on-one chats with company representatives and groups chats in each employer booth. In the event, candidates can also view and apply for jobs.

Past companies participating include Palantir, Cisco, American Express, Solutionary, NBC Universal, Juniper, CBS, Mayo Clinic, Partners Healthcare, Stroz Friedberg, United Health Group, PwC, Accenture, the US Army’s INSCOM, and more! Registrants are also invited to take the SANS CyberTalent Assessment exam at no cost.

Register now at https://app.brazenconnect.com/events/sans-cybertalent-fair and connect with SANS CyberTalent on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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 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 accogliereal volo la notizia e diffonderla.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buona lettura e a presto!

Feb 23

Girl Geek Dinners Mentoring Programme

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

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

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